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Solar Powered Day-care Revolution             Belonging Magazine 2016

In the never ending quest to reduce operating costs, day care centre owners are turning to renewable energies.    The operating times of most day-care centres is an extremely good match for solar.    Solar on its own does not help with night time power, however as the centres operate from early morning to mid-afternoon, with a power peak at lunch time – it is an incredibly good fit for well-engineered solar power.  Good quality – low maintenance systems are essential to keep any disruptions to the centre down to the 1 visit per year, however the new hybrid and battery systems are simply not required to match this power use pattern – lowering system costs.

Blue Tongue Solar is leading the way with the most Victrorian care centre installs and  with understanding, the engineering and custom requirements for the maximum benefit to each centre.    Some of our centres in Melbourne have reported 38% ROI.. With commercial solar loans at 5.5%   - that’s a pretty healthy margin for the business.  A 30kw system will generate $14,600 worth of power each year – that’s over $300,000 total for the service life of the panels.

Mobile Link to your system

Our last 4 centres have opted for the Solar-Web work bench – a portal that provides real time performance readings for the web connected system.   Instead of worrying about the power bills on especially hot days, you can sit down at lunch time and see that your peak power usage is a fraction of what it used to be.

Solar Winery Spotlight        wine titles magazine Editorial 2016

In 2013 Delatite winery installed a Blue Tongue Solar System to reduce their operating costs and combat the rising electricity prices.

Cooling costs are higher in summer than in winter which matches the solar irradiation pattern well.  There is 35% more power generated in summer and so solar a good fit for the winery.

Blue Tongue Solar engineered the 120 panel system for optimum production and durability over three buildings which generates 47,600 kw per year.

The first step was to determine their actual cost of power from the contributing factors on the power bill. At 21c per kilowatt the solar plant yields $10,000 saving per year. As the price of grid power increases – The annual savings increase also.

Over the 25 yr life span of the panels the winery is on track for a total $235,000 saving by installing the system.

With no moving parts and a high quality solar module - Inverter combination, the system is virtually maintenance free. A bi-annual electrical check and panel clean is encouraged.

The winery benefits from the recognition of going green and helping the environment along with reducing their monthly bills.

Fowles winery – 60kw complete May 2016 – bill impact update coming soon

Why Japan think's we are crazy      Japan converterts golf courses to solar farms

 

In Japan, country club memberships famously went for millions of dollars in the late 1980s. Then, too many courses were built in 1990s and 2000s during a real estate boom. Now the nation faces the question of what to do with ithis valuable land.

Meanwhile, Japan’s energy strategy in the aftermath of Fukushima calls for roughly doubling the amount of renewable power sources in the country by 2030. It is already building solar power plants that float on water. Perhaps inevitably, then, the nation has turned to building solar plants on old golf courses.

Last week, Kyocera and its partners announced they had started construction on a 23-megawatt solar plant project located on an old golf course in the Kyoto prefecture. Scheduled to go operational in September 2017, it will generate a little over 26,000 megawatt hours per year, or enough electricity to power approximately 8,100 typical local households. The electricity will be sold to a local utility.

In late May, the company announced an even larger project that will begin construction next year in the Kagoshima prefecture on land that had been designated for a golf course more than 30 years ago but subsequently abandoned. The 92-megawatt plant will include more than 340,000 solar modules and is expected to generate nearly 100,000 megawatt hours per year, or enough to power about 30,500 households when it goes operational in 2018.

If Japan had the sort of room that Australians have, there is  no question of what they would do for power generation.

http://qz.com/445330/japan-is-building-solar-energy-plants-on-abandoned-golf-courses-and-the-idea-is-spreading/

Solar Starts to Have Big Impact on Australia’s Energy Market              
 
Solar photovoltaic power is starting to have a huge impact on the Australian energy scene. And it has barely scratched the surface. Right now, it is estimated that rooftop solar already meets just over 2% of electricity demand, but this is forecast to more than treble in coming years as more households rush to install solar. Up to half of Australia’s electricity needs could be met through distributed generation within a few decades, according to an influential 2013 report. With a few exceptions, that will almost exclusively be solar. In South Australia, rooftop solar already meets 6% of the state’s power demand. Australia has 4GW of rooftop power mounted on nearly 1.4 million homes and businesses.

Edited by ReneSola. Source: Renew Economy  2015 - 03 - 24

RET Update 17/03/2015     Australian Solar Council 

There's good news  on the Renewable Energy Target and your solar Rebates
The Abbott Government has finally said those magic words: "we won’t make any changes to small-scale solar".
In a joint media release yesterday, the Industry Minister and the Environment Minister finally conceded no change to small-scale solar. 
For good measure, the Government also agreed to "remove the requirement for regular two-yearly reviews of the RET”.
After 13 months of chaos and uncertainty, we finally seem to have some certainty for Australia's 4,000 solar businesses and more than 18,000 solar workers. 
No change to the deeming arrangements.
No change to the threshold – it stays at 100kW.

Solar Industry Slams Coalition's Renewables Policy

International Resource Journal - BTS article Sept 2013

 

Solar company delivers savings

Popular solar contractor Blue Tongue Solar have now helped
power 385 homes in Country Victoria Home owners that have installed Blue Tongue Solar systems are paying very small

or no power bills and are helping the environment.  Here are some recent examples:

$410 bill from a couple in Kilmore – reduced to $48 with a 3kw System installed.

$680 bill from a family of 4 in Yarrawonga Reduced to $95 with a 5kW system.

$900 bill from a cabinet maker in Tullamarine Reduced to $281 with an 8kW system

The return on investment for these systems is 23% to 34% and the panels have a production life span of 25 years.

No wonder Solar power is so popular

Blue Tongue Solar installations now generate 2.1 Gigawatt of solar power for Rural victoria every year, and save 3000 tons of Co2 greenhouse gas emissions.

Blue Tongue Solar owner Warren Hall, a business analyst and industrial designer, started the company with wife Teresa 

to provide good old fashioned customer service within the solar industry.

The process of ‘going solar’ is well worth it, but not straightforward. With paperwork requirements for electricity retailers, distributors, state and federal governments, your paperwork has to be managed well. You need to be more than just a number to your solar provider.

“Teresa has an excellent knowledge of the rebate and tariff offerings and knows how to get the best benefits for customers from State and Federal governments.

“We keep up to date with current requirements and make sure our clients are well informed of all options. Such personalised customer service is unfortunately rare in the solar industry.”

Blue Tongue Solar has a commercial division for factories and businesses, where clients get a full impact study report on their bills and power use prior to purchase.

Blue Tongue Solar takes more care with design and project management and consistently get higher yields than competitors with more care taken on engineering and using better products

We are very efficient and don’t hold you up when you want a system on and certified for power production as quick as possible.The sooner its up, the sooner you can stop paying high power bills”.

“Our modern lifestyle needs a lot of power and Australians need to look seriously at renewable energy systems. Solar generated Energy is a good fit for Australia which has more sunshine than Europe where solar is four times more Popular even though they have less sunlight and need bigger systems.

“The solar systems that you see around towns are an indicator that that community has a greater ability to handle peak power loads. This results in fewer blackouts in summer caused by pool pumps and air conditioners.

Yarrawonga is just inside the zone 3 boundary. We recognise this and pass on all the extra rebate savings

“Each solar panel we connect to the power

grid is an achievement. It’s like planting

a tree as we know that every panel will

produce emission free power for 30 years

or more. It’s a long term solution.”

 

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