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Tindo Solar CEO Shayne JaenischAdelaide-based solar panel manufacturer, Tindo Solar, has reaffirmed its commitment to quality as consumers turn against cheap imports.

Tindo Solar CEO Shayne Jaenisch said the company – which is the only maker of solar panels in Australia – saw a surge in demand for quality solar technology during the pandemic. 

“Consumer behaviour changed during COVID. They pulled away from buying products from Chinese-owned companies and moved towards quality Australian brands such as Tindo Solar, and Silicon Valley technology brand, Enphase,” he said.

“When COVID hit, our retail business grew 48 per cent and wholesale 70 per cent, on top of 25 per cent annual growth. We were also helped by high-ranked results from Choice magazine and Desert Knowledge in the NT, where our panel outperforms the competition by 10 to 50 per cent.”

REA Global Director Michael Mrowka with an electric PorscheREA Global Director Michael Mrowka with an electric Porsche

Founder of fast-growing Brisbane solar company REA Global Michael Mrowka has called for national solar energy installation standards to defuse the “ticking time-bomb” created by unsafe or poorly designed solar installations.

“The safety issue is very difficult because governments have given out so many rebates for what may be potential fire hazards that this could be another ‘pink batts’ installation debacle,” he said.

“The problem with current solar systems is that when you pull the fuse in the street or you cut power to home, energy flowing from the solar system to the inverter is still live and can’t be circuit-protected. That’s why REA Solar focusses on the implementation of things like rapid shutdown and other safety requirements that will isolate the system should power to the home be cut.”

 carbonTRACK Spiros Livaradas and Brenton Spear WcarbonTRACK's Spiros Livaradas (left) congratulates Brenton Spear

Smart energy innovator carbonTRACK Ltd has appointed technology veteran Brenton Spear as Chief Executive Officer to work alongside founder Spiros Livadaras to drive the company’s global growth.

carbonTRACK is an Australian company that is disrupting the energy sector globally by delivering patented technology which creates a decentralised energy ecosystem, connecting energy generators, energy distributors and energy consumers. carbonTRACK’s software is used by energy companies in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, USA and the UK.

Mr Spear, who has been carbonTRACK’s Chief Operating Officer since 2019, has more than 25 years’ experience in running large technology platforms for major customer-facing energy technology companies including AGL and Energy Australia. He also held senior roles with National Australia Bank, ANZ Bank, Australia Post, Sensis, Amcor, Telstra and the Department of Defence. Mr Spear holds a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree from RMIT in Melbourne, Australia.

John BurstonJohn BurstonAustralia’s 40-year-old Lifeflow Meditation Centre has decided to offer its online Learn to Meditate course to Victorians to help them deal with the mental and emotional stress caused by their State’s extended COVID-19 lockdown.

The six-part online course, which normally costs $220, provides a step-by-step program that demystifies meditation, making it easy to learn simple meditation practices and, most importantly, to put them to use in daily life. Victorians can receive free access to the full online course until lockdown ends on June 10 by using the promo code VIC100 on the Lifeflow website at https://lifeflow.com.au.