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95 Percent Efficient L.E.D. Lighting Available

Since October 2013 we have reduced our grid supplied electrical usage by 80 percent. Our average 2013 electrical usage in our home was 40 kwh of power per day. In August 2016 it is now an astounding 4 kwh of electrical power LED light bulb imageconsumption today!!!! Our electricity bill is now only $90 per quarter!

I have recently sourced 12 l.e.d. lighting manufactured using the most energy efficient l.e.d.’s manufactured by Cree. My 30 years experience in the electronics industry taught me that Cree are one of the highest quality manufacturers of opto electronics in the world and their latest generation high efficiency l.e.d. lighting is, in my opinion, someof the best to be found. I bought it through a local lighting shop in Ashfield N.S.W. and had Windon Electrical Services a local, inner west Sydney electrical contractor, do the installation of the l.e.d. lighting.

Cree’s CPY l.e.d. technology delivers an amazing 136 lumens per watt of light, which is an astounding figure. They state:

” Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) continues to break efficiency records with the next generation of its best-selling CPY 13,000 lumen LED canopy luminaire, delivering category-leading efficiency of up to 136 lumens per watt (LPW).* This new 13,000 lumen Cree® canopy luminaire offers superior illumination and industry-leading efficiency, as well as easy installation and lower total cost of ownership for better light experiences. Already a favorite with canopy owners for its uniform, clean white light, the 13,000 lumen CPY luminaire boosts efficacy by 20 percent, lowering operating costs while enhancing roadside visibility and appeal at service stations, convenience stores and drive-through restaurants or banking locations.

“Gas stations, travel centers and quick-service restaurants are under constant pressure to increase traffic and lower operating costs while providing safe and visually appealing lighting,” said David Elien, Cree senior vice president, lighting. “The Cree® CPY 13,000 lumen LED canopy luminaire delivers superior illumination that provides a comfortable, visually appealing environment for a better overall customer experience while significantly trimming operating costs.”

The improved luminaire is DesignLights Consortium® Premium qualified for maximum utility rebates and now generates added energy savings of $12 a year per luminaire, totaling cost reductions of more than $34,000 over 10 years for a typical petroleum retrofit installation.* It is also Class I, Division 2 hazardous-location rated for direct mount applications, with an expanded range of options for areas where flammable liquids and gasses are present.

Replacing metal halide luminaires with the CPY Series canopy luminaire is quick and simple with a slim, low-profile design that eliminates the need to cut into the canopy deck and a seamless direct mount that provides a water-tight seal in virtually any canopy or soffit for easy installation.

The entire CPY Series is also available at 4000K, and comes with Cree’s industry-leading 10-year limited warranty. There are two optics choices, a flat or prismatic drop lens to meet the visual, as well as the vertical and horizontal illumination performance needs of a typical canopy application. The integrated driver within the canopy housing further simplifies installation, reducing installation time and cost.”

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By integrating solar power systems with high efficiency lighting, hot water heating, inverter based air conditioning and 12 v.d.c. appliances i think it is possible to get to a 90 percent energy input reduction from our 2013 electrical usage – amazing!!

Contact me here if you would like to discuss further.

Phil Paul 29 August 2016



Canberra and The A.C.T. Set To Reach 90 Percent Renewable Energy Production In 2020

A.C.T. Government Kicks Goals With Solar Power And Renewables

The A.C.T. Government has to be applauded in their efforts to champion renewable energy and really kick some big goals. By 2020 an amazing 90 percent of the A.C.T.’s energy will be supplied wholly by renewable energy sources including:

  1. Small Scale Renewable Energy. This includes residential roof top solar (the solar panels systems we see everywhere on homes in Canberra), small wind generation units – typically 10 Kilowatts or less and a small number of water turbine units, typically installed in small farm holdings
  2. Large Scale Renewable Energy. These include solar farms like the planned 50 megawatt solar farm that will be installed in the A.C.T. and utilise over 30,000 individual solar panels. Community solar programs are classified as ‘large scale’ as they have a potential to create solar installations in the 20 to 30 megawatt size – a fantastic achievement in that it ‘pools’ individuals resources into substantial companies that have the financial capacity to make significant solar power investments that would otherwise be the realm of larger corporate investors. Large scale wind farms in the A.C.T. have the capacity to generate 25 percent of the renewables target
  3. Renewable energy blog - July 2014

Strong Community Support For Solar Power In Canberra

A.C.T. solar installers have seen the growth of residential solar panels systems in Canberra increase to a point where one in nine houses now has a solar system installed on their roof. The now beats South Australia in terms of the percentage of home owners who have chosen to have solar systems installed.

Federal Government Does Not Reflect Community Sentiment On Renewable Energy

It is my firm belief that the Liberal National coalition Government is now out of step with the rest of Australia as far as carbon emission abatement and renewable energy implementation is concerned. Where as the Abbott Government has a half hearted view on carbon reduction, by ways of its ‘direct action plan’ , territories like the A.C.T. can hold their heads high in my view, in pushing ahead with renewable energy policies that make sense and make a difference.

Phil Paul -16 July 2014