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Commercial solar power

The important role of solar forecasting in Australia

February 22, 2017
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NSW demand rose to a near-record high on Friday the 10th of February, and QLD soared to a new record demand on that Sunday, amidst an intense heatwave. While this heat-stressed our electricity markets and infrastructure, the nation’s rooftop solar PV systems were providing critical load reduction under plentiful sunshine. A quick review of APVI […]

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Solar Choice brokers 100kW solar system for Geelong High School

February 21, 2017
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Solar Choice has brokered the installation of a 100kW solar PV system for Geelong High School, a co-ed public secondary school in East Geelong, Victoria. The school opened in 1910, making it one of Victoria’s oldest state secondary schools. It moved to its current location (385 Ryrie Street, East Geelong) in 1915. Geelong High School originally approached […]

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The heat wave sent spot market prices soaring: What does it mean for solar?

February 13, 2017
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Wholesale electricity prices on Australia’s eastern seaboard went through the roof this past weekend as homes as businesses pumped their air conditioners in an attempt to stave off the brutal and unprecedented summer heat. What are the implications of high spot prices for solar PV systems large and small in Australia? High temperatures –> high […]

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Commercial Solar PV Price Index for January 2016

January 12, 2017
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Average commercial solar system prices continue at about $1.25/W for the fourth month in a row, starting off the new year with no eventful news. 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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Commercial Solar PV Price Index for December 2016

December 15, 2016
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Average commercial solar system prices saw virtually no change betwen November and December, according to data from the Solar Choice database. Prices have hovered around the $1.25 mark since September. 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 […]

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Solar Choice manages tender for 1.77MW solar installation at Charles Sturt Uni

December 8, 2016
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Charles Sturt University is to install one of the largest rooftop solar installations in Australia for its campus in Wagga Wagga, NSW. Solar Choice managed the competitive tender for the project, which will have a peak capacity of 1.77 megawatts (MW) and will meet roughly 20% of CSU’s energy demand annually. The system will be more […]

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Solar Choice brokers 100kW solar system for Balmoral Orchard in QLD

December 7, 2016
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Solar Choice has managed the tender for a 100kW solar system for Balmoral Orchard, an avocado farm outside of Toowoomba, Queensland. The orchard’s manager first approached Solar Choice in May 2016 looking for assistance with their large quarterly energy bills. Following the initial conversation with the manager, the land owner promptly called to introduce himself. He was […]

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Commercial solar power in Melbourne & VIC

November 21, 2016
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Solar power is an attractive investment option and great way to save money for businesses in Melbourne and across the rest of Victoria. This article provides an overview of commercial solar power in Melbourne and other parts of the state. What are the benefits of commercial solar power in Victoria? Solar power is a great way for Victoria […]

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520kW solar array in Sydney CBD now open for public investment

November 18, 2016
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The Sydney company behind a 520kW PV array in the city’s CBD opened the project for public investment on Tuesday. Sydney Renewable Power Company (SRPC), an unlisted public company, which has the 25-year concession to finance and manage the PV array on Sydney’s new International Convention Centre (ICC), is offering 519 unlisted shares, each worth […]

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Commercial solar power in Brisbane & Queensland

November 17, 2016
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Solar power is an attractive investment option and great way to save money for businesses in Brisbane and across the rest of Queensland. This article provides an overview of commercial solar power in Brisbane and Queensland. Benefits of commercial solar power in Brisbane & Queensland Solar power is one of the best ways for Queensland businesses […]

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Commercial Solar PV Price Index: November 2016

November 16, 2016
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The average price of a commercial solar PV system dropped very slightly between October and November 2016 (from about $1.26 per watt to about $1.25/W) according to figures from the Solar Choice installer network database. Commercial solar system prices (10kW-100kW) All prices in the tables below include incentives available through the federal Renewable Energy Target […]

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Commercial solar power in Sydney & NSW

November 8, 2016
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Solar power is an attractive investment option and great way to save money for businesses in Sydney and across the rest of New South Wales. This article provides an overview of commercial solar power in Sydney, as well as the rest of NSW. What are the benefits of commercial solar power in NSW? Solar power is […]

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Oz Minerals to use solar power to run a $1 billion copper mine in South Australia

November 4, 2016
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Australian copper miner Oz Minerals is looking to solar power to help run a $1 billion copper mine it plans to build in South Australia, in what would be the biggest commitment to renewables by a mining company in Australia. Managing director Andrew Cole says the company could use solar power to help run the proposed […]

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Commercial Solar PV Price Index: October 2016

October 26, 2016
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Average commercial solar system prices for all sizes that we track (10kW, 30kW, 50kW and 100kW) held stable at the $1.28/W low seen in September, according to data from Solar Choice’s installer network. 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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Mount Majura Solar Farm powers up in ACT

October 11, 2016
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The 2.3MW Mount Majura Solar Farm has now officially opened and is exporting clean energy to the ACT grid. Solar Choice, as co-developer with Solar Fields, invested over four years of hard work and resources to navigate the project through a labyrinth of planning and development requirements. The journey involved finding solutions at numerous difficult […]

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JinkoSolar head predicts new era of growth for Aussie solar

September 30, 2016
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Leading global solar module maker JinkoSolar says the Australian solar market is set for renewed growth in coming years as households add and expand systems to take advantage of battery storage, and the large-scale solar sector takes off. In an interview with RenewEconomy last week, JinkoSolar chairman, Xiande Li, said the company expects the expiry […]

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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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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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Close to 25% of Aussie businesses have already gone solar: Survey

September 15, 2016

Nearly one-quarter of Australian businesses claim to have already tapped rooftop solar as a measure to cut electricity costs and be more environmentally responsible, a new survey has found. The survey, published on Monday by energy management company Energy Action, found that 23 per cent of businesses generate some portion of their electricity supply using […]

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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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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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After extended investment drought, Australia poised for large-scale solar farm boom

August 30, 2016
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Australia is poised to experience its biggest ever boom in large-scale solar as a range of international market factors and local policy incentives take hold. A number of factors point to a major investment push to large-scale solar, including the continued fall in solar manufacturing costs, and an expected surplus of manufacturing capacity in coming […]

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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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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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Commercial Solar PV Price Index: July 2016

July 28, 2016
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The average price for a commercial solar PV system dropped noticeably between June and July 2016, according to figures from Solar Choice’s installer network database. While prices for each month in the first half of 2016 saw an average of about $1.33, the average price for this month was $1.29 – on par with Dec […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Australia’s Fulcrum3D launches CloudCAM into commercial market

May 16, 2016
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Australian made cloud tracking technology that predicts cloud movements to help optimise the output of solar PV has successfully entered the commercial market. CloudCAM, developed by NSW company Fulcrum3D, uses ground mounted cameras to track cloud movements, and can even track clouds that are layered at different altitudes and moving at different speeds. Fulcrum3D technical […]

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