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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The world’s largest renewables company has predicted that the global solar and wind energy markets with be worth $4 trillion by as soon as 2020.

US-based SunEdison said on Wednesday that the combined capacity for wind and solar would be more than 1,450GW by 2020, about two-and-a-half times larger than the capacity at the end of 2014.

As part of a 95-page display presented to analysts, the company predicted the renewable energy market would be be split between wind, large-scale solar, commercial solar, household solar and off-grid installations. Read the full article →

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Commercial PV Price Index – February 2015

February 26, 2015
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Commercial solar system prices decreased slightly between January and February of 2015, according to pricing data from installers in Solar Choice’s network. All prices are net, incorporating incentives available through the federal Renewable Energy Target as well as GST. Table 1: Commercial solar PV system prices for February 2015 (average) Recommend on Facebook Share on […]

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German study predicts that cheapest electricity will come from solar by 2050

February 26, 2015
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Solar PV will be the cheapest form of power within a decade, and cost less than $US0.02/kWh by 2050, a major German study has predicted.The study, by Berlin-based think tank Agora Energiewende, says that the end to cost reductions from solar plants is “not in sight”, even after falling more than 80 per cent in […]

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23% of South Australian homes now have solar panels

February 26, 2015

A total of 23 per cent of all households in South Australia now produce their own solar energy, according to new data, with another 17,000 installing rooftop PV systems in 2014 – a rise of 11 per cent over the previous year. In an update included in the annual results of Spark Infrastructure – owner […]

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Solar industry responds to Hunt’s solar safety inquiry

February 25, 2015
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Federal environment minister Greg Hunt has called for an “urgent and immediate” inquiry into the safety and quality of Australia’s rooftop solar market, raising concerns among industry leaders that the Abbott government is unfairly targeting solar energy. Based on a Fairfax Media report titled Solar experts claim multi-billion dollar subsidies wasted on cheap and dodgy panels, […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index – February 2015

February 25, 2015
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Average prices for residential solar systems have dropped slightly since last month. Over all, system prices have dropped by about 25% compared to August 2012 levels. Currently, the average cost of a residential solar system (1.5kW – 10kW) is approximately $1.81/W; 2.5 years ago, it was about $2.40/W. Examining the historic prices for the various popular […]

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Tanzania’s Million Solar Homes initiative highlights huge potential for off-grid renewables

February 24, 2015
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The Tanzanian government has announced an initiative aimed at providing a million homes with solar by the end of 2017, becoming the latest developing nation to tap distributed renewables to solve its energy woes. Tanzania’s One Million Solar Homes, which will be delivered by local company Off Grid Electric, is expected to provide solar power […]

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Imergy introduces vanadium flow battery solution for utility, commercial & industrial applications

February 24, 2015
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With the introduction of its third-generation vanadium flow battery, Imergy Power Systems is stirring up excitement within the commercial and industrial energy storage market. The ESP250 is the latest addition to the Imergy product line and features an output power capability of 250 kW and a storage capacity of 1 MWh. It will provide utilities, […]

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Tanzania kicks off One Million Solar Homes initiative

February 20, 2015
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The Tanzanian government has announced an ambitious initiative that would bring solar energy to as many as 1 million homes by the end of 2017. When all is said and done, the “One Million Solar Homes” project is expected to provide solar-based electricity to 10 percent of the country’s 45 million people and supply more than […]

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Freemantle, WA to build 10MW solar farm on council land

February 19, 2015
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Western Australia’s City of Fremantle has become the latest local government group in Australia to proposed installing a large-scale solar farm on council land, to reduce their carbon footprint and hedge against rising electricity prices for themselves and rate-payers. Reports emerged this week that the Fremantle Council was considering plans to develop an up to […]

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Australia’s Redflow to fast-track rollout of ‘flow batteries’ for homes, businesses and mining operations

February 18, 2015
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Australian energy storage company Redflow says it is fast-tracking the rollout of its battery products to the residential and mining sector, in yet another sign that storage costs are falling faster than most imagined. Brisbane-based Redflow, which is bringing its zinc-bromide flow battery to market, says its new products are 40 per cent cheaper than its […]

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PERC solar cells steadily gaining steam in PV manufacturing

February 17, 2015
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The Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell (PERC) structure offers a 1% efficiency boost (absolute) and improves the current state-of-the-art by integrating a high-efficiency rear surface design. The PERC design has steadily gained traction in recent years and is compatible with common screen printing techniques, making for a relatively smooth transition for manufacturers such as JA […]

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Solar-plus-storage project sees revival in WA

February 17, 2015
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Plans to install large-scale solar thermal power at the Mundari Industrial estate in Western Australia’s Goldfields region have been revived, with two local solar developers expressing interest in the project. The first, WA-based Exergy Power, was reportedly considering building a $600 million, 115MW plant – potentially with solar towers and storage – for the Kalgoorlie mine […]

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Tesla Motors unveils plans for home energy storage solution

February 16, 2015
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Despite a disappointing 2014 Q4 earnings report, Tesla Motors is marching forward and looking to expand its business into the emerging energy storage market. During an earnings conference call with investors last Wednesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company’s plan to roll out a new lithium-ion battery pack for homeowners and businesses. Details regarding […]

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DistribuTECH conference focuses on impact of distributed energy on utility business models

February 16, 2015
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During the DistribuTECH Power Transmission Conference in San Diego at the beginning of February, executives from all across the US utility sector agreed on one point: their industry is changing rapidly, according to a wrap-up of the conference by Greentech Media’s Julia Pyper. With the advent of distributed energy technologies like rooftop solar, it is clear […]

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Extension of Renewable Energy Target could trigger large-scale solar boom in Aus

February 16, 2015
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A new report has warned that Australia could miss out on the booming global solar market – a market some say will be worth more than $130 billion by 2020 – if the Renewable Energy Target is diluted or scrapped. The report, from The Australia Institute, says Australia has already become “a rare exception,” in […]

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Western Australia mining company to build Australia’s largest solar-plus-storage system

February 13, 2015
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Western Australian mining company Sandfire Resources is set to build a 10.6MW solar PV array, with “6MW” of battery storage, to power an existing off-grid copper mine 900kms north east of Perth. The ASX-listed company said on Wednesday it has signed a contract with German-based juwi Renewable Energy to build the $40 million facility at the […]

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Largest floating solar array in USA planned for New Jersey reservoir

February 12, 2015
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Bold plans are underway in Atlantic City, NJ, to install what is believed to be the largest system of floating solar panels in the US, according to ShoreNewsToday.com. Bruce Ward, who represents the Atlantic City Municipal Utility Authority (ACMUA), unveiled the authority’s plan during a recent committee meeting in Egg Harbor Township. The floating solar […]

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Business Renewables Center aims to help double US wind & solar capacity by 2025

February 12, 2015
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America’s large-scale solar market is set to get a boost after the launch last week of a new business advisory body aimed at speeding up the shift to renewables by big corporates. Launched on Thursday by the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Business Renewables Center (BRC) hopes to add another 60GW of solar and wind energy capacity to […]

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Yingli solar panels in Australia

February 11, 2015
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As one of the world’s largest solar panel manufacturers, Yingli Solar is a leader in solar PV technology, with almost 10% global market share and over 40 million solar panels generating energy around the world. Yingli Solar focuses on connecting world-class technology, manufacturing, supply and logistics with their teams of local experts, ensuring that they’re […]

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Next round of ACT feed-in tariff for large-scale renewables to foster solar-plus-storage projects

February 11, 2015

The ACT government is set to follow up its successful utility-scale solar and wind energy reverse auctions with another renewables bidding round – this time for large-scale solar plus storage installations. The government plans to begin the process for auctioning 50MW of capacity later this year, and to conduct consultations before hand to see how […]

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