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  1. Ray Speed
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    Finally did Solar, one for our 2019 Bucket List

    If your looking for a decent battery have a look at these one's , (also have a look at that site too they are an independent company that did tests on all the major batteries) this particular one...
    If your looking for a decent battery have a look at these one's , (also have a look at that site too they are an independent company that did tests on all the major batteries) this particular one is on my to buy list!! They are 2.4kwh each and they are stackable sort of like a computer server...
    If your looking for a decent battery have a look at these one's , (also have a look at that site too they are an independent company that did tests on all the major batteries) this particular one is on my to buy list!! They are 2.4kwh each and...
    If your looking for a decent battery have a look at these one's , (also have a look at that site too they are an independent company that did tests on all the major batteries) this particular one...

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  2. Berkeloid

    Solar panels instead of shade cloth

    I agree Mark, but trouble is, at least in my experience, adding that forward thinker (often a project manager in larger situations) adds another level of cost... and again, in my cynical...
    I agree Mark, but trouble is, at least in my experience, adding that forward thinker (often a project manager in larger situations) adds another level of cost... and again, in my cynical assessment, is more often inserted in order to minimise risk / shift accountability (avoid blame game). I saw...
    I agree Mark, but trouble is, at least in my experience, adding that forward thinker (often a project manager in larger situations) adds another level of cost... and again, in my cynical assessment, is more often inserted in order to minimise...
    I agree Mark, but trouble is, at least in my experience, adding that forward thinker (often a project manager in larger situations) adds another level of cost... and again, in my cynical...
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  4. ClissAT

    Batteries, a possible downside

    mmm not sure if they have thought about that. None of us have the knowledge to organise it, we would have to bring people in who knew more about it. But I think there was some talk that we would...
    mmm not sure if they have thought about that. None of us have the knowledge to organise it, we would have to bring people in who knew more about it. But I think there was some talk that we would need a .... not sure what it s called, but sort of like a relay or transformer or stabiliser and...
    mmm not sure if they have thought about that. None of us have the knowledge to organise it, we would have to bring people in who knew more about it. But I think there was some talk that we would need a .... not sure what it s called, but sort...
    mmm not sure if they have thought about that. None of us have the knowledge to organise it, we would have to bring people in who knew more about it. But I think there was some talk that we would...
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  5. Ash

    Recommend SolaX X-Hybrid inverter for solar energy generation

    AtLaguna, sorry that I haven't responded to you but I never saw your message! SAE installed my set up too, pretty much the same as yours and I added a couple more battery modules myself...
    AtLaguna, sorry that I haven't responded to you but I never saw your message! SAE installed my set up too, pretty much the same as yours and I added a couple more battery modules myself thereafter. The fault needs to be drilled into the SAE group first, the electrician who was responsible for my...
    AtLaguna, sorry that I haven't responded to you but I never saw your message! SAE installed my set up too, pretty much the same as yours and I added a couple more battery modules myself thereafter. The fault needs to be drilled into the SAE group...
    AtLaguna, sorry that I haven't responded to you but I never saw your message! SAE installed my set up too, pretty much the same as yours and I added a couple more battery modules myself...

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  6. stevo

    Tesla Powerwall?

    Yeah the builder there said it was over $55k worth. Very happy with paying $2000 they also gave us $20k to spend on upgrades. Of course we will end up spending more but at least it helps.
    Yeah the builder there said it was over $55k worth. Very happy with paying $2000 they also gave us $20k to spend on upgrades. Of course we will end up spending more but at least it helps.
    Yeah the builder there said it was over $55k worth. Very happy with paying $2000 they also gave us $20k to spend on upgrades. Of course we will end up spending more but at least it helps.
    Yeah the builder there said it was over $55k worth. Very happy with paying $2000 they also gave us $20k to spend on upgrades. Of course we will end up spending more but at least it helps.
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  7. Mark

    Origin Energy puts a TAX on households with solar panels!

    Steve, that is exactly what I did at our new house here in 2007.
    Steve, that is exactly what I did at our new house here in 2007.
    Steve, that is exactly what I did at our new house here in 2007.
    Steve, that is exactly what I did at our new house here in 2007.

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  8. Tim C

    Evaporative cooler converted to 12 volt to run on solar

    Much cheaper than buying a whole new unit and running it off mains :)
    Much cheaper than buying a whole new unit and running it off mains :)
    Much cheaper than buying a whole new unit and running it off mains :)
    Much cheaper than buying a whole new unit and running it off mains :)

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  9. Tim C

    The vehicle of the future? DIY Electric Bike

    Hahaha... yeah well they tax carbon so perhaps they'll find a way!
    Hahaha... yeah well they tax carbon so perhaps they'll find a way!
    Hahaha... yeah well they tax carbon so perhaps they'll find a way!
    Hahaha... yeah well they tax carbon so perhaps they'll find a way!

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  10. Steve

    Hot Water - What do you think?

    Reminds me of the old wood chip heaters with a new twist
    Reminds me of the old wood chip heaters with a new twist
    Reminds me of the old wood chip heaters with a new twist
    Reminds me of the old wood chip heaters with a new twist
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  11. Mark

    Wind Farms do you think they are ugly?

    I see through the media recently they (govt & coys) are preparing us for more large spikes in energy prices. It's disgusting how much Australians pay for power it just constricts the economy and...
    I see through the media recently they (govt & coys) are preparing us for more large spikes in energy prices. It's disgusting how much Australians pay for power it just constricts the economy and hurts poor people. If windfarms contribute to the unreasonable escalating cost of power then...
    I see through the media recently they (govt & coys) are preparing us for more large spikes in energy prices. It's disgusting how much Australians pay for power it just constricts the economy and hurts poor people. If windfarms contribute to...
    I see through the media recently they (govt & coys) are preparing us for more large spikes in energy prices. It's disgusting how much Australians pay for power it just constricts the economy and...

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  12. stevo

    Solar Station

    Not weird - it is interesting! But I'm with you... nothing new to see here.
    Not weird - it is interesting! But I'm with you... nothing new to see here.
    Not weird - it is interesting! But I'm with you... nothing new to see here.
    Not weird - it is interesting! But I'm with you... nothing new to see here.
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  13. stevo

    End of Coal? - ABC Four Corners

    China are building one of these, we should be as well. Of course we don;t have the smarts in this country anymore but I guess we could import some physicists to make it happen?
    China are building one of these, we should be as well. Of course we don;t have the smarts in this country anymore but I guess we could import some physicists to make it happen?
    China are building one of these, we should be as well. Of course we don;t have the smarts in this country anymore but I guess we could import some physicists to make it happen?
    China are building one of these, we should be as well. Of course we don;t have the smarts in this country anymore but I guess we could import some physicists to make it happen?
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  14. Steve

    Question What size rain water tank?

    We have a 5000gal tank for washing, shower, cooking, drinking for 4 people lasts us 6 months. Aquaponics system uses 5000gal a year. 1/4acre veg and fruit garden uses at least 25000gal per year
    We have a 5000gal tank for washing, shower, cooking, drinking for 4 people lasts us 6 months. Aquaponics system uses 5000gal a year. 1/4acre veg and fruit garden uses at least 25000gal per year
    We have a 5000gal tank for washing, shower, cooking, drinking for 4 people lasts us 6 months. Aquaponics system uses 5000gal a year. 1/4acre veg and fruit garden uses at least 25000gal per year
    We have a 5000gal tank for washing, shower, cooking, drinking for 4 people lasts us 6 months. Aquaponics system uses 5000gal a year. 1/4acre veg and fruit garden uses at least 25000gal per year
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  15. Mark

    Bashing solar panel owners again for higher electricity prices

    Here's one I found amusing in the US: To save money, Kentucky Coal Museum turns to solar panels. There is some irony when even a place dedicated to coal decides to go solar!
    Here's one I found amusing in the US: To save money, Kentucky Coal Museum turns to solar panels. There is some irony when even a place dedicated to coal decides to go solar!
    Here's one I found amusing in the US: To save money, Kentucky Coal Museum turns to solar panels. There is some irony when even a place dedicated to coal decides to go solar!
    Here's one I found amusing in the US: To save money, Kentucky Coal Museum turns to solar panels. There is some irony when even a place dedicated to coal decides to go solar!
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  16. bearded1

    Thinking about making biodiesel; -any experience here?

    I have had the same idea. A diesel genset for when the wind/sun don't keep up. Once you have set up and got your oil it may take a few goes to get it perfect. An old fella I know gets the clear...
    I have had the same idea. A diesel genset for when the wind/sun don't keep up. Once you have set up and got your oil it may take a few goes to get it perfect. An old fella I know gets the clear 20L used oils. They are left to settle then the oil is syphoned off the top into another 20L container...
    I have had the same idea. A diesel genset for when the wind/sun don't keep up. Once you have set up and got your oil it may take a few goes to get it perfect. An old fella I know gets the clear 20L used oils. They are left to settle then the oil...
    I have had the same idea. A diesel genset for when the wind/sun don't keep up. Once you have set up and got your oil it may take a few goes to get it perfect. An old fella I know gets the clear...
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  17. Mark

    Grid level battery electricity storage coming soon

    Yep. We currently have a 1.5kW system along with a solar hot water unit and even then they have almost covered our electricity costs in autumn and spring (but we use the A/C for heating for winter).
    Yep. We currently have a 1.5kW system along with a solar hot water unit and even then they have almost covered our electricity costs in autumn and spring (but we use the A/C for heating for winter).
    Yep. We currently have a 1.5kW system along with a solar hot water unit and even then they have almost covered our electricity costs in autumn and spring (but we use the A/C for heating for winter).
    Yep. We currently have a 1.5kW system along with a solar hot water unit and even then they have almost covered our electricity costs in autumn and spring (but we use the A/C for heating for winter).
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  18. Mark

    Question What is the biggest gas cylinder you can buy?

    Well that is very interesting Kate! Thanks for all those figures and it does seem rather incredible how much you do save by using the 9kg gas bottles and re-filling them yourself :shock: My last order...
    Well that is very interesting Kate! Thanks for all those figures and it does seem rather incredible how much you do save by using the 9kg gas bottles and re-filling them yourself :shock: My last order through Origin just recently cost $139.50 but the one before that was $152.50 so it seems domestic...
    Well that is very interesting Kate! Thanks for all those figures and it does seem rather incredible how much you do save by using the 9kg gas bottles and re-filling them yourself :shock: My last order through Origin just recently cost $139.50 but the...
    Well that is very interesting Kate! Thanks for all those figures and it does seem rather incredible how much you do save by using the 9kg gas bottles and re-filling them yourself :shock: My last order...
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  19. Letsgokate

    Solar quotes

    Will do, Mark. I'll give a run down on the new technology and walk through the set up process as it develops. Construction begins in early November.
    Will do, Mark. I'll give a run down on the new technology and walk through the set up process as it develops. Construction begins in early November.
    Will do, Mark. I'll give a run down on the new technology and walk through the set up process as it develops. Construction begins in early November.
    Will do, Mark. I'll give a run down on the new technology and walk through the set up process as it develops. Construction begins in early November.
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  20. Mark

    Gas prices to rise $400 per year

    Tim I agree it is a possibility living back on the riverbank. Talk is Australia will be a third world country in the future. Not sure if we will see it in our lifetime. Waste is definately a...
    Tim I agree it is a possibility living back on the riverbank. Talk is Australia will be a third world country in the future. Not sure if we will see it in our lifetime. Waste is definately a cause for high costs on all including gas. I think high prices have a lot to do with the Work place...
    Tim I agree it is a possibility living back on the riverbank. Talk is Australia will be a third world country in the future. Not sure if we will see it in our lifetime. Waste is definately a cause for high costs on all including gas. I think...
    Tim I agree it is a possibility living back on the riverbank. Talk is Australia will be a third world country in the future. Not sure if we will see it in our lifetime. Waste is definately a...
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  21. stevo

    Solar Roads

    The first video has been removed by the user? If this concept and footage is actually true I could see it initially being adopted by companies and govt as a way to power remote locations like...
    The first video has been removed by the user? If this concept and footage is actually true I could see it initially being adopted by companies and govt as a way to power remote locations like mining compounds or military installations - it's basically smart paving and making the most out of a...
    The first video has been removed by the user? If this concept and footage is actually true I could see it initially being adopted by companies and govt as a way to power remote locations like mining compounds or military installations - it's...
    The first video has been removed by the user? If this concept and footage is actually true I could see it initially being adopted by companies and govt as a way to power remote locations like...
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  22. stevo

    Avanco Solar Isolator Recall

    Who knows? You'd think the regulators would come with some documentation detailing the normal working temperature range so people wouldn't get concerned and could check if theirs is running within...
    Who knows? You'd think the regulators would come with some documentation detailing the normal working temperature range so people wouldn't get concerned and could check if theirs is running within the expected range if need be. :dunno:
    Who knows? You'd think the regulators would come with some documentation detailing the normal working temperature range so people wouldn't get concerned and could check if theirs is running within the expected range if need be. :dunno:
    Who knows? You'd think the regulators would come with some documentation detailing the normal working temperature range so people wouldn't get concerned and could check if theirs is running within...
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  23. Lee-Mika

    Design help with a off grid solar system.

    The 2 wind generators I have are made from dc treadmill motors.(From the dump shop-$10 each) One is brushed and the other brushless. From memory they are 100 vdc rated at 2500rpm. This just means...
    The 2 wind generators I have are made from dc treadmill motors.(From the dump shop-$10 each) One is brushed and the other brushless. From memory they are 100 vdc rated at 2500rpm. This just means that for 12 or 24v you run it slower. My controller is a Coleman-air from USA. I think it was about...
    The 2 wind generators I have are made from dc treadmill motors.(From the dump shop-$10 each) One is brushed and the other brushless. From memory they are 100 vdc rated at 2500rpm. This just means that for 12 or 24v you run it slower. My...
    The 2 wind generators I have are made from dc treadmill motors.(From the dump shop-$10 each) One is brushed and the other brushless. From memory they are 100 vdc rated at 2500rpm. This just means...

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  24. Mark

    Making solar heaters out of used cans

    Fine with me. I don't mind the Woodstock brand of bourbon and that comes in a massive 440ml can. Think of the efficiency if we drink the large cans! :idea:
    Fine with me. I don't mind the Woodstock brand of bourbon and that comes in a massive 440ml can. Think of the efficiency if we drink the large cans! :idea:
    Fine with me. I don't mind the Woodstock brand of bourbon and that comes in a massive 440ml can. Think of the efficiency if we drink the large cans! :idea:
    Fine with me. I don't mind the Woodstock brand of bourbon and that comes in a massive 440ml can. Think of the efficiency if we drink the large cans! :idea:
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  25. Mark

    Question Govt Energy Rating Calculator for aircon power consumption accurate?

    Weird hey! I wouldn't have thought that! I've been one to keep the temp set pretty high on the aircon to save power. It's the humidity that makes it uncomfortable so all I really want my aircon...
    Weird hey! I wouldn't have thought that! I've been one to keep the temp set pretty high on the aircon to save power. It's the humidity that makes it uncomfortable so all I really want my aircon to do is (yes, cool it down) but mostly remove the moisture from the air.
    Weird hey! I wouldn't have thought that! I've been one to keep the temp set pretty high on the aircon to save power. It's the humidity that makes it uncomfortable so all I really want my aircon to do is (yes, cool it down) but mostly remove...
    Weird hey! I wouldn't have thought that! I've been one to keep the temp set pretty high on the aircon to save power. It's the humidity that makes it uncomfortable so all I really want my aircon...

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