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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    I thought he was in Australia?

    He is mate...................can't you tell by the beautiful clear sky;


    And the abundance of fresh free prawns;


    And that wonderful smile from an innocent young man who knows how lucky he is to have Aussie blood!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    Wayne that is god's country
    I thought he was in Australia?
    God is an Aboriginal now?

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    The place looks superb Wayne. Great part of world you`ve bought there.

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    good on ya mate! how much of the mountain did you manage to freehold? or is she a lease

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    Absolutely beautiful Wayne.

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    Wonderful pics.

    So what are you going to do about the electricity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nedwalk
    how much of the mountain did you manage to freehold? or is she a lease
    Could only get 120 hectares freehold mate. Much of the surrounds is available as lease but didn't want that.

    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    So what are you going to do about the electricity?
    Yep this will be the most expensive bit and will be saving for that this year. In the short term we will be using a genset for power tools etc but hope to go solar which will involve building a small shed to house the solar batteries and other bits and pieces.

    I think this will set me back about USD15k and am going to try and source various parts myself in China/Thailand to cut costs a bit. At this stage I'm a real beginner with this solar malarky so if anyone has any good links to sites about solar setups for houses they would be much appreciated.

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    It's a shame about that waterfall not being on your property as hydro-electric power seems to be much more feasible than solar.

    Apart from your arse, do you get much wind up there?

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    ^ You're a friggin ideas man ... yes there is a far bit of wind ... and this silly bastard hadn't thought of wind power. Another thing to look into. Thanks .

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    nice pic' man thats some great shots.

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    Great photos. Enjoyed them very much. Looks like you have your work cut out for you

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    hey great pics man i love australia and lived there two years often venturing to the outback regions....loved it so peaceful and quiet....

    may i ask how much this small lot of 120 hectares has cost u as u said its freehold right.....will the shacks upgrade improve the valuation and what kind of clientel do u plan on atrracting.oh and where is the exact location

    nice plan stan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Kerr
    hope to go solar which will involve building a small shed to house the solar batteries and other bits and pieces.
    there are some decent govt rebates available if you are far enough from the grid, i think its 3 k or the country makes cost ineffective to get the power there, these are fed rebates i,m not sure what there is in nsw, but if you get stuck pm me and i,ll see what i can find for ya, re solar stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Kerr View Post

    I think this will set me back about USD15k and am going to try and source various parts myself in China/Thailand to cut costs a bit. At this stage I'm a real beginner with this solar malarky so if anyone has any good links to sites about solar setups for houses they would be much appreciated.
    Great looking spot mate, well done

    Links for solar (I need it for the boat) some forums , generators and even some household fridges converted to 12 volt.

    I'll list all I have and let you wade through them, not all are Oz, but they do have handy info on setting systems up

    Victron Energy - Inverter/chargers - Inverters - Battery Chargers - and more
    IOTA Engineering DLS Series AC/DC Power Converters and Battery Chargers for 12VDC Systems
    Outback Marine Electical System
    Technical Documents
    Xantrex Technology Inc.
    Boats, Yachts: Tips on Electrical System Use and Maintenance
    Welcome to FRIDGE & SOLAR
    Climate & Weather Data - Renewable Energy System Design Tool: Solar Irradiation, Wind Speed - Energy Matters
    Sunfrost Refrigerator Models
    Brisbane Solar Panel Specialists - Solar Energy for Home, Business, Caravan, Motorhome, 4WD and more - Springers Solar Power
    Solar Power [at] ExplorOz
    SOLAR FRIDGES
    Rainbow Power Company.
    Welcome
    Solar Electric Discussion Forum by Northern Arizona Wind & Sun - Powered by vBulletin
    Ample Power Primer
    Affordable Solar Panels,Wind Generators,Accessories
    Specifications JIL Panels
    WWW.KIPOR.COM
    Honda Power Equipment - Generators
    Grudge Importers and Distributors,Brisbane, Archerfield, Moss Street, Slacks Creek - Karts, ATVs, ATV, Motorbikes, Motor Bikes, All-Terrain Vehicles, Diesel and Petrol Pumps, Diesel and Petrol Engines, Compressors, Diesel and Petrol Generators, Hydra

    Wind? these are rated as the best by yachties, noisy but pump out the amps
    Air-X Marine 12V Wind Turbine


    Should get you started
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    Awesome, thanks mate

    Thanks too Neddy for the tips with the rebate, will have to look into that

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    I always love clear blue sky in Australia. Nice pics, thanks.

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    Nice spot you got there mate. If you are looking for rebates the web address is
    Environment, Water and Heritage (Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - DEWHA) - Home Page you should find most of what you want there. There is also $1600 on Roofing insulation which i sure you will need living up there to keep the heat in.

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    Nice pics.

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    Midnight Oil Frontman Scraps Australia's Solar Power System

    Quote Originally Posted by Sydney Morning Herald
    TENS of thousands of households will miss out on an $8000 solar panel rebate after the Rudd Government abruptly ended the program three weeks early.

    The Government's decision left solar retailers scrambling to push through thousands of rebate applications yesterday after they were given just eight hours' notice that the scheme would be finishing prematurely.

    From today the rebate will be replaced with a far less generous solar credits scheme that retailers say will typically net Victorian households about $4000 for a one-kilowatt system. This will be cut over time to about $800. A one-kilowatt system typically costs about $12,500.

    But while the new scheme offers less cash back to consumers, more people will have access to it because it will not be means-tested and small businesses will not be excluded.

    Environment Minister Peter Garrett blamed the sudden move on a cost blow-out, from an original estimate of $150 million to $750 million a year, due to its unexpected popularity.

    Mr Garrett set aside a further $271 million in the May budget to fund the rebate scheme until June 30, but it is understood that money has been almost entirely consumed by 30,000 applications in the past month.

    Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt said the rebate scheme was a victim of the $58 billion budget deficit.

    "The Government has again sent the solar industry into chaos with this ill-thought-out move," Mr Hunt said.

    While solar retailers had been expecting the scheme to finish early, many were angry they were given only until the close of business yesterday to send off customer applications.

    Chris Fernandez, of Abbotsford retailer State Solar Services, said his employees were scrambling to post 4000 applications by last night. He said up to 1400 people who thought their applications had been lodged might now miss out.

    Solar Shop Australia managing director Adrian Ferraretto said his company was processing 1000 applications yesterday. "If we had another week we would probably be sending off 5000 applications," he said.

    Mr Ferraretto was only a little surprised by the abrupt end given the rebate had been oversubscribed, but said the Government's handling of the issue had been "less than perfect".

    "They promised there would be a smooth transition. Today is not a very smooth day," he said.

    Simon McCloskey, of Surrey Hills, had been putting off signing on for the rebate but rushed in yesterday afternoon after learning the scheme was about to end. "I was a bit puzzled: why cut it off three weeks early?"

    Clean Energy Council chief executive Matthew Warren said the industry knew the rebate was unsustainable and would end soon. He said the old rebate had transformed the industry, which was now running flat out.

    Yesterday's announcement means the Government is starting the new solar credit scheme before legislation has passed through Parliament.

    Mr Warren said it was now important that the renewable-energy target, which includes the solar scheme and requires that 20 per cent of all energy come from clean sources by 2020, be passed when it is introduced next week. Both the Greens and Opposition are expected to support legislation for the new scheme.

    But the most-preferred scheme for the Greens and the solar industry would be a national gross feed-in tariff, which would pay a premium rate for all energy generated by roof panels.

    Mr Ferraretto was not sorry to see the rebate go. "Rebates are there to limit the industry and keep it small," he said. "Other countries (such as Germany) have got sustainable policies to build an industry."
    Always thought Peter Garrett was all talk ... looks like I will be slaving away for a few more months to get my solar system set up

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    i,m on the front line here wayne, we knew this was comeing, but not as ubruptly, in your situation though, there may be a glimmer of hope, for this rebate is only the grid connect systems, i think the rebate you need is still in the system, but domn,t fuck around get on to it as soon as possible, i,ll try and find out the form numbers you need, and maybe able to work out cost etc..

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    Ruddy good thread this, going to check out some of your other threads later.

    Wouldn't have known they were on here, unless you posted in my "on my bike" thread.

    Green blob sent

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Kerr View Post
    ^ You're a friggin ideas man ... yes there is a far bit of wind ... and this silly bastard hadn't thought of wind power. Another thing to look into. Thanks .
    Have you checked to see if there's a WiFi connection. WiFi would make it easier to up date us on your home progress.

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    Lovely place, any interesting updates on it?


    I remember that I missed you and your family by 5 minutes in Timba's one night way back in 2008.

    Pity.... I coulda nicked your wallet if I was strong enough to lift it.

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    Someone tap Wayne of the shoulder (PM) ... maybe he doesn't know we are posting on his 7 year old thread.

    Wayne ... I presume north of the Tropic of Capricorn?

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    ^ Ya he is posting in other threads so donno.

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