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Who needs batteries? How SolarImmersion puts your excess solar energy to work

May 25, 2016
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Every day, thousands of Australia’s solar homes send excess solar power into the grid for little or no financial reward. SolarImmersion is a simple gadget that puts surplus solar energy to better use – by diverting it into your hot water tank. Is your solar system living up to its full potential? These days, getting […]

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First Renewable Cities Australia Forum to be held 1-2 June in Sydney

May 25, 2016
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Australia will host its first ever Renewable Cities Australia Forum next week at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney. The forum will be held alongside the Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition and shares access to the energy storage exhibition and workshops. The purpose of the forum itself is to bring together decision makers, policy influencers […]

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Aquion’s saltwater batteries: Affordable, safe, clean – and available in Australia

May 24, 2016
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Aquion is a US-based battery manufacturer bringing a fresh approach to battery manufacturing. The company’s saltwater-based batteries are some of the most affordable, safest, and environmentally-friendly batteries on the planet, making them a great option for residential and commercial energy storage applications. The number of energy storage options in Australia are growing rapidly as more […]

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Is it okay to put my solar panels flat on my roof, or should they be tilted?

May 23, 2016
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Solar panel tilt angle and orientation are two of the most important factors in determining how much electricity your solar panel array will generate. If you live in Australia and have a grid-connected solar system, your solar panels will be installed at the angle and aspect of your roof. In most cases – provided you have […]

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Commercial Solar PV Price Index: May 2016

May 23, 2016
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Average commercial solar system prices continued to hug $1.32-$1.33 for the 5th month running (since the beginning of the year), according to data from Solar Choice’s installer network. Larger systems (50kW, 100kW) saw a slight price increase of about 2-3c per watt, while smaller systems (10kW, 30kW) saw a similarly minor decrease. Commercial solar system […]

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Melbourne solar panels: Compare system prices and installers

May 20, 2016
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Are solar panels still worth the investment in Melbourne? It would seem so: Tens of thousands of Victorian households have installed solar PV systems in the last few years alone, with 10-15% of homes in the Melbourne area now meeting at least part of their energy needs with the sun. This article takes a look at […]

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How much does a 5kW solar system cost in Melbourne, Victoria?

May 19, 2016
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Solar power is still a great investment option for Melbourne homes & businesses, even after a number of changes to state and federal government incentives. 5kW solar systems have proven to be one of the most popular system sizes in not only Melbourne, but also the rest of Victoria and Australia as a whole. But how […]

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Solar Choice visits one of the first Tesla Powerwall installations in Sydney’s Northern Beaches

May 19, 2016
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Tesla’s Powerwall is the most well-known of the rapidly growing list of home battery storage devices in Australia which includes the likes of LG, Enphase, Aquion and a host of other cool technologies. The nominal 7 kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery bank – designed and manufactured by the USA’s Tesla Motors – made a huge splash in the […]

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Seven habits of smart solar shoppers

May 19, 2016
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Going solar is still a no-nonsense investment options for homes across Australia, with payback periods as short as 2-3 years in the right circumstances. This is due in great part to the fact that Australia is home to some of the lowest residential solar system installation prices in the world – making solar panels relatively low-risk […]

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Time of use vs flat rate tariffs for solar energy storage: Which makes more sense?

May 18, 2016
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There are many important considerations when it comes to installing a battery storage system for your home. One of the most important ones is whether or not to switch electricity tariffs from a flat rate to a time-of-use rate. Which one will provide the most benefit once you have batteries installed? When talking about retail […]

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A brain for your battery storage system: Q&A with Reposit Power

May 17, 2016
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Reposit Power is a Canberra-based start-up that promises to be one of the key facilitators of Australia’s battery storage revolution. Their product is an $800 battery storage system control system (a ‘Reposit Box’) that could spell the difference between a home’s saving a little and saving a lot on an energy bill – all through intelligent […]

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Solar Choice’s Solar Calculator Resource Library

May 16, 2016
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Over the years, Solar Choice has developed a range of interactive solar and battery storage-related calculator tools. This resource library acts as a homepage for these calculators, to make it easier to identify and access the calculator that best suits your needs. Please keep in mind that all calculator outputs are indicative only. Related PostsEnergex […]

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Introducing a (free) tool that allows solar homes to meaningfully compare retail electricity plans

May 12, 2016
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Solar PV system owners – generally speaking – do not like their electricity retailers. Maybe it’s just the sense of independence they get from generating a portion of their own electricity, but it also has to do with the feeling that they are not treated fairly – especially when it comes to the low, voluntary […]

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Solar power in Newcastle, NSW: Compare prices & installers

May 11, 2016
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Solar power is a popular investment option for homes in the greater Newcastle, NSW region – where roughly 15% of households have a solar PV system installed. This article examines the key considerations for those thinking about having a solar system installed in Newcastle, including energy production estimates, system prices and payback periods. Compare solar […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index – May 2016

May 10, 2016
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Based on data from Solar Choice’s installer network database, the average price of per watt of a fully installed residential solar system in Australia as of May 2016 is about $1.66 (including GST, after STCs) – up slightly from last month. For the first time, in this month’s Index we have included (somewhat limited) pricing data […]

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LG introduces new two-sided, 60-cell, 300 watt solar panel

May 9, 2016
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LG Solar has introduced a high-efficiency bifacial solar panel with a peak capacity of 300 watts and a total output capacity equivalent to 375W. The 60-cell NeON 2 BiFacial panel is the newest in LG’s ‘Neon’ series and will be available in Australia from Q3 of this year. The introduction of a bi-facial model is a milestone […]

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Solar Choice brokers second 100kW solar system for Doug Hall Poultry

May 5, 2016
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Solar Choice Commercial has brokered a second 100kW solar PV system for Doug Hall Poultry – this time at the company’s Ellerslie location. The first 100kW system, for Doug Hall’s Millmerran location, was completed about midway through 2015. With multiple locations along Queensland’s regional Ergon network, electricity bills are a substantial part of Doug Hall’s operating costs. […]

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ACT Enviro Minister Simon Corbell to be opening speaker at Renewable Cities Australia Forum

May 5, 2016
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The Australian Capital Territory’s Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for the Environment Simon Corbell will be the keynote speaker at Australia’s inaugural Renewable Cities Australia Forum, which will be held alongside the Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition in Sydney on 1-2 June 2016. The purpose of the forum is to bring together decision makers, policy […]

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The Solar Choice customer experience: Take a visual tour

May 4, 2016
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Since 2008, Solar Choice has helped over 105,000 households and thousands of businesses make an informed choice about solar power. During this time, our unique technology has evolved substantially – and we now boast what is arguably the most sophisticated, user-friendly solar PV comparison platform in Australia. 1. Enter your details on the Quote Comparison Request […]

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Solar power in Brisbane: Compare installers & prices

April 19, 2016
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Over 30% of the homes in the Brisbane area have solar panels on their roofs – one of the highest rates of any of Australia’s capital cities. Why have Brisbane residents taken such a shine to solar power? This article take a look and the benefits of going solar for households in Brisbane. Related PostsCould […]

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Commercial Solar PV Price Index: April 2016

April 18, 2016
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The average price of a fully installed commercial-scale solar system changed little between March and April 2016 – holding steady at about $1.33 per watt. While there were slight increases in 10kW and 30kW system prices, this was offset by decreases in 50kW and 100kW system prices. Commercial solar system prices (10kW-100kW) All prices in the […]

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