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Solar panel inspection!

As members of the Clean Energy Council, Australia’s leading renewable energy regulation body, Vogel Solar has access to all the research and information necessary to ensure our solar installations are of the highest standard. One thing we know for sure is that it is very important to schedule a solar panel inspection.

 


Caring for your solar system doesn’t stop once the system is installed. Just like the family car that needs to be serviced by a professional to ensure it is operating to its maximum potential, your solar system needs regular maintenance. The Clean Energy Council recommends an annual maintenance inspection of residential solar systems. This is to ensure not only that your solar system is operating safely, but also effectively.
 


It is also good practice to have your solar panels cleaned at least once a year. When panels get covered in leaves, bird droppings or dirt and dust, their ability to convert light to energy can decrease. In order to make sure no damage is inadvertently caused through cleaning attempts, it’s best to leave it to the professionals! 

 

Time for a solar panel inspection? 

 

We can perform an Annual Maintenance Inspection for $198.

In conjunction with your Annual Maintenance Inspection, we would recommend having your solar panels professionally cleaned to keep them operating at their peak and converting as much Queensland sunshine into power as possible! We are offering Solar Panel Cleaning for $78 when a Annual Maintenance Inspection is conducted on the premises.

In line with the Clean Energy Council recommendation, we suggest  that both these services should be performed annually to avoid any undetected issues effecting the performance of the mini energy sub-station sitting on your roof!

 

Give Clodie a call to book in a time for the guys to come out!

Talk to you next month,

Israel. 

We’re following the Solar Impulse!

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If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Instagram, you would have seen that we are following the journey of the Solar Impulse as it embarks on an around the world journey.

 

What is the Solar Impulse you ask?

 

The Solar Impulse is an aircraft with a 72-metre wingspan that weights roughly the same as a car. However, it is no ordinary plane. The difference between the Solar Impulse and a regular aircraft, is that the Solar Impulse is 100% solar powered. The wings are covered in over 17,000 solar cells powering four motors. During daylight hours the cells charge up lithium batteries, which then power the Solar Impulse through the night.

 

In the coming months the #Si2 will leave Abu Dhabi and commence a flight that will take it across the pacific, touching down on US territory, before crossing the Atlantic. Then, with all things going according to plan, the solar powered aircraft will arrive back to Abu Dhabi a few days later.

 

It seems that the point of the flight is not necessarily to prove that we should be using solar energy to power planes, but rather it’s more about showing people the capabilities of clean energy. One of the co-founders behind the Solar Impulse, Bertrand Piccard, said “Miracles can be achieved with renewables such as solar power. We want to show we can fly day and night in an aircraft without a drop of fuel”.

 

We believe that solar energy is an incredible alternative to more traditional sources of energy. It’s pretty amazing to think that the sun not only can power your home, but can also power an aircraft to take a trip around the world. We are passionate about giving people the opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of solar power in their homes. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form if you are interested in learning about what solar power can do for you and your family!

 Israel Vogel. 

 

 

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

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A Christmas Message from Israel

 

Well here we are again friends! It’s Christmas time! Can you taste it? If you’re like me and you’ve been watching Jamie Oliver’s ‘Christmas Crackers’ then you’re surely licking your lips at the thought  of Christmas lunch. Christmas is just around the corner now.

 

Once again I want to pay particular homage to our fantastic team here at Vogel Solar & Electrical, whose tireless efforts all year long have ensured a successful 2014. I am sure that our customers would agree that we have some of the most skilled and friendly people working with us.

 

Above all I wish to thank all of YOU! Our beloved customers & supporters, you are the reason we do what we do, so thank you. I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year spent with the ones you love.

 

Amidst the chaos that this season brings, it is important to spare a thought for all those in our community who are lonely or hurting this Christmas. We urge you to consider sharing a little kindness to others over the holiday season.

 

Considering Solar in the New Year?

 

Have you been thinking about getting solar this year but haven’t quite got around to it?  We also offer energy efficient electrical (domestic & commercial) service and installation, solar power, solar air conditioning, efficient lighting, efficient pool pump and water heating solutions. With the long hot summer days extending into the new year, this is the best time to make the most of these services. 

 

Give us a call in the New Year and we can talk you through the options that will suit your family’s needs & budget.


We are passionate about people harnessing the free energy that the sun provides in order to save them money & help protect the environment for the next generation.

 

Our Christmas Closing Dates

 

Our final day for the year is on Tuesday the 23rd of December and we’ll be back out installing solar from the 12th of January 2015.
We will be running with limited capacity for any urgent work from the 5th of January. 

 

We will see you in the New Year!!

Israel Vogel

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Staying cool and safe this summer!

Whilst, once again, we are all wondering where this year has gone, I’m sure we also share the excited anticipation of the impending Christmas Season, and all the family festivities that ensue.

 

This is also an important time to be thinking of those in our community who are alone without family around them, or are battling illness at this time, causing sadness or loneliness in what should be a joyful season. We were able to bring a little bit of joy to one such customer of ours recently as she goes into the Christmas season with the task of battling bone cancer. I want to thank you as our loyal supporters for your part in helping Vogel Solar and Electrical grow as a successful business. Your support enables us to reach out to people in need, so Thank YOU!

 

How’s the heat wave?

 

How did that 40-degree scorcher here in Brisbane treat you last week? The good news is we now have solar air-conditioning units available! Air-conditioning is one of the largest running costs of Queensland homes. Regularly rising electricity costs have caused air-conditioning in many households to become a luxury. Well, not anymore, thanks to our new Solar Air product!

 

These units can use as little power as that of a light bulb, during the daylight hours as it draws power from its own solar panels. Just imagine guilt-free air-conditioning! This product is of incredible value to you especially if you own a solar power system that is running on the previous State Government $0.44 Feed-in-Tariff! Call us today for a free quote.

 

How are you solar panels going?

 

Solar panel cleaning and maintenance should be high on your agenda every year when Spring and Summer roll around. This is the time of year that you receive the most power from your solar power system, as we enjoy the extra sunlight from the longer days. So you want to ensure that you are getting the most efficiency out of your solar power system.

 

Safety is the other reason why maintenance is so important! Many of you by now would be aware of a number of Solar DC Isolator models that were withdrawn from the market, under safety recalls. Please see the following link for a list of DC isolator models, as well as photos. Please check this list and call us immediately if you believe that one of these isolators are installed on your house.

 

Contact us today to perform our 37-point check on your solar power system to see how it measures up against its expected safety and performance standards.

 

Catch you next month!

Israel Vogel        

 

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Some of the Vogel team heading to a site earlier this month. For more #teamvogelatwork antics check out our Facebook (@vogelsolar), Twitter (@vogel_solarelec) & Instagram (@vogel_solar)!

 

Team Vogel at Work in the Community

IMG_2_NOVIMG_5_NOVIMG_3_NovThe many hands of the Vogel Solar team have made this special story possible. Recently we were able to assist a client who is showing great strength whilst battling a serious illness. We will refer to her as Mrs Jones. Mrs Jones was an existing customer of ours, and we have conducted a number of jobs for her in the past.

 

Mrs Jones recently contacted me requesting to have her gas cooktop exchanged for an electric one, and also her range hood to be replaced. Her request was for the job to be done by the end of the following week, as she had treatment commencing soon.   I discovered that this treatment was chemotherapy. I must add here also that Mrs Jones is from the ‘old school’, she would be about 70-odd and definitely did not ask for anything to be done for her that she couldn’t manage to do herself, as she is quite a capable lady.

 

So you can see Mrs Jones was not the type of lady to complain or even ask for anything for free. She simply asked for a job to be done and how much it would be, and then she paid it.   After getting to know a bit about Mrs Jones over my last couple of visits, I came to know that she moved to Brisbane from the Sunshine Coast a few years ago to look after a member of her immediate family.   Sadly, that family member passed away, and not long after another immediate family member also passed away.

 

Mrs Jones was quite alone in Brisbane, living in a place that didn’t really feel like home to her, now facing a serious illness.  I really felt for Mrs Jones in her situation, and so I wanted to give her the whole job for free to really bless her and let her know that she was not alone, that we cared for her and were thinking of her.  The job itself turned out to be far more challenging than initially expected due to the state of the original wiring. Although a typical single storey brick cavity home under 20 years old is usually easy to work on, we had to install a new circuit for the cooktop and also re-run the oven circuit in order to use the oven isolator for the cooktop.

 

I was there until 8 o’clock at night and Dave was there helping me until a little earlier also – to get these cables in place when the existing ones were fixed in place part way down wall cavities and wrapped around water pipes etc.   Anyway we got it done! And we donated both the cooktop and the range hood – both with extended warranties because if we are going to give something to someone in this type of circumstance we were going to give them the best that we could. I also had Anthony Vogel come along and give me hand.

 

So I’ve got to say I am so pleased that we were able to do this. Mrs Jones was so happy, and it was a pleasure to be able to help her out at this time. We will continue to look for more opportunities like this in the future to be able to make a difference in our community.

 

Talk to you soon!

 

Israel Vogel.

Are you ready for the Queensland summer?

Like the true Queenslanders that we are, the Vogel team can’t wait for summer. It is hard to believe that it is still almost 2 months away, when here in Brisbane it feels like it has visited a few times already. With the Queensland summer just around the corner it’s time to get your pool into shape, which means balancing those pH’s, shunning the greens and encouraging the crystal blues.

Most Queenslanders don’t realise that the average household swimming pool can contribute up to 25% of the total power bill! This should be enough to encourage homeowners to make the energy efficiency of their home, and particularly their pools and air conditioners, a priority coming in to this summer. The team at Vogel can suggest a myriad of power saving solutions will best suit your home, and save you money.

These solutions vary from adjustments such as connecting specific appliances, like your swimming pool, to cheaper power tariffs, right through to installing a dedicated solar pool pump that runs from sunlight alone instead of relying on electricity.  Alternatively, installing a solar power system to power your whole home may be a more effective solution for your needs. We hope to also have a solar power air conditioner product soon.

As your local solar power and energy efficiencies provider, we exist to make your electricity work harder for you, and cost you less. We are active in our local community, regularly servicing the Brisbane and the surrounding suburbs; Taigum, Boondall, Bracken Ridge, Fitzgibbon, Bridgeman Downs, Aspley, Geebung, Chermside West and McDowall.  Call us today on (07) 3633 0163 to talk about our  “guilt free” cooling options this summer.

Also, have you been following us on Facebook? Every Friday we a posting a link to the music the team is working along to on the work sites (we love a bit of Taylor Swift). Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for a glimpse into #teamvogelatwork.

Catch you next month!

Israel Vogel.

The Renewable Energy Target & how you can help save it!

Much much discussion within the Solar Industry of recent months has centered around the beloved, and potentially endangered, Renewable Energy Target (RET).  You may have heard some of this discussion here and there, and wondered, What is the RET? How does it affect me if it stays around or not? Please read on, these questions, and more, will be answered as I explain the important role of the RET within Australia’s Renewable Energy Industry.

 

Let’s start at the beginning; in 2001 the Australian Government introduced a Mandatory Renewable Energy Target (MRET) of 9,500 Gigawatt-hours (GWh) on new electricity generation (by renewable sources), with the scheme running until at least 2020. An Expanded Renewable Energy Target was passed on 20 August 2009, to ensure that renewable energy obtains a 20% share of electricity supply in Australia by 2020.

 

To ensure this new target, the Government committed that the MRET will increase from 9,500 GWh to 45,000 GWh by 2020, the scheme was then adjusted to last until 2030.   In short, the RET is a means to ensure that a minimum percentage (20% by 2020) of electricity that is generated in Australia, originates from renewable sources. The RET achieves this by providing a ‘rebate’ incentive to both large-scale generators (i.e. wind and solar farms), as well as the owners of small-scale systems (i.e. households and businesses with solar power systems on their roof).

 

The dollar value of the solar power rebate is calculated into certificates based on the expected generation of the solar panels in that particular solar system, over a 15 year period. These certificates are created upfront, upon the installation of the solar system and the owner of the solar power system then has the option to surrender their certificates to the solar installers, or another agent, in return for payment.

 

The RET has been a very effective scheme to assist in ensuring that solar power systems are affordable, and if reduced or removed will have a devastating effect on the Renewable Energy Industry. For example, if the RET were removed, the cost of a solar system could skyrocket to as much as 150% of the current solar power prices, due the removal of the rebate. Needless to say, this is not a sustainable jump for any Industry.

 

The Federal Government has recently received a ‘review report’ on the RET, which includes recommendations to either scale back or entirely remove the RET.

 

This is why friends, that I implore you, if being a part of the renewable/sustainable energy generation (one that takes better care of our environment for our generation and those to follow) is of any importance to you, please add your voice to the thousands who are standing up solar.

 

A couple of ways you can do this is by going to:

  • visiting this website and joining the petition; and/or
  • getting in touch with your Federal Member for Parliament (all it take is a short email), to show your support for the RET and the role it has to play in ensuring a cleaner, greener Australia.

 

As always, if you have any questions regarding this blog or anything else regarding Solar or Electrical, my team and I would only be too happy to assist you.

 

Please call us on 07 3633 0163.

 

Israel Vogel.

Solar in Queensland, where to now?

As we steam our way into the second half of 2014, we find ourselves in an even steadier Solar Power market in Queensland.

2014 has been an ‘ever settling’ year for the Qld Solar Power Industry, with a small speed bump just recently, in July, with the introduction of new Energex and Ergon requirements for Grid Connected Solar Power Installations.

Looking back over previous years, we have seen the abrupt reductions, and removals, of Government subsidised “Feed-in-Tariffs”, as well as massive reductions in the STC rebate scheme.

Even just at the beginning of this year we saw a number of DC Isolators recalled from the market due to faults that were discovered to pose a significant risk.

Sadly, these factors have somewhat prolonged a general feeling of confusion and apprehension by many people, towards Solar Power.

On top of this, the above mentioned issues have contributed to (but must not be blamed for) what I call, the “shooting star”, short-lived, rise and fall of so many large and small Solar Companies.

This, in turn, has only exacerbated the public’s hesitance towards Solar Power, due to the concern of the validity of long term servicing and warranty promises.

The Good News: This “settling” of the Solar Power market in Queensland (due to the factors previously mentioned) is largely influencing the “fly by nighter” and “cash grab” companies to leave the industry due to more moderate profit margins now being general practice.

On the other end of the spectrum, it is important to continue to practice caution towards the dirt cheap Solar System prices still available also, as the figure of speech goes “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!”

Most often cheap solar prices mean cheap products, cheap installation, and cheap after sales service.

 

“So, what now?”

 

The prevailing message is that now, more than ever before, you have a far higher potential of finding a Queensland Solar Power Company whose intentions are to provide you with a quality service, right from first point of connection through to after sales service, all at a fair price.

In order to find such a company, I would encourage you to:

 

1. Look Local!

A number of positives here including greater ease to reach your Solar Company for support and assistance, as they are geographically closer.

 

2. Enquire as to the Vision of the Company.

If you want a great Solar Power System, great Solar installation, and great ongoing Service, ask your prospective Solar Company representative what they are passionate about? It should be about seeing their customers benefit from the awesome advantages of Solar Power!

 

3. Trust your gut instinct.

When asking questions like the one previously posed, ask yourself “Is the person genuine?” “Are they really interested in what is best for me, or are they just looking for an easy sale?”

 

4. Ensure things are explained in terms you understand.

Make sure prospective benefits of Solar Power for you, are explained clearly and you are shown how it will specifically affect your situation, not how it will affect a generic household! It is important that your pattern of power consumption is taken into consideration.

 

My team and I would love to assist you with any or your solar queries, concerns or questions.  
Don’t hesitate to contact us on (07) 3633 0163.

Until next time, enjoy the sunshine!

Israel Vogel, Owner & Director. 

 

 

 

 

Vogel Solar & Electrical