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Federal Government solar incentives

Rooftop solar changes unsettle industry, raising fears worse to come

November 14, 2017
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Australia’s peak solar industry body has called for written clarification from the federal government, after confusion surrounding proposed amendments to the Renewable Energy Target triggered concerns that the booming commercial solar market was being wound back. In a statement to members on Monday afternoon, the Australian Solar Council alleged that a federal Coalition MP had […]

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The National Energy Guarantee: What it means if you’re thinking about going solar

October 19, 2017
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There’s been no shortage of media coverage regarding the Turnbull government’s recently proposed plan to tackle Australia’s rising electricity bills (see here, here, here and here). But what does the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) mean for homes & businesses thinking about going solar? We’ve been receiving a huge amount of traffic to our site – […]

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Household savings from National Energy Guarantee to be minimal over 12 years

October 18, 2017
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Malcolm Turnbull’s new energy policy will see little reduction in consumer energy bills over the next decade, and that’s outrageous. In an era where renewable energy costs are plunging, where the costs of rooftop solar are about one-sixth the cost of grid power, Australians are paying absurd prices for their electricity – upwards of 40c/kWh […]

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

October 16, 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 solar energy that they send 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, since we […]

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New poll confirms that battery is popularity skyrocketing

September 28, 2017
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A new poll has confirmed the increasing popularity of home battery storage in Australia, as households look to reduce their dependence on expensive grid-supplied electricity, and cut soaring power bills. The Reachtel poll, commissioned by the Climate Council, found that 74 per cent of people surveyed from across Australia expect household batteries to be commonplace […]

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Report describes Australian electricity utopia – that doesn’t seem to exist

July 24, 2017
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A new report from Australia’s principal electricity market rule-maker has sought to portray a utopian image where consumers believe they are getting value for money and face only one blight on the horizon – the Renewable Energy Target. The Australian Energy Market Commission’s Retail Energy Competition Review, issued on Tuesday, puts the level of customer satisfaction as gauged by […]

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STC prices are falling: What you need to know

July 20, 2017
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‘The federal solar rebate is falling!’ is a cry that Solar Choice has been hearing pretty loudly from our customers, website visitors and installers in and outside our network for the past few days. From a customer’s perspective, what do you need to know about what’s happening with this government solar incentive? Understanding the federal STC […]

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Solar system prices could rise up to 10% as STC prices drop

July 20, 2017
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(Please see Solar Choice’s in-depth coverage of the STC price drop in this article.) The cost of installing rooftop solar looks set to rise by as much as 10 per cent for households and small business this week, after a sudden drop in the price of small scale renewable energy certificates caught much of the […]

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Concept of ‘baseload’ energy quickly becoming a relic of the past

July 3, 2017
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A new US report argues that the concept of “baseload” energy generation is an artefact of an old fossil fuelled industry, and should not be confused with reliability. The Brattle Group report was commissioned by US-based NGO NDRC, as part of America’s own battle over the future of “baseload” in a rapidly changing energy market.As in Australia, […]

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Industry responses to the Finkel Review

June 22, 2017
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Earlier this month CSIRO Chief Scientist Alan Finkel debuted his panel’s report into reform of Australia’s electricity sector. Officially known as Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market but widely referred to as ‘the Finkel review’, the report has stirred emotions across the energy sector – with some saying it goes […]

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Solar power in Sydney, NSW: Compare prices & installers

April 11, 2017
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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 5-point guide to everything you need to know if you’re considering solar power for your Sydney home – including how Solar Choice can help you compare quotes. 5 good reasons to go solar […]

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Queensland government launches distributed energy trial to benefit most vulnerable customers

March 17, 2017
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Queensland’s Labor government has launched a distributed energy trial that aims to give the state’s most vulnerable electricity customers – as well as its half a million rental households – access to solar power. The three-pronged trial is part of the government’s plan to deliver up to 6MW of new solar PV on up to […]

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Tesla founder predicts imminent end of the fossil fuel era

March 14, 2017
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US EV and battery maker Tesla has suggested that the inflection point grid-scale battery storage is not 20 years away – as some politicians and industry groups would argue – but within sight at just 100 days away. That, at least, was the time it would take to Tesla build a 100MW battery storage facility in […]

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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 PostsQueensland regional […]

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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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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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