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 first large-scale solar powered water desalination plant is set to be built in Saudi Arabia, after a local company revealed it would build a $130 million facility alongside a 15MW solar PV plant.

Advanced Water Technology, the commercial arm of the King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology has commissioned Spanish renewable energy group Abengoa to incorporate the plant into the desalination facility.Abengoa will build the solar PV plant with tracking, and expects it to provide all the desalination plant’s energy needs during peak output – which in Saudi Arabia will be for much of the daylight hours.

The plant will supply Al Khafji City in the north-east of the country, with the aim of producing 60,000 cubic metres of water a day. Read the full article →

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Panel maker Suntech expands reach to energy storage, performance monitoring & off-grid renewables

January 29, 2015
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Suntech Power is well known in Australia as a solar panel manufacturer. Now a subsidiary of Shunfeng International Clean Energy Ltd. (formerly Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Ltd.), the company has installed more than 80 GW of panels in over 80 countries since its founding in 2005. It currently has an estimated annual production capacity of 2,000 […]

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The untapped potential of Australia’s capital cities

January 28, 2015
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In the first part of this series, we outlined the enormous potential for Australia to become a solar energy exporter for the southeast Asia region. In fact, we are so blessed with solar energy that we receive enough to feed our domestic electricity demand more than a thousand times over. There are however significant challenges […]

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Three Massachusetts landfills go solar with GameChange’s Pour-in-Place Ballasted Ground mounting system

January 27, 2015
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Three solid waste landfills in the US state of Massachusetts will go solar using GameChange racking’s innovative Ballasted Ground mounting system. The new power plants, which together will have a capacity of around 6.5 megawatts (MW) will be the latest addition to the company’s already extensive portfolio of solar-on-landfill and brownfield projects. GameChange’s Ballasted Ground mounting […]

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Swiftly dropping renewable energy prices present ‘a historic opportunity’: IRENA

January 23, 2015
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The International Renewable Energy Agency – IRENA – is calling on the governments to start making sensible decision about the future of energy, based on real assessments of technology costs. IRENA says governments need to understand that renewable energy technologies are now below the costs of fossil fuels in many parts of the world. A […]

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Commercial PV Price Index – January 2015

January 23, 2015
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Echoing residential solar system price trends since the end of last year, commercial solar system prices have remained remarkably steady since November 2014 and January 2015. While there was some price fluctuation among the smaller commercial system sizes (10kW, 30kW, 50kW) 100kW system prices remaining flat across all cities included in our calculations. Table 1: Commercial solar […]

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Rooftop solar and energy efficiency accounted for nearly 90% of national electricity demand reduction in 2014

January 22, 2015
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Gone are the days where the conventional, fossil fuel driven electricity industry were thought to be unstoppable. Green Energy Markets annual review of the National Electricity Market states that solar and energy efficiency resulted in 89 per cent of the reduction in demand from the national grid in 2014. In fact, grid demand has been […]

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Largest solar PV plant in Middle East to deliver record-low electricity prices

January 21, 2015
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Energy companies and analysts believe that the energy revolution taking place across the world could be accelerated – rather than derailed – by the collapse in the oil price because of the cancellation and deferral of tens of billions of dollars in uneconomic fossil fuel reserves. The water and power developer, ACWA Power, which is […]

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Unsubsidised solar will be cost-competitive with fossil fuels in 80% of global market by 2017

January 20, 2015
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Within 2 years solar systems will be at grid equality, in up to 80 per cent of the global market, and the oil price will do nothing to slow down its proliferation, according to new research. Deutsche Banks says because grid-based electricity prices are rising across the world, and solar costs are continuously falling, solar […]

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Australia outshines US on per-capita solar installations in 2014

January 20, 2015
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A rooftop solar system was installed every 2.8 minutes in 2014 in Australia, nearly as many as the US even though it has just a fraction of the population. According to data compiled by Green Energy Markets, a total of 816MW of rooftop solar energy was installed in 2014, most of it on household Queensland dominated with […]

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PV systems boost US property value by an average of $18,000

January 19, 2015
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A recent report by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the US quantifies the increase in property values for US homes fitted with rooftop PV systems. The study found that the average market premium across the entire sample of homes was US$4 per watt installed. This equates to a PV premium of US$15,000 for an average […]

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ARENA study counts the many roads to renewable energy integration

January 16, 2015
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Listening to the debate on renewable energy in Australia, one could be mistaken for thinking that the idea of integrating wind and solar into our existing electrical infrastructure is pure lunacy. “When the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine, well the power doesn’t flow,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott has notoriously but rather misleadingly observed. […]

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Solar Choice Commercial brokers 30kW solar array for OMNI Connect in Carrum Downs, VIC

January 15, 2015
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The Solar Choice Commercial team has brokered a 30kW solar system for Victoria’s OMNI Connect. OMNI Connect is a telecommunications carrier and internet service provider based in Carrum Downs. The company approached Solar Choice in mid-may of 2014 searching for a 30kW solar system after having originally sought advice from another installer. Over the course of the […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index – January 2015

January 15, 2015
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Average residential solar system prices have held steady into the new year since flattening out in November of last year. Canberra is home to the most expensive systems, while Perth is home to the least expensive. January 2014 average solar PV system prices All prices in the table below include the federal STC incentive which installers ordinarily include […]

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Australia’s great electricity price swindle: How the networks got away with billions in overinvestment

January 13, 2015
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Last year, Jess Hill of the Monthly published an enlightening but damning report, called Power Corrupts, on the state of the electricity industry in Australia. Her main topic of investigation is whether the sharp electricity price increases of recent years have been due to the carbon tax, Renewable Energy Target and other ‘green schemes’, as their opponents contend. Ms […]

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Solar panels after 25 years: Is there an afterlife?

January 12, 2015
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Price drops in recent years have made the idea of investing in PV extremely attractive, with or without subsidies. In well-designed and well-utilised systems, the investment pays itself off in a number of years and long before the standard warranty period is over. But what happens after that? Should systems be simply discarded and replaced? […]

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70kW solar systems: Compare prices & installers

January 9, 2015
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70kW solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are a popular system size for small and medium-size businesses to cut their power bills in Australia. In this article we look at the typical price ranges and power output for a 70kW solar system. We also examine some of the factors necessary for ensuring that a 70kW system and […]

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Floating solar power: Floatovoltaics, Liquid Solar Arrays and Solar Islands set to change the way we look at solar

January 8, 2015
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Floating solar projects have headlines in in a number of cleantech publications for the past few years, thanks mainly to their novelty, the ingenuity of their approach and their often striking appearance. ‘Floatovoltaic’ (a term used when solar photovoltaic technology is used) and other types of floating solar projects have now sprung up in locations […]

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Solar Choice’s Mount Majura Solar Farm, edging closer to completion, will use QBotix’s sun-tracking robot technology

January 7, 2015
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Solar Choice’s Mount Majura Solar Farm has again been the subject of an article by the Canberra Times‘ John Thistleton. The most recent article provides an update on the progress of the project since the paper first covered it in March of 2013. It also takes note of the innovative and unique tracking technology that will be used in […]

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Solar Choice Commercial brokers 100kW solar array for Natex Engineering

January 6, 2015
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Solar Choice has brokered the installation of a 100kW solar array for Melbourne-based Natex Engineering. With the client having made the decision to go solar within the space of about two months, the project has one of the shortest turnaround times that Solar Choice has yet brokered for a system of this size. Natex, which was established […]

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Solar Choice brokers 79kW of solar across five sites for Galvins Plumbing Supplies in & around Perth

January 6, 2015
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The Solar Choice Commercial team has brokered a total of 79kW of solar capacity across five separate sites owned by Galvins Plumbing Supplies in and around Perth, WA. Galvins contacted Solar Choice in July 2014 to assess the viability and benefits of solar for each of their WA sites. Solar Choice’s in-house engineer analysed the company’s […]

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