Learn about the minimum necessary components of a solar power system; panels, inverter/charger, MPPT regulator, batteries and wiring.
I grew up on a Multiple Occupancy in the bush, in the beautiful hills that surround Nimbin village. The property we lived on, while close to town as the crow flies, was made remote by twelve kilometres of rough bush track and winding, corrugated dirt road. The nearest mains power connection was over three Ks away, and the steep, forested terrain meant that to connect mains power to the property would cost many tens of thousands of dollars, even in the late 1970s when the community formed.
The heart of each photovoltaic installation contains a PV inverter. It transforms the energy collected by the solar panels into usable electricity.
So you have made the decision to power your tiny home with the sun? Congratulations! Solar power is now the cheapest most abundant energy source in the world.
Have you thought about upgrading your business to solar? A well designed commercial solar system may have a ROI of as low as 2 years.
Are you one of the millions of people wanting to not only save the planet, but also significantly reduce your power bills?
When purchasing or building a new property, the way the house sits in the landscape is important.
A tiny Home might seriously reduce your carbon footprint as well as alleviate financial strain and allow for a better lifestyle.
There has been a bug detected in the firmware of Victron's new range of Bluetooth enabled SmartSolar MPPT charge controllers.
We are usually blessed with near perfect winters in Nimbin; cool nights and beautiful sunny days. Every so often though, we will get a cloudy week.
Rainbow Power now has an off grid lithium battery system we are confident in putting our name and company behind.
Just like in life, off grid systems are all about finding the right balance. Here are some of the common imbalances that we regularly see.
In May 2017, Rainbow Power Company completed its largest installation so far, at the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre in Lismore.
The NSW Solar Bonus Scheme with its 60/20¢ feed-in tariff is coming to an end. Where to from here?
'Should I get a MPPT controller? Are they are more efficient?' We hear these questions a lot. Here is our answer.
Find out whether or not a grid connect solar system meets your needs and puts money back in your pocket.
South Australia's fire services have moved to correct a growing assumption about house fires at properties where solar power is installed.
Due to rising electricity prices and the current lack of a regulated feed-in tariff (in NSW), we are getting a lot of inquiries to 'get off the grid'.
A revolutionary product in the solar energy industry, designed for the general consumer who wants to gain energy independence from the grid electricity or use electricity obtained from renewable and ecologically-friendly sources.
Rainbow Power Company expands the region for solar panel installations.
A summary of funny and interesting findings by the Australian audit / inspection program
Consumers are advised to choose established solar installers using quality panels and inverters.
Run by the wonderful Karlin Bracegirdle, Living with Solar aims to demystify extra low Voltage DC power systems.
In the last years the sudden popularity of grid connect solar systems has far surpassed the amount of sales of stand alone systems.
Unlike a lot of the newcomers in the business we still develop and design the best off-grid stand-alone power solutions for remote areas.
Nanosolar claims that its panels produce electricity at around 5 cents/kilowatt hour. This would be almost the same cost as power from coal and, currently, 33% of the cost of conventional solar systems.
Trina Solar Panels have been chosen to Power Australia's Largest Roof-Mounted Solar Array for The University of Queensland.
Australian Geographic has written an article about the installation of the Nimbin 45kW solar farm to supply the town that will make Nimbin one of Australia’s most sustainable communities.
NIMBIN is set to become Australia's most sustainable village after a development application to build a solar farm was lodged with Lismore City Council yesterday.