There is now a total of five gigawatts (5GW) of solar PV capacity installed in Australia, bringing the Sunburnt Country to its next solar milestone, according to leading solar consultancy SunWiz.

The news comes on the heels of the announcement of two other noteworthy moments in Australian solar history (which happened more or less concurrently): One panel per person across 1.5 million solar homes.

Put into perspective, SunWiz points out that 9% of Australia’s total electricity generation capacity (56GW) is now solar PV. Read the full article →

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SMA introduces inverter suited for Powerwall retrofits

February 11, 2016
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Inverter manufacturer SMA has introduced a simple but sophisticated inverter that works with Tesla’s Powerwall and other high-voltage battery banks. The company’s new ‘Sunny Boy Storage’ is a single-phase battery inverter that provides a solution for homes who wish to add the Powerwall to an existing solar system without having to replace their inverter. The […]

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Redflow to launch residential flow battery next month, installations to begin in June

February 10, 2016
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Brisbane-based battery storage company Redflow looks set to launch its “plug and play” home battery storage unit as next month, ahead of the first residential installations of the product in June. The ASX-listed Redflow, whose unique zinc bromine flow battery technology has previously targeted the commercial market, as well as off-grid mining applications, said on […]

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Telstra to enter arena as electricity retailer offering solar + storage

February 9, 2016
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Australian telecommunications giant Telstra is taking on the nation’s major power utilites, with plans to roll out solar and battery storage technologies, and offer energy management services to millions of consumers. Telstra has established a dedicated project team to be led by Ben Burge, the CEO of Powershop and Meridian Energy Australia. The telco is […]

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Australia’s emissions headed back up – and may not peak until 2020

February 8, 2016
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Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are headed for a record high after 2020 and may not peak before 2030, despite the government’s claim it has been reducing carbon pollution. New analysis from Reputex – a division of global ratings agency Standard & Poor’s – confirms that despite the Coalition’s rhetoric, and its support for the 2015 […]

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Queensland government will not retroactively cut solar feed-in tariff payments

February 8, 2016
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A proposal to make retrospective cuts to Queensland’s Solar Bonus Scheme has been ruled out by the state government, immediately after it was recommended in a report into driving down electricity prices. The Queensland Productivity Commission’s Electricity Pricing Inquiry Draft Report, released last Wednesday, made 54 recommendations to government, including a review of its 50 […]

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Solar Choice’s Gannawarra Solar Farm is 2nd largest in recent ARENA funding round announcement

February 4, 2016
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Solar Choice’s Gannawarra Solar Farm is the second largest of 22 ‘high merit’ projects selected to move ahead in the most recent competitive funding round for large-scale solar by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The shortlisted projects were selected from 77 expressions of interest (EOIs) which met the Agency’s basic eligibility criteria – including […]

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Solar & wind are the future and ‘there is no going back’, says German energy minister

February 4, 2016
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Germany’s Rainer Bakke – the minister responsible for the EU nation’s ambitious Energiewende, or energy transition, from coal and nuclear to renewable energy – says solar and wind energy have won the technology race. In an interview with RenewEconomy in Abu Dhabi, special minister of state Baake said the task now for Germany was to focus on […]

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ABC’s ‘Catalyst’ airs episode the rise of home battery storage

February 4, 2016
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Earlier this week the ABC’s Catalyst aired an episode on the topic of how battery storage can support renewable energy generation. The episode, ‘Battery Powered Homes‘, marks the latest instance of Australia’s media coverage of the dramatic changes currently afoot in Australia’s energy sector. Describing batteries as a ‘disruptive technology’ offering ‘every home the potential […]

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Earth faults in solar PV systems: A cause for concern?

February 3, 2016

As of July last year, new measures have been introduced for dealing with dangerous earth faults in Australian rooftop solar PV systems. The most important among them is a requirement for all systems to be equipped with an ‘earth fault alarm’ that is triggered when a fault occurs. Shocks and fires are two of the […]

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ARENA may make additional $100m available for large-scale solar

February 2, 2016
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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency is said to be considering making another $100 million worth of grants available in a new round of funding for large-scale solar projects, following the overwhelming response to its latest program. The $100 million would be designed to get some 200MW of new capacity under way – and effort that […]

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Global solar growth in 2015 impressive at 34%, but government policy still key: GTM Research

February 1, 2016
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Global solar PV installations for 2015 totalled 59GW according to a new report, marking a 34 per cent increase over the total installed in 2014. The report, based on preliminary numbers from GTM Research, draws a strong line between solar growth and government policy, pointing to the extension of the US federal Investment Tax Credit in […]

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Commercial Solar PV Price Index: January 2016

January 29, 2016
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Mirroring the Residential PV Price Index for this month, commercial system prices have undergone a slight up-tick since the end of last year. Average commercial solar PV system prices currently sit at roughly $1.32 per watt, according to the figures that Solar Choice has available via our installer network database. Commercial solar system prices (10kW-100kW) […]

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[WATCH] Drone flyover video of Amaroo School’s 600kW solar array

January 29, 2016
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Solar Choice has previously published a number of articles about our iconic Amaroo School solar project – the largest rooftop solar installation in the ACT and the 11th largest installation in Australia completed in 2015 (according to Sunwiz). The first article announced the project’s having reached financial close last August, while subsequent article provided visual updates […]

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3kW solar PV systems: Pricing, output, and returns

January 27, 2016
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How much does a 3kW solar system cost in Australia, and how much energy can you expect it to produce? This article takes a look a these questions, as well as returns and payback periods for 3kW solar systems. (This article was originally published in 2012 – we’ve recently updated it to reflect how circumstances […]

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2kW solar PV systems: cost, productivity and return on investment

January 25, 2016
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How much does a 2kW solar system cost, how much energy can you expect it to produce, and what sort of a financial return will a home see on a system of this size in Australia? This article takes a look at these questions. (This article was originally published in 2012 – we’ve recently updated […]

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Australia’s new solar milestone: One panel per capita

January 25, 2016
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There are now as many solar panels installed in Australia as there are humans in the country, according to recent analysis from the folks at Sunwiz, Australia’s leading solar market research consultancy. “Australia’s solar installers have been busy. Since 2001 they’ve installed over 23.2 million solar panels. This means there’s now a solar panel for every […]

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5kW solar systems: Pricing, output, and returns

January 25, 2016
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The average solar system size in Australia has grown in recent years to about 5 kilowatts (kW). What are the price ranges, electricity yields (in kilowatt-hours, kWh) and financial returns that a household can expect from a 5kW solar PV system? This article was originally published in 2012 – we’ve recently updated it to reflect […]

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What size solar power installation should you buy?

January 25, 2016

A Solar Choice broker will help you, at no charge, decide what size solar energy installation best suits your needs and budget. In the meantime, we hope the following article will assist you in making the right decision. (This article was originally published in 2009 – we updated in January 2016 to reflect the new […]

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Australian Anti-Dumping Commission to reexamine Chinese panel dumping complaint

January 22, 2016

The Australian Anti-Dumping Commission (ADC) has reopened the case against Chinese solar panel manufacturers accused of dumping polycrystalline solar photovoltaic modules into the Australian market. The case was taken up for review at the request of the the company who initially lodged the complaint – Australian solar panel manufacturer Tindo Solar. When initially lodged, the […]

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Residential solar PV price index – January 2016

January 22, 2016
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After about 5 months of  steady declines since about August of 2015, the average price of solar PV system prices rose slightly (approximately 5c/W) between December of 2015 and January of 2016. The increases occurred in nearly all capital cities and across nearly all system sizes. Average solar PV system prices for January 2016 All prices in […]

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