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Solar leasing/Free solar panel deals

Is a solar lease or solar PPA right for you?

December 12, 2016
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‘Solar leasing’ deals have been the main facilitator of residential solar panel uptake in the United States, with the majority of systems being installed under such arrangements. Although solar leasing schemes have been on offer in Australia for some time now, they have not proven to be an overwhelmingly popular option. Is a solar lease right for […]

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WA government moves to make solar PPAs more accessible

August 23, 2016
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The Western Australian government has announced changes to state energy market regulations that will boost the uptake of rooftop solar and make the technology more accessible to a broader range of consumers. WA energy minister Mike Nahan said the changes would make it easier for solar power purchase agreement (PPA) providers to operate in the […]

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Electricity price inflation: What it means for going solar

July 19, 2016

Grid electricity prices fluctuate over time – and usually they increase. This has important implications for anyone considering going solar. This article covers the basics of what you need to know about electricity price inflation to help you make a more well-informed decision about going solar. Why do grid electricity prices increase? The retail electricity prices […]

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Victorian government clears roadblocks to rooftop solar PPAs

December 14, 2015
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Victorian households will now have access to rooftop solar at little-to no up-front cost through leasing deals solar companies, following regulatory changes announced by the state Labor government. According to a media release from the Andrews government last Wednesday, the arrangement enables solar companies to provide, install and maintain a solar panel system on a […]

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Vic government to address barriers to wind farms, distributed solar & storage

August 24, 2015

Just weeks after the federal government ordered the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to cease backing wind energy and rooftop solar in Australia, Victoria’s state Labor government has committed to drive new investment in wind farms, and to address barriers to distributed generation (ie. rooftop solar) and storage. The Andrews government made the commitments in its […]

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Government directs CEFC to cease investing in rooftop solar finance deals

July 13, 2015
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The federal government has moved to nix the Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s plans to fund rooftop solar leasing schemes in Australia. Although the government’s directive – handed to the CEFC as a ‘draft mandate’ – has ignited a media furor, the legality of the proposal is questionable, and the CEFC has hinted that it will attempt to […]

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CEFC earmarks $120 million for solar leasing in Australia

July 30, 2014
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The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), after surviving another government attempt to legislate its dismantling, has announced $120 million worth of financing for solar leasing deals and Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in Australia. Split between three companies across three market segments, the funding could help to make pay-as-you-go solar more accessible and more attractive to a larger […]

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Solar Choice now offering 2nd commercial solar PV finance package

February 18, 2014
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Commercial solar power is one of the fastest-growing sectors for the solar industry in Australia, with more and more businesses turning to solar photovoltaic (PV) technology to insulate themselves against rising electricity prices. Currently, commercial solar PV installations account for under 10% of the total market in Australia, but the introduction of innovative financing mechanisms for commercial-scale […]

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Solar PV Price Index–Oct 2013

October 12, 2013
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Solar PV system prices dropped notably in Adelaide between September and October, likely as a result of installers addressing new realities in light of the closure of SA’s transitional feed-in tariff to new applicants. Average system prices in Perth also dropped markedly, with all of the least expensive systems (of all sizes 1.5kW-5kW) in the country […]

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Solar Leasing/”Free Solar Panels”/Pay-as-you-go solar agreements now available in Australia

April 23, 2012
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The so-called “free solar panels” (sometimes called “pay-as you-go solar” or “solar leasing”) business model that has already seen major success in the USA and the UK  is now available in Australia. What are often referred to as free solar panels schemes–although not technically free–are actually pay-as-you-go arrangements that allows customers to install a solar […]

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