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  • Solar Power Soars To New Heights



    Believe it or not, it’s no longer out of the realms of possibility that solar power can be used to fly a plane. In fact, that’s exactly what happened just a few weeks ago in the skies above Switzerland with the maiden flight of the Solar Impulse 2, a bizarre looking but remarkable aircraft that relies solely on solar energy to get around.

    #Source: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-plane-fly-around-world-sun-power-alone-180951674/?no-ist


    The brainchild of inventors Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, the idea for solar flight was designed to show the world what can be done with renewable energy.

    Our goal is to show that it is now possible to achieve things considered impossible without fossil fuels”, Piccard said.


    With Solar Impulse 2 flying for 2 hours without incident, plans are now in place for a planned trip around the world, beginning next March. This ground breaking solar flying trip is to be broken into five or six stages over several months, primarily for the benefit of the two pilots who will take turns at the controls.

    While the inventors are not out to reshape human flight, their mission is more focussed on the idea of pushing the envelope of solar technology.

    "Success will not come if we just fly around the world in a solar-powered airplane,” said Riccard. “The real success will come if enough people are motivated to do exactly the same in their daily life: save energy, go to renewables. This is possible."

    #Source: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-plane-fly-around-world-sun-power-alone-180951674/?no-ist

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  • Solar Power

    You won’t believe what’s happening on your roof right now

    We all know the facts about solar power; how much money it can save you on power, the peace of mind knowing what your electricity costs will be and that you’re doing your bit for the environment.

    But delve a little deeper and you’ll be amazed just how incredible the science of solar really is.

    Photons: The basis of solar energy

    Thanks to the genius of Albert Einstein, we now have an understanding of what photons are all about. The energy we get from solar panels is a result of an endless stream of photons bombarding the earth. These elementary particles are present in the light that the sun gives off, and one of their amazing properties is that they can be absorbed by silicon.

    Solar at the speed of light

    Because photons are delivered by light, they travel from the sun to us here on earth at an astonishing 1.07 billion kilometres per hour. That means it takes them a mere 8 minutes to cover the 149.6 million kilometre journey.

    About time

    The conversation about light and speed inevitably gets pretty complex because time becomes a factor. Without getting bogged down into the quantum physics of it all, the fact is when we look out into space and see light, due to the massive distances involved, we are actually looking back in time. It’s a little hard to get your head around, but when we look at the moon for example, we are actually seeing what it looked like one second ago. And when we look at the sun that helps us power our homes, we are actually seeing what it looked like 8 minutes ago.

    Ageless technology

    Photons tend to bounce around inside the mass of the sun for a very long time before they are randomly flung out to travel through space and land on our solar panels. Apparently, the average age of a photon is about 10 million years old, so even though we think of solar as new technology, it’s actually a brilliant piece of science created when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

    So next time you turn on your solar powered hot water, spare a thought for those billions of photons heading straight from the sun to your roof – the ultimate home delivery. 

    21 July 2014

    Solar Power

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  • Australian Households Leading The Solar Revolution

    It’s official! New data shows that Australian households are leading the way when it comes to switching to Solar.

    In fact, nearly two-thirds of the total investment in renewables across Australia in 2013 - and virtually the entire investment in renewables in 2014 - was due to the uptake of solar in Australian households and businesses.

    This amounted to a staggering $2.billion out of a total $4.4 billion of clean energy investment used to install nearly 1 gigawatt of rooftop solar PV.

    In layman’s terms, that accounted for an estimated 13,000 households switching to solar every month. Even reductions to feed-in tariffs and the winding back of generous state and federal subsidies have not slowed demand.

    Interestingly, the new data released by Pew Charitable Trusts notes that rooftop solar would remain attractive to Australian households as it is now seen as the answer to soaring electricity prices (remember, residential electricity prices rose an average of 14% in 2013!)

    And with budgets tightening and the cost of living on the increase -– we fully expect to see even more Australian households making the switch to solar.

    #Source http://www.solarchoice.net.au/blog/news/australian-households-lead-way-solar-pv-investment-220414?utm_source=SC+Installers&utm_campaign=a0f8740d84-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_016c841e49-a0f8740d84-84518437

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  • The Summer Of Solar

    As anyone in Australia’s hot spots will remember, the summer of 2013/14 was a sizzler. And our electricity infrastructure certainly felt the heat as huge numbers of households kept their air conditioners running day and night in an effort to keep their cool.

    So how did the system cope with all this extra demand? WattClarity is a group that analyses and helps us to understand Australia’s electricity market, and in a recent retrospective of some of the past few months’ most noteworthy moments in the National Electricity Market, they described the past summer as a volatile one. But while electricity demand peaked at levels not seen in recent years, it still remained shy of breaking any records. Why?

    According to some in the solar industry, most notably Solar Council chief John Grimes and RenewEconomy’s Giles Parkinson, one of the main reasons peak electricity demand failed to reach new heights was because of the unprecedented levels of rooftop Solar PV System installations.

    In fact, it was noted that even when electricity demand looked set to outstrip supply for a few days in mid-January, the use of solar power eliminated the need for emergency load shedding on the part of large-scale electricity users.

    The role of Solar as hero during this severe heatwave was confirmed by the Australian Energy Market Operator, with data confirming that rooftop solar contributed more than 15% of demand at various points, resulting in a significant reduction in daytime consumption from the grid.

    With predictions of more volatile seasons ahead, solar power is cementing its place as the most reliable and sustainable power alternative.

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    #Source http://www.solarchoice.net.au/blog/news/remembering-the-solar-summer-of-2013-2014/?utm_source=SC+Installers&utm_campaign=a0f8740d84-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_016c841e49-a0f8740d84-84518437

    26 May 2014

    The Summer Of Solar

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  • Solar Message Spreads Across Suburbia

    Once considered the domain of ‘wealthy greenies’, solar power is fast becoming the power system of choice for the average Aussie home.

    According to a new report from Roy Morgan Research, the number of Australians with solar panels has more than doubled in the past three years, from 7.5% in March 2011 to 16% (that’s more than 3 million people) by the end of 2013.

    And much of the latest growth has been amongst retirees and residents of outer suburbs.

    Even reductions to feed-in tariffs have not stopped nationwide demand for solar power installation. According to Darren Gladman, policy manager with the Clean Energy Council, the main motivations for switching to solar are return on investment and skyrocketing power bills.

    With the cost of solar panels plummeting over the past four years, return on investment is better than ever. Remember, just a few years ago a solar system would have cost as much as a small car, while now you can purchase a quality system for about the same price as a big screen TV.

    Regardless of whether you sell electricity back to the grid or not, today's average-sized solar systems are cheap enough to pay for themselves in around six years.

    And as more and more Australian homes fall victim to the dreaded bill shock – residential electricity prices rose an average of 14% in 2013 – the energy savings benefits of solar power are becoming even more attractive.

    And far from being an indulgence of the middle class, many of those now signing up for solar panels are retirees and others on a tight budget who are drawn to the idea of controlling their energy costs.

    Source: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/keeping-the-sun-from-going-down-20140311-34k1y.html

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  • Could The Price Of Solar Power Systems Be About To Rise?

    In 2001, the Australian Government introduced a mandatory Renewable Energy Target (RET), which created a financial incentive for the establishment and growth of renewable energy such as solar and wind power.

    The move was undertaken in order to cut emissions from Australia’s coal-dependant power sector, and was designed to ensure Australia generated 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

    Recently however, it was announced that a major review into the impact of clean energy on retail power prices was planned, which will also include reviewing the Renewable Energy Target.

    While Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane said the outcome of the review was not set, there is a possibility the Renewable Energy Target could be removed altogether.

    What this mean for solar customers, is a potential price rise in the cost of solar. If the incentives currently available are reduced or cut altogether the out of pocket expense for going solar may increase.

    While everyone here at Beacon Solar eagerly awaits the outcome of the review, if you’re thinking about making the switch to solar, now is a great time to do it. Especially as none of us can predict what will happen to the price of solar power systems in the near future.

    So don’t put it off it off any longer – and start enjoying a lifetime of power savings.

    Talk to us today about how we can help you make the switch.

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  • Solar Big Winners During Australia's Biggest Heatwave

    It was one of the longest, most uncomfortable heatwaves on record. And the bad news is, these ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ heatwaves are predicted to become more and more commonplace.

    The soaring temperatures may have melted water bottles and frazzled the world’s best tennis players, but they did unearth some great news about the benefits of solar power.

    While traditional power supplies strained under the constant demands of power-hungry air conditioners, rooftop and ground-mounted solar installations upped their share of power use and generation throughout the country.

    With solar power taking centre stage, wholesale pricing was reined in and the number of power outages was reduced.

    A study undertaken by the Australian PV network also found that solar power played a significant part in reducing the overall level of demand at any given time.

    According to the Australian Solar Council, South Australia was a shining example, drawing 9.41% of its energy needs from solar systems when operational demand was at its peak. That figure was 9.13% for Western Australia, 8.64% for Queensland, 3.59% for New South Wales and 2.8% for Victoria.

    So on a personal level, solar customers enjoyed the cool comfort of knowing they could run their air conditioners for longer – and for less cost – by drawing energy from their solar panels, rather than the electricity companies.

    And in a broader sense, their choice to switch to solar was also paying big dividends for their community by decreasing demand on the country’s power supply.

    So before the next ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ heatwave hits – and experts predict it most certainly will – why not keep your cool no matter what the weather, and make the switch to solar.

    Source: http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/solar-power-saves-the-day-during-australias-record-heatwave_100013970/#axzz2sEf5slE0

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  • Rising Electricity Costs Hitting Families Hard

    We've all felt the pain associated with the rising cost of living. But not surprisingly, it's the skyrocketing cost of electricity that is of a major concern to most households.

    Little wonder when you consider that "electricity prices have risen by more than 50% over the past 5 years", according to Choice CEO Alan Kirkland.

    It's also very difficult to accurately budget for power bills as the cost varies depending on your usage. With some reports stating that families were being hit with winter power bills as high as $2000, affordability is now a major issue.

    The bad news is, it doesn't look like it's going to get any better anytime soon. The good news is, more and more households are discovering the wonders of solar power.

    Solar power is the way of the future, and with various finance options and government incentives such as Solar Credits, it's now more affordable than ever. In fact, the money you save on power bills can easily pay for the system. So why wait for your next bill shock? Talk to us about how easy it is to switch to solar - and never pay too much for power again.

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