mental and emotional stress caused by SA’s six-day COVID-19 lockdown.Adelaide’s Lifeflow Meditation Centre has launched a purpose-designed online meditation course to help people deal with the
The Frewville-based not-for-profit organisation, which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year, has made the first lesson of the course available for free, so anyone can benefit from it without a cost.
After Lifeflow Meditation Centre had to close its doors during the first pandemic lockdown in March this year, it scrambled to provide its members with online support to help them maintain and enhance their meditation practices. Since then, it has redesigned its free Come & Try Meditation classes for online access - attracting nearly three times as many people during 2020 as in 2019.
The Centre has also redeveloped its entry-level six-week Introduction to Meditation program, which has run in test mode with a limited number of students for the past two months. With Wednesday’s announcement of the six-day lockdown, Lifeflow has accelerated its launch, so that house-bound South Australians can get immediate access to its benefits. The first 30-minute lesson of the program is available for free online at https://meditationacademy.lifeflow.com.au/courses/learn-to-meditate.
Enphase Energy, Inc. has released a detailed report that raises questions about the fire safety standards for Australian solar energy systems, including the use of a safety device that has become “a common cause for solar system fires”.Global energy technology company:
The Enphase report, A Comparison of Australian and US Residential Solar Markets, identifies that Australian solar energy systems cost about half the price of those in the US but asks if they are as safe. “Australia makes it easier for homeowners to install rooftop solar… but at what cost?” asks the report.
The detailed report observes that while US incentives for installing solar systems may be similar to those in Australia, they are far less lucrative. “In fact, residential solar systems are roughly 50 per cent cheaper to install in Australia than in the US,” it states.
“While the US and Australia have some common ground across incentives and rebates ... the two countries manage solar system safety very differently. In the US, requirements for solar safety have been added into state and municipal electrical, building, and fire codes, as well as permitting and inspection processes. All electrical contractors must follow National Electric Code (NEC) guidelines, which are updated every three years and adopted by most states. Within these guidelines are some strict requirements on weatherproofing enclosures, rapid shutdown in the case of a grid outage, wiring, and much more.”
Leading Australian solar equipment distributor AC Solar Warehouse is bracing for a fresh surge in sales as Victoria emerges from lockdown, replicating a “COVID premium” in demand for residential solar installations that has seen its sales grow by 30 per cent over last year’s record high.
The Queensland-based company, recently recognised as Enphase Distributor of the Year for 2019-20, reports its sales have hit “historic levels” since emerging from the COVID-19 lockdown in April.
AC Solar Warehouse managing director and co-founder Grant Behrendorff said business “has been hectic from May onwards”. “Our greatest challenge is making sure we keep up with demand,” he said.
“The residential market is the strongest it has ever been. Residential sales inquiries are consistently high, with each month setting a new sales record as COVID-19 has increased demand for household systems. Although it hasn’t leapt ahead in the way that the residential sector has, the commercial market also remains strong.
“We have significant stock levels of all products throughout our network, so we’re prepared for Victoria reopening over the next month or two, which will see the release of a lot of pent-up demand. We have deliberately built up stock levels to prepare for that demand.”
South African energy system integrator Greenfox Agencies is deploying carbonTRACK’s smart energy management system to help customers deal with an unreliable electricity grid.
Greenfox partners in the South African market with Alpha Energy, Solar Giant, Orca Solar and PSC Projects which distribute the Kilowatt Labs Sirius Capacitor Storage Modules and Centauri Energy Server system. This revolutionary approach to energy storage helps offset the devastating impact of South Africa’s notoriously unreliable national electricity supply.
carbonTRACK’s technology delivers the intelligent energy management systems that facilitate embedded networks, Virtual Power Plants, and smart grids, thus creating an intelligent energy ecosystem with remote control and partial or complete grid independence.
In South Africa, Greenfox is deploying carbonTRACK’s technology to revolutionise formerly analogue switchboards into “digital load panel” switchboards that can be easily managed remotely, letting customers prioritise in response to load-shedding and electricity fluctuations on the country’s grid. carbonTRACK’s energy management hubs allow users who have solar PV and batteries to further maximise their energy storage whilst enabling flexible management of their day to day appliances.