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New Product Standard for LED Tubes

AS/NZS 60598.2.1  was recently amended to incorporate Appendix A – SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR DOUBLE-CAPPED LED LAMPS The Standard now dictates the phasing out of one type of LED tube (Type B) by 2017 and that all LED tubes should be of Type A wiring configuration.  Fixtures made or modified to suit LED tubes must now […]

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LED Tubes: Beware Claims of “No Electrician Required”

Claiming “Ballast Compatible” to mean fixture modifications are not required is a scam!   Here’s why… When installing LED tubes (or T5 Adaptors) the electronic driver (or ballast for T5Adaptor) has very different electrical characteristics to a magnetically ballasted T8 tube.  Leaving the ballast in place when retrofitting an LED tube in place of a T8 […]

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CTIP and the earlier Move to an ETS

The Clean Technology Investment Program will face changes as a consequence of the  move to an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) a year earlier than expected.  Today AusIndustry posted an announcement in relation to the change.  The substantive change clarified so far is to Merit Criteria 1.  It is described on the AusIndustry site as follows: […]

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Energy Saving Certificate Prices Fall Further

Further to our earlier post on 6th of May, both VEEC (Victoria) and ESC (NSW) certificate prices have continued to fall. VEEC prices are down t0 $13.90 as of 21st June.  Ric Brazzale of Green Energy Markets reports in this article in Climate Spectator on 27th June (login required) that the supply of Standby Power […]

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CTIP Application Deadline End of May

AusIndustry, which oversees the Federal Governments Clean Technology Investment Program grant funding (aka CTIP or “Clean Tech”), have today confirmed the timing of the last meeting before the election campaigns starts and the grants program is suspended.  A meeting in mid-July of the AusIndustry grants committee will be the last one that can approve applications […]

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ESS and VEET Pricing Changes

An article published today in Business Spectator and Climate Spectator, written by Marco Stella from TFS Green Australia, provides a sound overview of the supply and demand state of both of these markets as we progress through 2013. In short, the 2013 demand for VEECs is seen to have already been met by supply so […]

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Nearly a Quarter of Clean Tech Grants Include Lighting

AusIndustry has published an Excel version of the list of grant recipients under the various divisions of the Clean Technology Investment Program.  Of the 183 grants listed, 42 (23%) included a lighting project either as the primary focus or part of a bigger program of work. This gives sound assurance that lighting projects perform favourably […]

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CTIP Grants Could do with an ROI Boost from Lighting Upgrades

After a brief suspension of grant awards under the Clean Technology Investment Program, Minster Combet’s office today confirmed 89 grant applications had been approved, for $30million of grant funding toward projects totaling $89million.  The press release highlighted the projects listed below, to which we have added in red the payback on the total investment. These […]

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LED Lifespan, Lumen Depreciation

LED technology is currently more widely known in Australia than induction lighting and yet very few buyers have any knowledge when it comes to understanding and evaluating LEDs technical performance.  The following information should help decision makers considering LED solutions to understand a little better what to look for and some things to watch out […]

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Safety Laws – Buyer Beware

In May 2012 the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) published an information bulletin regarding buyer awareness of safety risks and proposed changes to electrical safety regulations. http://www.erac.gov.au/images/Downloads/Information_Notice_-_Electrical_Equipment_Safety_Laws.pdf As the article states, buyers should check for the electrical safety certification of equipment they purchase as the current system is essentially an honesty system – it is […]

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