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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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2kW solar PV systems: cost, productivity and return on investment

January 25, 2016
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How much does a 2kW solar system cost, how much energy can you expect it to produce, and what sort of a financial return will a home see on a system of this size in Australia? This article takes a look at these questions. (This article was originally published in 2012 – we’ve recently updated […]

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Shoalhaven River Retreat centre’s solar arrays still going strong 4 years on

July 15, 2014
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Solar panels at a retreat centre in the Shoalhaven area are still going strong after 4 years of operation. The property where the installation lives, named Oallen, sits near the Shoalhaven Riven near a crossing called Oallen Ford. At one time a farm holiday retreat, the spot is now leased out as a long-term rental […]

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First Solar says utility-scale solar price will halve by 2019–if RET remains intact

July 2, 2014

The cost of utility-scale solar in Australia will halve over the next five years, making it cheaper than wind energy by 2020, according to predictions from one of the world’s biggest solar companies. US-based First Solar says it expects increasingly cheaper large-scale solar to dominate the remaining capacity required to be added under Australia’s 41,000GWh […]

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7 reasons residential solar power is so popular in Australia

May 20, 2014
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Australia is one of the world’s leaders when it comes to rooftop solar power. Residential solar power has taken off in Australia in a way not seen in many other countries. What are some of the reasons it has been such a hit among Australian homeowners? 1. Solar power saves homeowners money. This is clearly […]

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Solar feed-in tariff rates for Queensland 2014: 7.55c/kWh for Brisbane & surrounds, variable elsewhere

February 20, 2014
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The Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) has released its final report detailing its recommendations for solar feed-in tariff rates to be paid through the state’s Solar Bonus Scheme for 2014. Not surprisingly, the scheme goes the way of New South Wales, with a non-obligatory, recommended rate of 7.55c per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for excess solar power to […]

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USA’s SunPower realises falling costs through improved manufacturing efficiencies

February 18, 2014
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Top solar PV manufacturers are still reporting large gains in efficiency and manufacturing processes that are delivering cost reductions of 20 per cent or more a year. It is widely thought that the dramatic cost declines in the solar PV industry over the last 5 years were a result only of surplus capacity. But even […]

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Facts pack: Electricity price and solar energy in Australia 2014

February 4, 2014
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The newspapers are full of stories about electricity costs and it’s no wonder because prices have increased by as much as 33% in some states in the last three years. The reasons our electricity prices have increased so much is complicated but if you would like to understand the makeup of an average bill you […]

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Cost of solar power set to fall further in next 5 years: Trina Solar

February 3, 2014
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Within five years, the average cost of solar PV will fall to around 6c/kWh – putting it on par with coal and gas fired generators in many countries, and making it cheaper to build a solar plant than a fossil fuel generator just about everywhere. The cost prediction is made by Chinese manufacturing giant Trina […]

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Rooftop solar already less expensive than grid power–even in Europe

January 29, 2014
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A report from the biggest solar research centre in Europe suggests that rooftop solar PV is clearly cheaper than electricity sourced from the grid – even in northern European countries such as Germany – and could be cheaper on the wholesale market by 2030. The report from Fraunhofer ISE (Institute for Solar Energy Systems) based […]

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Solar Choice pricing data to be included in CEC’s 2014 business & industry solar PV guide

January 24, 2014
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The Clean Energy Council (CEC) has approached Solar Choice for fresh pricing data to be included in the newest edition of the organisation’s Guide to Installing Solar PV for Business & Industry (PDF). As it did last year, the document will include indicative pricing ranges for 10 kilowatt (kW), 30kW, 50kW and 100kW solar systems. Recommend on […]

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Utilities & generators pushing for weaker small-scale Renewable Energy Target

January 24, 2014
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The rooftop solar PV industry in Australia is likely to see some or all of its tariff support and other incentives removed because of pressure on the government from leading utilities and generators. The new conservative government in Australia is about to launch the details of the terms of reference for a new review into […]

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Australian solar industry installed over 1GW, employed 11,000 in 2012: APVA

July 18, 2013
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Australia’s solar industry had a sterling year in 2012, during which nearly half the nation’s cumulative solar panel capacity (currently about 2.6 gigawatts) was installed, according to the Australian Photovoltaic Association (APVA). The report, PV in Australia 2012, also reveals that the country’s solar sector employed about 11,000 people (mainly in installation & maintenance), and reaffirms that […]

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Solar PV Price Index–July 2013

July 4, 2013
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The Solar PV Price Index for July 2013 shows average solar installation prices dropping in the ACT across all system sizes. Prices have also fallen across the board for Melbourne, albeit not as sharply as in Canberra. In most other cities and among most system sizes greater than 1.5kW, prices have either declined or remain […]

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Solar panel cost to fall from $0.50 per watt to $0.36/W by 2017: GTM research

June 25, 2013
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Solar panel prices could fall in price from current rates of about 50c per watt to 36c/W by 2017, according to a report (“PV Technology and Cost Outlook: 2013-2017“) from GTM Research. Solar panels (or modules) are the most expensive component of a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation, and reductions in the cost of their production […]

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Compare solar power deals in Queanbeyan, NSW

June 19, 2013
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Queanbeyan, NSW, just outside of Canberra, is a great place to install a solar power system. This article is an overview of the benefits and options of solar power in Queanbeyan, NSW, as well as how Solar Choice can help both residential customers and commercial clients find the best deal on a solar system there. […]

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Solar panels for apartment buildings: Options and benefits

June 19, 2013
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Solar panels are becoming an increasingly popular way for businesses to save money on power bills across Australia. Many of the same benefits may apply to apartment blocks in Australia, and strata title management companies & body corporates may consider solar panels as an investment option. This article is an overview of how solar power could potentially […]

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Solar panel installations in WA: Numbers steady, even without subsidies

May 15, 2013
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If installation numbers are anything to go by, solar panels are still proving to be a worthwhile investment in Western Australia. The state continues to see a steady stream of solar PV systems go up onto rooftops even well after the generous feed-in tariff subsidies once on offer there were closed to new applicants at the […]

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Australia hits 1 million solar homes

April 18, 2013
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The number of Australian homes that have installed a solar photovoltaic (PV) system surpassed the 1 million mark in March, according to the Clean Energy Regulator. This milestone, while not a specific target of any sort, is indicative of the impressive growth that the solar industry has seen over the past few years. Recommend on […]

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South Australia’s solar panel success story

March 13, 2013
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South Australia is Australia’s renewable energy leader in terms of per-capita power generation. Although wind power, accounting for over 20% of the state’s power generation, has clearly had the biggest impact on the electricity market there, rooftop solar panels are also making their mark. Solar panels help South Australian homes and businesses save money on […]

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Electricity generation by distributed renewable projects to triple by 2017

August 27, 2012
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Global installations of renewable distributed electricity generation, including solar photovoltaics (PV), small-scale wind, and stationary fuel cells, are set to triple in the next 5 years, reports Pike Research. The news comes on the heels of confirmation that Australia was the world leader in rooftop solar PV installations for 2011, bringing the nation’s cumulative installed capacity to over 1.7 gigawatts (GW). Recommend on Facebook Share […]

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Australia was the world’s residential solar PV leader in 2011

August 22, 2012
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Australia led the world in residential rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) installations for the year 2011, according to data from Australia’s own Clean Energy Regulator and the International Energy Agency (IEA). The news comes as a surprise even to those who have witnessed the amazingly fast-paced growth of the solar PV industry here: despite Australia’s comparatively […]

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Cheapest electricity will come from renewables in 2030: BREE Report

August 1, 2012
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The Federal Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE) has released its Australian Energy Technology Assessment (AETA) report (pdf). The report examines the current and future expected costs of 40 electricity generation technologies, including renewables, looking at each technology’s ‘levelised cost of energy’ (LCOE) in order to accurately compare prices across technologies and over time. Recommend […]

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The benefits of solar power to the electricity grid

February 1, 2012
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A future where Australia’s power needs are met by renewable energy sources will demand substantial alterations to the way that electricity is generated and distributed. This point was recently highlighted in an editorial in the Sydney Morning Herald by Matthew Wright, executive director of Melbourne-based thinktank Beyond Zero Emissions, who described how rooftop solar power […]

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