News & Articles

News & Articles

COVID-19 (Coronovirus), Government Stimulus & Solar

COVID-19 (Coronovirus), Government Stimulus & Solar

First and foremost we wish you and your family good health in the uncertain times ahead. We are hoping the peak of any disruption is minimal and we can come out the other side positioned well for a period of rebound. As we look to find some positives in the commotion...

ACCC Calls to Scrap Solar Incentives

ACCC Calls to Scrap Solar Incentives

For the second time in as many years the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has called to end the hugely successful Federal scheme incentivising home and business owners to install solar. The renewed push to quash the incentive scheme came via their August...

Can A Smart Electricity Meter Save Me Money?

Can A Smart Electricity Meter Save Me Money?

To start with it would help to answer the question ‘what is a smart meter?’.  I don’t like reinventing the wheel, so I will quote my friends in the Queensland Government – ‘Digital meters (also known as advanced meters, smart meters, or type 4 meters) are electricity...

What solar panel brands I can trust?

What solar panel brands I can trust?

In the tumultuous world of sifting through hundreds of brands and solar panel companies it can be very difficult knowing which brands are safe and trusted and which need to be avoided at all costs. If you are currently getting quotes from solar panel installers you...

Government Incentives for Solar Panel Installations

Government Incentives for Solar Panel Installations

How do the current Government incentives work if I want to install a solar power system? I’m always surprised at how often we get asked what the government incentives are for solar panel installations.  The federal government scheme has been around for a few years...

Solar System Finance Options

Solar System Finance Options

What are the common structures for financing a solar system? In the ever-growing confusion surrounding solar system payment options it may be surprising that an outright purchase of a solar system may not reflect the highest yielding returns for tax-paying...

Solar in Industrial or Rural Settings

Solar in Industrial or Rural Settings

Is there really any difference between installing a solar system on a building in urban areas to industrial or rural settings? We at Spinifex Energy believe so, and offer the following three themes that should be considered in industrial or rural areas: There is...

Accurately Sizing a Solar System

Accurately Sizing a Solar System

A common question when considering installing a solar or battery storage system is ‘How do we accurately size the most appropriate solar system?’ For us at Spinifex Energy this is a purely an economic question which we answer exploring these three things: The current...

Panel Level Optimising Explained

Panel Level Optimising Explained

As more and more optimisation products enter the market (some of you may have heard of SolarEdge inverters with their own brand of optimiser or Tigo optimisers) I thought it would be a good time to explain when it is advisable to look down the path of including...

Solar Feed-in at Risk – Policy Makers

Solar Feed-in at Risk – Policy Makers

The Problem A recent article in the Australian Financial Review stated that the recent and continual record growth in uptake of rooftop solar systems is adversely affecting the grid power quality and 'forcing' policy makers to consider measures to 'curtail flows of...