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

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A comparison of home energy management systems in Australia

January 26, 2017
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Solar PV systems are already commonplace and affordable in Australia, and battery storage is getting there quickly as well. Increasingly, Australia’s solar homes are looking for ways to maximise the value that solar & storage are able to deliver. Home energy management systems (sometimes referred to as EMSs or HEMS) are fast becoming a popular […]

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What size solar power installation should you buy?

January 25, 2017

A Solar Choice broker will help you, at no charge, decide what size solar energy installation best suits your needs and budget. In the meantime, we hope the following article will assist you in making the right decision. (This article was originally published in 2009 – we updated in January 2017 to reflect the new […]

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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-plus-storage: How much battery capacity do you need?

January 20, 2017
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Lots of Solar Choice customers ask about battery storage for solar power, but not many have a clear idea of how much battery capacity they need. This article takes a look at the factors that come into play when considering how to choose the right amount of battery capacity for your solar-plus-storage system. How much energy independence […]

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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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Solar battery storage in Canberra, ACT

January 7, 2017
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Battery storage for residential solar energy is becoming increasingly popular in Australia – including in Canberra, ACT. If you’re a Canberra resident looking to install a battery storage system for your home, what are the main things that you need to consider? Solar Choice has developed a number of large-scale solar projects in the ACT, […]

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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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Modelling from government advisor shows high RET may be cheapest option

December 16, 2016
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Modelling from the federal government’s preferred energy market advisor reveals that a high renewable energy target offers the cheapest avenue for consumers to reach the country’s modest emissions reduction targets for 2030. The latest modelling from Frontier Economics, a long-time critic of the RET, are based on a cost of large-scale solar plants that assumes […]

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NSW & QLD stand against reforms that could help keep prices down for consumers

December 16, 2016
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The Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales are standing in the way of reforms that the Australian Energy Regulator says will help put a lid on network costs and keep prices down for consumers. Queensland, which retains its networks, and New South Wales, which will retain most of its while it leases some, […]

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100% renewable energy grid will provide “reliable, robust and stable” supply of electricity

December 16, 2016
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Another Australian study has reaffirmed that shifting the NEM to a 100 per cent renewable energy grid would provide a “robust, reliable and stable” supply of clean electricity. The discussion paper, released on Friday by not-for-profit group the Alternative Technology Association, found that a fully renewable electricity grid would provide long-term economic and social benefits […]

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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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Is it okay to put my solar panels flat on my roof, or should they be tilted?

December 14, 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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$100 million battery storage project to be developed in South Australia

December 13, 2016
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A $100 million battery storage project is set to be developed in South Australia, in an effort to demonstrate that grid connected stationary energy storage can be a cheaper and more secure option than new transmission lines or gas plants. The project is a collaboration between RES, one of the world’s biggest developers of battery […]

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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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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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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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CSIRO: Wind and Solar to provide nearly all Australia’s electricity needs by 2050

December 6, 2016
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A major new study by the CSIRO and Energy Networks Australia says wind and solar will provide nearly all Australia’s electricity needs by 2050, and the system will be cheaper for all customers. The study found that a decarbonised energy grid by 2050, with half of generation produced and stored locally, will save billions in […]

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Link to export solar from WA to Indonesia could be viable

December 6, 2016
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The development of a 2000km sub-sea cable to supply Indonesia with solar power generated in Australia’s north-west has been described as financially viable and possible within the decade. The West Australian reports that a private consultant, hired by the Pilbara Development Commission, is investigating the establishment of an underwater link to transport solar from the […]

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Solar power for homes: Still worth it in Australia?

December 6, 2016
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Lots of things have changed in recent years with regard to solar power for homes. The business case for going solar – the investment-worthiness of solar panels – has quickly progressed through roughly three stages since the solar panel boom began in Australia in around 2008. Making a long story short, these stages were: Stage 1 […]

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Let’s talk about ‘energy throughput’: Should it replace battery ‘cycle life’?

December 5, 2016
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Australians households are fairly solar-savvy lot. With a solar panel for every human being in the country, Australia is a world leader in solar uptake, and there’s tons of information online about how to shop for solar (Solar Choice is one case in point). It wouldn’t take anyone too long to learn to talk meaningfully in […]

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A Change in market rules will help reduce wholesale energy prices

December 4, 2016
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While the Coalition and the fossil fuel lobby has tried to use blackouts in South Australia as an excuse to go slow on renewables and abolish state-based targets, others are pushing for a rethink about electricity market rules and operations so the grid can embrace 21st technology and practices. A new report has highlighted how […]

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Retailers achieve big win in battle for behind-the-meter market

December 2, 2016
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Australia’s electricity retailers have won a major victory in the battle over access to the nation’s lucrative solar and battery storage market, after the Australian Energy Regulator effectively ruled networks out of the game. The AER’s new guideline – effective Thursday, but to be fully implemented by network distribution businesses by January 01, 2018 – […]

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1kW solar PV systems: Pricing, output, returns

December 1, 2016
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Should you install a 1 kilowatt (kW) solar system for your home? These days, 1kW solar system installations are relatively rare, as larger systems frequently offer better value for money at only a modestly higher price. The smallest size of system that Solar Choice keeps track of in our monthly Solar PV Price Index articles […]

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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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What’s a partial off-grid solar-plus-storage system?

November 30, 2016
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Going partially off the grid is a smart alternative for homes who want to become completely energy self-sufficient. A partial off-grid solar system is one that runs a few essential electrical loads – for example, the refrigerator, lights and television – on a separate electrical circuit that has no physical connection to the grid mains. […]

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