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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ASX-listed energy investment group Tag Pacific has won a landmark deal to develop Australia’s largest energy storage system alongside a grid-connected solar power plant in south-east Queensland.

The battery storage project, valued at around $2 million, was won by the Sydney-based company’s wholly owned power business MPower, which is also working with Rio Tinto and First Solar to build an ARENA-supported 1.7MW solar PV project, which will serve a remote bauxite mining operation in Weipa, Queensland, and could be expanded to 6.7MW.

It is believed that the new project, which takes MPower in a slightly different direction, is connected to the University of Queensland-owned Gatton solar PV station, but neither Tag nor the University would confirm this.

First Solar is installing the panels for the Gatton project too, which is being designed as a new major test centre for solar and storage in Australia.

“Energy storage has been identified by Tag as a high growth market, and we have positioned MPower to be a market leader,” said Tag Pacific CEO and managing director Nathan Wise. Read the full article →

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Church leaders offer PM a Christmas gift of solar panels for Kirribilli House

December 18, 2014
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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has received an early Christmas gift with a message from a group of local Sydney church leaders. The gift: A rooftop solar system to put on Kirribilli House. The message: don’t knock renewables until you’ve tried them. The 12-panel PV system was delivered to Abbott on Thursday by representatives of a […]

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Australia still lagging globally on large-scale solar

December 18, 2014
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While the ongoing impasse over Australia’s renewable energy target has brought the large-scale solar industry to a standstill, the broader global market is buzzing with activity, a new report has shown. An update on Monday from Deutsche Bank detailing some of the more interesting renewables market developments over the past week reveals that solar installations are happening […]

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SMA Fuel Save solution boosts case for PV-diesel hybrid systems

December 17, 2014
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SMA’s ‘Fuel Save’ controller solution offers effective regulation and management of PV‑diesel hybrid systems. PV-diesel hybrid systems are often the most economic choice in remote areas where an electricity grid is unavailable or when the grid supply is insufficient to meet onsite electricity demand or reliability requirements. The technology can be attractive for commercial applications, […]

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Energy-storage startup Reposit Power could allow solar homes to bypass electricity retailers

December 17, 2014
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Australian households could soon be able to bypass electricity retailers and buy and sell power on the market, via new technology set to be introduced by a Canberra-based company. Reposit Power has revealed plans to install battery storage in six solar homes around Canberra to run a six-month pilot of its technology, known as GridCredits. The Australian […]

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Networks in SA, QLD looking to micro-grids & storage for remote areas

December 16, 2014
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South Australia’ electricity network operator has revealed plans to trial solar plus storage-based micro-grids in regional areas as an alternative to building or replacing poles and wires. In its latest five-year spending plan submitted to the Australian Energy Regulator, SA Power Networks said “micro-grid” technology had “particular promise” as a cheap alternative to diesel, and […]

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Queensland continues to lead the way in another solid year for Aussie solar

December 16, 2014
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Queensland continues to lead the charge to rooftop solar in Australia, with households and businesses around the country adding another 75MW of PV capacity in the month of November, taking the total for 2014 to 657MW. Australia-wide, a total of 170,000 rooftop solar systems have been added this year, maintaining the monthly average of more […]

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SAPN: Virtually all SA homes will have solar, half will have energy storage by 2040

December 15, 2014
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South Australia‘s network operator has predicted a dramatic uptake of distributed energy resources that would see almost all households in the state with rooftop solar by 2040 and more than half with energy storage. In an investor report released on Monday, SA Power Networks predicted that more than 50 per cent of all households in the […]

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Stick it where the sun shines: Solar cell stickers extend PV reach

December 15, 2014
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Researchers at Stanford University have developed an innovative way of producing ‘solar cell stickers’, thin-film PV devices which can be adhered onto practically any backing material. The thin film solar cells are assembled on top of a silicon wafer substrate and covered with a protective polymer film and thermal release tape, which acts as a […]

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Solar industry says utilities unfairly targeting solar homes in ‘demand tariff’ report

December 12, 2014
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The Australian solar industry has accused electricity network operators of unfairly targeting the nation’s two million solar households to justify tariff changes designed to protect the “gold plating” of the networks over the past decade. The Energy Networks Association on Wednesday resumed its push to introduce so-called “demand” tariffs, which it said would be more […]

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Solar Choice brokers 70kW solar array for Downfields Engineering in Toowoomba

December 12, 2014
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The Solar Choice Commercial team has managed the tender and brokered a competitive winning deal on a 70kW solar system for Downfields Engineering.  Solar Choice was approached by Downfields in March of this year. The company was looking for assistance in reducing its electricity overheads, which were quite high due to the extensive use of air conditioning […]

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Stunning new video from ARENA makes strong case for agency’s work and showcases Aussie RE innovation

December 11, 2014
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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has released an inspiring video showcasing the agency’s accomplishments since it came into being just 2.5 years ago. The video, titled ‘Tomorrow’s Energy’, is narrated by ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht, who is clearly very enthusiastic about the work ARENA undertakes in the support of the development and commercialisation of Australia-grown […]

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Solar Choice brokers 1.2MW rooftop solar array for Lebus Furniture UK

December 10, 2014
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Construction will soon be complete on a 1.2MW rooftop solar PV system on the roof of Lebus Upholstery’s headquarters in North Lincolnshire, UK . The project was exclusively sourced and developed by Solar Choice’s General Manager in the UK.  A funding facility was arranged through Blue Horse Finance, who were introduced to the project by Solar Choice’s […]

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Australia Institute report shows 80% of Australians favour solar, wind & other renewables over coal

December 10, 2014
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The majority of Australians look forward to a future fuelled by renewables, new research has found, with many naming solar and wind as their energy sources of choice. In two separate reports released on Tuesday by The Australia Institute – and co-authored by Dr Jeremy Moss, Director of the Social Justice Initiative at University of […]

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Do the recent comments from Greg Hunts’s office mean small-scale commercial solar is safe from the government axe?

December 10, 2014
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According to Climate Spectator, the government is dropping hints that it may have backed away from slashing incentives for residential and small-scale commercial solar projects. In a talk with Climate Spectator’s Tristan Edis, representatives from Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s office suggested that changing the eligibility requirements for up-front incentives under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) […]

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Solar Choice brokers 100kW solar system for Synnex Australia

December 9, 2014
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Solar Choice’s commercial team has managed the tender and brokered a competitive winning deal on a 100kW solar system for Synnex Australia Pty Ltd, Australia’s largest supply chain and distribution company. The system, completed this week, sits atop the roof of the company’s recently constructed office in Lidcombe, NSW and will save them tens of thousands of […]

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Two world records over 40% add up to a great week for solar!

December 9, 2014
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Two separate research projects from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Soitec have set world records of over 40% solar cell efficiencies in the past week. The UNSW group, in partnership with concentrated solar photovoltaics (CSP) developer RayGen, set an efficiency of 40.4% using a combination of CSP cells and custom optical bandpass […]

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‘Solar Insert’ by Nu-Lok Roofing replaces slate tiles

December 9, 2014

Nu-Lok Roofing is an Australian company that specialises in the installation of natural slate and ceramic tiles using the patented Nu-Lok Roofing system. Notable for the solar PV industry, however, is the exclusive NuLok Solar Insert product, which integrates into the roof tiles rather than conventional solar panels that sit above the roof. This means […]

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Australian rooftop solar capacity now over 4GW

December 8, 2014
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Just days after data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed one in five houses in Australia used some form of solar energy, new data has shown that the nation’s total rooftop solar capacity has surpassed 4GW. The Australian Photovoltaic Institute, who provided the data via its solar map that tracks capacity, output and generation […]

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Enphase CEO: Australian solar market years ahead of USA, ready for energy storage

December 8, 2014
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The CEO of the world’s biggest supplier of solar inverters has described the Australian solar market as having infinite potential, in a global market he predicts will wind up being worth trillions. Enphase CEO Paul Nahi was in Melbourne last week to check on the progress of the Asia-Pacific arm of the business, which set […]

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Singleton Solar Farm to be resurrected as a community solar project after 15 years of dormancy

December 5, 2014
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A 407kW solar farm first built by the NSW government more than 15 years ago is set to be switched back on. The Singleton Solar Farm in NSW’s Hunter Valley was originally constructed in 1998/99 as part of the 2000 Olympics, along with the 70kW Sydney Superdome array, and at the time was the biggest […]

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