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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South Australia could soon boast Australia’s largest single rooftop solar array, with the government this week issuing a call for proposals to install PV panels on up to 25,000 square meters of roof space on a former automotive plant south of Adelaide.

Located on a 61 hectare industrial site known as Tonsley, the plant was where Chrysler and then Mitsubishi made cars for nearly 50 years, until Mitsubishi ceased operations in 2008.

In 2010, the South Australian government bought Tonsley with the idea of creating a manufacturing and industry cluster, to help facilitate the state’s technology transition. Read the full article →

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Australia still lagging behind other nations in uptake of large-scale solar

October 30, 2014
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Australia is still lagging behind the pace on large-scale solar, with the latest data revealing it has not moved from its position at number 31, behind the Dominican Republic, despite another record year of global growth. Figures released on Tuesday confirmed that the combined global utility-scale solar market has clocked its fifth consecutive year of record growth, […]

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Coalition maintains position on ‘real 20%’ RET, but could small-scale solar take the hit instead?

October 29, 2014
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Although it may to some degree be a matter of political posturing in order to ensure room for negotiations, the Coalition government is quite vocally holding firm on its call for the Renewable Energy Target to be reduced to a ‘real 20%’, floating target. This was clear in the Coalition’s initial position on negotiations over […]

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Enphase to release modular battery storage units

October 29, 2014
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Enphase have released details of their plug-and-play AC battery storage units, designed as part the Enphase ‘Energy Management System’ (EMS). They are designed to be easily installed and modular, such that the total battery storage capacity for the site can be increased incrementally after the initial installation. To operate within the Enphase EMS, each unit […]

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Solar Choice brokers 70kW of rooftop solar for Mildura Early Learning Centres

October 28, 2014
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Two early learning centres in the remote Victoria/NSW border town of Mildura have both gone solar with the aid of Solar Choice Commercial. The Mildura Central Child Care Centre on Lime Ave was fitted out with a 30kW system, while the Mildura Early Learning Centre on San Mateo Ave had a 40kW system installed. Solar Choice was engaged […]

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Over 1 gigawatt of new solar was installed under small-scale RET in last 14 months: Green Energy Trading

October 28, 2014
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Continued uncertainty over the future of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target has boosted the nation’s uptake of rooftop solar, according to a new report, helping to push the total amount installed since July 2013 to 1GW. Data released by Green Energy Trading shows that more than 1,020MW of rooftop solar was installed across the country over the past […]

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Renewable Energy Target state-of-play: What you need to know

October 27, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald Environment Editor Peter Hannam has provided a lucid overview of where things stand with the Renewable Energy Target (RET). The piece is worth a read for anyone who has been following the saga over the scheme’s future as a reminder of the current situation and what is at stake. Here is a quick […]

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Super-fast charging for new lithium ion battery

October 27, 2014
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Researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, have developed a fast‑charging long‑life lithium ion battery which has the potential to significantly boost electric vehicle (EV) and portable electronics performance. The device can be recharged to 70% of its capacity in 2 minutes and has a 10,000 recharge cycle lifetime, compared to currently available lithium ion […]

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32 rural NSW Councils band together to pilot SEXI solar projects

October 24, 2014
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A local government initiative in NSW is proposing the development of six solar projects, to showcase and test a variety of photovoltaic and concentrating solar thermal technologies. The initiative, spearheaded by a group of 32 NSW councils accounting for two-thirds of the state’s area, would see each participant install around half a megawatt of PV […]

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Report shows path for Victoria to generate jobs, revenue through clean energy-friendly policy

October 23, 2014
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Victoria could save tens of millions of dollars and generate hundreds of jobs by tweaking current policy settings on small-scale solar and energy efficiency, a new report has found. The report, issued on Wednesday by the Clean Energy Council, highlights how easy it would be for the Victorian state government save costs, boost jobs – and provide […]

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Coalition draws lines for start to negotiations on Renewable Energy Target’s future

October 23, 2014
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The Coalition has come out swinging–albeit not as furiously is it might have–in negotiations over the future of the Renewable Energy Target. Key to the Government’s initial position on the scheme are the proposals that the 2020 target be reduced to a ‘real 20%’ and that emissions-intensive industries be exempted from their RET compliance obligations. […]

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USA distributed solar PV costs dropped 12-19% in 2013

October 22, 2014
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The price of distributed solar PV systems in the US dropped by between 12 and 19 per cent in 2013 – and will likely fall by up to 12 per cent more this year, a new report has found. The US Department of Energy report – the third edition of a joint analysis on PV […]

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APVI slams Australian Energy Market Commission over unfair, ineffective tariff structures

October 22, 2014
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The Australian Photovoltaic Institute has issued a scathing critique of proposed guidelines for electricity network pricing and tariffs, arguing that instead of reducing consumer bills, the new regimes will simply act to further protect network revenues. In a submission to the Australian Energy Regulator, APVI is highly critical of the recent pricing deliberations by the […]

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Thermal electricity storage inspired by hang-gliders

October 21, 2014
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UK‑firm ‘Isentropic’ has developed a pumped heat electricity storage (PHES) system for cheap and convenient distributed grid storage, with a projected levelised cost of storage (LCOS) below industry‑leading hydroelectric storage. Founding member and Technical Director, Jonathan Howes, credits hang‑glider thermals as the inspiration behind the technology. Rather than store electricity in the form of a […]

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Energy storage steadily gaining steam globally, as coal looks set for a long, slow decline

October 20, 2014
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Even as Tony Abbott spruiks reactionary about coal’s benefits to humankind, a massive revolution is undoubtedly underway in the world’s energy sector–whether he cares to acknowledge it or not. Renewable energy sources like wind and solar are gaining increasingly prominent footholds in the global energy sector, and analysts from a number of major financial firms […]

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Australian Energy Regulator warns networks: Accommodate prosumers or they will ‘walk away’ & go off-grid

October 18, 2014
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The rise of the energy “prosumer” will lead to a revolution in Australia’s energy market, the Australian Energy Regulator says – and the consequences for some in the industry could be disastrous. With electricity consumers increasingly able – and willing – to generate and store their own electricity, the AER has warned that unless models […]

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Magellan power’s Solar Smoother deployed at Carnarvon’s new Police Complex

October 16, 2014
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WA-based power product engineering company Magellan has seen its Australian-made Solar Smoother put to use for the first time at a new Police and Justice Complex in regional WA. Carnarvon, whose name was once synonymous with the issues associated with an overload of solar PV on a fragile grid, is now home to one of the […]

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‘The Green Electricity Guide’ reveals electricity retailers’ stance on renewable energy

October 16, 2014
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Earlier this year Greenpeace released ‘The Green Electricity Guide’ – an online resource aiming to “help inform Australians about which electricity retailers really are as [environmentally-friendly] as they say they are”. The guide offers a breakdown and ranking of electricity retailers in each separate state or territory, as well as an overall national ranking. Retailers […]

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Xenophon, while withholding comment on RET, says small-scale solar should be expanded

October 15, 2014
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As the Abbott government attempts to wrangle its proposed changes to the Renewable Energy Target, the future for the solar industry brightened a little, after independent senator Nick Xenophon signalled his support for solar PV, particularly of the rooftop variety, and reiterated his opposition to wind. “I don’t like wind,” Xenophon told a conference in […]

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Fluidised bed reactors to enable low cost silicon solar cells

October 15, 2014
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In order to make crystalline silicon solar cells, cell producers need micron-thin wafers of exceptional purity. The majority of base silicon material–referred to as ‘polysilicon’–used for producing high purity silicon is made using the Siemens process, a silicon refining method which is effective but very energy intensive. More recently, fluidised bed reactor (FBR) technology has […]

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Who owns the generation capacity in Australia? WattClarity takes a look

October 15, 2014

A chart recently published by electricity market watchdogs WattClarity yield fascinating insight into where Australia’s electricity originates–and who owns the power plants that produce it. Abundantly clear in the chart–which does not include generators on Western Australia’s grid system–is the very small number of companies that dominate the electricity generation market. Most notably, AGL, with […]

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