News Category: Solar

Prepare for winter!

It’s that time of year again. The days are drawing in and the nights are getting longer and colder. Here are our simple seasonal tips for keeping warm, without it costing the earth. Don’t forget that if you need help taking action you can sign up to hear from our recommended suppliers on a range … Read more

Community groups go solar

Our friends at Powershop have launched a fantastic initiative to help community organisations fund solar installations. For those of you not familiar with how Powershop works, customers can purchase powerpacks to cover the costs of the energy (kWh) they’ve used during their billing period and the daily supply charge. Powershop has created a new powerpack to … Read more

Solar in winter

Winter may be fast approaching but it’s still a good time to install solar. Here’s why: Solar still generates electricity because there is still plenty of UV light, which is actually what the panels use to generate the electricity Cooler weather actually means the panels are more efficient – on really hot days in summer … Read more

Phasing out fossil fuels Are we winning?

Professor Peter Newman contends that our cities are driving a change which is reducing greenhouse gas emissions from both coal and oil. Reproduced with permission from ATA‘s ReNew magazine edition 139. IN 2016 the International Energy Agency announced that the world had changed. For the first time in hundreds of years the world was producing … Read more

Solar – Why wait?

Despite the shorter days and all the talk about battery storage it is still worth getting solar sooner than later! Although the days are shorter in winter, there is still plenty of UV light, which is actually what the panels use to generate the electricity. In fact, on really hot days in summer the panels … Read more

Help for businesses and organisations to get solar

Businesses and community organisations are putting solar on their roof and becoming energy efficient to help cut rising electricity costs and improve profitability, while doing their bit for the environment. Positive Charge has conducted a thorough procurement in order to select three reputable solar suppliers and installers that you can get a quote from for larger … Read more

Smart meters

Smart Meters were rolled out to all residential dwellings in Victoria in 2014 and are now the standard meter type throughout the state. In NSW meters are currently being upgraded by energy retailers on a voluntary basis. We thought we’d have a look at some of the benefits that smart meters bring to help you … Read more

Getting in front of the meter

Can we find value for both customers and the network in sharing locally generated energy and thus accelerate a transition to 100% renewables? MEFL alumni Bruce Thompson and Paul Murfitt discuss the potential in microgrids, virtual power plants and more. THE transformation of the electricity network is certainly now upon us. Years of environmental advocacy, … Read more

Solar – Go big!

Wondering what size solar photovoltaic system to install? The latest ATA modelling shows that bigger is better, even if you don’t use much electricity. Reproduced with permission from ATA’s Sanctuary magazine edition 40. Many people ask us what size grid-connected solar system they should get. Traditionally, the ATA (Positive Charge partner and publisher of Sanctuary … Read more

Preparing for summer

Spring has well and truly arrived. Trees are blossoming, bees are out and some of us are very relieved to be putting away our beanies and winter coats for a while. But it probably won’t be long before the heat gets more extreme and this can get us down, while making our energy bills go … Read more

Battery storage

Many people are keen to learn more about adding battery storage to existing solar PV systems or to set up systems that include battery storage. Battery technology has come a long way in recent years, with lithium ion batteries being something of a game changer due to their longer life, low maintenance and appealing safety … Read more

Australian Architects at Home

Australian architects at home ReNew reader Sharon McGann recently interviewed four sustainability-focused architects and building designers in NSW to discover their views on the history and future of sustainable home architecture in Australia. Caroline Pidcock Pidcock: Architecture + Sustainability What are some highlights of where we’ve come from and where we’re going with sustainable home … Read more