IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:
The upfront approx 30-40% federal subsidy for solar power is under imminent threat. To protect your subsidy use your Solar Choice Quote Comparison to immediately generate an online contract with your preferred installer, any time of the day or night including weekends. Why?

On Thurs, 28 Aug 2014 the federal govt released long-awaited recommendations from the Renewable Energy Target (RET) Review that will either abolish the upfront federal subsidy for solar energy, or severely slash it, for systems up to 100kW.

An announcement from the Govt as to which option it will choose is imminent. Contracts entered into prior to any announcement will protect your subsidy.

How can I generate an online contract immediately to protect the subsidy?

1. Simply complete the green form on this page to obtain your impartial Quote Comparison of leading installers covering your area.

2. Select three installers that best suit your needs and budget to reveal their names and logos, then select your prefered installer by clicking "View and Accept Quote".

3. Follow instructions on deposit payment options, following which you will be emailed a PDF of your Accepted Quote (as will your selected installer who'll contact you, and Solar Choice).

Your subsidy will then very likely be protected under transitional provisions recommended by the RET Review.

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The Australian Solar Council has launched a new peak body for the energy storage industry.

The newly minted Energy Storage Council will be administrated by the the Australian Solar Council, and headed up by ASC CEO John Grimes.

It will be funded by membership, industry events, and training activities and governed by a volunteer board. Read the full article →

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Labor, Greens & PUP stand up for RET at first Save Solar Community Forum in Sydney

September 18, 2014
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The Australian Solar Council has declared its first Save Solar Community Forum a success, with representatives of Labor, the Greens and the Palmer United Party (PUP) coming together under one roof to declare their support for an unaltered Renewable Energy Target (RET) to a packed venue on Wednesday night. Among those who spoke were ALP […]

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Report shows electricity from renewables creates more jobs than fossil fuels

September 18, 2014
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A new international report has found that the development of renewable energy resources like solar and wind creates more jobs than the development of fossil fuels. In its inaugural Rethinking Energy report, the International Renewable Energy Agency, assessed some of the major economic benefits that the now – it says – inevitable shift to renewables […]

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‘Hydrangea’ solar panel beautifies PV energy production

September 17, 2014
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University of Tokyo professor, Hiroshi Segawa, has developed a solar cell designed as a floral artwork. Besides looking great, the hydrangea‑inspired dye‑sensitised solar cell generates and stores enough energy to charge a smartphone twice, with the components stored in decorative wooden cube frames. The energy generated by the device is stored in the flower, with […]

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Shorten: Abbott must reject Warburton review as prerequisite for deal on RET

September 17, 2014
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In a show of support for Australia’s rooftop solar industry, the leader of the opposition, Bill Shorten, has called on the government to ignore the recommendations of the latest RET Review and leave the small-scale component of scheme unchanged. In an interview with the Australian Financial Review published on Monday, Shorten was scathing of the recently tabled […]

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Labor affirms support for unaltered RET

September 16, 2014
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The Australian Labor Party has reaffirmed its support for the Renewable Energy Target in its current form, with ALP leader Bill Shorten saying that the RET review panel’s report containing recommendations to scrap the scheme “belongs in the bin” in an interview in the Australian Financial Review. The comments come after the Financial Review ran […]

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Giant outback solar farm to electrify SE Asia: an idea so crazy it might just work

September 16, 2014
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Would you believe me if I told you that we could power our nation’s energy use by covering less than 0.01% of Australia with solar panels? It sounds crazy but it’s true. In fact, we could power worldwide energy demand with just 5% of the sunlight reaching our shores. Our sunburnt country is blessed with […]

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Climate Change Authority chief recommends maintaining RET but extending timeframe

September 15, 2014
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The chairman of the Climate Change Authority has weighed in on the debate over Australia’s Renewable Energy Target, arguing it should be kept at its current level, but extended over a longer time frame. Bernie Fraser, who before heading up the CCA was chairman of the Reserve Bank of Australia, has suggested the Target be […]

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Over 15,000 Australian businesses have gone solar thanks to RET: Clean Energy Council

September 12, 2014
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More than 15,000 Australian businesses are saving a collective $64 million a year on their energy bills after installing solar PV, a new report has found. According to a report and infographic released this week by the Clean Energy Council, 15,214 Australian businesses – ranging from dairy farmers through to wineries, supermarkets and offices – […]

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Future of Utilities – Part 1: The death of base-load generators

September 11, 2014
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As the uptake of renewable energy continues, solar and wind customers around the world are facing resistance from electricity utilities. The ‘Future of Utilities’ series aims to introduce various concepts to help explain the reasons behind the resistance, what it means for renewable energy generators and what the future holds for utilities, electricity customers and […]

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“Cheap vs clean” dichotomy no longer relevant as renewables build up steam globally: IRENA

September 11, 2014
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Doubling the world’s share of renewable energy capacity would have the effect of nearly halving global carbon emissions compared to 1990 levels, a new report has found. The report, released on Monday by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), warns that under current policies and national plans, reductions in average carbon dioxide emissions would be insufficient to […]

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Commercial PV Price Index – September 2014

September 10, 2014
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This month’s commercial pricing figures include for the first time charts detailing historic trends since Solar Choice began keeping track in May 2014. The tables below provide an indicative look at pricing for systems up to 100kW in capacity. All figures include GST as well as the STC incentive available through Australia’s federal Renewable Energy Target. […]

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China to introduce solar leasing-style financing to open up distributed solar opportunities

September 10, 2014
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China is looking to adopt a similar solar leasing model to that which has dominated the rooftop PV market in the US, in an effort to encourage more homes and businesses to install solar. In Beijing on Thursday, China’s National Energy Administration released its policy to promote distributed solar generation – a key initiative for the […]

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Uncertainty about RET, already plaguing renewables investment, could also drive up electricity prices for consumers

September 9, 2014
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Electricity prices could jump dramatically if the future of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) is not settled by the next election, according to analysis published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). BNEF’s findings set a de facto deadline for a deal to be reached on the scheme’s fate. Ongoing uncertainty about the scheme is already […]

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Solar grid parity comes to Chile, other countries not far behind

September 9, 2014
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Large-scale solar has reached grid parity with wholesale electricity prices in one South American country, and will soon do so in other countries around the world, a new European study has found. The study, by research firm Eclareon, found that solar PV with single axis tracking was at grid parity in Chile – one of […]

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Cheaper and lighter battery design a win-win for storage

September 8, 2014
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UK-based Cenex have recently developed an electric vehicle (EV) battery that is 41% lighter than standard EV batteries. In addition to the reduced weight, the ‘EV-Lite’ battery decreases the cost of non­­‑cell components by 63% through reducing the number of parts used to form the battery – there are no wires or screws and it […]

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Solar Citizens, Solar Council deliver letter from 500+ solar companies to government urging sense on the RET

September 8, 2014
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Representatives from Australia’s solar industry have delivered a letter to the Abbott government calling on it to back jobs and investment in the solar industry by maintaining the 41,000GWh Renewable Energy Target. Nearly 500 businesses representing 3,700 employees signed the joint industry letter, coordinated by Solar Citizens and the Australian Solar Council (ASC), which was […]

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Coalition hints at openness to compromise on Renewable Energy Target: Financial Review

September 7, 2014
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Officials in the Coalition have hinted that the government is unlikely to seek to eliminate Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) and that a compromise with the Opposition in which the RET is retained but weakened is the more likely outcome, according to the Australian Financial Review. The Financial Review says that at least two key […]

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Solar PV Price Index – September 2014

September 7, 2014
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Average residential solar system prices took a dip across the board between August and September, with almost no instances in which they increased. The trend was likely spurred by the recent release of the Renewable Energy Target review panels’ recommendations that the scheme be abolished or significantly scaled back, with a number solar installation companies lowering […]

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Royalla Solar Farm developer FRV to quit Australia if RET Review recommendations implemented

September 5, 2014
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The global solar developer behind Australia’s largest solar farm has warned that it would up cease doing business in this country if the Abbott government implemented the recommendations of the RET Review. Rafael Benjumea, the CEO of Spanish developer FRV, which built the newly opened 20MW Royalla solar farm in the ACT, said that FRV’s […]

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Nearly 3000 new small-scale rooftop solar system installed in Queensland in August

September 4, 2014
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Households in Australia’s sunshine state of Queensland continue their rush to rooftop solar, with the latest data showing another 2,794 systems of 5kW or less were added during the month of August. The data, from network operator Energex, shows that the systems were added in south-east Queensland, including the capital Brisbane and the Gold Coast […]

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