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Edmund Rice Foundation Australia

Prawns on the Lawn

Long Friday Lunch on Friday 6 May from 1pm to 5pm.

First ever event at Ballymore Stadium out the back in the Bundy Bar at 91 Clyde Rd, Herston.

Stay on to watch the Reds vs Crusaders on the goa big screen from 5.30pm.

Proceeds directed to the GingerCloud Foundation to grow the Modified Rugby Program MRP across Australia and the Edmund Rice Foundation Australia for the Mary Rice Day Care Centre for children with disability in Nairobi, Kenya.

Tickets are $140 each or $1260 for group of 10 and include:

- Prawns! Prawns! Prawns!

- Beer, wine & soft drinks

- Live entertainment

Further information: aclark@edmundrice.org

Letter of thanks from Edmund Rice Foundation

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Our Solar Project

Our 138 solar panels

Google Earth image of our 138 solar panels.

January 2016 Solar Production
By Author - Peter Thomas Richards - 25/04/2016

A business like Richards Brothers Seafoods (Qld) Pty Ltd uses considerable amounts of electricity and the usage with our freezers and Cold Rooms is about 130 mWh per year.

Late 2015 we were compelled by Energex to move from the Medium / Small Business tariff to the Large Customers tariff.

In oder to achieve this at the lowest rates we went into an auction with the major electricity providers and settled on a contract rate of 4.75 cents per kWh for Off Peak and 8.88 cents per kWh for Peak on a 12 month contract.

(The overall cost of electricity under a Large Customer tariff with a Demand Charge and Networking costs is about 20 cents per kWh.)

It was our objective to defeat the annual limit of 100 mWh per year by installing Solar panels sufficient to bring us under ths limit. We have now proven to Energex that we use less than 90 mWh's per year .

We settled on a 30 kW Solar System and it become operational by the end of November 2015.

As our freezers run 24 hours per day it is only possible to produce solar power during the hours of daylight. Brisbane achieves about 5.5 hours of sunlight per day whereas places like Melbourne or Hobart would produce less.

Having looked at the new Tesla storage batteries costings I have determened that they would not be cost effective and decided to wait until the price is considerably lower. It is important to note that you have to change your inverters to ones compatable with the Telsa batteries if you want to install a Telsa battery system.

Panel Oversizing

Our Solar System has 138 panels giving us 36 kW (138 * .260w) of Panels and 30 kW of Inverters. This is known as Panel Oversizing.

138 Solar Panels

Oversizing is a way of producing more solar power in the hours of lower light but when the sun is at its hottest and you are already producing the maximum of 30 kW then that amount over 30 kW is lost. The overall gains can be quite significant. You need to check that your Inverters are rated to take the extra load and that you do not exceed the maximum number of panels allowed to still qualify for the STC rebates.

On track

Solar 01 January 2016

High solar production of 248.32 kWh was achieved on 6th January 2016

Update

As at 05/03/2017 our consumption is running at an annualized rate of less than 88 mWh per year and we have now been downgraded to a Small / Medium Business Customer again.

At the moment we are saving about $700.00 per month on electricity by having solar.

We are able to view our solar production and history on line.

Costings

Purchase Price: $31,800 incl GST after Assignment of STCS.

We expect this system to pay for itself in 3.5 years.

The University of Queensland Project

The University of Queensland has a very large Solar project with over 5000 Solar panels.

I have a web page on my home solar project and it contains information on panel oversizing that may be of interest to some.

Seaweed to clean up the Prawn Farming waste water

Interesting article on seaweed

The question is:

"Can we use the extraction capabilities of seaweeds and mussels as a bioremediation tool for prawn farming?"

http://today.uconn.edu/2010/12/seaweed-the-new-trend-in-water-purification/

Patrick

Patrick's 60th at New Chung Shan

Steve

Steve and Helen at Patrick's 60th Birthday celebrations.

Remembering the 1950's

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Patrick Richards 0412 241 611

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