Australia rooftop solar tops 8GW mark

first_imgAustralia rooftop solar tops 8GW mark FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The boom is small-scale rooftop solar installations has continued into 2019, with total installs for the first month of the year reaching 159.4MW – a record for the month that is typically affected by the summer holiday season.The latest data from industry statistician Sunwiz shows a 49 per cent jump on the same month last year, and Victoria posting a record for any month of any year – 41MW – beating usual leaders Queensland and NSW to become the strongest market in the country.In fact, it was the first time Victoria has taken the market lead since July 2008, when it installed the grand total of 448kW!South Australia, meanwhile, added 15MW in January and broke through the 1GW aggregate mark during the month, joining Queensland (2.4GW), NSW (1.87GW), Victoria (1.6GW) and Western Australia (1.07GW). South Australia, however, still leads the country in terms of penetration of solar on dwellings (32 per cent).All told, there is now 8.2GW of small-scale rooftop solar in Australia after the record-breaking year in 2018 when nearly 1.6GW was installed. This does not include larger rooftop solar installations (100kW and above), nor the rapidly growing number of large scale, ground mounted solar farms.Another interesting aspect of the January data is that the average system size rose to 7.7kW, a reflection of not just the larger systems being put on households, but also the growing uptake from small business (usually 30kW to 100kW systems).The rooftop solar boom is likely to continue well into 2019 and beyond. The Victoria boost is helped by the Labor government’s election promise to offer state-based rebates that aims to add another 650,000 homes over the next decade (twice its current numbers), or some 2.6GW of new rooftop solar.More: Small-scale rooftop solar installs reach record 159MW in Januarylast_img read more

Follow these tips if you want to be a successful buyer in the spring selling season

first_imgHaesley Cush offers tips on how to be a winner during spring selling season.Get pre-approved finance. In the industry if your finance is pre-approved and your offer is not ‘subject to finance’ we call that a ‘cash contract’ and Aussies always take less for cash!Pre-register as a bidder for any auction you have an interest on. Spring is renowned for properties selling prior to auction and buyers missing out. If you are pre-approved you have secured your seat at the negotiating table and agents should inform you if an offer is going to stop the auction.Negotiate terms. If you can’t pay a 10 per cent deposit or settle in 30 days, then tell your agent the deposit and settlement you need. In most cases owners are flexible.Put in offers. The only risk you run putting in an offer is the risk it gets accepted. So if you like it, make an offer and insist it goes on a full contract.Lastly, bid at auctions. If you want to buy a property at auction you need to bid. Waiting for it to go ‘on the market’ can be costly. Many owners will consider lowering their reserve if bidding falls short of their expectation. But without a bid to lower it too, they have little option but to pass it in. Tips for winning in the spring selling season.SPRING does see an upswing in sales.But if you really look at why, it has little to do with the romantic notion that the new life of spring infects buyers and they unwittingly pay through the nose for any available property.Key activities fuel this surge in sales.The best place to start is the end – Christmas. Buyers generally want to be in and settled before Christmas. This means a purchase no later than November. That psychological deadline sees a rise in sales. That rise in sales has historically given owners confidence in the seasonal spring market, which prompts them to list their home for sale, so hence you see an uplift in properties listed.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSpring Fever: Buyers Tips01:18Finally, the buyers who have been unsuccessful through winter, with less available properties, are now educated and cashed up with that money burning a hole in their pocket.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoThis pent up buyer demand all occurs as that fresh wave of properties start to fill the on line portals and decorate metropolitan newspapers causing this perfect property storm.To take advantage of the spring market here are a couple of tips to ensure your offer is taken seriously.last_img read more

Angels minor leaguer uses coronavirus shutdown to build college recruiting site

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error A month later, Kruger suddenly had more time than he or anyone had expected. Kruger was in big-league camp with the Angels when the coronavirus pandemic shut down the sport. Because he’s now limited to doing gym workouts on his own, he said he is spending six to eight hours a day working on the site.The site has articles about how players can create the most effective videos or write the most effective emails to send to college coaches. Subscribers can receive emails from Kruger a few times a week, highlighting various tips on the recruiting process.“The general principle is we are trying to create a list and write emails and make sure we send the right video,” Kruger said. “That sounds pretty straightforward, but there are a lot of intricacies within that system we can implement that I’ve never heard anyone talk about.”For example, Kruger said players should be sure to closely look at the players that a school currently has to determine the need.“If you’re a catcher and you’re messaging a school that has a freshman All-America catcher, you are kind of wasting your time,” Kruger said.Finding schools that need you is the key, Kruger said.“A lot of people feel they’re lucky if the school talks to them, but the college coaches need good players as much as players need schools,” Kruger said. “That gives players some more power.”Ironically, the same pandemic that has given Kruger time to devote to his site has also put a hold on the recruiting process that he’s trying to explain. Most high school players are unable to play now, and the NCAA currently has established a dead period so coaches can’t do any recruiting. Players are still free to contact coaches and send videos. Kruger said he recommends simply taking this time to prepare everything so as soon as the dead period ends, the emails and videos are ready to send.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter While most of the country is sequestered at home trying to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Jack Kruger is using his time to spread something else: information.Kruger, a minor-league catcher in the Angels’ system, has devoted his downtime to enhancing an idea hatched a few years ago. Kruger has created a website to help high school baseball and softball players through the recruiting process.A product of Oaks Christian High in Westlake Village, Kruger got little attention from college coaches during high school. Although he ended up at Oregon, it was only after he left Oregon and transferred to Orange Coast College that he realized he’d been doing it all wrong.Kruger, who ended up with a scholarship to Mississippi State, said his quest for a Division I college opportunity “grew like wildfire” the second time through. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Kruger said he has articles on the specific tasks players can be doing during the coronavirus shutdown, in terms of their development as athletes and in marketing their skills.“It’s about gaining strength and athleticism,” he said. “Getting outside and continuing to build your body, even if you can’t work on (baseball) skills. I just reassured players that they aren’t falling behind. There is no one out there secretly playing in tournaments and meeting coaches. Everyone is pretty much at a standstill. But there are still things you can do to further your process.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “That’s when I realized everyone needs to be doing this,” he said. “That’s when I knew we had something here.”These days, Kruger is dispensing advice on his site, All of the information is free, although he said he is working toward eventually selling some videos.“I’m basically trying to help people get out of their own way and understand this chaotic, fluid recruiting system that sucks up a lot of time and money from families that probably don’t have it,” Kruger said.Kruger, 25, got the idea to start helping kids with recruiting as soon as he landed at Mississippi State in the fall of 2015. The Angels drafted him in 2016, after one season with the Bulldogs, and he was focused on his career, which reached Double-A in 2019.In December, he began building the website, which launched in February.last_img read more