The upfront approx 30-40% federal subsidy for solar power is under imminent threat. To protect your subsidy use your Solar Choice Quote Comparison to immediately generate an online contract with your preferred installer, any time of the day or night including weekends. Why?

On Thurs, 28 Aug 2014 the federal govt released long-awaited recommendations from the Renewable Energy Target (RET) Review that will either abolish the upfront federal subsidy for solar energy, or severely slash it, for systems up to 100kW.

An announcement from the Govt as to which option it will choose is imminent. Contracts entered into prior to any announcement will protect your subsidy.

How can I generate an online contract immediately to protect the subsidy?

1. Simply complete the green form on this page to obtain your impartial Quote Comparison of leading installers covering your area.

2. Select three installers that best suit your needs and budget to reveal their names and logos, then select your prefered installer by clicking "View and Accept Quote".

3. Follow instructions on deposit payment options, following which you will be emailed a PDF of your Accepted Quote (as will your selected installer who'll contact you, and Solar Choice).

Your subsidy will then very likely be protected under transitional provisions recommended by the RET Review.

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Between February and March, average 1.5kW and 2kW solar PV system prices continued their steady rise in all cities included in the PV Price Index except for Adelaide, while pricing for 3kW, 4kW, 5kW and 10kW prices remained steady or fell across the board.

Average solar PV system prices for March

All prices in the table below are inclusive of the federal STC incentive which installers ordinarily bundle into final system prices.

Average solar pv system prices march 2014

Solar system prices for March: $/W averages, highs & lows

Solar pv system prices average high low march 2014

About STCs

STCs accounted for a price reduction of approximately 71c/W for Zone 3 cities (Sydney, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane), and around 65c/W for Melbourne & Tasmania.

Components used

The table below contains the brands of inverters and solar modules used in installations as listed by installers. ‘Premium’ options are not included.

City Panel brands used Inverter brands used
Adelaide, SA ReneSola, Hanover, Q-Cells, Munchen, BenQ/AU Optronics, Lightway, Sun Earth, Trina
SolarMax, SMA, Power-One Aurora, Fronius, Growatt, Sharp, Delta
Brisbane, QLD ReneSola, Perlight, Canadian, Q-Cells, Yingli, Sun Earth, REC, LG, Seraphim SolarMax, JFY, Eltek, SMA, Samil, Power-One Aurora, Zever, Fronius
Canberra, ACT ReneSola, Q-Cells, Phoenix, Sun Earth JFY, Growatt, Fronius, Power-One Aurora
Melbourne, VIC Trina, ReneSola, Q-Cells, BenQ/AU Optronics, SolarWorld, Ulica, Jinko Solar SolarMax, Power-One Aurora, Latronics, Fronius, SMA
Tasmania ReneSola, Munchen, Q-Cells, Sun Earth SolarMax, Fronius, Delta, Power-One Aurora
Sydney, NSW ReneSola, Trina, Munchen, Phono Solar, Yingli, Tianwei, Sun Earth, Hanwha SMA, Power-One Aurora, SolarMax,  Fronius, JFY, KStar, Sharp
Perth, WA GY, Hanover, Yingli, ReneSola, Sun Earth JFY, Growatt, SMA, Power-One Aurora, SolarMax, Good We, Fronius

Historic solar PV system prices (since August 2012)

1-5kW solar pv system prices March 2014

2kW solar pv system prices March 2014

3kW solar pv system prices March 2014

4kW solar pv system prices March 2014

5kW solar pv system prices March 2014

10kW solar pv system prices March 2014

About this data

Tables and charts included in this article were compiled using data from Solar Choice’s installer network database, which contains regularly-updated pricing and product details from over 125 solar installation companies across Australia. Prices do not ordinarily incorporate meter installation fees or additional costs for difficult installations. The discount available to Solar Choice customers is also excluded from calculations, as are prices for ‘premium’ installer offerings. Average pricing figures for all of Australia are not weighted.

About Solar Choice

Solar Choice is a solar PV installation and advice service based in Sydney, NSW, providing free Solar Quote Comparisons for residential solar customers Australia-wide. Solar Choice’s commercial wing, Solar Choice Commercial, manages tenders for medium- to large-scale solar projects for a wide range of clients. Solar Choice also develops large-scale and utility-scale solar projects of its own.

© 2014 Solar Choice Pty Ltd

James Martin II

James has been working as analyst and online development manager for Solar Choice since 2011 and has contributed hundreds of articles to the Solar Choice website during this time.

He holds a master's degree in Environmental Management from UNSW, and a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Bridgewater State University in his native Massachusetts.

He currently works remotely for Solar Choice from New York City.

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