SA leads the way in Renewable Energy uptake!

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New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has emerged which illustrate that South Australia is leading the way when it comes to Renewable Energy!

The percentage of SA residences with renewable electricity systems such as solar panels has increased by 352% between 2010 and 2012.

“South Australia leads the other states with 16% (120,477) of residences having renewable electricity systems in 2012,” said Peter Williams, director of the ABS’s Centre of Environment Statistics.

“This was followed by Queensland on 14% (260,307) and Western Australia on 11% (102,142).”

Across all Australian states, the average amount of renewable energy generated by residences has increased in all states from 2010 to 2012.

“Queensland leads the other states in renewable electricity generated (and exported from the residence) with an average of 1513 kWh per residence in 2012, which is a 213% increase from 2010,” said Williams.

Even households without renewable energy systems are reducing their energy use, the ABS said. Tasmania experienced the largest decrease (17%) between 2010 and 2012. However, Tasmanian residences without renewable electricity systems were on average the largest electricity consumers of all states in 2012 (7324 kWh), while Victoria consumed the least amount of electricity in 2012 (4793 kWh).


Electrical Safety During Storms!

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Following on from the recent storms in Queensland, it is important to be cautious around electrical products! It is Voltimum_logoimportant to be prepared before, during and after any storms!

Before a storm or wet season, check the following:

  • Install a safety switch and test it regularly.
  • Know where to turn off your power, gas and water supply in an emergency.
  • Pack up electrical equipment that’s not in use and store in a safe place.
  • Unplug outside TVs and non-fixed aerials and store in a dry area.
  • When a storm approaches switch off and unplug electrical equipment
  • Shut down your solar PV system using the safe isolation procedure.

If your property or connection is damaged

If your property or connecting line has been damaged by a storm or flood, you may need verification tests on your switchboard, wiring, equipment and appliances to be carried out prior to reconnection to ensure the electrical circuits are still sound.

An electrical contractor will need to perform this task and a certificate of test will ensure your local electricity distribution entity can reconnect your service.

Emergency Management Queensland has more information about storm safety and actions to take before, during and after a storm.

Electrical appliances and equipment

Using water-damaged equipment can result in electric shocks and fires. Review the following risks before using any water-damaged electrical items.

  • Dispose of or have a licensed electrical contractor repair water-affected household electrical items, such as kettles, toasters and televisions.
  • Have a licensed electrical contractor to check all hard-wired electrical appliances, such as air-conditioning units or stoves, intended for re-use. This safety check may be required before the power supply can be reconnected.


Power from generators can be dangerous if incorrectly managed.

  • Connect your generator to your house electrical wiring using a generator change-over switch and appropriate socket. These switches must be installed by a licensed electrical contractor.
  • Do not connect your generator to your house using a power point on a power circuit or any other connection point. This can cause dangerous ‘back-feeding’.
  • Ensure all leads used to connect your generator are in good working order.
  • Use power boards with an overload cut-out switch.
  • Run the generator outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.
  • Do not exceed the generator’s load rating, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.



Recent Bush fires spark Electrical Warning!

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Since the devastating recent bush fires, Master Electricians have warned Perth Hills homeowners of the dangers of Master Electricians Logosub-standard customer’s poles, aerials and meter boxes at their homes which are the customer’s responsibility!

Trees over internal power lines, wooden poles and sub-standard meter boxes, such as those with missing lids or loose on poles, can all be another potential fire source.

Master Electricians Australia Western Australia state manager Tony Mancini said it was the responsibility of homeowners to look around their properties and ensure their meter boxes and poles were in good order and kept clear of grass or debris.

“Branches over power lines and sub-standard meter boxes can easily spark another fire,” Mr Mancini said. “It would be devastating if after these traumatic bush fires, other homes suffer the same fate due to sub-standard power poles or meter boxes.

“If you’re concerned about the state of your meter box or have any doubts at all about your poles or power lines then it’s always best to contact a Master Electrician who can safely perform an internal installation check.

“Taking these few precautions and where in doubt, leaving the tricky stuff to the experts may not only save your home but more importantly it can save lives.”




The Safety Switch Battle still raging on!

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Master Electricians Australia (MEA) has renewed its commitment to boosting home safety in 2014, urging all state Master Electricians Logogovernments to make safety switches compulsory on every circuit, in every home throughout the country!

In 1991 Australian Standards wiring rules were upgraded to require all new dwellings to have safety switches protecting each power point, now more than twenty years on and hundreds of thousands of older Australian homes remain unprotected.

MEA chief executive Malcolm Richards said the current regulations for safety switches in both residential and commercial premises were complex when it should be quite simple.

“Until it’s compulsory to have a safety switch on every circuit of every home or building we are still going to see a totally preventable loss of life to electrical accidents,” Mr Richards said.

“A safety switch can detect an electric shock and cut the flow of power in a few hundredths of a second, faster than the critical phase of a heartbeat.

Sadly, more than 20 years after safety switches became compulsory on power circuits in new homes and buildings, many still do not have them fitted, and very few have them on every circuit.”

MEA’s own research shows around 15 people are killed and 300 hospitalised every year as a result of injuries from electric shocks at home – accidents which could be easily prevented by having a safety switch installed on every circuit, in every home.

Mr Richards said injury or death could come from something as simple as a child removing toast from a toaster with a knife, a home handyman drilling a hole in a wall, or even storm water penetrating into a light fitting or power point.

“The deaths caused by the previous Federal Government’s own insulation disaster could have easily been avoided had safety switches been installed,” he said.

“This is a matter of life and death. How many more people need to be killed before our state governments wake up and decide to act to make safety switches compulsory everywhere?”



Rooftop Solar power breaking records!

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More than 3 gigawatts of solar power has now been installed on Australian rooftops, which will produce enough energy over the next year to run Voltimum_logoMelbourne’s entire train network for more than a decade, Clean Energy Council Chief Executive David Green said in an address to the Energy Efficiency Council’s national conference.

Mr Green said official Clean Energy Regulator figures this week showed more than 3 gigawatts of solar power had been installed across the country, with almost a third of this coming from Queensland alone.
“Household solar power gives consumers more control of their power bills by letting them generate their own electricity from the sun. And it helps to reduce the cost of our entire energy system on hot days when people everywhere have turned on their air-conditioners,” he said.

“It has started to change the way we look at energy.”

Analysis released by specialist solar consultancy Sunwiz today shows that more than 1.15 million Australian households have installed rooftop solar, with Queensland the national leader. Approximately 360,000 Queensland homes now have solar power, with NSW the next best on 252,000.

According to figures from the 
Clean Energy Regulator, the 3 gigawatts of solar power installed will produce more than 4000 gigawatt-hours over the next 12 months. This is the equivalent of:

  •     powering the Sydney Opera House for the next 230 years
  •     running Canberra’s Parliament House for more than 160 years
  •     lighting up the MCG continuously for almost 520 years
  •     producing more than 1050 toasted sandwiches for every Australian using a standard sandwich press.

Mr Green said working class suburbs and regional areas had led the charge to go solar, rather than the affluent areas of the major cities.

“Some state governments initially provided generous support to encourage people to go solar, but these programs have all been scaled back as the cost of systems has fallen over the last five years,” he said.

“Currently the only support comes from the Renewable Energy Target scheme, which helps to make solar power more affordable and reduce its up-front cost for working families.”


Clipsal’s Actassi Data Cabinets

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Technology waits for no business and in the datacomms industry, there’s a need for supported infrastructure to evolve with it. A complete network connectivity solution is required to fulfill the needs of today and for years to come. Clipsal by Schneider Electric has that solution.

For the last decade, the company has serviced the Australian datacomms market with everything from data connectors and cables, through to fibre and cabinets.

Data cabinets play a key role in this end-to-end network solution, by housing horizontal cabling and active equipment. Now you have even more choice, with a new range of wall-mounted and free-standing network data cabinets to suit any application. Additionally, for added peace of mind, it’s also nice to know that when you use the entire Clipsal Actassi Solution, your Datacomms products are covered — from connector to cabinet — by your end-to-end warranty.

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National Licensing Scheme no longer going ahead!

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Master Electricians Australia has welcomed the news that the the National Occupational Licensing Scheme (NOLS) will no longer go ahead. Accordingly, the National Occupational Master Electricians LogoLicensing Authority (NOLA) will be disestablished in early 2014!

This announcement follows months of strenuous lobbying by MEA to state and federal governments opposing the proposed national licensing model for electrical occupations. The model put forward by NOLA favoured a lowest common denominator approach that made unacceptable compromises on health and safety.

The states have now agreed to work together to develop alternative options for minimising the licensing impediments to labour mobility across state and territory borders.

Master Electricians Australia will continue to push for a high quality mutual recognition scheme that facilitates electrical contracting businesses being able to operate smoothly throughout all states and territories and makes no compromises on electrical safety.




State Government holds the key to cheaper power, according to Master Electricians!

Filed under: News — briansugrue @ 11:48 am

The Queensland Government holds the key to cheaper power prices for consumers, by encouraging greater use of off-peak Master Electricians Logopower and freezing the off-peak tariff, Master Electricians Australia has said!

MEA chief executive Malcolm Richards said he understood the need for power price rises, but called on the State to restructure the tariffs to encourage power use outside the times of highest demand – usually in the late afternoon or early evening.

Changing the price and availability of off-peak power would help consumers make a genuine change in their behaviour which could lead to significant savings in their electricity bills. “The Government rightly argues that a large component of the price increases is the cost of building and maintaining networks,” Mr Richards said.

“Networks are built to cope with peak demand loads, so if you reduce the peak load you can cut the cost of network infrastructure. How do you do this? By freezing off-peak prices and collecting all the extra revenue from peak prices. “This would send an unambiguous signal to consumers that they can change their power bills by changing their behaviour, and it would make a genuine contribution to reducing network costs.

Mr Richards said the previous State Government had done away with the need for off-peak pool pumps to be hard wired into an off-peak circuit, meaning they could now be plugged into a designated off-peak power point.

He called on the Newman Government to go even further, and allow home owners to have off peak power points installed in other parts of the home – such as the laundry and kitchen – so consumers could make a conscious choice to use cheaper power at off peak times, or to pay more at peak times.

“This is a difficult issue that will require fresh thinking in order to make genuine gains for households.

“If the State Government is serious about helping consumers, it needs to look at the things it can control. And first on that list should be genuine reform of the off-peak tariff structure.”


Rexel’s Newest Branch & DC in the West, NOW OPEN!

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The new Rexel Welshpool store has officially opened as of the 9th of December 2013. Rexel Welshpool is Western Australia’s largest electrical wholesale store and represents the companies’ vision for the future as we push to solidify ourselves as the premium wholesale brand in the region!

The new branch is headed up by Daniel Lavery as branch manager. The new building at 75 Division Street, Welshpool  is the largest in our whole network with 3700m2 of floor space holding over 6000 products allowing the branch to have unrivalled range and availability. The branch is also the first example of our new look merchandising  and has the first selection centre where trained staff will work with end users to provide the best and most up to date energy saving solutions.

Rexel Welshpool has also expanded its offer to customers including categories such as Data and Comms, Energy Efficient Lighting and Solar and Wind Power generation.

Watch the Time-Lapse video of the Selection Centre being put together!

An important strategic milestone for the West – Rexel Welshpool is also a distribution centre for our branches in Western Australia. Based around the successful Rexel Logistic model, the Welshpool distribution centre is well positioned to establish itself as the benchmark in electrical wholesaling for the region providing unparalleled stock availability and ranging.  The distribution centre and cable warehouse gives local branches access to a broad range of products and increases efficiency in delivery time.

Drop in and have a chat with Daniel Lavery and the team to see how they can help you.


New Solar Installation Code of Conduct

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A Clean Energy Council program to give consumers increased confidence when purchasing solar power systems was New CEC Logorecently launched by Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt.

Clean Energy Council Deputy Chief Executive Kane Thornton said people had a lot of things to consider when making a major purchase such as a solar energy system, and the process could be confusing. “By choosing to buy from a business that has signed up to our voluntary Solar PV Retailer Code of Conduct, you are choosing a business which has committed to a higher standard of quality and service. They will also provide a minimum five-year warranty on the whole of your solar power system,” he said.

“This program is designed to give peace of mind to people who are making the decision to invest in a solar system by helping them purchase the best product available. “The solar industry is well regulated, with all systems needing to meet Australian standards and be installed by a specially trained and accredited solar installer. This code is another important step that provides consumers with even greater confidence, and the ability to select a retailer who guarantees a high level of customer service.” Customers will be able to identify businesses that have signed up to the Code of Conduct by a special Clean Energy Council Approved Retailer logo. A full list of approved retailers can be found at HERE and the program has been authorised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Customers can expect that a Clean Energy Council Approved Solar Retailer will:

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