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Queensland regional solar feed-in tariff now available to systems up to 30kW

September 8, 2017
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In a stroke of very good news for solar power in the Sunshine State, the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) has announced that the solar feed-in tariff available to solar system owners in regional parts of the state will apply for systems up to 30 kilowatts (30kW) in capacity. Until the QCA’s decision, the limit was […]

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Thinking about going off-grid? Keep these points in mind

August 4, 2016
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With the dawn of the age of (nearly) affordable battery storage, more and more Australian homes are considering the possibility of disconnecting from the electricity grid; or the first time, off-grid living looks like it may be feasible virtually anyone – even for urban households. Solar Choice has conducted some desktop analysis into the minimum amount […]

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Ergon publishes 10-point ‘reality check’ list for would-be off-gridders

July 29, 2016
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Queensland utility Ergon energy has decided to address the issue of grid electricity defection by publishing a 10-step guide for consumers considering the idea. Ergon, which doubles as the main network operator and retailer in Queensland and services regional and sometimes remote areas, is likely to be at the forefront of the move to quit […]

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Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition 2016 roundup

June 6, 2016
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The Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition 2016 was held in the Australian Technology Park in Sydney last week. In addition to being a networking and knowledge-sharing opportunity, the event provided a snapshot into Australia’s evolving energy storage industry. Here we’ve summed up the main themes that kept popping up and the key points that we took […]

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Solar Choice brokers second 100kW solar system for Doug Hall Poultry

May 5, 2016
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Solar Choice Commercial has brokered a second 100kW solar PV system for Doug Hall Poultry – this time at the company’s Ellerslie location. The first 100kW system, for Doug Hall’s Millmerran location, was completed about midway through 2015. With multiple locations along Queensland’s regional Ergon network, electricity bills are a substantial part of Doug Hall’s operating costs. […]

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Rooftop solar soon to be Queensland’s largest generator

February 24, 2016
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Rooftop solar on Queensland homes and businesses could soon become the state’s biggest power generator, according to energy minister Mark Bailey. “Rooftop solar is already the second largest power station in this state – and soon it will be effectively the largest power station in Queensland,” Bailey told the Queensland Energy Storage Conference in Brisbane. […]

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Queensland government will not retroactively cut solar feed-in tariff payments

February 8, 2016
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A proposal to make retrospective cuts to Queensland’s Solar Bonus Scheme has been ruled out by the state government, immediately after it was recommended in a report into driving down electricity prices. The Queensland Productivity Commission’s Electricity Pricing Inquiry Draft Report, released last Wednesday, made 54 recommendations to government, including a review of its 50 […]

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Adani Group could develop large-scale solar project in QLD

October 27, 2015

The Indian company behind plans to develop a mega-coal mining project in Queensland’s Galilee Basin could also have plans to build a large-scale solar plant in the heart of the state’s coal region, the Bowen Basin. RenewEconomy reported that executives from Adani Group have been meeting with landowners in the Isaac Regional Council to find out […]

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QLD government aims to turn Sunshine State into Solar State

September 14, 2015
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Queensland’s state Labor government says it has increased the capacity of its large scale solar auction to 60MW from 40MW as it seeks to accelerate the transition from the “sunshine state” to the “solar state.” The Palaszczuk government announced its plans to hold a reverse auction – following the success of these auctions in the […]

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QLD government to give boost to rooftop & large-scale solar

September 3, 2015
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The Queensland Labor government has pledged to help the Sunshine State live up to its name, by boosting development of large-scale solar projects and encouraging the uptake of rooftop solar. Speaking at a budget estimates hearing on Friday, Queensland energy minister Mark Bailey said his government was determined to grow both the small and large-scale renewable […]

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Queensland’s Ergon announces tenders for 200MW of large-scale solar

July 20, 2015
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Queensland network operator Ergon Energy is set to tender for up to 200MW of large-scale solar capacity, as well as to accelerate its push into battery storage and electric vehicles as part of its plans to transform the country’s biggest grid. The move by the regional network operator is the biggest tender for large-scale solar […]

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Queensland’s Ergon decreases solar system size thresholds for network assessments

June 26, 2015

Queensland regional utility Ergon Energy has imposed a 3.5kW threshold on rooftop solar systems, making it more difficult and potentially more costly for households and businesses to install rooftop solar. The new limit – down from 5kW previously – is the level at which Ergon will demand a “network assessment”, and it could include limits on how much, […]

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Three potential sites identified for ground-breaking SA energy storage project

June 9, 2015
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Plans for Australia’s first large-scale, non-hydro energy storage project have progressed this week, with the identification of three potential sites in South Australia, and the submission of more than 40 different proposals. The project – known as Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration South Australia (ESCRI-SA) – is a ground breaking project for Australia because […]

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Solar feed-in tariff for regional Queensland reduced further under latest QCA review

June 2, 2015
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Queensland’s regional solar households are set to be paid even less for the energy they export to the grid, after the the state’s pricing regulator announced a further cut to the state feed-in tariff. The Queensland Competition Authority announced on Monday that the FiT for solar customers in regional areas of the state covered by […]

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Labor’s landslide in Queensland election could spell sunny future for solar

February 3, 2015

Campbell Newman’s loss in the Queensland state election on the weekend could be solar’s gain, as attention turns to the Labor party’s renewable energy policy. Queensland’s Labor Party unveiled its solar and energy policy just a week before the election, but not a lot of attention was given to it. Now, with Labor set to win […]

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Queensland’s Energex suggests buyout of 44¢/kWh feed-in tariff recipients as alternative to network upgrades

November 14, 2014
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A Queensland network operator has raised the prospect of buying back the high feed-in-tariffs locked by tens of thousands of rooftop solar households in the state in until 2028, so that it can avoid costly network upgrades. Ergon Energy CEO Ian McLeod revealed that his company was considering the scheme during an event held in […]

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15-20% of Australian solar customers interested in energy storage

July 18, 2014
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Installation rates of battery storage systems in Australian homes could reach around 1,000 a year by the end of 2014, according to new estimates, as solar households look for ways to make the most of the energy they generate. Feedback from solar installers suggests that between 15 and 20 per cent of solar customers are […]

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Florida woman evicted for off-grid living, while QLD utilities move to encourage it

June 30, 2014
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A Florida woman was served orders to vacate her own home for not being to connected to water or electricity mains, according to OffTheGridNews. The woman, Ms Robin Speronis, made the decision to live as self-sufficiently as possible off the grid after her husband died, relying on solar panels for her electricity and rain for […]

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New solar connection guidelines for Queensland come into effect from 1 July

June 24, 2014
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From 1 July 2014 Queensland’s two state-owned electricity network companies, Ergon and Energex, will jointly implement new standards for new solar system owners seeking to connect to the grid. The guidelines have been developed as an answer to issues that have arisen as the number of solar PV systems in the state has skyrocketed in […]

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RESA’s VoltLogic gets grid connection approval for most of NSW

May 27, 2014
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Renewable energy technology developer Renewable Energy Solutions Australia (RESA) has received approval for its VoltLogic power management device to connect to the grid in sections of NSW where power export limitations for larger solar systems have been introduced. This means that grid connection applications for solar systems above 5kW per phase will not trigger a […]

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RESA’s VoltLogic attains AS4777 standard certification

February 12, 2014
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Renewable Energy Systems Australia (RESA) has received approval for its VoltLogic to be connected to the grid under the Australian standard for solar system inverters, AS4777. The certification is of course a major milestone for RESA and the VoltLogic, but it is also significant for what it means for grid-connected solar more generally. One of […]

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Magellan Power’s ‘smoothing’ devices for grid-connect solar

November 30, 2013
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When northwestern WA‘s electricity utility Horizon mandated that solar photovoltaic (PV) systems must regulate their power output, one of the first companies with the capacity to offer a viable technological solution to the problem was Magellan Power. The company’s Solar Smoother has enabled solar system installations to continue happening on the Horizon grid, whose relatively […]

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Queensland Solar Bonus Feed-in Tariff scheme: How to proceed to secure the 44c rate

June 26, 2012
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    If you want to ensure your access to the Queensland government’s generous 44c/kWh Solar Bonus Feed-in Tariff before the 9 July 2012 deadline, it is vital that you allow significant time for your selected installer to prepare the necessary paperwork, particularly given the current rush, so we advise that you generate your installation […]

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