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Federal Government solar incentives

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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Victoria’s Labor Government Steps Up on Climate Action

February 1, 2017
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Victoria’s Labor government has upped the ante on climate action, pledging to cut state emissions by up to 20 per cent within three years on the road to its ultimate target of zero net emissions by 2050. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend Related PostsAustralia can […]

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Solar Choice site stats for 2016: Looking back on a stellar year

January 20, 2017
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Rooftop solar is the energy of the people in Australia. In less than half a decade, solar panels have gone from being pricey ‘green bling’ to something that any home or business with some unshaded roof space would contemplate as a practical way to save money & bolster energy independence. More than one in ten […]

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Solar power in Sydney, NSW: Compare prices & installers

December 19, 2016
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Sydney is a great place for solar power, and roughly 10-15% of Sydney area homes have solar panels installed on their roofs. This article is an overview of everything you need to know if you’re considering solar power for your Sydney home – including how you can compare system prices and installers who operate in your […]

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Will the federal incentive for rooftop solar end next year?

December 13, 2016
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Judging by some of the advertisements we’ve come across, you might be forgiven for thinking that Australia’s federal rooftop solar incentives (under the Renewable Energy Target) were on their way out the door. In this article we’ve set the record straight. (This article was originally published in May 2016.) What we’ve been hearing: ‘The solar […]

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Rooftop Solar Subsidy to be reduced on 1 January 2017

December 12, 2016
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An Australia-wide, upfront subsidy for rooftop solar systems is set to be reduced within a few weeks when the “deeming period” for solar systems declines from 15 years to 14 years on January 1. The long-standing rebate for the purchase of rooftop solar systems is based on the estimated output of a system over 15 […]

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NSW Minister pushing for households to share energy with other households

November 30, 2016
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New South Wales parliamentary secretary Adam Marshall wants to slash the development fees for large-scale renewable energy projects in the state. The Young National Party MLA told the North Coast Energy Forum in Coffs Harbour last week that in the case of one 300MW solar project slated for his electorate, fees are 10 to 20 […]

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NSW Government announces major expansion into renewable energy

November 7, 2016
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The New South Wales Coalition government has broken ranks with its federal counterpart and announced a major expansion into large and small-scale renewable energy, as well as electric vehicles and energy efficiency, as part of a new plan to reach “zero net emissions” by 2050. The state says it will issue more government power purchase […]

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Investment in large-scale renewables on the rise, but Aus still unlikely to meet 2020 target

July 26, 2016

Large-scale renewable energy investment in Australia has hit its highest levels since 2013, although it remains well short of the level needed to meet the reduced renewable energy target in 2020. Bloomberg New Energy Finance data for the second quarter in 2016 shows investment in large scale wind at its highest levels since 2013, just […]

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Could the Renewable Energy Target once again be under threat with new government?

July 11, 2016
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Australia’s biggest utilities and coal generators could push for another review of the federal renewable energy target, if the newly re-elected Coalition government is presented with a “workable” majority of supporters in the Senate. The Australian Solar Council tweeted last Thursday that it was “hearing rumours” of a push for another review of the RET […]

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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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Could Labor deploy ‘reverse auctions’ for renewables on the national scale?

April 13, 2016
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The Australian Labor Party could use “reverse auctions” to help meet a 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030 if it wins power in the federal election later this year. Climate change spokesman Mark Butler told the Sydney Environment Institute that the ALP has yet to decide on the mechanisms it will need to reach […]

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What could a federal incentive for home solar battery storage look like?

March 2, 2016
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Strong government incentives paved the way for rooftop solar power to achieve the prominence that it has in Australia. Home battery storage is the next frontier in distributed energy, but battery prices are still too high for most Australian homes to consider installing them purely for financial reasons. A strong incentive regime akin to the […]

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One chart shows solar PV’s stunning progress over 40 years

February 15, 2016

A new graph by Earth Policy Institute and Bloomberg – sourced via this story on Treehugger – offers a stunning reminder the incredible journey solar PV has been on over the past decade. As the graph shows, the cost of solar PV – the orange part – 40 years ago was up around $US100 per […]

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Adelaide plans to become world’s first carbon-neutral city

December 7, 2015
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A plan to make Adelaide the world’s first carbon neutral city has been signed by the city’s Lord Mayor Martin Haese and South Australian premier Jay Weatherill. The deal was inked on Sunday at the release of the South Australian government’s Climate Change Strategy 2015-2050, ahead of international climate talks in Paris. “We are committed […]

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Labor’s 50% renewables target would require $80b in investment: UBS

September 21, 2015
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Federal Labor’s proposed 50 per cent renewable energy target for Australia by 2030 would require around $80 billion in investment, much of which would need to be spent anyway, a new report has found. The report, the first in-depth analysis of the ALP’s mooted RET, was released by global investment bank UBS on Monday, and […]

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Australia has a new PM: What’s in store for solar?

September 15, 2015
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Malcolm Turnbull is now ensconced as the 29th Prime Minister of Australia after besting Tony Abbott in a dramatic showdown whose similarities to the travails of the previous Labor government are impossible to ignore. What does the election of a centre-right politician to the helm of what was until recently the most anti-renewables government in […]

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Electricity network companies fighting for price increases in NSW

August 4, 2015

NSW electricity rates could once again skyrocket from next July if network companies win a legal challenge to a pricing determination made by the Australian Energy Regulator.  Prices for this financial year are already in place and will not be affected by the challenge regardless of the outcome. But if the networks are successful in […]

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Labor Party to commit to 50% federal Renewable Energy Target by 2030

July 22, 2015
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The Australian Labor Party will announce a commitment to supporting a Renewable Energy Target of 50% by the year 2030, according to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald and a press release from the Australian Solar Council. If enacted, this ambitious goal would build on the existing target of 20% renewables by 2020 and accelerate renewables […]

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Could the Coalition turn RET towards large-scale solar?

June 22, 2015

In seeking to justify its push against wind energy, the creation of a “wind commissioner” and its dealing with the Senate cross-bench, the Coalition is trying to turn the renewable energy target into a sort of de facto large-scale solar scheme. “What we’re doing there is very significant and we’re increasing the focus on large-scale solar,” environment […]

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RET deal details remain unsettled with questions about wood waste and wind

June 19, 2015

Last-minute wrangling over the inclusion of native wood waste in the Renewable Energy Target is threatening to delay passage of the amended legislation through federal Parliament’s Upper House, as the Coalition and Labor try to avoid a compromise agreement with cross-bench Senators. As part of the political intrigue that has intensified since Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s […]

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Coalition reportedly investigating ways to promote large-scale solar ahead of wind

June 12, 2015
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Solar energy could be favoured under the revised Australian renewable energy target, with Coalition ministers reportedly looking at ways to accelerate the development of large-scale solar projects, ahead of wind farms. It is understood that Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane and Environment Minister Greg Hunt are facing strong party-room resistance to the cut-down 33,000GWh target agreed […]

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RET deal’s passage will unlock billions in solar & wind investment

May 29, 2015
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More than $10 billion in solar and wind investment would be unlocked if legislation to amend Australia’s renewable energy target achieved quick passage through parliament, the Clean Energy Council has advised. The legislation, which reduce the RET from 41,000GWh by 2020 to 33,000GWh, was tabled in federal parliament on Wednesday morning, having earned bipartisan support […]

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Renewable Energy Target deal struck: 33,000GWh with no 2-yearly reviews

May 18, 2015
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The Abbott government and federal Labor have finally struck a bipartisan agreement on Australia’s renewable energy target, with both parties agreeing to slash it from 41,000GWh to 33,000GWh by 2020. The agreement was reached on Monday morning after a reported intervention from the Prime Minister’s office, encouraging the Coalition to backflip on its backflip about the need for ongoing reviews. […]

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Queensland to aim for 50% renewables, 1 million solar homes by 2030

May 15, 2015
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Queensland’s Labor government has restated its commitment to generating 50 per cent of its electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030, and to ensure one million homes in state had rooftop solar by 2020. The plans, first outlined in Labor’s pre-election policy release, were confirmed by the state’s new energy minister, Mark Bailey, on the […]

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Big solar could make up 40% of new 2020 large-scale renewables target: BNEF

May 14, 2015
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Big solar could take up as much as 40 per cent of Australia’s 2020 Renewable Energy Target, even with a much reduced target of 33,000GWh, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The forecast contradicts sector-wide fears that large-scale solar projects would be sidelined by cheaper wind energy projects under the agreed cut in the RET. But […]

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RET deal back on hold as Labor walks out over continuation of 2-yearly reviews

May 12, 2015

Even as an agreement appears to be close at hand, talks have again broken down between Labor and the Coalition about the future of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET). Labor walked out on the talks, with opposition Environment Minister Mark Butler saying that his party will not back a RET deal that allows for the […]

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Coalition and Labor to compromise on Renewable Energy Target: 33,000GWh by 2020

May 8, 2015
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A compromise deal may finally have been reached on Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET), according to reporting from the ABC and other sources. The Coalition government and Labor Party have apparently reached an agreement to reduce the nation’s 2020 target from the current 41,000 gigawawatt-hours (GWh) to 33,000GWh. Although not the outcome that renewable energy […]

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Aussie small-scale solar stays strong even as large-scale lags due to uncertainty

April 15, 2015

Australia’s rooftop solar market is continuing to grow, despite a plunge in renewable energy investment that is driving the nation’s large-scale renewables sector into a deepening crisis. New analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance points to a 90 per cent drop in renewable energy investment in the 12 months to March 31, thanks to policy […]

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Government’s Energy White Paper focuses on coal, glosses over solar

April 10, 2015
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The Abbott government has again shown its colours on renewables, using its Energy White Paper to describe interventions like the RET and solar feed-in-tariffs as “unintended disruptions” to competitive energy markets. The paper was released by the Coalition government on Wednesday to outline its vision for Australia’s short and long-term energy future. To this end, the […]

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Solar Citizens launch nation-wide Stand Up For Solar campaign

March 31, 2015
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Australian solar lobby group Solar Citizens is calling for a higher renewable energy target and a fair price for solar, through the launch of a new year-long campaign that will target state and federal politicians. The campaign, Stand up for Solar, advocates a national goal of at least 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030, as well […]

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