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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. 

 

 

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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)!

 

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.