Federal Government Dumps Solar Hot Water Incentives
The Federal Government has abruptly dropped its incentive for Solar Hot Water. The Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme (REBS) offered rebates of $1000 for solar hot water systems, or $600 for heat pump hot water systems. Solar hot water systems will still be eligible for up-front rebates in the from of Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs, a type of Renewable Energy Certificate, or REC) under the Federal Solar Credits rebate scheme. The rebate reduction will have no effect on homes and businesses who plan on installing solar photovoltaics (PV) systems.
Those in the market for a solar PV system and carefully considering their options are constantly on the lookout for more information on solar system sizes and components (namely, inverters and solar panels). It is not always easy to get specific, accurate information on how a system might operate once installed in a certain area. PVoutput.org is an extremely useful resource for people who would like to have an idea how much power a system in their area will produce, as well as to check their system performance against that of others located in the same area.
The Mowanjum Aboriginal Corporation, with the assistance of Solar Choice as tender manager, installed approximately 130KW of solar PV across its headquarters in June 2010. The aim of the installation was to reduce Corporation power bills, which can be especially high during the wet season, when temperatures can soar above 40 degrees and life without airconditioners can be extremely uncomfortable.
Finding the Best Solar PV deals in Sydney and Adelaide
Two articles detailing the benefits of installing a solar PV system for residents of Adelaide and Sydney, including sunshine hours, Federal Government Solar Credits, and applicable solar Feed-in Tariffs.
All Australians with eligible grid-connected solar systems may receive upfront rebates in the form of Renewable Energy Certificates. Additionally, many state governments also offer Solar Feed-in Tariffs: South Australia currently offers approximately 23c for each kilowatt-hour of solar electricity exported to the grid.
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