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Home battery storage keeps the lights on in SA blackout

September 29, 2016

One of the promises of home battery storage was realised during South Australia’s historic blackout yesterday: Homes with batteries were able to keep the lights on even as surrounding building swam in a sea of darkness. The most high-profile of these was the home of Simon Hackett, head of Australia-based flow battery developer Redflow, whose […]

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South Australia’s 16c/kWh solar feed-in tariff ends 30 September 2016

September 28, 2016
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South Australia‘s 16c per kilowatt-hour (kWh) solar feed-in tariff will be the first state-backed incentive of its kind to cease payments. The 16c/kWh rate – referred to as the ‘Transitional Feed-in Tariff’ – was made available to SA households who signed up for grid-connected solar between 1 October 2011 and 30 September 2013. The 16c/kWh […]

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Commercial Solar PV Price Index: September 2016

September 27, 2016
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The average price of a commercial solar installation fell to an all-time low of $1.26 per watt ($/W) between August and September, according to data from Solar Choice’s installer network database. The drop was consistent across all solar system sizes, although there were slight fluctuations from city to city. Commercial solar system prices (10kW-100kW) All […]

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How many times per day should you cycle your batteries?

September 26, 2016
Battery cycling

There are a lot of different ways to potentially get value out of a home battery storage system. Something that not many storage system shoppers realises is that it is possible to charge/discharge (or ‘cycle’) your batteries more than once a day. In fact, in the right circumstances, cycling your batteries more than once a day can potentially […]

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Solar Choice launches battery storage product lifespan comparison tool

September 22, 2016
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Solar Choice published a new tool that aims to make Australia’s nascent battery storage market a bit easier to navigate. With dozens of products now available throughout the country but still no broadly-used, standardised way to talk about battery value, we have put together a Battery Storage Product Lifespan Comparison Tool. The tool, which is […]

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Battery storage for home solar systems: Compare system prices

September 21, 2016
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Battery storage is the next step in the evolution of home solar energy systems. More and more Australian households are considering batteries – in combination with a solar PV system – as a way to increase their energy independence and reduce their energy bills. Unfortunately, however most shoppers do not yet have the confidence to […]

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Solar power in Hobart, Tasmania: Compare prices & installers

September 20, 2016
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Solar power system prices have fallen significantly in recent years in Tasmania, as well as throughout Australia and the rest of the world. It is for this reason that installing a solar power system in Hobart (not to menion the rest of Tasmania) is a good investment for the right homes & businesses. This article […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index – September 2016

September 19, 2016
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Average residential solar system prices for September 2016 have matched the all-time low seen in December of last year, when prices dipped just below $1.60 per watt ($1.60/W). In other news, for the first time we have colour-coded our pricing tables to make it easier to tell at a glance which locations and system sizes […]

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Finally, a win-win solar solution for renters & landlords from Aussie startup Matter

September 15, 2016
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Aussie technology company Matter has developed a platform to make it possible for renters and landlords alike to benefit from rooftop solar. They’ve done this by removing one of the biggest hurdles that has made solar inaccessible to renters – the fact that their landlords have virtually no incentive to install a system on a […]

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50kW solar systems: Compare prices and options anywhere in Australia

September 15, 2016
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50kW is one of the most popular solar system sizes for commercial solar applications in Australia. Any business owner can attest that grid electricity prices have risen dramatically in the past few years, and many are now turning towards solar power as a way to reduce their bill. This article takes a look at pricing, […]

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100kW solar PV systems: Compare prices and installer options

September 14, 2016
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100kW solar systems are among the most popular commercial solar system sizes in Australia. This article takes a look at pricing & energy yields for 100kW solar systems throughout Australia and offers some guidance as to how a business might go about comparing quotes and choosing an installer to do the job. Pricing for 100kW […]

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An overview of battery storage system specifications: How to read a battery spec sheet

September 13, 2016
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Talking about home battery storage can be confusing, and if you’re confused you’re unlikely to feel confident about making a big investment like a home battery bank. There are quite a few different terms & specifications that you’ll hear when shopping around for battery products. We’ve gathered them all here in attempt to bring some clarity to […]

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Solar Choice & Edify Energy win ARENA funding for Whitsunday Solar Farm, 70MW (DC)

September 8, 2016
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Solar Choice and Edify Energy’s Whitsunday Solar Farm at Collinsville in North Queensland (70MW, DC) has been announced as one of twelve winners of federal grant funding under the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA’s) large-scale solar funding round. The project was one of two from Edify Energy / Solar Choice to make ARENA’s shortlist of […]

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Array Technologies brings streamlined approach to large-scale solar tracking

August 25, 2016
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Array Technologies, Inc (ATI) is a US-based manufacturer of single-axis tracking devices for large-scale solar farms. The company says that its latest generation of trackers – the DuraTrack HZ v3 –  is one of the most durable and cost-competitive options currently available, thanks to technology design which reduces costs on both installation labour and long-term […]

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Solar power in Sydney, NSW: Compare prices & installers

August 24, 2016
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Sydney is a great place for solar power, and roughly 10-15% of Sydney area homes have solar panels installed on their roofs. This article is an overview of everything you need to know if you’re considering solar power for your Sydney home – including how you can compare system prices and installers who operate in your […]

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Commercial Solar PV Price Index: August 2016

August 23, 2016
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The average price of a commercial solar systems fell marginally between July and August to $1.28/W, according to figures from Solar Choice’s installer network database. Commercial solar system prices (10kW-100kW) All prices in the tables below include incentives available through the federal Renewable Energy Target as well as GST, but do not incorporate meter installation fees […]

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Solar energy self-consumption explained

August 22, 2016
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When it comes to solar power in Australia, lots of things have changed in the last few years. If you’re currently shopping around for a solar system, perhaps the most important thing you need to keep in mind is this: You’ll get the most out of your solar panels by consuming the energy they produce while it […]

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Kilowatts vs kilowatt-hours in solar power & battery storage: Power, energy or capacity?

August 18, 2016
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If you’re shopping around for solar panels or a battery storage for your home, you’re undoubtedly come across the terms ‘kilowatt’ (abbreviated as kW) and kilowatt-hour (kWh). These terms might be a bit confusing at first, so we’ve written this article to explain these terms and make them easy to understand. Power vs energy (vs capacity) When […]

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ResiLinked: A free online platform to track solar system maintenance, safety and more

August 18, 2016
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ResiLinked is a free online platform for home owners and managers to keep track of maintenance and connect with service providers. ResiLinked is particularly useful for homes with (or looking for) rooftop solar PV systems, allowing them to instantly check their system’s safety status (a ‘Solar Safety Registry’) and to be automatically notified when the […]

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1.5kW solar PV systems: Pricing, outputs and payback

August 17, 2016
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1.5kW solar systems were once the most popular system size in Australia. As solar technology prices have come down in recent years, however, most homes are now tending to opt for larger systems – in the 2kW to 5kW range. This article takes a look at the case for installing a 1.5kW solar system in current […]

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Sonnen’s Eco in Australia: An all-in-one, modular, German-made battery storage system for homes

August 15, 2016
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Sonnen is a German home battery storage system developer that has one of the most robust & attractive products on the Australian market. The Sonnen Eco is an expandable, all-in-one battery storage unit that includes Sonnen’s proprietary energy management software, promising to deliver significant value to homes that install one. This article provides an overview […]

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