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iBoards Arrive at RFI

iBoards are the new Plug & Play pre-made distribution board – making your Enphase installations faster and easier – saving valuable time onsite.

Meter boxes are becoming so cluttered and there is not much room to mount the envoy, circuit breakers and CTs but with the iBoard your install is now effortless.

All wiring is boot lace crimped for solid, safe & secure terminations.

Completely pre wired & neat cable management.

Consumption CT cabling installed from Envoy to large terminal strips inside the enclosure to make connection of the consumption CT cabling easy and fast.

Enough room to fit the Enphase mobile connect module inside enclosure.

The latest Enphase software and CT configuration pre-programmed saving you up to 1 hour onsite

AC battery & AC solar label kit included

Built for electricians by electricians

Five years warranty on parts

Clear window for viewing LED communication lights

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Lock Down your Designer Skills

Dear Installer,

Take advantage of the extra desk time to sharpen your Designer skills.

Get on the Designer platform, practice a few commercial solar designs and share them with us! You could be awarded

The SolarEdge executive team will award the SolarEdge equipment and Uber Eats vouchers for the new Designer submissions that demonstrate creativity and the effective use of new Designer features including:

 

  • Accurate elevations and roof pitches
  • Properly mapped out roof obstructions
  • Creative and efficient module placement
  • Compliant electrical designs
  • Any other creative or dynamic modelling approaches

The following resources may help you with some design functions

Don’t forget to use the help function within the site designer to access useful video and tech notes.

If you’re ready to begin, please access the Designer platform here.
To see how to share your design, watch this video.
Once your design is done, click submit now!

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Major Announcement- Enphase Energy and RFI provide Power Partners added value

Major Announcement- Enphase Energy and RFI provide Power Partners added value

RFI and Enphase Energy are excited to announce Enphase Energy has joined the Power Partners program for the 2020 Power Partners year. RFI’s Power Partners network will now be able to earn, boost and redeem PowerUP Reward Points on all their Enphase purchases from April 1, 2020. 

The newly inked relationship will see RFI and Enphase Energy working closely to deliver maximum benefits and incentives to the 100+ quality installer member network.  

“As a company focused on assisting our solar installers with initiatives that drive additional value, we’re delighted to participate in RFI’s Power Partners Program,” said Wilf Johnston, general manager APAC at Enphase Energy. Members of the Power Partner Network enjoy a range of commercial, lead generation and training benefits, and will now be able to further leverage the perks of the program with an all-AC home energy solution.” 

RFI’s Power Partners Network is a leading dealer network in the renewable energy industry, combining best of breed product with years of solar power experience that can’t be matched. RFI’s Power Partners are dedicated to promoting high quality solar and energy storage solutions in their local community, with Power Partner available in every metro and regional area of Australia. The unique network of Power Partners matches residential and commercial customers with their local quality solar installer, who knows and supports their community.  

The addition of Enphase Energy as a participating brand will unlock an all-AC home energy solution, providing a strong value proposition for their customers.   

Our long-term partnership with Enphase Energy continues to grow,” stated Arvind Ravichandran, Product Manager at RFI. We know that our Power Partners will take advantage of having an all-AC brand now in the program. Installers will also have peace of mind being able to offer a safe, reliable and smart solution to their customers”.  

If you are interested in becoming a Power Partner, please contact us at powerpartners@rfi.com.au. Are you a home or business looking for a solar and battery storage solution? Visit us at www.turnonthesun.com.au 

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Coronavirus Statement

Coronavirus Statement

RFI wishes to share you a short summary of our on-going efforts to manage the various impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), as the situation continues to evolve globally.

Like many organisations, RF Industries Pty Ltd (RFI) has put additional precautions in place in response to the continued spread of Novel Coronavirus. We are being guided by Federal and State Health authorities and the World Health Organisation (WHO) and when necessary will act on recommendations by those bodies.

Our priorities are:

  • The health & safety of our staff, contractors and clients; and
  • The continued operation of our manufacturing facilities; and
  • The continued operation of our design, installation and services project sites.

Health & Safety

The Health and Safety of our staff is of highest importance during this period. As a result, we have enacted the following guidelines:

  • Travel obligations– If any of our staff have travelled overseas or been in close contact with the coronavirus, we have asked our staff to go through self-isolation or similar for a quarantine period of 14 days
  • Flu symptoms – If our staff have any cold or flu symptoms, we have asked them not to come to any RFI sites or attend meetings or events
  • External meetings – We are limiting external meetings and meetings on site at RFI premises with third parties.
  • International & domestic travel – We are reviewing all domestic travel requests on a case by case basis and have suspended all international travel.
  • Infection – If any of our staff becomes infected with coronavirus, we have enacted a process of immediate disclosure so that we can act to protect the health of our staff and those who interact with us.

 

If you are a contractor, supplier or client of RFI, we would ask that you also respect and consider these guidelines when interacting with our staff.

We will endeavour to continue to maintain our customer experience levels during this period and will be available for communications with our partners via digital channels including Email, web/video conferencing and teleconferencing.

Continued Operation & Supply Chain

RFI has been monitoring its impact on our supply chain with a view to ensure that we appropriately manage expectations of our valued customers & stakeholders.

We will always use our best endeavours to ensure you have the latest information as and when we know but recommend that RFI’s valued customers regularly check with their RFI Sales Representative as to the situation relating to the inventory part that you are interested in. Obviously, our Sales and Customer service staff will be in contact on a regular basis and we hope that the regular contact will alleviate some of the risk that comes with these supply chain delays.

Contact Us

If you have any specific enquiries in relation to RFI’s response, please email us at enquiry@rfi.com.au

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BYD and RFI Partner on Next Generation Battery-Box Premium

BYD, one of the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries and RFI- battery technology solutions specialists for 40 years are excited to present a new generation of the popular BYD systems, with upgrades based on specific market feedback and requirements.

The new Battery-Box Premium product line is ideally suited for the most sought after application fields in the Australian and New Zealand market – including on-grid & off-grid residential and small commercial applications.

Based on the new installation regulation AS/NZS 5139, the new product line is designed to reduce both the installation time and the costs for the installers while fulfilling the installation standards.

The new system generation builds on the strong foundation provided by the exceptional performance of tens of thousands of Battery-Box systems around the world.

Just like the predecessor models, the Battery-Box Premium line is based on BYD’s lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) technology for maximum safety, life cycles, and power.

The systems also feature the patented modular plug design and do not require any internal wiring, thus allowing maximum flexibility and ease of use. All models are compatible with leading 1 and 3 phase battery inverters and have a successful track record of being tested for high efficiency.

“At BYD we understand that the most important applications for energy storage might not even been defined. We therefore want to provide the most powerful, robust, and flexible tool possible to cover all current needs of our customers and to equip them for future demands”, said Julia Chen, Global Sales Director, BYD Battery-Box.

  • AS/NZS 5139 requirements and IP55 standard for outdoor installations.
  • VDE 2510 compliant and has added safety protection features for the installation itself.
  • High-powered emergency-backup as well as on-grid and off-grid functionality for single and three-phase installation
  • Internet connectivity for all models simplifies monitoring and remote control.
  • The technological evolution also resulted in an increased low-temperature performance.
  • The cobalt-free Premium generation also has a higher energy density and thereby an even smaller footprint and thus needs less floor space.
  • The greater capacity per module reduces the number of components. Combined with the improved design and locking mechanism, this makes installation even easier and shortens installation times.
  • The Premium system designed with cabinet free concept, to reduce the delivery cost and storage costs for customers
BYD Global Supply Director (left) & Scott Magee, RFI CEO (right)

Presented by RFI Product Manager Arvind Ravichandran, we will take you through an overview of the new Battery-Box premium range including:

  • New BYD Premium Product Portfolio- including a new Off-Grid/Commercial Solution- LVL 15.4, new Battery Box- HVS 10.2 and new Battery Box- LVS 15.4
  • Selling the benefits- Why BYD is one of the best solutions on the market

 

Date: Wednesday 26/02/2020
Time: 2 pm AEDST (NSW/VIC/ACT/TAS)
(1 pm QLD, 11 am WA, 1:30 pm SA) You will need to register at the link below. 

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REC Alpha Has Arrived.

The World’s Most Powerful 60 Cell Solar Panel is available now.

Manufactured in Singapore, the game-changing REC Alpha has now arrived in our National Distribution Centre and available for shipment to you!

What is the REC Alpha?

The REC Alpha is a 365W solar panel packaged in a 60-cell footprint.

Heterojunction (HJT) cell technology

 

  • No LID = no power loss; you get the power you pay for
  • Leading temperature coefficient means more energy as temperature rises
  • Maximum power for maximum savings and accelerated return on investment
  • Its leading power density (217 watts/m²) is ideal to get the most from limited spaces
  • Over 20% more power on your roof compared to conventional panels

Advanced cell connection technology

 

  • Increased number of wires greatly improves flow of electricity current
  • Eliminating invasive soldering removes risk of cell damage or microcracks for long-lasting high performance
  • Stylish looks thanks to thin, barely-visible wires and uniformly black-colored cells
  • Full-black variant is a design masterpiece and the most elegant feature for your home
  • Solder-free cells reduces lead content by a colossal 81%
  • Environmentally-friendly manufacturing drastically reduces carbon footprint

REC Alpha empowers homeowners to drastically

reduce their carbon footprint

A 6.1 kW installation (~16 x 380 Wp REC Alpha panels) creates over 7,200 kWh of clean energy per year. This cuts CO2 emissions of a home by 4.3 tons per year. Equivalent to:

REC’s iconic Twin panel design

 

  • Award-winning design, pioneered by REC
  • Panel split into two ‘Twin’ sections
  • Reduces internal resistance for more power and reliability
  • Continued energy production in shaded conditions means you see higher energy yields

Super-strong frame

 

  • Support bars protect cells and glass from bending under load
  • Allows extreme loads up to 7000 Pa
  • Panels maintain high performance levels over the installation lifetime
  • 30 mm frame height makes panel easier to handle
  • Frame design allows optimized transportation: more panels/pallet = more panels/container = fewer trucks on the road = more savings

Industry-leading warranty

 

  • 25 year product warranty*: covers any panel defects
  • 25 year performance warranty: ensures panels perform exactly as they’re expected to – every year for 25 years
  • 25 year labor warranty*: gives added protection in case a panel needs to be serviced
  • At least 92% of nameplate power in year 25; an industry best
  • Unprecedented savings, more economic security, and greater energy autonomy for consumers

Everything you need

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The Universal Hub has arrived | Available now |

Functional Meets Simple. The Universal Hub has arrived.

Designed in Australia by RFI’s advanced R&D team, the RFI Universal Hub is a unique and intelligent fusion of 4G capabilities with the advanced functionality of a modem/router, all encased in a durable & robust metal casing.

Complete with SCADA functionality capabilities, the Universal Hub can power simple to advanced IoT applications, enabling secure and two-way communications for remote monitoring, control, management and reporting. Designed for reliable field performance and functionalities, the Universal Hub allows solutions to deliver rapid, cost-effective deployment for any telemetry environments.

Endless Applications

Plus FREE 6 months of Maxconnect*

Our Maxconnect portal is a cloud-based IoT/M2M management portal which allows you to access, monitor and control 3G/4G devices securely.

With Maxconnect you can access real-time data from your devices, monitor their status and location. Utilize complete functionality by controlling your devices anywhere, anytime. This one-stop portal is an access point to manage your 4G assets securely and remotely.

*6 months free access to the Maxconnect portal with the purchase of any Universal Hub modem. At the conclusion of the 6 month free trial, annual fee for Maxconnect access is $12.00 ex GST per month or $120.00 ex GST if billed annually.

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RFI launches new Solar Comms Solutions, Value-added Services and more at All Energy

RFI launches new Solar Comms Solutions, Value-added Services and more at All Energy

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, RFI is an Australian innovator and leader in solar distribution and a manufacturer of communications solutions. At All Energy 2019, on stand NN139 RFI is excited to launch exclusive new solutions and value-added services for the solar industry.

RFI’s new solutions include:

  • RFI 4G Modems and data plans developed exclusively for the Australian solar market
  • RFI Point to Point wireless meter and inverter comms linking- removing costly cable runs
  • RFI Multi-site Solar wireless comms- solving commercial multi-site connectivity issues

All solutions have been designed in Australia by RFI’s R&D and Product development teams, focusing on solving the comms problems prevalent in the solar industry. “Our 40 years of experience in connectivity and our partnerships with Australian telcos has allowed us to unlock a really compelling offering for the industry”, stated Dale Wilson, National Sales Manager of RFI.

As a diversified technology solutions company and logistics powerhouse, RFI will also be highlighting its significant capabilities in seamless delivery, value-added services and distribution.

On the product front, solar installers will also get their first viewing of the Ground-breaking REC Alpha, the world’s highest power solar panel in a 60-cell format, producing over 20% more energy than conventional panels.

Visitors to the RFI stand will also get the opportunity to see the world’s first 2-in-1 EV Inverter/Charger from SolarEdge.

RFI will also be showcasing our Power Partners zone, an area for RFI’s Power Partners to interact and learn more about how they can earn, boost and redeem points on premium, quality brands. The Power Partners network is Australia’s largest group of quality installers. At least 1 new global-leading brand will be announcing they have joined the program, providing even more value for RFI’s network members.

Want to learn more from our technical and sales experts on any of our new releases? Want to find out how you can become a member of the Power Partners program? Book an on-stand meeting with our team NOW.

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RFI AND REC GROUP ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP

RFI AND REC GROUP ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP

RFI to distribute REC Group’s range of premium, high-efficiency solar panels in Australia

RFI Technology Solutions and REC Group are pleased to announce a new partnership agreement, as RFI becomes a distribution partner for REC Group in the Australian market.

RFI will introduce REC’s range of premium, high-efficiency solar panels, including the REC N-Peak and the game-changing Alpha series range, set for official launch in the Australian market mid-October.

Scott Magee, CEO of stated, “REC’s innovative technology, product quality and industry-leading warranty offers an exciting new solution to the market. The Alpha series in particular looks to be a real gamechanger in the premium solar panel space, so we are excited to bring REC on board as our partner.”

RFI has a national distribution presence across Australia, giving REC access to an extremely experienced solar installer network covering both metro and regional areas. RFI also offers fully integrated solutions by packaging REC solutions with world-leading inverter, battery storage and monitoring products.

Paul Scerri, Country Manager, Australia at REC Group said, “With more than three decades’ experience in the solar field, RFI has a long and respected heritage in on-grid, off grid and industrial solutions.

“Represented in Australia’s major capital cities, we’re looking forward to working alongside RFI teams nationwide to deliver REC products with the efficiency and ease our customers expect,” he added.

About the N-Peak Series- Arriving in Mid-September

With up to 320W in a 60-cell panel, the REC N-Peak Series uses the most efficient cell technology in the industry, capturing more sunlight thereby providing more power. The panel features the innovative REC ‘Twin’ cell layout design, where the panel is split into two twin sections, also enabling continued energy production, even when partially shaded.

 

RFI will be introducing two versions:

  • 320W High Efficiency Panel
  • All-Black 315W High Efficiency Panel

 

Once an installer goes through the REC Solar Professional process, this range is warranted for an industry-leading 25-year power output warranty.

About the Alpha Series- Arriving in Mid-October

RFI will also be introducing the 365W Alpha Solar Panel. The REC Alpha Series delivers industry-beating power, making this the world’s most powerful 60-cell solar panel. Based on proprietary panel design with revolutionary cell technology, the new product is already acknowledged by a granted design patent.

Full details on this innovative new REC panel series will be shared in line with its mid-October Australian launch.

About RFI Technology Solutions

RFI is a global technology solutions company, specialising in wireless coverage and solar power. RFI has one of the largest, most innovative and experienced wireless and solar solutions with dedicated engineers, product managers, deployment engineers, logistics, distribution and R&D staff. We are proud to be an Australian success story with manufacturing, distribution and warehousing across Australia, NZ, the USA and the UK.

About REC Group

Founded in Norway in 1996, REC Group is a leading vertically integrated solar energy company. Through integrated manufacturing from silicon to wafers, cells, high-quality panels and extending to solar solutions, REC Group provides the world with a reliable source of clean energy. REC’s renowned product quality is supported by the lowest warranty claims rate in the industry. REC Group is a Bluestar Elkem company with headquarters in Norway and operational headquarters in Singapore. REC Group employs 2,000 people worldwide, producing 1.5 GW of solar panels annually.

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SolarEdge Simplifying Commercial

SolarEdge- Simplifying Commercial Solar

If you want to grow your commercial business, RFI & SolarEdge has an offer that may interest you. From July to October, SolarEdge is offering commercial installers a free comparative PVsyst report as part of its premium service package to ensure your solar project runs smoothly. This is what you get:

*Comparative PVsyst report of SolarEdge versus standard string inverter
1 day of on-site commissioning support from a SolarEdge qualified site technician

Take this opportunity to see for yourself how SolarEdge technology provides greater yields and lower BoS costs compared to a traditional string inverter. It will also highlight how you can use SolarEdge’s flexible design principals to add more panels, generate more energy, and offer more competitive proposals.

This offer is valid for any commercial installer looking to install a solar project of 15kW or larger before October 30, 2019.*

All you have to do is register your details on the link below and the RFI & SolarEdge commercial team will begin the process.

*For first-time installers only and subject to availability. Free site commissioning support is restricted to installation sites within 50KM of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Talk to your RFI account manager for the best offer
on all your commercial requirements!

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