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Solar energy is an intelligent and
environmentally friendly resource
that will see you not only reduce
your carbon footprint but also your
annual electricity expenses.
It means you can run your
household on the electricity
generated by your solar photovoltaic
(PV) system and anything left over
will be sold back to your electricity
company at a higher rate through
the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) scheme.
Since 1985, Nu Energy has
successfully installed thousands of
renewable solar energy systems into
households and businesses around
Australia. Nu Energy prides itself on
its product and service excellence
and maintains unrivalled installation
experience within the renewable
solutions industry. It offers a range
of straightforward solutions to suit
commercial applications ranging
from solar PV grid connect arrays,
solar hot water systems and addition
renewable energy solutions for all
businesses and schools.
The Australian Federal Government
is committed to reducing carbon
emissions and has implemented
Why you need to switch
How does Solar PV work?
several measures to ensure that
you can save by using solar energy
at a fraction of the cost. Under the
new scheme, any person looking
to implement renewable energy in
their property is able to apply for a
Renewable Energy Certificate (REC).
These RECs are like tradeable stocks
or bonds and have a monetary value
dependent upon where you live.
RECs are used as a point of sale
discount so the higher your REC is
worth the cheaper renewable energy
systems are to purchase and install.
In recent weeks the number of RECs
in the market has gone up, meaning
the value of your REC will be low
and as such the price of solar has
to increase. However, the good news
is that Nu Energy wants you to take
advantage of the current climate.
For a very limited time Nu Energy
is offering you a 1.52kW Solar PV
System installed in your home or
business from the incredibly low
price of $2999.
To take advantage of this
limited time offer, visit
call 1300 768 225 for more
Solar PV panels (photovoltaic panels)
convert sunlight into electricity
and can be placed on the roof of
your house, nearby on an adjacent
building, or can be freestanding
mounted to frames on the ground if
need be, to gain the greatest access
to the northern sun.
For the solar system to work most
efficiently it doesn't have to be
warm but the solar panels work
best if positioned on a north facing
roof to generate power and help
you save money. The system relies
on prolonged sunlight, not heat, to
When power is being generated by
the solar panels, the inverter will
convert the DC electricity made by
the solar modules into 240V AC
electricity -- this AC electricity can
then be used normally in your home.
Your solar system will feed any
excess electricity generated back to
the grid via a bi-directional meter
(known as a "smart meter"), your
electricity provider will meter the
excess electricity generated from
your system and any credit gained
will be recorded on your bill.
Since July 2009, the government
has assisted with the upfront cost of
installing a roof top PV by offering
solar credits for the purchase of
renewable energies systems up to
the first 1.5 kilowatts of capacity
installed. Solar Systems installed
with a capacity above 1.5kW will still
be eligible for the standard 1:1 rate
of RECs creation.
The number of additional credits will be based on the multiple as set out in
the following tabe:
Year 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16
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What can you run in your house with a 1.5kW system?
In Adelaide a 1.5kW system will
produce on a yearly average 6.05
kWh per day.
This estimation is based on the
yearly average production and can
vary according to your location,
The following table provides a guide
on how many hours you can run
each appliance per day with a 1.5kW
Watts Hours per day you can run appliance
60 101 hours (or 5 globes for 20 hours)
Fridge average-post 2001
57 106 hours
900 7 hours
Toaster or microwave
1440 4 hours
Desk computer + 17" LCD 150 40 hours
45 134 hours
Plasma TV 42"
210 29 hours
Medium electric space heater 900 7 hours
2.5 ton central AC
3500 2 hours
For example, on a yearly average
your 1.5kW system will be able to
•6 light bulbs
•A fridge post 2001
•A LCD TV 42”
•And a Medium space heater
All running together continuously for
Feed in tariffs
A feed-in tariff (FITs) is a premium
rate paid for electricity produced by
a renewable source of energy.
The FITs is a currently a state-run
incentive, therefore it differs from
state to state. In SA, the rate paid is
44c kWh (to be reviewed at the end of
2009). Scheme ends 30 June 2028.
Conditions (including consumption of
less than 160mWh of electricity use
pa) apply and note that the FIT is also
subject to changes.
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