Largest Windfarm in Southern Hemisphere

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The Largest wind farm in the Southern Hemisphere, MacArthur wind farm, 290km west of Melbourne officially opened this month. It was delivered on time and to budget by joint venture partners AGL Energy Limited (AGL) and Meridian Energy (Meridian).macarthur-wind-farm_QU7Hb_24429

This $1 billion renewable energy project has the capacity to power more than 220,000 average Victorian homes and abate more than 1.7 million tonnes of greenhouse gases every year – the equivalent of taking more than 420,000 cars off the road. The Macarthur Wind Farm comprises 140 Vestas V112-3.0 MW wind turbine generators and has been constructed by a Vestas/Leighton Contractors consortium. The site was chosen for its large landholdings, landowner commitment, community support, wind resource and proximity to the existing transmission grid.

Federal Minister for Resources and Energy, Mr Gary Gray, has also congratulated AGL, its joint venture partner Meridian and all the contractors and sub-contractors who have seen this project through to fruition.

“The Macarthur Wind Farm is a major investment in clean, renewable Australian energy and in the social and economic development of this community,” said Mr Gray.

“With a project value of about $1 billion, it is the largest wind farm in the entire Southern Hemisphere. It will also provide 20 full-time jobs for local residents, which comes in addition to the many more it created during construction.” Mr Gray also said that projects like the MacArthur Wind Farm would ensure that Australia is on track to meet the Renewable Energy Target, under which a minimum 20 per cent of our electricity generation will be from renewable sources by 2020.

KEY FACTS: MacArthur Wind Farm

Location: 290km west of Melbourne

Contractors: Vestas/Leighton Contractors

Turbines: 140 x 3.0 MW V112

Capacity: 420 MW

Average wind speed: 7.6 m/s

Capacity factor: 35%

Construction schedule: Fully commissioned 31 January 2013

Grid connection: 14km to Heywood-Mooralbool 500kV transmission line

Landowners: 3

Employment: Up to 400 direct jobs at peak during construction, 875 jobs in the region, 2490 in Victoria, 2782 in Australia. Approximately 20 during operation for 25 years

 

(Source: http://www.voltimum.com.au/news)

Safety Alert for Installers of PV Systems

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A safety Alert has been released by the Queensland Electrical Safety Office to highlight the risks linked with Direct Current (DC) Isolators used in Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. There have been a number of Solar safetyinstances in Queensland where direct current (DC) Isolators have failed due to poor circuit connections and where Isolators have shown signs of being affected by moisture or have had signs of water damage present.

When terminating electrical conductors into isolators and circuit breakers, it is paramount that connections are secure under the terminal clamp especially where DC is involved. Shoddy practices can result in unsafe solar PV systems, particularly where equipment such as direct current isolator enclosures or junction boxes are not suitably installed to prevent water ingress. In accordance with the PV standard AS/NZS 5033, all equipment exposed to the outdoor environment must be at least IP54 compliant in accordance with AS 60529 and be UV resistant. Higher IP ratings should be considered for tropical regions. Junction boxes and combiner boxes adjacent to the PV array and located in areas that may be affected by water jets associated with cleaning must be a minimum of IP55 compliant.

Unless otherwise stated by the manufacturer, the IP rating should be assumed to apply to a vertical mounting orientation. Any flaps on enclosures required to achieve the IP rating should latch automatically when released from the fully open position.

The practice of drilling holes in IP-rated equipment is not acceptable. Electrical contractors have an obligation to ensure all installations are electrically safe including that connections are not loose and verifying that wiring systems are protected from external influences.

Electrical contractors must: install only DC isolators rated for the voltage and/or current output of the system; confirm polarised DC isolators are wired correctly and are rated for direct current; ensure the required documentation as outlined in the PV standard is provided to the PV system owner; ensure the way electrical equipment or installation is installed is electrically safe.

It is parramount to follow the correct installation processes recommended by each equipment manufacturer.

Victorian Economy set for Growth

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Master Electricians Australia  has welcomed the Victorian Government’s recently released State Budget, and said it would boost the Victorian economy and driveMasterElectricians growth within the building and construction industry.

Master Electricians Australia VIC state manager Carl Rankin said the Budget invested in major infrastructure and high-quality services for Victorians, and would help to ensure Victoria’s finances remained the strongest in the nation.

“The Victorian Government has provided a record $6.1 billion for major projects in 2013 to 2014 to boost productivity and improve liveability in the state,” Mr Rankin said.

“From 1 July this year, the First Home Owner Grant for newly constructed homes will be increased from $7,000 to $10,000, with stamp duty for all first purchases to be decreased by 40 per cent.

“This increase would see benefits to not only first home buyers, but would generate positive flow-on effects for currently struggling small contractors within the building and construction industry in the state.

“While this would create jobs for all participants in the construction sector, a large part of the electrical contracting industry sits within it and would stand to benefit substantially from an increase in work.”

Mr Rankin said the State Budget came at a time when the Victorian building industry greatly required the assistance of a boost in the sector to aid drastically falling home approval rates. “According RXL003588to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) home building approvals had fallen 9.9 per cent in the past year, and the decline was flowing through to building industry sub-contractors,” he said.

“The State Budget will greatly increase infrastructure spend and revenue by allowing for vital investment in critical infrastructure projects that would lead to better services.

“As part of the Budget, the Victorian Government will deliver stage one of East West Link, which will link the Eastern Freeway to CityLink and generate 3,200 project jobs for the industry.

“It has also pledged $110 million toward funding for the Port of Hastings redevelopment, which will enhance the state’s freight capacity.

“These vital transport infrastructure projects not only create more jobs for the building and construction sector, but will also increase the capacity for trade and drive economic growth through improving transport links across Victoria.

“They also provide a strong incentive to the contracting industry and small businesses to up the recruitment and training of apprentices in Victoria.

“More importantly, this is exactly what the state and the building and construction industry desperately need right now to give them a kick-start and get the sector back on track.”

 

Source - http://www.masterelectricians.com.au

 

Queensland Government urged to formalise energy audit industry

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Master Electricians Australia (MEA) today urged the Queensland Government to formalise the energy audit industry and help prevent scammers from conducting energy audits on homes.

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MEA Queensland state manager Stephen King called on the state government to endorse energy efficiency and assessment qualification as a prerequisite for performing in-home energy audits in the state. “MEA strongly recommends all energy auditors be required to hold a prerequisite qualification such as a Certificate IV in Energy Efficiency and Assessment,” Mr King said.

“An energy audit service can assist home owners and consumers with a full household power assessment, tips on how to save money and energy, and access to energy saving products such as wireless power monitors and power-saving light bulbs. “The benefits of in-home energy auditing are far reaching however these benefits would only be fully realised if they were delivered by an experienced and highly trained energy efficiency specialist.

“This qualification is targeted at licensed electricians and electrical engineers with the appropriate safety systems in place, and will ensure that only technicians with a high level of skill and experience will receive accreditation. “This will result in more comprehensive and effective energy audits for home owners and consumers as well as curb the risk of scamming for home owners who are not familiar with what an energy audit entails.”

Mr King said since home energy audits sponsored by the Government came to a close last year, it was now essential that private businesses performing energy audits for a fee had technicians that carried the appropriate training and qualifications.

“Home owners trust that the service they are paying for is carried out to the highest standard,” he said.

“A government endorsed energy auditing qualification would restore consumer confidence in the energy auditing industry not to mention maintain an essential standard of service”.

 

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Source: http://www.voltimum.com.au

Introducing the Ideal Electrical App – Available Now!

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Following the launch of WebMobile for smart phone devices, Ideal Electrical is now focused on providing a valuable mobile resource for electricians on the go. This resource is an App that aims to provide the following features & functions to benefit our valued customers:

  • Quick Access to meaningful industry news
  • A comprehensive Store Finder, so you can quickly find you’re closest Ideal Electrical Store where ever your work takes you in Victoria & Queensland.
  • Reference material to assist you with quick calculations, fact checking or conversions. This is an area Ideal will fast be looking to expand upon based on your feedback. So jump in and let us know what you’d like to see included in a future update.
  • Feedback through Social Media, have your say, start a community discussion and tell us what’s important to you.
  • Access to all things Ideal Electrical including an active link to your account information via our online WebMobile store.
  • Promotions and detailed Product information are also at your fingertips.
  • Much more. be sure to keep an eye out for our first update which will bring you even more great features.

 

Visit the Apple App Store on your iPhone and search for ‘Ideal Electrical‘ to download the App or Click HERE.

 

Coming soon for Android devices – Google Play Store.

Energy Saving Video

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Introducing the Ideal Electrical App – Coming Soon!

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Following the launch of WebMobile for smart phone devices, Ideal Electrical is now focused on providing a valuable mobile resource for electricians on the go. This resource is an App that aims to provide the following features & functions to benefit our valued customers:

  • Quick Access to meaningful industry news
  • A comprehensive Store Finder, so you can quickly find you’re closest Ideal Electrical Store where ever your work takes you in Melbourne & Queensland.
  • Reference material to assist you with quick calculations, fact checking or conversions. This is an area we will fast be looking to expand upon based on your feedback. So jump in and let us know what you’d like to see included in a future update.
  • Feedback through Social Media, have your say, start a community discussion and tell us what’s important to you.
  • Access to all things Ideal Electrical including an active link to your account information via our online WebMobile store. Promotions and detailed Product information are also at your fingertips.
  • Much more. be sure to keep an eye out for our first update which will bring you even more great features.

Visit the Apple App Store on your iPhone and search for ‘Ideal Electrical‘ to download the App when its available.
coming soon for Android and selected BlackBerry devices.

NECA welcomes launch of new system to tackle non compliant product

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The peak Australian electrical industry body, the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) welcomed the launch of the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) in Queensland today as a major step forward in stamping out the use of non compliant product.

NECA welcomes launch of new system to tackle non compliant product
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The EESS, which has been developed by the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC), provides an online database on which all suppliers and certain types of electrical equipment must be registered prior to being offered for sale.  The database will be rolled out in every Australian state and territory by September 2013, with only NSW still considering whether to join the system.

“The introduction of the EESS is a major step forward in tackling the growing problem of non compliant electrical product in Australia and we congratulate ERAC and the Electrical Safety Office in Queensland for reaching this milestone today,” said NECA’s Chief Executive Officer James Tinslay.

“NECA has been working with electrical safety regulators to get the EESS introduced throughout Australia as it provides an easy way for electrical contractors to identify whether the products they are considering purchasing meet the relevant national standard.

“This is very important as with the rise of the Asian economy the market has become swamped with low price electrical items and it is not always easy to identify those products which are compliant from those which could be potentially dangerous.”

To help address the problem NECA, together with the electrical industry portal Voltimum, will be launching a joint campaign at the beginning of May to alert the electrical industry of the dangers of using non-compliant product.

The decision to launch the campaign follows a recent electrical industry survey conducted by NECA and Voltimum which revealed that over 75 per cent of contractors had come across non-compliant product in their work.

This is an alarming statistic as installing unsafe, non-compliant equipment can cause fires or electric shocks and could even lead to loss of life or property.  It can also result in legal action being taken against the electrical contractor who installed the product.

The campaign aims to form an industry alliance to tackle this growing problem and to educate contractors, distributors, importers and manufacturers about the dangers associated with non-compliant product, and gather commitment from the whole of industry to work together to stamp it out.

 

 

 

Article source: Voltimum.com.au

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Solar Rebate Reduction – 6 Months Earlier than expected!

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The Solar Credits multiplier will REDUCE from 2 down to 1 effective from January 1st, 2013.

This is following an announcement by the federal government made on the November 16th, 2012. This effectively means that the Solar Credits mechanism will be phased out from January 1st, 2013.

  • Any agreement to install a solar PV system that was entered into before (16 November 2012) will be eligible for the existing Solar Credit multiplier of 2.
  • This includes:
    • a legally binding contract
    • written agreement
    • Statutory declaration confirming verbal agreement
  • If an agreement was entered into prior to 16th November, you will have until 30 June 2013 to install the solar PV system under the existing multiplier.
  • The same applies to all systems installed before 1st January 2013

The Government media release can be found HERE.

Please call today to discuss your solar needs or any questions you may have regarding the above. 1300 326 632

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