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Hello from the Greenbank Environmental team and welcome to our new blog.

We will be putting out short pieces every fortnight on energy/carbon related matters with a bent towards sustainability and the environment. The posts will be aimed at those who may have a potential personal and/or business interests in this area but are not necessarily across the detail.

Our aim primarily is to inform and build up the reader’s knowledge in this critical emerging space in posts that while stand alone, also form a coherent picture of the energy/carbon landscape.

We will start with the basics of energy/electricity, give you some facts, look at the various market based mechanisms around renewable energy and energy efficiency (Greenbank core business) and then launch into all matters relating to the carbon price and what it will mean for all of us to operate in a low carbon economy.

After the introduction of the carbon price in July this year, we will focus our posts on the key areas of innovation, technology, skills and community acceptance in the context of business opportunities in a low carbon economy.

We hope you enjoy our blog!

at 23 November 2015   by ben

Solar panel replacement program by Greenbank Environmental

Dear solar colleague Solar panel replacement program by Greenbank Environmental I wanted to update you on some important work Greenbank Environmental has been undertaking to protect solar families and businesses, and the solar industry. Some time ago, Greenbank found out non-genuine solar panels had been installed across some 182 sites in New South Wales and […]

at 07 May 2015   by ben

A message from our CEO Fiona O’Hehir, Save Solar 2015 Ramps Up

Greenbank is again taking the lead in standing up and supporting the Australian Solar Council’s, Save Solar Campaign. As a long time industry leader we understand how much hard work goes on in the background, lobbying for the renewable energy sector. UNITED WE STAND: we have an opportunity to cement a place for solar in […]

at 24 April 2015   by ben

Tip of the week! GST on STCs

GST on STCs – Everybody’s favourite! It’s been a while now that the STC sector have been dealing with the ATO’s new requirements for GST on STCs, and still it seems that confusion reigns. At least on the first encounter anyway. For those unfamiliar, if you do a job where your customer is a GST […]

at 17 April 2015   by ben

Tip of the week! CEC approved inverters

CEC approved inverters – Important changes! Are your inverters certified to IEC 62109? AS/NZS 5033 requires that inverters and power conversion equipment (PCE) comply with the IEC 62109 standard from 11 July 2015. If your stock includes any inverters that are not certified, please speak to your suppliers as soon as possible to ensure you […]

at 09 April 2015   by ben

Changes to AS/NZS 5033 and the Clean Energy Council approved inverter list effective 11 July 2015

AS/NZS 5033:2012 – 11 July 2015 is the deadline to comply with amendments made by Standards Australia to the installation and safety requirements of photovoltaic (PV) arrays and inverters. The changes to the Australian standards and the Clean Energy Council’s (CEC) accreditation list will be reflected in the Clean Energy Regulator’s overall eligibility monitoring and […]

at 02 April 2015   by ben

Tip of the week! Have a relaxing Easter holiday

Top tip  – No tip!  Just relax on your long weekend! The secret to providing the correct information for fast and efficient processing is not something we will be discussing today…instead we are issuing an STC issues mental long weekend off! If however you simply must think about such things, imagine this; All is well. […]

at 30 March 2015   by ben

Tip of the week! Signatures

Photocopying signatures On a sliding scale of the reasons for which we have to come back to people for more information and their relative seriousness, the order is as follows.  Innocent mistake – the majority, easily fixed. Unknowing wrongdoing – significant problem, possibly systemic. Outright falsehood – major issue, significant consequences. The vast majority of […]

at 20 March 2015   by ben

Tip of the week! Correct claim details

Top tip  – The Devil is in the Detail! Far too often we at Greenbank find ourselves having to come back to our customers for very minor things that are nevertheless necessary to process the claim. This holds up the claim, takes more time on both our and your end, and of course delays payment, […]

at 12 March 2015   by ben

Tip of the week! Upgrade details

Upgrade details Last week we discussed the issue of failed claims due to not mentioning other systems being present at the install address. If there is another system already at the address, or you are adding extra panels, then we need “upgrade details”. Today we will show you how to explain their locations in a […]

at 05 March 2015   by ben

Tip of the week! Duplicate addresses/Second systems

Duplicate addresses/Second system Perhaps the most common reason for an STC claim to come back to us failed from the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) is for ‘Duplicate Address’. This is when the CER finds that there is another system at the install address that has not been noted on the STC assignment form. The question […]