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Meet the Team: Owen Davis – Technical Manager

Posted on April 30, 2019

Q: How long have you worked at Solar Power Australia? A: 14 Years Q: What’s the coolest or most interesting thing you have worked on at SPA? A: We’ve been involved in some super interesting and cutting-edge projects over the years, but I reckon the Byron Bay Solar Train was my favourite. 70 tonnes of […]

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Not All Batteries are Created Equal

Posted on April 10, 2019

Battery storage is quickly revolutionising the way we think about electricity and is a natural and important addition to the future of renewable energy. The idea behind battery storage is that it helps capture excess solar generation during the day to create power for use into the evening. Local innovative companies have developed a unique […]

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Meet the Team: Henry Williams – Engineer & Sales Technician

Meet the Team | Posted on April 4, 2019

Q: How long have you worked at Solar Power Australia? A: 2 and bit years Q: What’s the coolest or most interesting thing you have worked on at SPA? A: The various custom solar-trailers that I’ve been involved with. Designing them from scratch with CAD and then being part of the manufacture and assembly process […]

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HOW MUCH POWER SHOULD MY SOLAR SYSTEM BE PRODUCING?

Posted on April 1, 2019

When monitoring your inverter, it can be useful to know what some expected readings might be so you know if your system is functioning as well as it should be. To do this you’ll need to know how much solar (in Watts [W] or kilowatts [kW]) you have installed on your roof – otherwise known […]

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THE IMPACT OF SHADING ON SOLAR PANELS

Posted on March 22, 2019

Any amount of shade cast on your solar panels is going to be detrimental to the output of your system, and in a roundabout sort of way it will be costing you money. Even partial or speckled shading for small portions of the day can greatly impact your solar gain. If only one cell (out […]

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IS MY GRID FEED SOLAR SYSTEM WORKING AS WELL AS IT SHOULD?

Posted on March 13, 2019

A grid-connected solar system is designed to be simple and passive so that you don’t need to flick switches or monitor it every day. But if you want to ensure you: are getting the absolute best out of your panels, prolong the life of your system, and have peace of mind the system is performing […]

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Micro Inverters Explained

Posted on March 7, 2019

A solar grid system is very simple in terms of the functional parts involved – accessory parts aside, there are solar panels and inverters and that’s it. Solar inverters are typically available in two main types – what they call string inverters and micro-inverters. Micro-inverters are the topic of this blog, but understanding them is […]

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Meet the Team: Will Howlett – Fabrication Manager

Meet the Team | Posted on March 5, 2019

Q: How long have you worked at Solar Power Australia? A: 1 ½ years Q: What’s the coolest or most interesting thing you have worked on at SPA? A: ELMOFO Radical Race Car Q: What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received? A: Build items as if it was for yourself. Q: What […]

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HOW DO I CONNECT MY SOLAR SYSTEM TO THE INTERNET?

Posted on February 27, 2019

Gone are the days of sitting in front of your solar inverter counting the kWh of generation displayed on a tiny screen. It is becoming more and more popular to have devices online, and your solar system is no different! Many inverters have built in WIFI that can connect to your home’s internet router and […]

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HOW TO READ YOUR POWER BILL

Posted on February 21, 2019

At an initial glance, power bills can look a little daunting. But they actually provide some very useful information regarding your power consumption habits. Once you get over the initial shock of the large bold final figure owing, you can take a look through the rest of the bill to figure out what time of […]

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