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What is a Solar Power Plant and How Does it Work?

What is a Solar Power Plant and How Does it Work?

Solar power plants use the sun’s rays to produce electricity, just like solar panels that are installed on the roof of a residential home, but instead of powering only a few hundred square metres of a home, the energy is utilised to power in some cases hundreds of...

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How Solar Power Is The World’s Cheapest Energy

How Solar Power Is The World’s Cheapest Energy

For many years solar power was an expensive alternative to fossil fuels. While it was clean and green, the unaffordable cost associated with changing over to solar energy made it unfathomable to homeowners that this solution was a viable one. But with an increased...

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Understanding VPPs: What is a Virtual Power Plant?

Understanding VPPs: What is a Virtual Power Plant?

What is a VPP? A VPP is a Virtual Power Plant and it’s the future of renewable energy. It sounds complicated, but it isn’t really. A VPP is a network of independent energy creators virtually coming together to form a reliable power grid. It allows the excess energy...

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Understanding the Current Adelaide City Incentives

Understanding the Current Adelaide City Incentives

If you live within the Adelaide CBD there are a number of great rebates available to you when it comes to solar power. Depending on your circumstances you could receive up to $20,000 in financial incentives, as part of Adelaide City Council’s Carbon Neutral Adelaide...

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All you need to know about energy meters

All you need to know about energy meters

The energy meter at your home or business tracks your energy usage across a set period of time. This information is collected and given to your energy provider in order to charge you accurately for your usage. Types of energy meters available General energy meters...

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Solar Power Financial Incentives Explained

Solar Power Financial Incentives Explained

Buying solar panels for your home can seem pretty confusing at first. Can you still get solar rebates? How do you know what sized system to install? Will you need to notify your power company? How do you choose the right installer? And what on earth is a feed-in...

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The Tesla Energy Plan

The Tesla Energy Plan

If you’re on the ball with your energy-saving and have already installed a Tesla Powerwall in your home, do we have news for you! The new Tesla Energy Plan, powered by Energy Locals is offering the best electricity rate in South Australia* and it helps feed back in to...

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What is the SA Home Battery Scheme?

What is the SA Home Battery Scheme?

The SA Home Battery Scheme is a State Government subsidy which helps homeowners to pay for the installation of home battery systems. The Scheme is now available to 40,000 households in the state, with all South Australian’s who have households on the grid given the...

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All you need to know about the new Tesla Powerwall

All you need to know about the new Tesla Powerwall

Tesla is a name that has become synonymous with sustainability, quality and forward-thinking attitudes. For over 10 years, Tesla has been building integrated battery systems in cars. It’s innovation like theirs- using expert knowledge and quality control- that has...

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Approved Solar Retailer Update

Approved Solar Retailer Update

Back in January, Solar Power Direct became Clean Energy Council Approved Retailers, which comes with a whole range of benefits to you as a consumer. You can read more about that here. Yesterday, the Victorian Government announced that it is introducing a new...

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Solar scheme to remain unchanged

Solar scheme to remain unchanged

Last week, as the Federal Government argued over the National Energy Guarantee and threatened to scrap the Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES), the Clean Energy Council (CEC), Australia's peak body for the clean energy industry, stood its ground. On 15 August,...

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How does solar work?

How does solar work?

Whether you're thinking of installing solar or have already taken the leap, you might be a bit confused about how the system actually works. Here are some frequently asked questions about solar systems and how they work to help clear things up: What is solar PV? PV...

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Maximise your solar power and save

Maximise your solar power and save

G​et more value from your rooftop solar power with battery storage systems that allow you to use more of what your grid connect system produces. Master electrician and managing director of Solar Power Direct, Paul Maiolo, says a solar battery storage system collects...

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The case for going Solar now

The case for going Solar now

Investing in grid connect solar power for your home or business sooner rather than later makes sense as Federal Government incentives start to reduce each year from now. Master electrician and managing director of Solar Power Direct Paul Maiolo says the Government...

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Are you eligible for a Small-Scale Technology Certificate?

Are you eligible for a Small-Scale Technology Certificate?

Solar panels are the preferred way for Australians to reduce their carbon footprint and electricity bills. However, that means that many Australians are already looking to add or replace their solar system. This may affect their eligibility for small-scale technology...

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