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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 City of Nedlands in Western Australia will make it compulsory to install at least 1.5kW of rooftop solar or other on-site renewable energy generation capacity on all new-build, or extensively renovated homes.

The well-to-do western Perth suburb’s council voted in favour of the new legislation, introduced by Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins last Tuesday (PDF), with a majority of six votes to five.

The law says that “All new development and at Council’s discretion, substantial additions to existing development, shall provide on-site power generation by solar, wind or other means.For new dwellings, a rooftop solar or other energy system of a minimum capacity of 1.5kW must be installed. For non-residential developments with a value exceeding $1 million, the size of compulsory additional on-site energy capacity will determined by Council “with due regard to roof area and height”.

As the close result of the council vote suggests, there was some opposition to the new rule, with one Councillor describing it as an act of “socialism.”

“If they (residents) want to go ahead and put a solar panel or something on their homes, that’s their business,’’ Nedlands Cr Ian Argyle reportedly said. “Why do they have to be taking instruction from the government?”

But Mayor Hipkins called on wealthy landowners in the riverside suburb to “show leadership” in embracing renewable energy, arguing that the cost was on par with what the average Nedlands homeowner would spend on a dining-room table.

Top image: Seal of the City of Nedlands, via Nedslands.wa.gov.au

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Solar Council teams up with QLD Council of Unions and Queensland Conservation in support of RET

October 1, 2014
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The Australian Solar Council has joined forces with the Queensland Council of Unions and Queensland Conservation to back the nation’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) and to push for strong solar policies in the Sunshine State. The three peak bodies intend to run a highly visible state-wide campaign – piggy-backing the ASC’s nation-wide Save Solar campaign […]

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Solar Choice brokers 30kW solar system for ISCAR headquarters in Sydney

September 30, 2014
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Precision carbide metal tool manufacturer ISCAR, the largest of the 15 companies comprising the IMC (International Metalworking Companies) Group, has had a 30kW solar PV system installed on the roof of its headquarters in Sydney’s Northwest Business park. Solar Choice Commercial managed the tender for the project, ensuring that the company got the best possible deal […]

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Rooftop PV frequently meets 1/4 of daytime electricity demand in SA

September 30, 2014
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Rooftop solar PV is currently accounting for around 25 per cent of electricity demand in South Australia, for large parts of the day, new data has shown. Two graphs, taken from Saturday September 20 and Saturday September 27, show that between 11am and 2pm, around one quarter of SA’s electricity demand was provided by solar […]

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Rally for Renewables draws hundreds outside Abbott’s office in Manly, NSW

September 30, 2014
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On Friday 26 September around 250 renewable energy supporters gathered outside the office of Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Manly, NSW to participate in the Rally for Renewables. The purpose of the rally, which took place contemporaneously with a number of others across the country, was to send a message to politicians–particularly federal MPs in […]

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Conergy to build 2MW heart-shaped solar plant in New Caledonia

September 29, 2014
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The Australian arm of German solar giant Conergy has announced it will be building a 2MW solar PV plant in New Caledonia – a project that aims to send a special message to the Abbott government. Conergy Australia says the 7,888 German-made PV panels that will make up the plant – enough to power 750 […]

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Solar PV saving tens of thousands of Aussie businesses over $64m/year

September 29, 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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Australian solar capacity could grow from 3.5GW to 14GW by 2020: Citigroup

September 26, 2014
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The Australian solar market could be headed for a total capacity of 14GW of rooftop and utility-scale solar by the end of the decade, according to new analysis. In a surprisingly buoyant forecast, global investment bank Citigroup has predicted that the annual installation rate for rooftop solar in Australia could rebound to more than 2.2GW […]

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Under the sea: ‘Energy Bags’ add to electricity storage options

September 26, 2014
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Canadian firms Thin Red Line Aerospace and Hydrostor are set to trial underwater compressed air energy storage (UW‑CAES) systems off the coast of Toronto. As part of the process, electricity is used to pump air into giant heavy duty ‘Energy Bags’ anchored below sea‑level, causing the diaphragm expanding against the force of the surrounding water. […]

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National Rally for Renewables delivers strong message to MPs across Australia

September 26, 2014
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Renewable Energy Target supporters are turning out for events across Australia today as part of the National Rally for Renewables, a campaign coordinated by pro-renewables groups, peak bodies and industry players from around the country, including the Clean Energy Council, Solar Citizens, and the Australian Solar Council. The purpose of the campaign is to drive […]

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2014 brings expansion for robotic solar tracking manufacturer QBotix, with 80MW of supply now under contract globally

September 25, 2014
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The futuristic robotic sun-tracking technology innovated by California-based QBotix is gaining traction in markets around the world, as the company’s good news streak stretches through 2014 with announcements of supply contract growth, financing wins and corporate expansion. QBotix started the year with the announcement that it had won a 45 megawatt (MW) supply contract with UK-based renewable […]

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South Australia, meeting 33% target early, ups state renewable energy target to 50% by 2020

September 25, 2014
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South Australia’s Labor government has boosted its renewable energy target to 50 per cent by 2025, up from the 33 per cent target it has already met, six years ahead of the 2020 schedule. SA Premier Jay Weatherill made the announcement on Tuesday, describing the decision as essential for the state reach its target of $10 billion […]

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Move to ‘net carbon zero’ by 2050 doable, affordable and necessary for Australia and 14 other countries: UN

September 24, 2014
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Fifteen of the world’s biggest economies – including Australia – could move to “net carbon zero” by 2050, according to a major new analysis released on Tuesday. The report – Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation, produced by Australia’s ClimateWorks, along with ANU – is one of 15 prepared for the UN Deep Decarbonisation Pathways Project, using modelling […]

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310,000 turn out for historic climate march in NYC

September 22, 2014
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Over 300,000 people turned up on the streets of New York City on Sunday 21 September for what is being called the larges climate change action rally in history. [Update 23 Sept: The official count has been revised upward to over 400,000.] The People’s Climate March, organised by climate change campaigners 350.org, attracted people from all […]

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Renewable microgrids could see boom in regional Asia-Pacific

September 22, 2014
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Remote parts of the Asia Pacific region, including rural Australia, could soon see a boom in regional microgrids with heavy integration of renewable energy technologies, according to a recent report from California-based research firm Frost & Sullivan. The firm predicts that investment in microgrids will skyrocket in the next five years, increasing tenfold from 84.2M USD […]

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Google to invest $145m USD to transform spent oil field into 82MW solar farm

September 22, 2014
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Internet search engine giant Google is investing $145 million in a renewable energy project that will see an old oil and gas field in California transformed into a solar farm. The 82MW solar project by SunEdison marks Google’s 17th renewable energy investment, and puts the company’s total clean energy spend at more than $1.5 billion, […]

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Solar Council launches new peak body for energy storage: Energy Storage Council

September 19, 2014
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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. […]

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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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