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Gary Warden was raised in the Perth Hills. After graduating from the University of Western Australia with a degree in Geology, Gary joined BHP Billiton where he spent 18 years working in a variety of roles in a number of locations around the world. Prior to leaving BHP Billiton in December 2006, Gary was Global Manager for the company's US$1Billion business improvement program.

While he was originally sceptical about the claims relating to climate change, he became convinced of the urgency of the issue in early 2006. He left BHP Billiton primarily to spend more time with his young family, but also to dedicate himself to creating a more sustainable life for himself and his family and to support others in making that change.

In September 2007 he was trained by Al Gore and has delivered the "Inconvenient Truth" lectures to thousands of west australians since then. In November 2007 Gary ran for the senate in the Federal Election representing the Climate Change Coalition.

In addition to his climate change lectures, he has facilitated Living Smart workshops across Perth. Between 2008 and 2009 he was on the Executive Committee of the Conservation Council of Western Australia including one year as Vice President.

Gary co-founded and is Executive Director of the very exciting Days of Change program, one of the largest sustainability programs in Australia and is now General Manager WA for Eco-Kinetics, one of the largest Solar PV companies in Australia and subsidiary of ASX-listed CBD Energy.

Free Solar Power for your Home

by Gary 5/15/2009 9:30:00 PM

For a while now I have been negotiating special deals on solar panels for participants in Living Smart courses that I have facilitated.

It is amazing the see how the price of these systems have come down in recent times, however I was amazed to hear of an offer to install a 1kW system for free for households that qualify for the $8,000 federal goverment rebate.

The company behind the offer is called Regen Power. Basically their offer is for a 1.02kW grid connect system.

A 1kW system will produce about 5kWh on average per day. Based on the current A1 residential electricity tariff, this will save you $250 every year, however I fully expect electricity prices to double over the next couple of years (we are currently only paying about half of the true cost of electricity production), which will translate into a saving of $500 per year.
If we end up with a feed-in tariff in WA, the savings will be even higher - all for an investment of the massive sum of $0.
For more information on this offer, visit the Regen website at
The company is making the offer to the first 250 subscribers, so you will need to hurry. The $8,000 rebate is disappearing at the end of June (to be replaced by a more complex, less rewarding (for households earning less than $100,000) system).
Note that this offer represents the price for a basic installation. It does not include any extra costs associated with modifications to existing switchboards, or where the installation is complicated by factors such as double story, difficult access etc.

I'm not making any warranty as to the relative merits of this company or the system they are offering and I always recommend you shop around, however I think that the mathematics in this case are pretty simple. Feel free to forward on to your contacts.

Gary Warden

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