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Why doesn’t my electricity retailer give me a 15c solar feed-in tariff?

February 20, 2017
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Having just updated our article detailing the solar feed-in tariffs on offer in each state and territory, we thought it would be a good time to discuss the realities of solar feed-in tariffs in 2017. We’ll look at two questions: Why don’t retailers offer higher rates? And: Does it matter if feed-in tariff rates are […]

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Does rooftop solar still make sense in 2017?

February 16, 2017
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Rooftop solar on its own is already affordable enough to be a smart choice for virtually any Australian home with an unshaded roof and some daytime electricity usage. This is true even in the absence of generous, state-backed solar feed-in tariffs and the (slight) reduction of the up-front incentive for solar available through the federal Renewable […]

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Which electricity retailer is giving the best solar feed-in tariff?

February 15, 2017
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Feed-in tariffs in Australia: How they’ve changed Solar feed-in tariffs are arrangements where a solar system owner is paid for the excess solar energy that they send back into the grid. At one point in time, feed-in tariffs were mandatory in every state in Australia, and the rates they offered were quite generous. Much has changed, however, […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index – February 2017

February 14, 2017
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Despite the decrease in the incentive available under the federal Renewable Energy Target that came in effect from last month, average solar PV system prices have moved little, according to our data. Although this month did see a slight reduction in prices (down to $1.60 per watt from $1.62/W in February), this is mainly attributable to changes in […]

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SA minimum retailer feed-in tariff (RFiT) has ended. What should you do?

February 10, 2017
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If you live in South Australia and have a solar system on your roof, there is no longer a guaranteed minimum rate for the excess solar that you send into the grid unless you are on the state’s Premium FiT program (which expires in 2028). The Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA) made the determination to eliminate the […]

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5kW solar systems: Pricing, output, and returns

January 17, 2017
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The average solar system size in Australia has grown in recent years to about 5 kilowatts (kW). What are the price ranges, electricity yields (in kilowatt-hours, kWh) and financial returns that a household can expect from a 5kW solar PV system? This article was originally published in 2012 – we’ve recently updated it to reflect […]

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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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Residential Solar PV Price Index – January 2017

January 12, 2017
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Average solar system prices for the new year continue to hover around $1.62/W, as they have for the past six months or so. Smaller systems (1.5kW – 2kW) continue to be the dearest on a $/W basis, while larger systems (5kW – 10kW) offer the greatest value in terms of peak output capacity. By our […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index – December 2016

December 15, 2016
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Average solar PV system prices for December sit at roughly $1.62 per watt ($1.62/W). Average system prices in Australia have hovered around this price point since about July of 2016, although there have been some changes on a city-by-city and size-by-size basis. Average solar PV system prices for December 2016 Prices in the table below include […]

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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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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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Residential Solar PV Price Index – November 2016

November 15, 2016
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Average solar PV system prices for Australia’s capital cities changed little between October and November of 2016, according to data from Solar Choice’s installer network database. Currently, the average price for a solar PV system in Australia sits at about $1.63 per watt. Average solar PV system prices for November 2016 Prices in the table below […]

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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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Residential Solar PV Price Index – October 2016

October 12, 2016
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Average solar system prices for Australia’s capital cities rose slightly (to $1.63/W) between September and October. Price increases were seen primarily among smaller systems (1.5kW – 5kW) in a handful of cities, while 10kW system prices remained steady. Average solar PV system prices for October 2016 Prices in the table below include both the up-front incentive […]

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Urth Energy announces solar feed-in tariff based on wholesale spot market price

October 10, 2016
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Electricity retailer Urth Energy has announced a retail electricity plan that allows solar system owners to sell their surplus solar energy at wholesale rates on the National Electricity Market (NEM). The Urth Trader plan is unlike anything else available in Australia in that the feed-in rates will fluctuate every half hour, allowing customers to take […]

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Home battery storage keeps the lights on in SA blackout

September 30, 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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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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SA government opens tender to bring new (renewable) competitors into energy market

September 13, 2016

The South Australian government has announced a new energy tender designed to introduce new competition in the market and remove the stranglehold of the existing gas generators, renewing hope that Australia’s first large-scale solar towers with storage can be built in the state. The government will relaunch a tender for 75 per cent of its […]

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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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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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South Australia’s minimum solar feed-in tariff could be nixed under ESCOSA proposal

August 15, 2016
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Rooftop solar households in South Australia face losing the 6.8c/kWh feed-in tariff after the state pricing regulator revealed it was working on a draft proposal to remove the minimum retail price for solar exports, starting January 2017. In a media release on its website, the Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA) said its proposal […]

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Solar battery storage in South Australia

August 10, 2016
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Roughly one in three homes in South Australia is equipped with a solar PV system. While the main motivating factors for going solar to date have been generous government incentives (especially feed-in tariffs), these days low solar system prices are the main reason SA homes are going solar. The need for these homes to use as much of […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index – August 2016

August 8, 2016
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This month marks a full four years of our publishing of the Solar PV Price Index. When we first started keeping track of average system prices back in 2012, it cost roughly 70c more per watt to install a solar PV system in Australia than it does today. The going average rate for a solar […]

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SA government announces plans for clean energy auction with focus on batteries & ‘dispatchable’ renewables

August 8, 2016
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The South Australian government has announced plans for a new clean energy auction, saying it intends to target battery storage and other “dispatchable” renewables to supply around one-quarter of the government’s electricity needs. The government earlier this year called for expressions of interest in a tender for all of its electricity needs – or around […]

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Thinking about going off-grid? Keep these points in mind

August 4, 2016
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With the dawn of the age of (nearly) affordable battery storage, more and more Australian homes are considering the possibility of disconnecting from the electricity grid; or the first time, off-grid living looks like it may be feasible virtually anyone – even for urban households. Solar Choice has conducted some desktop analysis into the minimum amount […]

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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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‘Genie is out of the bottle’ for large-scale solar & storage projects

July 25, 2016
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Australia could host some of the world’s biggest solar and battery storage projects, after local infrastructure investor Lyon Group revealed plans to develop a pipeline of more than 300MW of solar and up to 60MW of battery storage. The first new project is planned for South Australia, with a 100MW solar PV plant to be combined […]

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Gas – not renewables – to blame for SA electricity price spikes

July 22, 2016
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Conservative politicians have increased their calls for a review of renewable energy policies and the construction of new wind farms, while the conservative media continued to screech its opposition to wind and solar, blaming them for electricity price spikes in South Australia and across the country, despite the principal cause being the surge of gas prices […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index – July 2016

July 13, 2016
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Average residential solar system prices dipped down to $1.63/W this month – on par with the low seen in April this year and close to the all-time low of $1.59/W seen in December of 2015. The price drop occurred across all system sizes. Interestingly, system price ‘highs’ have not come down much, low-end prices of […]

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