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  • Wanted: CONTENT creator/ CREATIVE writer passionate about RENEWABLE energy

    Posted on Oct 23, 2020

    Wanted: CONTENT creator/ CREATIVE writer passionate about RENEWABLE energy If you are a proven CONTENT creator/ CREATIVE writer passionate about RENEWABLE energy, then you can make an impact with our solid startup! We are looking for a future BUSINESS LEADER with the vision to impact the community and a strong desire to succeed. 1.Want flexible yet very rewarding work? What if you can use renewable energy to save lives? 2.Why not do great work and still spend plenty of time with your mates/ partner or pursue your passion? 4.Would you like to be at the front line of Australia’s sustainability?...

  • COVID Economic Outlook and The Future, by NAB Economists

    Posted on Sep 23, 2020

    COVID Economic Outlook and The Future, by NAB Economists I attended an economic briefing by a senior NAB economist not long ago. I figured you or your business would find these collated data insightful. The National Australia Bank (NAB) Business Confidence Index rates the current level of business conditions in Australia. Changes in business sentiment can be an early signal of future economic activity such as spending, hiring, and investment. See below how lockdowns affected business confidence and investment. These consumption data below highlight industry winners and losers. Most of these...

  • Why Solar Companies Go Out of Business and The Impact on Customers

    Posted on Sep 03, 2020

    Why Solar Companies Go Out of Business and The Impact on Customers More than 750 solar companies (a recent list on the link below) on the ASIC website since 2011 are shown as closed, in liquidation, administrators appointed or proposed de-registration. It is estimated that these left millions of solar systems ‘orphan’, meaning that the system is unsupported by the initial installation company. Often the manufacturer of the inverters, solar panels etc don’t have an office in Australia. In many cases, other technicians are not keen to touch unfamiliar or sub-standard systems. Hence, it’s difficu...

  • Have You Really Got the Best Solar Deal?

    Posted on Jul 30, 2020

    Have You Really Got the Best Solar Deal? You can't be sure until you talk to us! This client in Melbourne West thought they had found the best commercial solar deal after going out to get some quotes.....until we found them a better technical solution for a similar price. We've gone with recent technologies involving high-output PV panels and a 110 kW inverter to optimise labour hours. We're pleased with the feedback: They are delighted by the quality of the install and the service. Thank you to this pet food manufacturer for trusting us and our recommended installer. See some pictures below:...

  • How Did Electricity Prices Come Down?

    Posted on Jul 14, 2020

    How Did Electricity Prices Come Down? Electricity prices go up and go down like a yo-yo, don’t they? Many events have disrupted the energy market in Q2 of 2020 including but not limited to the collapse of fuel (oil) prices, COVID 19 expected to reduce commercial & Industrial energy demand and increase household demand and the huge amount of renewable energy entering the market. What could be the two things that businesses can do to protect their bottom line? Before answering that, here are interesting information that can provide some context. Clare Savage (Chair of Australian Energy Regulator...

  • (1) Instant Asset Write-off Extension + (2) Accelerated Depreciation – What Do They Mean to Your Business?

    Posted on Jun 22, 2020

    (1) Instant Asset Write-off Extension + (2) Accelerated Depreciation – What Do They Mean to Your Business? As the economy is restarting again and looking more positive, the Australian Government recently (9th June 2020) announced the extension of 6 months (until the End of 2020) for the Instant Asset Write-off to further support Australian economic recovery. Under this Rule, a 100% Tax Deduction is allowed for capital expenditure on assets up to $150,000. On top of that, the Accelerated Depreciation Deduction can be applied to assets with a cost (or adjustable value if applicable) of $150,000...

  • You Can Save Energy to Save Lives – COVID19

    Posted on May 12, 2020

    You Can Save Energy to Save Lives – COVID19 If you can find out how to save 40% of your energy cost and save 116 lives, then would you consider it? Our hearts go out to people who are doing it tough in Australia, but extremely grateful that many of us can receive more than $3000/ month from Government support? In Indonesia where I grew up, the government can only afford $60/ month for every struggling family – it’s heart breaking! Can you imagine surviving on $60/ month during COVID19? At FREE ENGINEER we’re privileged to partner with World Vision to save hungry children and families in less f...

  • Who Said Manufacturing in Australia is Dying?

    Posted on Apr 03, 2020

    Who Said Manufacturing in Australia is Dying? One of our recent clients is a highly-specialised family manufacturing business. While we empathise with some Australian manufacturing businesses who are struggling, we're proud that this business has been faithfully servicing major high-profile clients. All of us can be proud that some Australian businesses have world-class standing, especially during the tough COVID-19 times. Here's a profile of their solar project: Client: A highly-specialised manufacturing/ engineering business in Victoria Site: North Victoria Goal: maximum cost reduct...

  • Little Known Available Funds for Your Business through the Local Councils

    Posted on Mar 30, 2020

    Little Known Available Funds for Your Business through the Local Councils We’re passing on this little known magnificent news to boost your cashflow for up to 6 months during this economic slowdown and beyond: Free Engineer, in synergy with SAF (Sustainable Australia Fund), can facilitate Solar Fund and EUA products to help get money into your businesses today, and with a 6 month no repayment period. EUA (Environmental Upgrade Agreement) is a flexible $0 outlay, positive-cashflow method of utilising solar that can benefit owner-occupiers, tenants and landlords. This EUA is facilitated by man...

  • Should you Now Invest in Shares, Property, your Company’s Capital Projects or Solar?

    Posted on Mar 26, 2020

    Shares and property had been great Investments for Australians. How does solar stack up against these? Any savvy business owners or business leaders would always be thinking where the best place to invest their money is. To get the best answer, it’s imperative to identify the best method to quantify different investments. Many people try to quantify the financial benefits of a solar PV system by using the term ‘payback period’ or shortened to ‘payback’. Part of the reason is because many solar companies have been loosely using this term very frequently. Payback in this context is just how long...

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