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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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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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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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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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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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Are you voting for solar this election? Check the Solar Scorecard

June 8, 2016
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Solar advocacy group Solar Citizens have launched their Solar Scorecard tool for the 2016 election. The Solar Scorecard allows anyone to find out how the candidates in their local electorate stand on solar simply by entering their post code. It also give users insight into how much solar is installed around them – and how […]

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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 PostsSolar […]

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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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