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The Solar Panel debate

Postby stevo. » Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:08 am

There's lots of Solar Panel talk lately by the Government and Media, it must be their latest thing to keep people busy. They've done the water tank thing and then the insulation thing aleady so this must be the next on the list.

They had a thing on tv lastnight about the pros and cons of solar panels and costs etc and it doesn't sound that great. I think no matter which way you go you're going to get screwed. You'll have a big bill for the solar panels or you'll have to pay heaps for electricity on the grid. I think the best way would be to disconnect from the grid completely.

So that's more incentive for my "live in a caravan in the bush theory" , i just need to work out some income :-bang

anyone have any views?
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Re: The Solar Panel debate

Postby GypsyLady » Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:23 am

Yeah....travel and do itinerant work as you need it.
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Re: The Solar Panel debate

Postby Titch » Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:40 am

Grow hooch :armsup
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Re: The Solar Panel debate

Postby sienna » Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:24 am

My friend works in the building insulation design field where he works out what a building needs in terms of insulation and air con etc and then designs the systems etc. He told me that if you want to get solar panels, you should wait a couple more years because the technology is about to improve dramatically. At the moment solar panels are only about 18% efficient but he reckons they're about to jump to 25% efficiency in the next couple years. I know it only sounds small but apparently it is a very big deal.
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Re: The Solar Panel debate

Postby stevo. » Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:42 am

I was going to get a couple of solar panels and set up a separate system (not connected to the grid) at home and run the laptops, tv, radios and lights, maybe the camp fridge. The only problem is i haven't figured out how to run a hot water system yet.
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Re: The Solar Panel debate

Postby Titch » Fri Oct 29, 2010 11:36 am

Swimming pool heater set up?
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Re: The Solar Panel debate

Postby stevo. » Fri Oct 29, 2010 11:45 am

I don't know anything about pools. How does that work? Does it run on 12v?
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Re: The Solar Panel debate

Postby Titch » Fri Oct 29, 2010 4:36 pm

Could do ,using the heater hosing that people put on roofs.
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Re: The Solar Panel debate

Postby Lin » Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:46 pm

I think no matter which way you go you're going to get screwed. You'll have a big bill for the solar panels or you'll have to pay heaps for electricity on the grid.


I totally agree. In the ACT they have a scheme where solar panel owners will get 4 times (I think) the standard unit rate for electricity fed back into the grid. This will be funded by higher electricity prices for everyone else. It makes me very angry. Because there are so many people out there who are just not in a position to go solar and avoid those higher rates. New home owners spending all their disposable income on the mortgage and the 25% of the population who rents. Do these people really deserve to be forced to subsidise the "richer" people's solar panels and the price they get for their electricity?

When they already often pay higher electricity prices because they are unable to insulate their houses.

I don't think that's right at all...
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Re: The Solar Panel debate

Postby hoadie72 » Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:17 pm

It's even more complex than that - most of the people having them installed will not be paying full price but in fact subsidised. And some were funded under the Green Loans scheme, so won't be paying interest if they borrowed money for them. Just thought I'd put that out there :)
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Re: The Solar Panel debate

Postby xmasbaby67 » Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:27 pm

Welcome back Titch!!! :?#

We were involved in the insulation stuff up and were lucky enough not to get caught out. We did insulation before the scheme and still do it. We had a stack of people on our waiting list but then we got a text message from the Dept on the Friday arvo to say it had been cancelled!!!! WTF!! Great way to do business. NOT!!!! And that stupid Peter Garratt still has a job???? If one of my blokes stuffed up like that he would be gone!!!!!! *steps down off soap box*

Anything to do with a new labour govt scheme I would be really wary of!!!!!!

The electricity mob out here are still trying to work out how to connect some of these homes and farms up to the grid???????
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Re: The Solar Panel debate

Postby xmasbaby67 » Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:48 pm

Whoops that was an old post.......sorry :cry:

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Re: The Solar Panel debate

Postby GypsyLady » Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:24 pm

xmasbaby67 wrote:Whoops that was an old post.......sorry :cry:

We still miss you Titch!!!!



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Re: The Solar Panel debate

Postby Rosco1 » Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:43 am

My heart missed a beat when I read '''WELCOME BACK TITCH''.....Only to keep reading and realized it was a mistake..... :( :( :(

Wonder what our mate is up to ????????
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Re: The Solar Panel debate

Postby stevo. » Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:40 pm

Does anyone know if these solar deals include batteries? I get the impression that there's no batteries? So then you are just creating power during the day and then are using the grid when there's no sun (night).
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