Australian home owners install batteries at record rates

Australian home owners install batteries at record rates COVID-19 has failed to dampen enthusiasm for solar storage in Australia, with more than 31,000 batteries installed in homes around the country during 2020 (up 20% from 2019), according to analysis released by solar and storage market analysts SunWiz. This brings the cumulative tally of solar storage systems installed in Australia to almost 110,000 batteries including residential, commercial and the many large-scale “big” battery installations announced by state governments and private enterprise. South Australians are leading the trend, with just over a quarter (26.0%) of all battery installations in 2020 occurring in the state, despite its relatively small proportion of Australia’s population. SunWiz analysis found state government incentives played a major role in driving this

Lighting efficiency regulation update from LCA

Lighting efficiency regulation update from LCA Lighting Council Australia (LCA) has posted information on the latest published update from the Australian Government on the future of lighting efficiency regulation in Australia. The update is available on the Energy Rating website under the Update — January 2021 section here. LCA says the government's position remains as per the advice provided to LCA members one year ago. This means that the majority of mains voltage halogen lamps will be phased out 12 months after finalisation of a Ministerial Determination. The scope of inclusions is as yet undetermined and LCA says it is still unclear when this will be finalise. It advises that the following items are exceptions to the phase-out: Extra low voltage reflector

Tehnik Bermain DominoQQ99 agar Menang Banyak

Tehnik Bermain DominoQQ99 agar Menang BanyakDominoqq99 hadir sebagai salah satu jenis permainan judi kartu online yang menarik dan seru untuk dimainkan. Sekarang ini banyak pemain judi online yang mencoba jenis permainan ini dibandingkan dengan permainan judi online lainnya. Lalu bagaimana untuk bisa memenangkan judi domino ini? Temukan jawabannya dalam ulasan berikut ini! Persiapan Bermain DominoQQ99 Sebelum bergabung dalam meja taruhan dan bergabung dalam taruhan permainan, maka sebaiknya pemain mempersiapkan persiapan yang matang terlebih dahulu. Berikut ini beberapa persiapan penting yang harus dipenuhi pemain sebelum bermain, yaitu: 1. Modal yang CukupModal cukup selalu penting dalam bermain judi online karena sangat berpengaruh pada jalannya permainan, keberuntungan pemain dan bahkan kerugian yang mungkin didapatkan pemain. Untuk bisa mengggunakan strategi maupun tehnik bermain yang dimiliki, modal cukup

Schneider Electric announces master-level EcoXpert partners

Schneider Electric announces master-level EcoXpert partners Schneider Electric has nominated a group of EcoXpert partners that the company says display the most innovation and leverage the latest IoT-enabled technology to deliver digitised solutions for management and control of electrical power systems. The group has achieved master-level status in Critical Power and Substation Automation for 2021. The award-winning EcoXpert Partner Program is a worldwide network of certified partners with expertise in power management, building optimisation and energy efficiency. Its more than 4000 members hail from over 75 countries and represent the world’s leading system integrators, application providers and technology companies. Partners who achieve Master-level status represent the top percentile of companies that are trained and certified by Schneider Electric as leaders in their field of

How connected building technology delivers business value in commercial real estate

How connected building technology delivers business value in commercial real estate Prior to the onset of COVID-19, the top commercial real estate priorities were keeping costs down, making spaces more appealing for tenants, and meeting sustainability goals through increased energy efficiency. Like many other verticals, the global pandemic has revolutionised commercial real estate. While the industry was already dealing with challenges including operational costs, energy efficiency and ongoing sustainability of real estate portfolios, now it must also focus on the health of building occupants and rethink how space is used. A new opinion paper from IDC explains how connected building technologies can help deliver higher real estate asset values and help manage the new challenges brought about by the global pandemic. In a

Faulty solar system fears drive sales

Faulty solar system fears drive sales Sydney-based installer Solaray Energy reports that one in five inquiries come from people concerned about faulty or failing solar PV systems. Solaray Energy Director Jonathan Fisk said his company last year received hundreds of inquiries from people with several-year-old systems that were poorly designed and not working well. “Up to 20% of our inquiries at the moment are coming from people with a faulty, failing or poor-performing solar PV system,” he said. “The problem is that too many systems used poor-quality equipment or were poorly installed to keep the price down. Over time, these systems start degrading or failing, leaving many consumers with no recourse or remedy as often the installers have long since left the market. This,

Union vocal about WA power plan

Union vocal about WA power plan The Western Australian Liberal Party’s plan to shut down two power stations in Collie within four years would put Perth’s power supply at risk and throw thousands of workers on the scrap heap, the mining and energy union has said. According to the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), over 1500 direct jobs in the power stations and mines that supply them would be lost under WA Opposition Leader Zac Kirkup’s proposal to shut the Collie and Muja power plants by 2025. Many more jobs and businesses would also be threatened by local coalmines becoming unviable — including Worsley Alumina, which relies on local coal. “This insane plan to close these power stations by 2025 would

Overcoming the challenges of technology adoption for field staff and contractors

Overcoming the challenges of technology adoption for field staff and contractors Change. It may be as good as a rest, but for many people it can also bring uncertainty, confusion and apprehension. And this year has seen seismic change on a global scale — from the way we go about our everyday lives to the very fabric of the way organisations conduct their business. Is it any wonder people in their hundreds of thousands have been happy to hunker down at home, working remotely and barely sticking their heads above their metaphorical parapets to see if and when it’s safe to come out again? But even without the rigours of 2020 to contend with, when changes are made to our work routines

Smart home training on offer

Smart home training on offer For many home owners, the local electrician or cabler is the first port of call when considering smart home technologies. Awareness of smart devices and home automation systems is growing, giving electricians and cablers to opportunity to capitalise on what is quickly becoming an essential utility in today’s homes. In order to offer your clients a truly customised solution — and to maximise business potential — you need to know what you’re talking about. CEDIA has introduced two new training initiatives form Australian electricians and cablers An Introduction to Smart Homes This is an introductory three-hour seminar covering the opportunities available to those wishing to enter the home automation sector. This session covers the home automation industry, the available training

Tradies start a conversation around mental health

Tradies start a conversation around mental health Brisbane-based social enterprise and workwear brand TradeMutt has launched its new non-for-profit organisation: This Is A Conversation Starter (TIACS). The service is aimed at tradies, truckies, blue-collar workers and their families, and helps continue the conversations that TradeMutt’s funky work shirts have started across the nation. Since March 2018, the eye-catching shirts have taken the blue-collar community by storm and amassed the support of over 42,000 tradies across Australia, many of whom wear their bright-coloured work shirts every Friday to help start conversations about mental health.  Co-founders and carpenters by trade, Ed Ross and Dan Allen decided to launch the brand after Allen lost a close mate to suicide.  After their early success starting public and cultural