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27 February 2019

Carbon Friendly Enterprises accepted on the NSW Government Performance and Management Services Scheme

Carbon Friendly Enterprises (CFE) is now registered as a pre-approved supplier for the Performance and Management Services Scheme that offers a pool of prequalified suppliers to help the NSW Government agencies and statutory corporations when engaging external professional services expertise. We have gained ‘full pre-qualification’ level which means registrations for projects of any value and risk level.

Carbon Friendly Enterprises will assist NSW Government Agencies to reduce and manage their energy consumption and achieve their targets under the Government Resource Efficiency Policy.

We are looking forward to working with agencies directly and delivering energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions in NSW and beyond. 

Contact us now to ensure you are taken care of by a highly skilled disciplined certified team of energy efficiency engineering professionals for the best cost reduction energy saving strategies.

Call 4955 6441 or email reception@carbonfriendlyenterprises.com.au.

08 February 2019

Volvo Goes ‘Green’

Volvo goes ‘Green’ at Australian facilities and sees benefits straight off. CFE has installed intelligent LED lighting solutions to Volvo Rockhampton and Townsville facilities. Beside the significant energy cost reduction, it provides a safer workplace, better quality light, less impact to insect life and reduced fatigue by workers on night shift. So, a win all round, great work team!!

Contact us now to ensure you are taken care of by a highly disciplined certified team of energy engineering professionals and installers. Call 4955 4658 or 4955 6441.

 

01 February 2019

Top 10 Questions to ask to find a quality and reliable Solar Installer

A recent audit of residential solar PV (photovoltaic) systems by the Clean Energy Regulator reveals that over 20% of the installations were unsafe including faulty wiring and unsecured solar panels. The results of this audit led the Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor to highlight the severity of the issue and warns about the safety of this rapidly growing industry.

At the same time, CHOICE released its Solar Survey Results of over 1,000 CHOICE members online. CHOICE members reveal that smaller, independent solar providers deliver a much more reliable service than for example Origin Energy.

Surprisingly, over one-third of respondents have had problems with their system, mainly inverter problems and decline in performance, installation problems and panel, framing & mounting problems.

However, most issues with the panels were uncovered two to nine years after the installation date.

Overall, the respondents confirm that finding a quality, reliable solar supplier or installer is key to getting a quality system at the right price, with good after-sales support.

Contact us now to ensure you are taken care of by a highly disciplined certified team of solar engineering professionals and installers. Call 4955 4658 or 4955 6441.

And here are our top 10 Questions to ask to find a quality and reliable Solar Installer

  1. What is the suitable system size for my home? (Is it matched by my energy demand?)
  2. Do you visit and assess my home site before installing the system? (This shows how professional the solar installer is and might improve the quality of the installation)
  3. Are you providing an installation work plan (e.g. roof plan, timeframe)? (Being organized might save you time and money)
  4. Do you provide solar maintenance services post-installation? (Keep track of the system performances)
  5. Will the system be inspected by a third party to ensure it is installed up-to standards? (Ensure that the system is installed to Australian Safety Standards)
  6. What is the payback time of the solar PV system? (When will I start earning money?)
  7. Can I receive the overall costs in writing (Ensure you understand all related system costs and that there are no hidden surprises)
  8. Will my solar system only be installed by a CEC approved solar installer? (This is a mandatory requirement in Australia)
  9. What are the pro’s and con’s of different solar and inverter brands? (Understand what is the value for money)
  10. How many Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs also called STCs) will I receive and what is their market price? (This is Government Legislation and if you sign the STC’s over to your solar supplier, this should be deducted from the total system price)

 

04 December 2018

Are commercial-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems viable now?

Carbon Friendly Enterprises (CFE) Principal Project Engineer, Zim Solo, presented at the recent SEGRA Conference in Mackay on how businesses can improve their financial resilience by introducing renewable energy sources including solar power to their electricity supply systems.

Mr. Solo explains that for most business electricity is the second highest financial overhead cost after wages and investing in renewables lowers the cost of capital, increases operational performance and even stock price performance is positively influenced.

He further outlines how a commercial-scale solar photovoltaic system in Queensland is financially viable today and can pay itself of in as little as 2.1 years of operation with a 47% Return on Investment (ROI).

If you are interested to find out how your business can save energy cost, please get in contact with Zim here at CFE on zs@carbonfriendlyenterprises.com.au to ensure you are taken care of by a highly disciplined certified team of renewable engineering professionals.

All SEGRA presentations are made available on their website. If you are interested in Mr. Solo’s presentation, please go to: https://segra.com.au/2018/conference-proceedings/

23 November 2018

QLD Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham endorses Carbon Friendly Enterprises

Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham and Assistant Minister for State Development/ Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert are working alongside Carbon Friendly Enterprises for the initial roll-out of QLD Gov Interest-Free Loans for Solar Storage (IFLSS) Scheme.

Dr Lynham and Mrs Gilbert visited Mackay today to promote the QLD Government Solar and Battery Grants and Loan Scheme. Visit: www.qld.gov.au/batteryloans

The Energy Minister and Dzemal Solo, General Manager at Carbon Friendly Enterprises (CFE), are urging anyone interested in the Solar and Battery Grants and Loan Scheme to get in quick as these assistant packages are rolling out fast. Watch the video here.

CFE is a Queensland Government approved solar retailer and battery supplier for this program and the only locally based business in the Mackay, Townsville and Whitsunday region to deliver the complete program.

CFE is honored and excited to be given the chance to cater to Queenslanders with cream of the crop systems and customer service from initial point of contact, system design, installation completion to follow up.

To receive a quote for a quality, reliable and robust system get in contact with us today. Call us on 4955 6441 or 4955 4658!

19 November 2018

QLD Government Solar and Battery Grants and Zero Interest Loans now available

The Interest-free Loans for Solar and Storage (IFLSS) will help up to 1500 Queensland households and small businesses cut their power bills by storing solar power and using it after sunset.

The IFLSS program offers three assistance packages including solar, battery and solar-battery assistance packages. Initially, only the solar assistant package was available to householder and now all three packages are available. Only 500 battery and 1,000 combined solar battery assistant packages are available on a first in, best dressed basis. Contact us now for a free quote.

Local Mackay based company Carbon Friendly Enterprises (CFE) and a handful of other renewable energy companies have been selected as the “Best of the Best” in the solar industry by the Department of Natural Resources and Energy to deliver this program in Queensland. CFE is the only locally based business in the Mackay, Townsville and Whitsunday region to deliver the complete program in Queensland. CFE was established in 2007 and has delivered over 300 solar and renewable energy projects over the last decade. Contact us now for a free quote. Phone 4955 6441 or 4955 4658.

Interested households and small businesses can check online their eligibility by visiting the QLD Gov website here.

 

24 October 2018

Redflow Battery Storage Systems (ZCells)

Carbon Friendly Enterprises (CFE) General Manager & Principal Energy Manager Jemal Solo and Project Director and Principal Engineer Zim Solo have successfully completed a two-day training program delivering a comprehensive understanding of Redflow’s Battery and the Redflow Battery Management System (BMS).

This training program is a full hands-on course for both installers and system designers, which covered all aspects of the battery including installation and configuration.

The main advantages of ZCells battery storage systems compared to other batteries are:

  • Delivery of 100% cycle depth of discharge without any risk of battery damage
  • Zero loss of storage capacity for its 10-year warranted life
  • Very low fire and explosion risk due a bromide-based electrolyte being a fire retardant
  • Operates at high temperatures (up to 50°C) without active cooling 

If you are looking to install a domestic or commercial-size battery system, please get in contact with Jemal on 07 4955 6441 or Zim on 0403 227 543 to ensure you are taken care of by a highly disciplined certified team of engineering professionals.

18 September 2018

Looking for installing a battery system?

Congratulations to our General Manager & Principal Energy Manager Jemal Solo, who received his ‘Design, install, maintain & fault find battery storage systems for solar photovoltaic systems’ Certificate from the Electro Training Institute. Well done!

If you are looking to install a domestic or commercial-size solar battery system, please get in contact with Jemal here at CFE on 07 4955 4413 to ensure you are taken care of by a highly disciplined certified team of engineering professionals.

 

10 September 2018

Do you need an ‘Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector?

Carbon Friendly Enterprises (CFE) Project Director and Principal Engineer Zim Solo, has received his ‘Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector Certificate (API 653)’ from the American Petroleum Institute, joining an elite circle of professionals. We are currently looking for opportunities to apply this knowledge through the following industrial jobs:

 

  • Statutory tank inspections,
  • Tank repairs,
  • Tank relocation,
  • Water, chemical or energy storage projects

If any of these opportunities are required – please get in contact with Zim here at CFE on 0403 227 543 to ensure you are taken care of by a highly disciplined certified team of engineering professionals.

 

5 September 2018

What are the opportunities for regional and remote communities in Australia?

Zim Solo, Project Director and Principal Engineer at Carbon Friendly Enterprises is presenting at the ‘Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia’ (SEGRA) Conference at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) in Mackay, Queensland, on Wednesday 24th October 2018.

SEGRA addresses regional issues and supports regional, rural and remote Australia in identifying and locating techniques, skills and issues that need to be addressed to prosper in economic growth and development.

Zim will be presenting at the Spotlight Session 6 ‘How to grow sustainable regions: supporting economic, social and environmental assets of regional, rural and remote Australia” on how to remain competitive through renewable energy and energy efficiency. He will provide insights on current market trends and financial viability of commercial-scale renewable energy projects.   

Check out the conference program.