Newsletter Archive

E-News Issue #99

Aug 8, 2006

Photo Competition

We had some interesting photos for our photo competition and the winners of our AUD $100, $50 and $25 gift vouchers are:

WINNER

Kids walk on solar panels

Not recommended

This is a 1200 W installation at Mafate, Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. The location is only accessible by foot or helicopter. The installation runs lights, TV & refrigeration.

While this demonstrates how tough solar panels are, we'd suggest that large ground mounted solar arrays such as this should be fenced off from children and animals for safety reasons!

SECOND PLACE

Monkey relaxing in tree

Soon they take notes

"This picture has important significance. It takes years to habituate mammals to human presence and primates are among the most difficult. This recent picture of a young Capuchin monkey is looking at researchers that have been after the monkeys for years, instead of running away.

This is the first recorded evidence of the monkeys studying the people, a development that is important.
It has taken just a few years longer for the monkeys to start looking back, than our Rainbow Power Mini-hydro unit has been powering research and communications at the reserve.

Thanks for all your help through 16 years of support from the Rainforest Information Center." Jose DeCoux, Los Cedros, Ecuador

THIRD PLACE

House with Sundaya security

Sundaya Multi-Light #3

An excellent example of how to use Sundaya equipment as security lighting.
This installation is at the Department of Energy depot near Port Vila, Vanuatu and uses the Sundaya Multi-Light #3

FOURTH PLACE

Diagram of small solar power system

Buy all parts at Rainbow Power

We liked Warren Lake's diagram as it shows an example of how to use Rainbow Power Company products in a small solar system.

"The diagram shows a small Solar Power System I put into my parents' garage.
All parts in the diagram are available from RPC. If you have an area that you access once or twice each night then this system or one slightly smaller will easily do the job.
We use it to light the way from the Garage Door to the Freezer. The Solar array size may be increased by adding more 5 watt panels. (up to 5A)."
Warren Lake

Shop Open Hours

We are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm Eastern Standard Time (which is the same time zone as Sydney). We have been open 9am till noon on Saturday mornings, however we have decided to phase out this service with 26th August being our last Saturday open day.

Generally we found that there were few customers taking advantage of this time. However occasionally a few would come at once, meaning they received slow service from the one person on duty. Our service department was never open and our fork-lift and loading bay facilities were closed, making loading of large items difficult.

We feel that we are able to give better service during the week with several staff available to serve our customers.

Customer Feedback from Previous Newsletters

We recently received this comment from one of our customers:

"I have just read your newsletter number 98. Spot on! We are living with a system that provides us with the basic comforts of life in an area which was deemed to be unsuitable for solar power because of its aspect. However, with a quote for mains power of $80 - $100 thousand dollars we have done our best. We started off very small and have worked our way up. After initial advice, which we felt was bad, my husband designed his own development of the system ----it was a great day when we discovered Rainbow Power - I believe that when I first learned to use the internet it was the first site visited. Your products have almost always been first class.....lets not talk about compact 12v fluoros!.......service and advice next to none......and you know what? I was never much good at using a hair dryer anyway! But as you say our system is not designed to use one and if it was important to me than I could incorporate its use into our system....at a price.

Glad to here that you are keeping books.......loved "the Weather Makers" even though it made me dispirited about our worlds lack of action. I would suggest that you sell and promote the reading of "Collapse" by Jarrod Diamond to promote understanding of the possible consequences of inaction."
Annette Rees, July '06

Thanks Annette.

We are certainly aware that our compact fluoro quality has not been up to scratch in the past. We are really pleased now to offer the Sundaya 12-volt CFL range in 3, 6, 9, 12 and 18 Watts. The 6 and 9W are now available in a warm colour and within a couple of months we will have the 3 and 18W in warm as well. The other good new is that we will also be getting the Sundaya range in 24V - starting with 6 and 9 W (warm colour) in a couple of months.

Read more customer feedback

101 Uses for a Sundaya Kit

We are receiving orders for all sorts of interesting applications for using the Sundaya kits. They have been primarily developed for use for village lighting in the Developing World. Other application for the Sundaya kits include:

  1. Lighting up the backyard gazebo, pergola or garden shed.
  2. Horse Stables, chicken sheds, rabbit hutches, kennels
  3. Emergency lighting pack during grid failure
  4. Camping
  5. Cane Toad Catcher
  6. Driveway lighting
  7. Yard lighting
  8. Security lighting
  9. Laptop power in the field
  10. Remote Wireless LAN/Wireless Internet base stations.
    Access points in general run 1amp @ 12Vdc, you'd need a unit that can supply that sort of load for 24 hrs. In addition to that, there are many DC computers available, up to 2 ghz, and they use at most 80 watts at 12 volt, couple that with an LCD and you've got yourself a low powered server/terminal.
    (Contribution by Ben Golebiowski)
  11. The Sundaya battery pack can also be used as emergency power-out backup not only for red-vision lighting and motion detection, but also electronic door locks, digital video recording and other automated security; once you add a computer, the programming is totally up to a person. Useful for the paranoid folks who assume ninjas are going to attack their houses and cut the mains.
    (Contribution by Ben Golebiowski)
  12. In addition to the prior suggestions, the unit can be used as emergency power-out backup not only for red-vision lighting and motion detection, but also electronic door locks, digital video recording and other automated security; once you add a computer, the programming is totally up to a person. Useful for the paranoid folks who assume ninjas are going to attack their houses and cut the mains.
    (Contribution by Ben Golebiowski)

Well, we have a long way to go to reach the 101 uses so send us your ideas! The kits with a wide selection of lights are very versatile. Timers or motion detectors can also be used for specific applications.

Cheers from Dave and all the RPC crew.

Dave Lambert (Director)

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We install solar systems in Northern NSW and Southern QLD.


QLD:
Gold Coast (from Coolangatta to Southport), Nerang and Hinterland (Beaudesert) and out West (Warwick, Stanthorpe, Killarney)


NSW:
Northern NSW (Tweed Heads to Yamba, including Evans Head, Byron Bay and Ballina); the Far North Coast Hinterland (Grafton via Lismore to Murwillumbah) and out West (Casino to Tenterfield, including Drake and Tabulam, as well as Woodenbong and Bonalbo)

For larger system we also go up to Brisbane or down to Coffs Harbour and even Glen Innes. Other places by arrangement.