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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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April 2020 Trading Hours and Covid-19 Update

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. 

As the situation continues to evolve, we are continuing to be guided by Federal and State Health authorities and the World Health Organisation (WHO) and when necessary will act on recommendations by those bodies.  

Latest Advice

We are currently reviewing the latest advice provided by the relevant state government authorities issued on 23rd March 2020.

We take the health and safety of our workforce and the wider community seriously, so will be implementing changes in how you will be able to conduct business with us in the coming days.   

Updated Easter Holidays Trading

RFI wishes to share with you that during the month of April we have amended our staffing arrangements ahead of the Easter holidays period.

Many customers locally and globally have adjusted operations, reducing immediate demand significantly. Rest assured, we anticipate our Sydney office even with reduced capacity will meet our projected requirements.

Updated trading hours are as follows: 

 

Sydney Distribution Centre 

Open except for Good Friday and Easter Monday 

Please note: National Customer Service, Sales support and NSW Warehouse Staff from 6 April-17 April will be available in a reduced capacity 

 

All Manufacturing Sites and Satellite Offices 

(Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth) 

Closed for Extended Break on Friday April 3, Return April 20 

Please note: National Customer Service and Sales support from 6 April-17 April will be available in a reduced capacity

 

Engineering, Design and Technical Support 

Closed for Extended Break on Friday April 3, Return April 20) 

Please note: Emergency technical and sales support accessible through Customer Service teams

 

We will open again for normal operations as usual on Monday, April 20. We hope our slow-down will not impact on your business and apologise for any inconvenience. 

Key Details

  • To help us best serve you during the holiday period, we request that you consider bringing forward any orders required to limit any delays during this period. 
  • If you need assistance or an emergency arises, the staff we have in place will have both the authority to act and the ability to escalate appropriately. 
  • During this period incoming calls (other than to mobiles) will be centralised. To ensure emails are not missed, please use enquiry@rfi.com.au for all enquiries over this period. 
  • Our business like yours is striving to make the best decisions we can to serve our customers and protect all of those in our careIf there is more, we can do to help your business in these difficult times, please let us know. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact 1300 000 RFI (734) or email us at enquiry@rfi.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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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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SolarEdge is even easier in 2019!

SolarEdge is even easier in 2019!

 Module-to-Grid Package Now Available
Including 1 FREE Smart Module!

Get ready for the New Year with this great SolarEdge promotion! Install a Module-to-Grid Package now and you’ll get an additional smart module for FREE, enabling your customers to benefit from greater system production.

So what are the kits?

SolarEdge smart modules are the next piece of the puzzle for installers and homeowners seeking a single, trusted PV vendor. Each module is pre-assembled with a SolarEdge power optimiser, combining with a SolarEdge single-phase inverter for a quicker and easier PV installation.

Take advantage of RFI’s two Module-to-Grid Packages, featuring the simplicity of SolarEdge’s residential PV offering. Our two packages are as follows:

What are SolarEdge Smart Modules?

SolarEdge has expanded its comprehensive residential offering even further. Pre-assembled with power optimisers, the smart panels combine with SolarEdge’s award-winning inverters to enable faster and easier PV installations than before.

Want to learn more about SolarEdge Smart Modules? You can download product brochures and learn about the key features and benefits in installing these at the news article below.

From PV to Grid with One Solar Vendor

Bringing value to PV installers

Complete your SolarEdge portfolio with 300W smart panels for easier system design and other unique benefits:

  • Enjoy a full product offering, with complete warranty and service, from a single vendor
  • Reduce your installation time and costs by installing panel with pre-assembled power optimisers
  • Continue to take advantage of SolarEdge’s key system benefits: More energy output, advanced safety features, design flexibility, and panel-level performance monitoring

Bringing value to homeowners

SolarEdge smart panels only enhances an already powerful residential offering for your customers, including:

  • Premium PV panel to boost performance and aesthetics
  • Improved curb appeal with elegant black-framed panel design
  • Peace of mind thanks to excellent product and performance warranty, with proven panel reliability
  • Mitigation of all types of panel power losses
  • Optimised energy output of each individual panel
  • Automatic panel-level voltage shutdown protecting people and property
  • Easy upgrades to battery storage and smart energy solutions for a truly future-proofed system

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Your Wireless Technology Partner

Your Wireless Technology Partner

Looking for a complete Wireless Technology Partner? RFI offers a diverse range of technology solutions to meet any network requirement.

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Fibre and Data Solutions Public Safety Radio Networks Solar Energy Solutions IoT/M2M Solutions In-Building Coverage Solutions Battery Storage Solutions

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RFI installs 100kW System on its Largest Manufacturing Facility

RFI installs 100kW System on its Largest Manufacturing Facility

This month RFI “turned on” our 100kW solar system at our manufacturing facility in Bayswater, Victoria.  The solar system features 540 solar modules, a bank of SolarEdge inverters and a 40kWh battery storage system.

This 100kW solar system will save approximately 110MWh in the first year and the solar generation will offset about 60% of the site energy usage, saving around 120 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. The 40kWh energy storage system will also allow us to offset the demand variable allowing RFI to provide most of its energy consumption in the peak summer months.

On current figures, the installation will pay for itself in six years with an ROI of 53% after 10 years and an ROI of 321% in 25 years.

Scott Magee, CEO said, “This solar power system demonstrates our many decades of involvement with renewable energy in Australia, but also the long-term commitment we have to manufacturing in Australia”. The 4000sqm Bayswater facility is the largest of our three manufacturing facilities. The Bayswater facility is Australia’s largest antenna manufacturing facility. We also operate an additional systems manufacturing facility in Bayswater and a high specification radio repeater manufacturing facility in Adelaide.

The RFI Energy Solutions team designed a tailored solution for our Melbourne site, which includes one SolarEdge 27.6kW 3-phase and three SolarEdge 10kW 3-phase inverters. SolarEdge DC optimised inverter solution offers advanced PV monitoring in real time and asset management through its cloud-based monitoring platform. Power optimisers constantly track maximum power points and report high-resolution data on panel performance. SolarEdge inverters provide comprehensive analytics tracking and reports of energy yield, system uptime, performance ratio and financial performance. The ability to connect two panels to one optimiser, combined with DC to AC conversion and grid interaction being centralised at a simplified PV inverter maintains a competitive cost structure.

The RFI Energy Solutions team project managed this solution and teamed up with sub-contractor, Powercom Solar for installation and commissioning. Powercom Solar was also sub-contracted to install and commission one of RFI’s largest solar systems on Flinders Island in their home state of Tasmania.

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Victron Battery Charger

Victron Battery Chargers

RFI now offer the full range of Victron European designed 12 Volt or 24 Volt Battery Charger including BlueSmart range with Bluetooth. Victron Energy’s products are built to the highest performance, efficiency & reliability standards and offer 5 year warranties on all their products.

Phoenix Battery Chargers

Adaptive 4-stage charge characteristic: bulk – absorption – float – storage. 2 x full rated outputs and 1 x 4 Amp output. Universal input 90-265V, 50/60Hz. The Phoenix charger features a microprocessor controlled adaptive battery management system that can be pre-set to suit different types of batteries. The adaptive feature will automatically optimise the charge process relative to the way the battery is being used.

The range spans 12V and 24V models from 16A through to 50A.

Centaur Chargers

The Centaur range of battery chargers features auto-ranging input covering 90-265VAC 50/60Hz input meaning they can be used anywhere in the world.

Crucially, and unlike many other products that state universal input, the Centaur range will maintain full output power within the entire specified range. Other features include fully automatic three stage charge characteristic that ensures batteries are fully charged every time and three isolated charge outputs for multi battery configurations to suit the majority of typical installations.

The range spans 12V and 24V models from 16A through to 100A.

Skylla I Chargers

The Skylla-i 24V (1+1) series offering 2 isolated outputs and a second output, limited to approximately 4 A and  with a slightly lower output voltage, is intended to top up a starter battery.

The Skylla-i 24 V (3) series offers 3 full current outputs to charge 3 battery banks. The Skylla-i (3) features 3 isolated outputs. All outputs can supply the full rated output current.

All Skylla’s include an aluminium epoxy powder coated cases with drip shield and stainless steel fixings withstand the rigors of an adverse environment: heat, humidity and salt air. Circuit boards are protected with an acrylic coating for maximum corrosion resistance.

The range spans 24V models from 80A to 100A.

Blue Smart IP22 Chargers

The Blue Smart IP22 Charger is the new professional battery charger with built-in Bluetooth. The Blue Smart IP22 Charger can be used on devices in your workshop and on motor vehicles, such as (classic) cars; motorbikes; boats and camper-vans.

The range spans 12V and 24V models from 8A to 30A.

Blue Smart IP67 Chargers

The Blue Smart IP67 Waterproof Charger is the new professional battery charger with built-in Bluetooth. The Blue Smart IP67 Waterproof Charger can be used on devices in your workshop and on motor vehicles, such as (classic) cars; motorbikes; boats and camper-vans.

The range spans 12V and 24V models from 5A to 25A.

Blue Smart IP65 Chargers

The Blue Smart IP65 Charger is the new professional battery charger with built-in Bluetooth. The Blue Smart IP65 Charger can be used on devices in your workshop and on motor vehicles, such as (classic) cars; motorbikes; boats and camper-vans.

The range spans 12V and 24V models from 4A to 15A.

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