Getting Solar PV power 2020

This is an evolving story, stay tuned here and to followup posts. Are you considering getting solar or one of the millions who already have? Please share in the comments below after reading our experience about getting Solar PV power in 2020. And please take a look at clim8safe.

Our story

One of the first things to come out of our family clim8 action planning was to get a solar system to generate electricity at home. The primary goal is to save carbon but as it turns out we stand to save significantly financially too!. Australians are going solar in a big way. We actually did it on our last place a decade ago but ended up doing our dough as we sold long before recouping costs. That led us to sign up for greenpower instead in an effort to join the movement and incentivise the shift to renewables. Greenpower was meant to grow demand for Utility Large Scale renewables. But greenpower unfortunately did not work out as you can see below and here: Click on the picture for old report NOW CRASHED <200K!


That is in stark contrast to the phenomenal rise of Solar PV power worldwide and in Australia:

I was familiar with this through my volunteering at the local Zero Emissions Community group for many years. Where it became crystal clear that Solar empowers us to be the change as opposed to waiting on the powers that be. The benefits and economics of Solar are irrefutable, and theres great ways to write off new solar PV installations, for both owners and renters.

YES if you rent long term or are a business tenant I can help you get savings from Solar too!

Put simply Solar is still a no brainer if you dont plan to sell and/or move. So once we decided it was more likely we'd not be selling it was go time to get Solar... again.

Currently there is a deluge of solar systems being sold in Australia. And even more misinformation. That means a lot to wade through if you dont know whats what. Such as the mistaken fear that the rebates are disappearing fast! The great thing is that by re-doing it myself now Im in an even better position to help others professionally through my clim8safe FREE solar brokering.


In a nutshell in 2020 most new solar should be able to pay itself off within 3-6 years (sometimes less) even when financed for ZERO dollars upfront.


Thats true for both business and home installs. Also true is that this is as good a time to get solar as any. And crucially to protect your investment and protect against wastage you want a 20+ year panel warranty and 10+ year inverter and installer warranty all from reputable longstanding companies. Avoid a sobstory in a few years due to disappearing suppliers and stuff going to landfill, Ask me how.

Yes theres a lot of other details in between but thats where clim8safe comes in. Making it simpler and easier for you by cutting to the chase. We quickly zero in on the best solution and why it is so. For further explanation please check back here later when we have actual personal data on our new system as proof! In the meantime heres what we are aiming at:



Enviro outcomes could be saving over 3.5 Tonnes of Coal fired pollution p/a, and all associated transport and logistics! 

Equivalent of planting over 200 trees. But please plant trees also anyway!

Comments very much appreciated, likewise liking both our xplor4 and clim8safe socials thankyou.


Mat Colefax in Noosa (our own 2020 solar system going on below)



About the author: Mat is super stoked to help businesses, homeowners AND tenants get the best solar system possible. Through volunteering for Zero Emissions, helping others and buying new solar himself he knows exactly how to help.

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New year New venture.

As the horrific reality of climate change charred Australia this summer. Its been foremost in my mind to do what we can now, and also to take steps towards longterm work that helps. In terms of what we can do now, apart from registering to help recovery efforts as we have, there is a bewildering amount of fire fundraising. Donating to bush regeneration and minimise wildlife extinctions as per this link being just one. Just click on the link to see the post. If you dont have fakebook try here.

Secondly I begin a climate action memo for our own family. So many resources out there such as this nice website  which we might model our memo on. Have you got one to share please comment or email!

Thirdly In terms of work that helps I begin building my clim8safe business idea. I aim to transform my career to leverage more of my time and energy on this. Brokering better solutions to save cost and carbon.

In other news weve been blessed by perfect outdoors weather here during our break, but cannot let that lull us into inaction. We were thrilled to camp out in the beautiful hinterland and also stay at Stradbrokes old eco resort, both of which I intend to writeup later. I was personally thrilled to leave the laptop behind for the duration.

Back onboard and back into it. Yes we will continue to xplor4, and consult to outdoors and adventuring enterprise. As always with climate in mind and now my new clim8safe goals too.


Mat Colefax.

About: Mat lives a low carbon life with his family of 5 on QLD's Sunshine Coast since 2 decades+. Often outdoors, he loves people power, pedal and paddle power, plus xploring of course. 

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Tis the Season..

Hello and Seasons Greetings from our little C'fax clan on the Sunshine Coast Australia. Its a season for celebrating and taking time with family and friends. Lots of sunny days and plenty of sweets and treats too. And it is also a season when many set their sights on the coming year/s ahead. For myself personally it will be big changes in my career and business direction. With my new re-focus being to help business, govt. and homeowners be clim8safe.

By bringing together carbon conscious cost saving solutions from solar and circular regen to transport and logistics we will save their money and in small steps save the environment at the same time!

Whats in it for you: A simple solution to set yourself ahead of the game.

Is solar working for you, recycling/regen too?, what about your modes of transport and operations? By brokering the best integrated innovations along with smart finance options clim8safe will benefit business, govt. and households. It will protect clients from rising energy, transport and operations costs, as well insurability issues and more. Improving real profitability now and exponentially for the future. It shall save $$ and add to your asset value/revalue, all the while working toward zero carbon so satisfying eco aspirations. Intended to eventually act also as a consolidating enterprise for products and resourcing, clim8safe is a big task I really look forward to. As a lifelong eco advocate this is the best way I can give back now. 

Effectively clim8safe is the perfect culmination of my lifetime focus on ecological endeavours. Since my formative years in the world heritage listed tropics I've always taken great care to uphold environmental values in everything I do. Thats enriched my experience every step of the way so now I look forward to share and contribute to the sector professionally.


That said xplor4 definitely will still offer outdoors and trails expertise and I aim to expand that side of xplor4. I see clim8safe consulting as a natural extension to offer on top of other endeavours, and in its own right. Thankyou to my many mentorlike associates out there who have helped me zero in on this fresh purpose and passion. I am grateful for everyone and everything thats led me to the next evolution of lifes journey. Wish me well, and ask away about anything, I'd love to hear from you.

And of course in the mean time we wish the very best to you and yours for Christmas and New Years! May you be very very merry, maybe find a little xplor4 fun and froth. Or even enjoy emulating a sloth! Share it with those you love, like in our little vid below. Thanks to share it round. Seasons greetings.



Mat Colefax

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Queenslands 1st electric Bus

As xplor4 carbon conscious consultancy expands to transport and energy. We are aiming to assist the uptake of Electric transport, from e-bikes and cars right through to trucks and buses! Buses contribution to community and shared transport load should not be overlooked. The backstory to this stems from early experiences over 3 decades ago as a kid on old ice school buses. Suffering that pollution so long ago played a part in directing my life course as an eco advocate. So when I heard my hometown had planned Queenslands 1st fully commercial electric bus, on my birthday by crazy co-incidence! I jumped at the chance to get onboard and see whats the fuss about this EVbus.


Enjoy the video below 


The full size passenger bus travels a few hundred km's and climbs a few km's elevation every day but generally uses not even half of the battery! This means it can get most of its recharge in the remaining daylight from a solar installation. And if the energy agreement is right it could get the rest from renewables such as the Barron Valley Hydro and Mount Emerald windfarm. Even though at present this bus costs more to buy it is sure to be much more cost effective than ice buses due to a quadruple bottom line of zero fuel, very low service costs, increase of brand and trade value, and customer experience. In fact you could argue its in front from day 1.

It must be said that Capta, the company operating the bus have a large established fleet of well maintained regular buses. They are as efficient and comfortable as any ice buses. They are doing the right thing already. After just a month of operating this EVbus there is every expectation an accelerated program to change over to Electric buses could catch on in the industry Australiawide. We are advocating and consulting to try and help that happen even faster. For Capta to take this 1st step and invest in zero emissions buses its a real credit to them, and also to just how good the EVbus goes in the real world. If you ever get a chance Tropic North QLD truly is a beautiful place to go zero and see it in action for yourself!

Our takeaway was that we loved riding on this bus compared to fossil fuel powered buses. And as a clim8safe consultancy we will definitely do our bit to see more EVbuses everywhere instead of ice (internal combustion engine). We have in our network suppliers at all sizes and scale to suit. Along with the renewable energy solutions for charging!

Our clim8safe consultancy can broker ebuses, ebikes and more to help you $ave!

We would love to help with any initiative near you,

Mat Colefax.



About the author: Advocating change for the better, Mat volunteers at Zero Emissions Noosa as well as other community groups since 2 decades. Living low carbon with a family of five Mat likes getting around by pedal, paddle and renewable electric power. He now offers carbon conscious consulting to business, govt, and homeowners under the name clim8safe. He is also Australia's 1st kitesurfer.



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Carbon Conscious Cool stuff 01

How rad is this Audi electric buggy! Supercar Blondie is luivin the dream as always. And Audi gets a big thumbs up from us for this one. Bring it on!


Harley Davidson's new slogan 'the future is electric' is embodied in their sweet new 'lightweight e-dirtbike' Surely the cool thing here is that its Harley Davidson of all companies going green!

UBCO NZ from our southern neighbors yet more 2 wheel good vibes, this pedal assisted UBco bike looks the goods. 20HP, 80kmh, 50kg!!! Their utility bikes are street legal and under 10K, not sure if this one can also be registered but keen to learn more. If you are keen too? please comment below cheers.

image credit Andre Vasilenko.

Stoked Sur Ron riders the world over are absolutely flooding the internet with their tales of two wheel fun. Froth aside it sure stacks up as by far the best bang for buck in the lightweight multipurpose moto market. Have you seen or ridden one? Let us know in the comments below.


About the author: Mat at xplor4 is a bit of a bike and buggy nut, can you tell! He's always out on the trails and although he doesnt augment it with his own electric machine... yet. He happily gets on anything electric at any chance:)

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Earthtech Youth Challenge

Here’s a post about something close to our hearts. All my life I’ve always strived to protect the planet and all its awesome ecosystems. Living a low carbon lifestyle as well as volunteering my time to organisations that stand up for these values, such as UNESCO Biosphere boards and Zero Emissions groups etc. I gravitated towards the growing movement of people and places that protect their environment by embracing the best cleantech and design. As Earths population approaches 8B with exponential associated advances, a global environmental catastrophe looms large. The need for EPIC enterprise that can protect and even save the earth is now greater than ever.

We (many close contacts and me) recognize that epic enterprise in 'Earthtech's' exciting new social enterprise. Its something we can contribute to close to home but with global potential. I would urge you to check it out and share it round everywhere that you can. Who knows you may just give the next 'green tech superstar' their start and save the world! Click the pic below.

#earthtech images thanks to RebeccaColefaxPhotography


Yes theres more and more of this kind of thing out there which is great. And the recent climate strikes show the swell of youth wanting to do something. The difference with Earthtech Youth Challenge is it is shifting the focus from refusing (-) to renewing (+). It is massively scalable from local to global. And as a new social enterprise Earthtech merges NFP and capitalist competition to elevate the very best ideas. For it to be truly epic thats what it will take. All the best mentoring plus the big investor $. And what it will take right now is crew like you to view, share and support it. Please go and see

Also please consider a donation of your time or your funds. Otherwise... Do you know anyone who could be on a team? Do you know anyone who could contribute mentoring and guidance? Please pass it around and at the same time we invite you to join the Earthtech (newsletter) tribe yourself. Theres nothing to lose if you do, but everything to lose if you dont.

On that note regardless where your stance is currently at on climate change. There is no argument against supporting youth to develop their best ideas with our best support. So show some heart, send this around your network today.



Bit of backstory:

Cofounded by Ant Moorhouse and Brian Keayes in Noosa, Earthtech team are all superstars in their respective fields and reach all around the globe. You will see some more about that on the Earthtech site. For our part Beck's B.Sc with triple majors - enviromental, marine science and GIS plus her considerable swathe of talent and experience in management, mapping and creative content compliments her burning desire to leave future generations a healthy environment. Beck worked in government and Cartography corporations, and is a successful small business owner, she has great skillsets and passion to contribute. As the Youth Challenge General Manager Beck breathes life into the whole Youth Challenge process, plus provides her phenomenal still photography skills too!

Mat doesnt just hug trees, he’s also hammering the pavement (and keyboard) to help wherever possible. Because Earthtech 'is just what we need right now right here'. Mat's always believed in going green. And always implemented that ethos in every way possible. Having consistently advocated and volunteered for green enterprise while building businesses, Mat sees radical green tech and disruption as an instrumental part of our societies solution. Putting his business and advocacy experience to good use as lead consultant at xplor4 Mat finds a good fit for the future in Earthtech. Beck and Mat raising their own young family in Noosa reinforces why we feel our youth are a fundamental motivation and driver for our future environment. We owe it to ourselves, our children, and our planet! Because there is no PLANet B.

For full disclosure xplor4 directors Mat and Beck Colefax absolutely are involved and invested in Earthtech. We believe that it aligns well with all our customers and clientele too. Please reach out for any info or to show your support. Thankyou.



#earthtech images thanks to RebeccaColefaxPhotography

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WIN a day out on our BIG SUP board

To celebrate the launch of the new Adventure Sunshine Coast website which we helped create content for. We are about to giveaway FREE a giant Standup Paddle adventure tour on one of the trails that is mapped on that ASC site.

To enter we are asking for comments, either via our review tab at right, or like and comment / post on our fb page.


Super simple so go on and get yourself in the draw. Winner to be announced very soon via our fb page (viewable without acc.)


Comments about the Adventure Sunshine Coast website are particularly relevant and regarded, so check it out by clicking below.


Yes the tour is transferable, anytime over the next year*. And YES you can always hire our big board anytime as well. Great for any group adventure, bonding, teambuild, familytime! Its a great gift idea, gift vouchers available from

Happy Easter, may you find what makes you smile!


*always at our discretion, as are the winners. Good luck go for it!

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FNQ Family isles group

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TNQ tour



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Just add water

We love summer! Warmer, longer days dripping with sunshine and sparkling water. And lots more incentive to get wet every week. Sharing sup sessions with family and friends, perhaps even all together on the one board if you borrow our big sup! Bring the tribe and just add water.



Yes this board is available for tours and hire. Check out our bigboard tours here

Yes you can get a guide to go with you, and yes we welcome wheelchairs too!

This weekend we have a social, FREE to join, just book, everyones welcome.

Bring along your whole crew for fun times.. just add water. 



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