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Reduce vs. produce: When to invest in solar and when to invest in energy efficiency projects

December 7, 2017
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If you’re interested in saving money on your electric bill, there are two popular ways to do it. One way is to invest in a solar energy system. The other way is to reduce your energy consumption by making upgrades. Comparing solar vs. energy efficiency at a high level Investing in solar energy tends to […]

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Shiftable energy loads: What can you move into the ‘solar window’? (Solartopia #5)

September 21, 2017
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We here at Solar Choice harp on a lot about solar self-consumption – the idea that you need to put your solar energy to direct use within your home to maximise its value. Let’s take a look at what types of energy consumption can actually be ‘shifted around’ to other times of day – versus […]

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Can you go off-grid with solar and energy storage?

July 20, 2016

These days, almost everyone considering solar and battery storage is wondering if it’s possible to disconnect from the grid altogether; ‘going off-grid’ seems to be all the rage. Just how feasible is it for the average household to go off grid – and is it really worth it? How easy is it to go off-grid with […]

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What is the annual cost of running your air conditioner? Oil heater? SESM can give you a good idea

April 5, 2016
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Have you ever thought about how much energy your AC unit or oil heater will use over the course of a year – or how much this energy will cost you? While sticker prices are the first (and sometimes only) thing that shoppers look at, the savvy electricity user will think about long-term savings in the form of […]

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carbonTRACK: Aussie-based startup delivers smarter solar, storage & energy use

November 30, 2015
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carbonTRACK is an Australian company whose energy management platform promises to deliver up to 30% savings on electricity bills for solar-powered homes and 10% in businesses, not only by maximising their solar energy self-consumption, but also by ensuring that the home’s appliances (and batteries) are utilised in the most intelligent, efficient way possible. How do […]

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South Australian government seeking expressions of interest for ‘low carbon’ technologies

November 13, 2015
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South Australia’s government has announced that it is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from providers of innovative low-carbon technologies to inform a potential future tender process for the supply of electricity to government sites. The process could potentially lead to the state adopting some of the most cutting-edge energy technologies in the country. The South Australian […]

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Proposed changes to SA retail tariffs could have dire implications for rooftop solar uptake

October 30, 2015
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The uptake of rooftop solar in South Australia could be halved over the next five years if a change in the state’s electricity tariffs proposed by SA Power Networks is adopted. SAPN is proposing a new form of billing known as “demand tariffs” which it concedes would cut the uptake of new rooftop solar systems, but […]

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Report says world must install 53GW of PV per year until 2020 to stop climate change

August 18, 2015
Citi Research solar PV

The world will need to install solar PV at an average rate of 53GW a year from 2013-2020 as it transforms its energy mix to prevent dangerous climate change, a new report has predicted. The report from global investment bank Citigroup, Why a Low Carbon Future Doesn’t Have to Cost the Earth, compares the economics of […]

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What do homes need to know to take advantage of solar-plus-storage? CSIRO study

July 30, 2015
Cost-reflective electricity pricing: CSIRO

A new report by the CSIRO has flagged the importance of engaging consumers in the transformation of Australia’s electricity market – a shift to distributed energy that is largely being wrought by the unstoppable uptake of solar and storage. The global shift to decentralised and renewables heavy energy systems is likely to see a big […]

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Two produce companies first to benefit as CEFC & Comm Bank team up to finance commercial solar

February 2, 2015
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A $100 million financing facility established by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Commonwealth Bank has helped two major Victorian produce suppliers install 100KW of solar PV each, cutting their power costs by up to 25 per cent. Wangaratta-based Nu Fruit, which accessed $220,000 via the joint venture Energy Efficiency Loan (EEL) program, has […]

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Rooftop solar and energy efficiency accounted for nearly 90% of national electricity demand reduction in 2014

January 22, 2015
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Gone are the days where the conventional, fossil fuel driven electricity industry were thought to be unstoppable. Green Energy Markets annual review of the National Electricity Market states that solar and energy efficiency resulted in 89 per cent of the reduction in demand from the national grid in 2014. In fact, grid demand has been […]

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German utility giant E.ON splits in two in order to focus on renewables

December 4, 2014
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Europe’s largest power utility has announced plans to dump conventional, fossil fuel energy generation and focus instead on renewables and customer-led distributed generation solutions. In what has been described as a watershed moment for renewables, Germany’s E.ON will essentially spilt into two listed companies, with the new E.ON to focus exclusively on renewable energy, energy […]

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Report shows path for Victoria to generate jobs, revenue through clean energy-friendly policy

October 23, 2014
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Victoria could save tens of millions of dollars and generate hundreds of jobs by tweaking current policy settings on small-scale solar and energy efficiency, a new report has found. The report, issued on Wednesday by the Clean Energy Council, highlights how easy it would be for the Victorian state government save costs, boost jobs – and provide […]

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Solar panels & energy storage: What to consider

August 20, 2014
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Energy storage is an option whose appeal is growing globally–and Australia is no exception. But energy storage is seldom considered as an option in isolate: the vast majority of those homes and businesses looking into an energy storage system are thinking of the bigger issues of electricity bill savings and or energy independence–both things that […]

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NSW to become a leader in medium-scale solar PV under new state policies

July 25, 2014
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The NSW government has unveiled a new policy that could help “transform mid-scale solar” energy in Australia. The state’s environment minister, Rob Stokes, said the new resource efficiency policy would require all NSW government agencies to conduct a property audit, their electricity usage and the potential for solar PV installation. The sites required to do […]

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NSW government proclaims support for renewables & the RET, breaking ranks with fellow Lib-Nats

July 23, 2014
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Breaking ranks with the their fellow Lib-Nat party members on the federal level, the NSW government has declared its aim of ensuring that NSW is fertile territory for renewable energy investment. NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes stated that the state could be “Australia’s answer to California” at the Clean Energy Week conference currently underway in […]

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Rooftop PV has added benefit of passive cooling: UCSD study

June 27, 2014
Rooftop solar panels cooling properties

A study by the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has concluded that PV modules keep buildings significantly cooler in summer through passive solar cooling. The UCSD researchers concluded that rooftops with PV installed kept buildings up to 5 °C cooler during the day than areas without. For their case study at the Jacobs School […]

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How to get the most out of your solar PV system part 1: System sizing & power usage

June 13, 2014
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Anyone who has done some investigation into having solar panels installed in Australia should by now understand that the whole endeavour only makes economic sense if the home in question ‘self-consumes’ as much of that solar power as possible. Solar feed-in tariff incentives having dried up in every state, the business case for going solar is […]

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EnergyAustralia: Rooftop solar to blame for falling wholesale electricity costs & demand

March 3, 2014
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The explosion of rooftop solar PV has caused grief to another major incumbent utility in Australia, with EnergyAustralia, one of the big three utilities in the country, blaming it for contributing to falling demand and plunging wholesale electricity costs. EnergyAustralia has reported a sharp slump in earnings for the last year – just $18 million […]

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Origin Energy reports fall in energy earnings, citing solar PV, warm winter & energy efficient homes as main causes

February 21, 2014
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The growing impact of solar PV on incumbent utilities has again been highlighted, this time in the results of Australia’s biggest “gentailer” Origin Energy. The company revealed in its half year report that earnings from its core energy markets business had fallen by the significant amount of 23 per cent – due to the combined […]

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Solar Selections brokers installation of solar power systems for UK’s largest bakery chain

January 15, 2014
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The largest chain of bakeries in the UK has installed the equivalent of 1.28 megawatts (MW) of solar PV capacity on the roofs of 10 of its locations with the assistance of Solar Choice’s UK branch, Solar Selections, who acted as tender manager for the project. The installations make use of Italian Power-One Aurora inverters and Chinese Trina solar […]

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How about a home energy efficiency audit (to complement your solar)? Introduction to Big Switch at Home

November 10, 2013
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The rising cost of electricity across Australia has driven many households to seek refuge in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Solar PV systems, now cheaper than they’ve ever been, allow homes & businesses to generate & consume a portion of their electricity for themselves–at rates lower than what they pay for electricity from their utility. Some […]

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South Australia’s solar feed-in tariff closed: What’s next for 2013, 2014 and beyond?

November 8, 2013
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South Australia’s transitional feed-in tariff incentive for solar power closed to new applicants on 30 September 2013. Many of those who are considering going solar but have not yet made the move are probably wondering if solar panels are still worth the investment in SA. This article takes a look at how the solar state of […]

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Smart Grid, Smart City – helping residents with their energy bills in NSW

September 22, 2012
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The NSW Government has funded a new energy efficiency project, ‘Smart Grid, Smart City’. The project aims to change the energy behaviour of Australians, helping them to take control of their energy use and save money on their energy bills. The project itself will be run by AusGrid and Energy Australia, who put together the winning tender for […]

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