Solar Citizens, the peak body that represents solar households around Australia has just released a report which details the incredible boom in Australian rooftop solar in recent years. And we’ve uncovered some pretty impressive figures:

In under a decade this modern boom has seen $8bn of out-of-pocket investment in residential rooftop solar PV, $4.4bn in electricity bill savings and over 24 million tonnes of CO2 expected to be averted. This year alone Australians will save over $1bn in electricity bills thanks to their solar investments.

With 5 million people living under a solar powered roof, Australia has the highest levels of rooftop solar in the world. And this transformation has happened really rapidly with most solar installed in just the last 6 years. Read the full article →

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Australia’s solar homes saving $1b/year: Solar Citizens report

June 27, 2016
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Australians have invested more than $8 billion of their own money on residential rooftop solar, and are saving around $1 billion a year from their electricity bills, a new report has found. The report from Solar Citizens says rooftop solar owned by households generated around 7 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity last year. If that […]

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ARENA funding round results highlight falling large-scale solar costs

June 24, 2016
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The final round of bidding for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s large scale solar funding program shows the costs of the technology are still falling, the Agency says, and will likely continue to fall. ARENA – in possibly its last grant funding round before its remaining $1.3 billion of legislated funds are stripped by the […]

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Up to 1 million Aussie homes with battery storage by 2020: Morgan Stanley

June 23, 2016
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US investment bank Morgan Stanley has predicted battery storage technology will be installed at rate four times quicker than Australia’s incumbent energy industry expects, in a new report. The report, Asia Insight: Solar and batteries, reveals Morgan Stanley expects the market for battery storage to grow from about 2,000 Australian homes now to one million by […]

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Greens proposal would see solar on nation’s public housing stock

June 22, 2016
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A new Greens policy would fund the installation of solar across Australia’s community and public housing stock, giving hundreds of thousands of Australians living in low-income housing access to the benefits of rooftop solar – including $780 a year savings on electricity bills. The $240 million scheme – the latest plank of the party’s plan […]

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Amount of Aussie energy from rooftop solar to quadruple by 2035: AEMO

June 21, 2016
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The Australian Energy Market Operator has outlined some of the major impacts that rooftop solar and battery storage will have on the national gird, in its first major assessment of the residential market. AEMO estimates that the amount of electricity generated by rooftop solar PV will rise more than four-fold in the next two decades […]

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Global solar & wind energy costs to fall to 5-6c/kWh by 2025: IRENA

June 20, 2016
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A major new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency has predicted huge reductions in the cost renewable energy generation, that could see the average cost of electricity from solar PV and onshore wind fall to roughly 5-6 US cents per kilowatt hour by 2025. The report, published on Thursday, forecasts that by 2025, the […]

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How AllGrid energy is reducing energy costs for remote communities and beyond

June 16, 2016
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AllGrid Energy made a big splash last year after it announced a home battery storage product – the WattGrid – which the company claimed would rival Tesla’s much vaunted Powerwall. The company has gone from strength to strength since then, carving out a niche for itself in providing affordable electricity to Indigenous communities in remote parts of […]

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Power vs energy in home battery storage systems

June 16, 2016
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Different battery storage products have different specifications and capabilities, making them better or less well-suited for various applications. In this article we’ll talk about ‘power batteries’ vs ‘energy batteries’ – two terms that are sometimes used to describe battery products. Power batteries Power is a term generally used describe instantaneous electrical output. You can think […]

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Victoria plans for 40% renewables target by 2025

June 16, 2016
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The Victorian state government has revealed plans to set a renewable energy target of 40 per cent by 2025, making it the latest state in Australia to introduce a large-scale renewables target more ambitious than that of the federal Turnbull government. Victoria’s Labor government says it intends to end an investment drought in the state […]

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Commercial Solar PV Price Index: June 2016

June 15, 2016
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Average commercial solar system prices have remained virtually unchanged for the past six months, according to data from Solar Choice’s installer network database, sitting at around $1.33 per watt of installed capacity. Commercial solar system prices (10kW-100kW) All prices in the tables below include incentives available through the federal Renewable Energy Target as well as […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index – June 2016

June 15, 2016
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Average solar PV system installation prices in Australia’s capital cities increased very slightly between May and June to approach $1.68 per watt. With the exception of 10kW systems, prices were lowest in Perth and highest in Hobart – in keeping with the long-term trend. Average solar PV system prices for June 2016 Prices in the table below […]

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NSW government to support up to 8 solar farms

June 15, 2016
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The NSW government has moved to boost the prospects of eight  large-scale solar projects proposed for the state, by effectively guaranteeing the purchase of a significant proportion of their output. NSW energy minister Anthony Roberts has proposed that 92GWh of solar output be bought by government users – roughly the equivalent of about 40MW of […]

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1 out of every 12 panels in Australia is a Trina panel (Q&A with Trina Solar)

June 14, 2016

Trina Solar is the world’s largest manufacturer of solar panels, and one of the biggest players in the Australian market. The company prides itself on its record for success and its constant efforts to offer quality products at competitive price points. We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Trina to talk about developments […]

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Solar and wind costs to plummet further over next decade: BNEF

June 14, 2016
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Solar and wind energy costs will continue their stunning falls over the next decade, and by 2027 will be cheaper than existing coal and gas plants in most parts of the world, according to a major new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. BNEF’s annual New Energy Outlook, NEO2016, says solar energy costs, which have […]

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Adelaide Sustainable City Incentive off to strong start

June 10, 2016
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Adelaide City Council says the response to its expanded low-carbon technology incentive scheme has got off to a strong start, with 1MW of solar PV installed since July 2015. The Sustainable City Incentive Scheme has also led to the replacement of more than 800 halogen downlights with LEDs, and the installation of 90 kilowatt hours […]

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‘Baseload’ will be an irrelevant term in the future renewable energy grid

June 10, 2016
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A new report from WWF Australia has questioned the concept of “baseload” energy, arguing that this model of power generation will be made redundant by a 100 per cent renewable energy grid. The report, published on Wednesday, argues that Australia could completely and effectively replace the nation’s mostly coal-fired “baseload” power generators by harnessing huge […]

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NSW transmission network to install 1MW battery banks for commercial customers

June 10, 2016
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NSW-based Transgrid has revealed plans to install a number of 1MW-sized battery storage systems at commercial customers, in a major push into smaller, grid-scale energy storage. Transgrid’s Anthony England said the company was looking to partner with commercial businesses – hardware chains, supermarkets, data centres and others – “with room for a container out the […]

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NSW IPART suggests slightly higher solar feed-in tariff rates for 2016-17 (and we all laugh)

June 9, 2016
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The Independent Regulatory & Pricing Tribunal (IPART) has issued its final determination with regard to solar feed-in rates for the 2016-2017 financial year, suggesting a slight increase over last year’s thanks mainly to rising wholesale electricity prices. IPART is the NSW body charged with setting regulated electricity prices and the benchmark range for solar feed-in rates, among […]

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Storage & community energy eyed as possible solutions to projected electricity demand growth in Mandurah, WA

June 9, 2016
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WA network operator Western Power says it is seeking non-network solutions, that could include solar and storage and community energy, to try to avoid spending $30 million in a high-growth area of its network. The state government-owned network operator says it is looking for expressions of interest from businesses and community groups for proposals to […]

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On grid or off-grid? Some advice for a Solar Choice customer

June 8, 2016
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We were recently in touch with a customer who was deliberating between whether to have his new-build home connected to the grid, or to go off-grid with a solar-plus-storage system. Located in regional Queensland, the customer’s home had no existing grid connection was over half a kilometre away from the nearest distribution lines. With that […]

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