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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One of Australia’s biggest energy utilities – and the nation’s biggest generator of coal-fired power – has described rooftop solar tariffs as a billion-dollar “scam” being paid for by non-solar households.

In an extraordinary attack on rooftop solar, AGL Energy said solar households were being cross-subsidised to the tune of billions of dollars and suggested there was already too much solar on household rooftops.

In an in-house research paper first presented in October, but released to the Australian Financial Review on Monday before a wider public release (it can be found here on the AGL blog), AGL economist Paul Simshauser said solar subsidies such as feed-in tariffs and small-scale certificates were a “synthetic tax”, and a scam.

“This is a scam but it’s hidden,” Simshauser told the AFR. “If you don’t fix the problem, the rot will only get worse.” Read the full article →

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Fulcrum3D’s Australian-grown cloud monitoring solution wins ARENA grant

November 25, 2014
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Australian-made technology that predicts cloud movements to help get the most out of solar panels is one of the latest recipients of funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). North Sydney-based company Fulcrum3D will receive $442,000 from ARENA to further develop its advanced cloud tracking system, it was announced last Thursday. ARENA CEO Ivor […]

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AES Energy Storage to build record-breaking battery bank

November 25, 2014
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AES Energy Storage is set to construct the world’s largest battery bank in Long Beach, California. The 400 MWh energy storage facility – which can provide a peak power output of 100 MW – will be made using ‘Advancion’ lithium ion battery technology from AES. The plant is scheduled for commercial operation by 2021 and will be […]

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Utility-scale solar to be competitive with new coal by 2020

November 24, 2014
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Large-scale solar will be cost competitive with new coal-fired power stations in Australia by the end of the decade, the head of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has predicted. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said there was no doubt coal was currently the cheapest form of generation in wholesale markets, but that was because many of […]

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15,000 new small-scale solar systems installed monthly in 2014, but large-scale lags

November 24, 2014
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More than 155,000 small-scale solar systems have been added across Australia in 2014, an average of more than 15,000 a month, according to new data. The data, the latest from Green Energy Markets, shows that after sharp falls caused by the winding back of various state-based feed-in tariffs, the deployment of solar by homes and […]

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Is solar power still worth it in Sydney? Absolutely.

November 21, 2014
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Is solar power still worth the investment in Sydney, NSW? This article takes a look at the case for investing in solar power in Sydney. Solar incentives for solar power have been dramatically slashed in recent years, leading many to mistakenly believe that solar power may no longer be a worthwhile investment in many parts of […]

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How much does a 5kW solar system cost in Melbourne, Victoria?

November 21, 2014
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Solar power is still a great investment option for Melbourne homes & businesses, even after a number of changes to state and federal government incentives. 5kW solar systems have proven to be one of the most popular system sizes in not only Melbourne, but also the rest of Victoria and Australia as a whole. But how […]

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Sun MonitOZ’s hardware-free solar performance monitoring app launches in Australia

November 20, 2014
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Sun MonitOZ, a hardware-free solar system performance monitoring app, has officially launched in Australia after its beta-testing phase. The web app, accessible via a computer or any mobile device, allows users to easily determine if their system is performing as well as it should be and–if not–to quickly troubleshoot problems. Australian homes and businesses switch on […]

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Vic Labor party pledge support renewables as rural towns turn to clean energy

November 20, 2014
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The Victorian Labor Party has nailed its renewable energy colours to the mast in the lead up to next week’s state election, pledging to reverse wind farm restrictions and help develop Victoria’s first ‘solar town.’ The party, led by Daniel Andrews, this week committed to help the small country town of Newstead, near Bendigo, to […]

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New AGL chief could bring fresh approach to solar, energy storage

November 19, 2014
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Australia’s largest electricity generator AGL Energy has announced the appointment of US energy industry veteran Andrew Vesey to succeed outgoing managing director and CEO Michael Fraser in February 2015. The utility’s board said it selected Vesey with an eye to the future, particularly the evolution of a new energy business model and the emergence of […]

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Rooftop solar shifted peak demand to evening during Queensland heatwave

November 19, 2014
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The combination of a sweltering November heatwave and rooftop solar helped shift south-east Queensland’s electricity peaks into to the evening last week. At the height of the heatwave that hit Brisbane and surrounds during the final day of the G20 meeting last Sunday, the residential load was heavy as nine out of 10 of Queensland […]

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Commercial PV Price Index – November 2014

November 18, 2014
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Commercial solar prices continue to drop steadily month-by-month, according to data from the Solar Choice installer network. Prices in the tables below incorporate incentives available for systems up to 100kW in capacity under the federal government’s Renewable Energy Target. According to our data, federal incentives worked out to an effective system discount of approximately $0.60-0.70 per watt […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index – November 2014

November 17, 2014
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Average residential solar system prices have leveled out, changing little between October and November according to figures from the Solar Choice installer network database. This follows about four months of steady declines amid questions about the future of the Renewable Energy Target. Although overall average prices were steady, closer examination shows some variability in prices between […]

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A gift from above: UAVs for solar farm quality control

November 17, 2014
UAVs for solar farm quality

BQ Energy has adopted Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as monitoring tools for their solar farm projects. The ‘DJI Phantom 2’ UAVs are fitted with a ‘GoPro HERO3’ camera, allowing users to capture high-definition aerial views of solar installations at any stage of their construction. The replaceable 11V, 5.2Ah battery allows for up to 25 minutes […]

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Queensland’s Energex suggests buyout of 44¢/kWh feed-in tariff recipients as alternative to network upgrades

November 14, 2014
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A Queensland network operator has raised the prospect of buying back the high feed-in-tariffs locked by tens of thousands of rooftop solar households in the state in until 2028, so that it can avoid costly network upgrades. Ergon Energy CEO Ian McLeod revealed that his company was considering the scheme during an event held in […]

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Queensland network operator Energex says it can handle more solar

November 14, 2014
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Queensland power company Energex has bucked the trend of network operators calling for a slowdown in rooftop solar uptake, saying it could cope with a significant increase in PV capacity, despite already having one of the highest penetrations of rooftop solar in the country. Energex, which covers the south-east corner of the state including Brisbane, […]

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Rooftop solar meeting 13% of household electricity demand in Queensland

November 13, 2014
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Around 13 per cent of residential energy in south-east Queensland is now produced by rooftop solar, according to new data, with solar households generating the equivalent of more than half their electricity needs. The data, released on this week by network operator Energex, estimates that 90GWh was produced in the month of October by the […]

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ACT Enviro Minister Simon Corbell receives Banksia Sustainability Award for large-scale solar feed-in tariff program

November 13, 2014
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The ACT government’s game-changing solar auction scheme has taken out top prize in this year’s Banksia Sustainability Awards, making it the overall winner of one of Australia’s most important environmental award ceremonies. The Banksia Foundation presented the Capital Territory’s environment minister, Simon Corbell, with the 2014 Gold Award in recognition of the scheme’s huge success in stimulating […]

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Stonewalled by Coalition, Labor abandons negotiations on RET

November 12, 2014
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In a move described by the Australian Solar Council as ‘a sign of strength’, the Labor Party has walked out on negotiations over the future of the Renewable Energy Target (RET), saying that there is ‘no prospect’ of finding common ground. Through weeks of negotiations, the Coalition has been holding firm on its determination to see […]

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9kW solar PV systems: Compare installers & prices

November 11, 2014
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Residential solar power has taken Australia by storm, with the roofs of more than 1 in 10 suitable homes now equipped with solar panels. What size solar system is right for a given home depends on the incentives & prices available at the time of installation, as well as on the electricity needs of the home or business […]

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UBS analysis shows solar-plus-storage already viable in Australia

November 11, 2014
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Cost-competitive solar plus storage has arrived in Australia, according to new analysis from investment bank UBS, bringing with it the potential to dramatically reshape the country’s energy industry. The analysis – carried out by consulting firm GSES – examined the price of current solar plus storage offerings in Australia (5kW of rooftop solar and 5kWh […]

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