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The upfront approx 30-40% federal discount and 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. 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 panel tasked with reviewing the Renewable Energy Target has recommended that the scheme “should be substantially reformed” in its report on the topic released yesterday, confirming earlier reports to this effect. Among the more extreme suggested changes it contains are the dismantling of the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) and the closure of the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) to new entrants.

Although the release of the document does not necessarily spell the end of the RET, it is widely seen as having been composed to conform to the government’s intentions for the scheme. The report will also now serve as the cornerstone for the Coalition’s argument for doing away with or weakening the scheme–which was brought into being under the Howard government in 2001 with bipartisan support.

The government’s official response to the report will not come for another few weeks according to the Sydney Morning Herald. It is not clear yet which of the panel’s recommendations it will seek to implement, although at this point nothing seems off limits. Certain changes to the RET will only be possible with legislative approval in the senate (which is unlikely to be cooperative on the matter), but others could be implemented with a ministerial pen stroke. Read the full article →

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Over 30% of SA electricity came from renewables in 2013/2014, 1 in 4 homes now have solar

August 29, 2014
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South Australia has delivered on its 2020 renewable energy target six years head of schedule, with the state’s share of wind and solar nearing 33 per cent in 2013/14. Official data released by the Australian Energy Market Operator shows wind and solar generation in South Australia jumped to 32.1 per cent of total capacity in […]

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Samoa gets 546kW solar PV plant as South Pacific solar usage grows

August 28, 2014
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South Pacific Island efforts to reduce dependence on costly and polluting diesel fuel continue, with the installation of 546kW of solar PV across the islands of Samoa – the independent state’s largest solar project yet. The project, developed by US company SunWize Technologies in conjunction with Samoan power utility Electric Power Corporation (EPC), spans three […]

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UNSW’s ‘stacked’ silicon-perovskite technology promises to double solar cell efficiency

August 27, 2014
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An innovative solar project being developed by researchers at the University of New South Wales is aiming to more than double the efficiency of solar cells. The project, headed up by leading UNSW solar researcher Martin Green, is working with a new method of stacking solar cells, which Green says could lift their efficiency from […]

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As solar industry braces for RET review results, solar boom looks imminent

August 27, 2014
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The Australian Solar Council, in preparation for the the announcement of the recommendations of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) review panel, has urged installers across the country to ‘sell solar’ in order to help demonstrate the broad popularity of residential solar power, as well as to build up the country’s political constituency of solar panel owners. […]

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Solar homes want to save money, also motivated by environmental & energy independence concerns: Vector

August 26, 2014
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A New Zealand energy network operator has challenged the view among established utilities that saving money is the main motivation behind the growing uptake of rooftop solar. Vector, which runs the poles and wires – and the solar – in NZ’s biggest city of Auckland, says households want solar and storage because they value the […]

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Solar Choice teams up with Diamond Energy for solar savings

August 26, 2014
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Australian solar installation brokerage Solar Choice has brokered an exclusive offer for its residential consumers with Victoria-based clean electricity retailer Diamond Energy to deliver increased savings on solar power for customers in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland. The offer applies regardless of which installer the customer selects. On top of Diamond Energy’s solar-friendly retail […]

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Pricing, electricity yield and returns for 8kW solar PV systems

August 26, 2014
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Rooftop solar power has taken Australia by storm, with more than 10% of suitable rooftops now decked out with solar panels across the country. Different sizes of solar PV systems have proliferated depending on which incentives & what prices were available at the time of installation, as well as on the electricity needs of the […]

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Google drives inverter innovation with $1M challenge

August 25, 2014
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Google has recently launched a $1M dollar competition aimed at miniaturising DC‑to‑AC inverters. The competition is open to all groups and contestants are asked to design a 2kW inverter with a maximum rectangular volume of 40 square inches. For comparison, the first generation iPad has a volume of 38 square inches and is in the […]

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Electric vehicles will help revolutionise solar & home energy independence: UBS

August 25, 2014
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Electric vehicles and the proliferation of battery storage will solve the problem of intermittent supply for rooftop solar, and make it viable without subsidies, a new report has predicted. The report, by investment bank UBS, says that this energy market “revolution” could arrive any time soon, giving households the ability to budget for 12 years […]

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Aussie renewable energy industry speaks out against PM’s anti-RET intentions

August 22, 2014
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Australia’s renewable energy industry has hit back at reports the Prime Minister is pushing for the Renewable Energy Target to be abolished, warning that this would leave the nation “dead dog last” in the low carbon race. “This is a line in the sand moment for the solar industry,” said Australian Solar Council CEO John […]

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SunPower to trial solar leasing program in Australia

August 21, 2014
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America’s second-largest PV manufacturer, SunPower, is set to test its rooftop solar leasing program in Australia, with the launched this week of a pilot program in Melbourne. The Nasdaq-listed solar company announced on Tuesday it would install its panels on suitable Melbourne metropolitan rooftops at no upfront cost, for a predetermined monthly payment for 25 years. The […]

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Coalition would need to ‘get the Greens convinced’ in order to abolish RET: Palmer

August 20, 2014
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In an encouraging sign that he will not be backing down (or backflipping) on his promise to support the Renewable Energy Target (RET), Clive Palmer has sarcastically commented that the Coalition will need to go through the Senate’s Green Party members in order to have the scheme abolished. His comments come in response to a recent article […]

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Solar PV and renewables save water

August 20, 2014
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A report released last month by the CNA Corporation think-tank has detailed the massive reductions in water usage that solar PV and other renewable energy technologies enable. Often disregarded as a selling point for solar, its water usage rate per megawatt‑hour (MWh) of generated electricity is dwarfed by that used in the generation of coal‑fired, […]

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Solar panels & energy storage: What to consider

August 20, 2014
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Energy storage is an option whose appeal is growing globally–and Australia is no exception. But energy storage is seldom considered as an option in isolate: the vast majority of those homes and businesses looking into an energy storage system are thinking of the bigger issues of electricity bill savings and or energy independence–both things that […]

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Silex Systems, citing RET uncertainty, suspends plans for Mildura 100MW demo CPV plant

August 19, 2014
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Plans for a first-of-its-kind, 100MW concentrated solar power plant in Mildura have been shelved, after the Australian Renewable Energy Agency agreed with the project’s developer to withdraw funding. The plant, proposed by ASX listed Silex Systems, was to have showcased the Australian solar company’s unique “dense array” dish technology, after the successful development of a […]

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7kW solar systems: Prices, output & return on investment

August 19, 2014
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7kW solar systems, once relatively uncommon, have grown in popularity in Australia as the average solar system size has increased. A 7kW solar system could be the perfect match for an ordinary household with higher-than-average electricity consumption, or for a small business with accordingly small electricity needs. Back when Australia’s solar industry began booming around […]

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Government still looking to scrap RET rather than ‘compromise’ and weaken it: Financial Review

August 18, 2014
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The Australian Financial Review, in a front-page article on the topic, says that the Prime Minister and his closest cohorts still harbour intentions of scrapping the Renewable Energy Target (RET) in its entirety rather ‘compromising’ and diluting the scheme. The Financial Review’s sources say that the PM has not only asked RET review head Dick […]

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Sharp enters energy storage market with SmartStorage

August 18, 2014
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In a major boost to the growing market for grid and renewable energy storage, Japanese PV manufacturer, Sharp, has recently debuted a new grid connect energy storage solution dubbed ‘SmartStorage’. Aimed at commercial and industrial users, the system is designed to reduce peak demand through the use of a lithium-ion battery storage system, thereby minimizing […]

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Citigroup: Energy diversification a necessity, solar’s rise a certainty

August 15, 2014
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A leading investment bank has predicted a bright future for the global solar market, with continued rapid expansion driven by “pure economics.” In a new report from Citigroup, the bank outlines several key reasons why the outlook for solar is so positive, including improvements in efficiency and cost of capital, cheaper manufacturing, approaching grid parity, […]

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ARENA to put $450k towards development of Aussie-designed portable hybrid solar generator

August 15, 2014
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An Australian-designed, off-grid renewables solution is a step closer to being realised, after winning further funding from ARENA. The Australian Renewable Energy Association has announced it will put $450,000 towards the $1.4 million development of a pilot-scale portable solar-hybrid plant, having previously (in April) invested $410,000 in a feasibility study of the technology. ARENA said the […]

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