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There are many people saying 'Solar power does not work' or 'Solar power is not efficient', we can say this is not true.
Some people might say 'It is too expensive' , we can say this is not true.

Here is what Barrett did:

  1. We got a proper quote from a very good Solar company, enviro group.
  2. We gave them access to our last 4 energy bills and quoted us a proper system.
    (not those advertised on TV, they do not work - cheap panels, cheap inverter)
    The system equals in output (on average over a 12 months period) the same of our current electricity usage.
  3. We took out a loan for the amount of the system and installation cost, and pay it back with the amount of the monthly electricity costs PLUS some extra (to pay it off a little faster).
  4. Our accountant told us that the tax benefits are nearly the same amount of the loan costs, effectively making the loan very cheap.
  5. Our electricity bill for the summer months puts us in credit, this credit we will use up during the winter months. At all other times the energy we use is the same as the energy we produce.

Our Solar Array

The array consists of 40 Yingli Panda Panels, each of them producing 270 Watts, together 10.8KW.

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Our Inverter:

Our Inverter is a SMA SB10000TL Transformerless Inverter 3 Phase, producing 10.2KW maximum (hence why it is called SB10000TL).

It is connected to via two path going through a SMART meter, ig we use energy it is counted on the "receive from the grid meter", if we produce more energy then we use it is counted on the "feed into the grid meter".

The device has a number of jobs:

  1. Transfer the excess energy (energy not used by us) into the energy grid, thus we are in credit.
  2. Change the Voltage type from DC to AC
  3. If we use more energy then the solar array provides take this from the grid, thus we are in debit.

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A picture is worth more than 1000 words.

Below you can see what the current energy production is of our Solar System.

Power Output

This graph displays the current power created, it is in KW, meaing in units of 1000W each.
It goes up and down because clouds are between the Sun and the Solar Panels.

Solar Power produced of Solar System at Barrett

 

Daily Yield

This graph shows the power created during one day, note that this is reset every night at 12am.
It is in fact the area below the graph above, or in other words it is the some of all power created during one day.
It is displayed in KW/h, or in units of 1000W per hour.
The graphs flattens when the energy produced of the system gets lower and lower, until it reaches zero (dark).

Solar Power produced of Solar System at Barrett

 

Our Power Provider

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We use Powershop as a provider for the additional power and for the power we redirect into the grid, simply as they provide true green power and we do not like that Origin Energy supports fracking.

Powershop has a crew of around 70 geeks, problem-solvers and designers working hard to make Powershop the best power company ever. They supply power to all kinds of homes and businesses in Australia and New Zealand. Powershop are owned by a multi-billion dollar, 100% renewable electricity company, Meridian Energy, their support team is located in Melbourne, Wellington (NZ) and Masterton (NZ).

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Val Dani, Group General Manager Dome Garden Supplies
We began working with Barrett midyear 2009.  Our Sales Team was in need of a makeover as our business had grown from Small Business to SME in a very short time. We desperately needed skilled, organized and proactive sales reps to sustain the growth and maintain our position in the market place.  For a period of 6 months, Sue Barett became our surrogate Sales Manager and held regular weekly sales meetings which involved coaching, mentoring and up-skilling the sales team to plan ahead and give them the confidence to get out on road where previously they were more in-house order takers rather than field reps.  The experience was both challenging and rewarding for the sales team and the process revealed the businesses' strengths and weaknesses which lead to the restructure of the entire business.  Barrett's approach is honest and encouraging and it's about seeking out real solutions.  There are no false promises or gimmicks on how to be the best but its rather a journey of self discovery supported with common sense sales strategies and plans that work and can be adapted by any sales rep and business.  One of the first things that Barrett warned us about was that not all sales reps will last the journey.  The process exposed some sales reps that didn't have what it takes and in time they exited the business which made way for more talented sales people.  Choosing Barrett was the one of the smartest business decisions we've made.  We still work closely with Barrett utilizing their services and tools such as the Psychometric Sales and Leadership testing which I highly recommend to recruit and retain the right people.  Sue is a rare and amazing coach, facilitator, mentor and business woman who inspires and challenges everyone she meets to be better sales reps, managers and people.
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