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Melbourne solar panels: Compare system prices and installers

May 29, 2017
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Are solar panels still worth the investment in Melbourne? It would seem so: Tens of thousands of Victorian households have installed solar PV systems in the last few years alone, with 10-15% of homes in the Melbourne area now meeting at least part of their energy needs with the sun. This article takes a look at […]

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Find the best solar power deals in Perth, WA

April 19, 2017
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Perth, WA is one of the best places in the country to install a solar power system. Like most of Australia, in Perth retail electricity rates are rising, and solar installation prices have fallen significantly over the past few years, thanks in part to the financial subsidies available through the federal government. How much does a […]

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Solar power in Brisbane: Compare installers & prices

March 6, 2017
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Over 30% of the homes in the Brisbane area have solar panels on their roofs – one of the highest rates of any of Australia’s capital cities. Why have Brisbane residents taken such a shine to solar power? This article take a look and the benefits of going solar for households in Brisbane. Recommend on […]

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Solar power in Hobart, Tasmania: Compare prices & installers

September 20, 2016
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Solar power system prices have fallen significantly in recent years in Tasmania, as well as throughout Australia and the rest of the world. It is for this reason that installing a solar power system in Hobart (not to menion the rest of Tasmania) is a good investment for the right homes & businesses. This article […]

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Find the best solar power deals in Canberra, ACT

September 19, 2016
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Canberra, ACT is a great place to go solar in Australia, thanks primarily to the ever-improving economics of solar panel installations. This article takes a look at the some of the key considerations for going solar in Canberra, including system pricing, energy yields and incentives available to system owners. The benefits of solar power in Canberra, […]

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Battery storage for solar in Western Australia

January 20, 2016
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Around 20% of the homes in Western Australia have solar panels installed on their roofs, according to the APVI. This makes WA the Australian state with the 3rd highest concentration of residential solar in the country, after Queensland and South Australia (about 30% each). Many of these households are likely to be considering installing a […]

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Compare deals on solar power for the Gold Coast, QLD

January 10, 2016
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About 30% of the homes in the Gold Coast, Queensland area have solar panels on their roofs. There are many good reasons why so many Gold Coast homes have gone solar, including an abundance of sunshine, low solar PV system prices, and substantial federal government solar incentives. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about […]

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Find the best solar power system deals in Launceston, Tasmania

December 1, 2015
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Solar power system prices have fallen significantly in recent years in Tasmania, as well as throughout Australia and the rest of the world. It is for this reason that installing a solar power system in Launceston is often a good investment for the right homes & businesses. This article is an overview of what you […]

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Diamond Energy: Australia’s solar power-friendly electricity retailer

November 19, 2015
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Diamond Energy is an electricity retailer with extensive experience servicing customers who have solar panels or are thinking about going solar. The company has helped thousands of customers in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and South Australia smoothly transition to solar, keeping them updated along the way and providing competitive electricity rates and feed-in tariffs long after […]

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Germany introduces new incentive program for ground-mounted solar farms

March 2, 2015
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Germany’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) has announced its first-ever tender process for ground-mounted photovoltaic systems. The pilot tenders, which were approved late last month through an executive order by Angela Merkel’s cabinet, are designed to act as a test for auctions for other renewable energy technologies until 2017. The tenders mark the beginning of a […]

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QLD’s new ‘unfair’, market rate solar feed-in tariff could mean customers go off-grid

March 7, 2014
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Some 40,000 Queensland solar households will soon be at the mercy of their electricity retailer after the state government confirmed it would axe the state’s 8c/kWh feed-in tariff at the end of June. The widely expected change to the Solar Bonus Scheme means the state’s electricity retailers will, from July 1, assume responsibility for setting […]

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Queensland 8c/kWh solar feed-in tariff will be cut (as scheduled) from July, 44c/kWh rate safe

March 6, 2014
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The Queensland government will remove the 8c/kWh solar feed-in tariff rate guaranteed to solar system owners who signed up after the state’s 44c/kWh was closed to new applicants. Solar households receiving the 44c/kWh feed-in tariff rate will be unaffected by the change, but those receiving the 8c/kWh rate will need to shop around for an […]

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Victorian Feed-in Tariff open to low-emissions technology applicants

February 10, 2014
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Anyone interested in installing small and medium sized commercial solar systems in Victoria should take note that the Victorian Government introduced a new minimum feed-in tariff rate in 2013 based on the wholesale cost of electricity, adjusted for avoided transmission and distribution losses. All Victorian electricity retailers with more than 5,000 customers must offer a […]

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Solar Choice develops & brokers installation of solar panels for 6 ACT McDonald’s restaurants

January 10, 2014
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Rooftop solar power systems are now generating electricity for 6 McDonald’s restaurants in the ACT. The installations, whose tenders were exclusively developed and managed by Solar Choice Commercial, will save each restaurant thousands of dollars per year on electricity bills via the ACT’s medium-scale 30.18c per kilowatt-hour (kWh) gross solar feed-in tariff, which is now closed to […]

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Reminder: Deadline for Queensland 44c feed-in tariff is 30 June

June 7, 2013
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Thousands of Queensland homes applied to be eligible for the state’s 44c/kWh Solar Bonus feed-in tariff scheme before it closed to new applicants on 9 July 2012. The scheme, which rewards those who export their solar power to the electricity grid to the tune of 44c per unit (or kilowatt-hour, kWh), is one of the […]

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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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Japan will install the world’s largest battery bank to store solar energy

April 25, 2013
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Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) has announced that it will build the world’s largest battery at an electrical substation in the country’s northernmost island of Hokkaido. The battery will have a storage capacity of 60 megawatt-hours (mWh), or 60,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), almost double that of the former record-holder: a 36MWh battery in […]

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Queensland’s solar feed-in tariff changes highlight the popularity of solar PV

March 27, 2013
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The Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) has released its final report concerning the future of the state’s Solar Bonus feed-in tariff incentive scheme. Although the QCA’s new feed-in tariff rate recommendations–at less than 8c per kilowatt-hour (kWh)–are only a fraction of the 44c/(kWh) rate to be received by those who made the application deadline, there is […]

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South Australia Transitional Feed-in Tariff reminder: Apply by 30 Sept 2013

March 16, 2013
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The deadline for South Australia residents to secure the state’s 16c per kilowatt-hour (kWh) solar feed-in tariff rate is 30 September 2013, leaving a window of about 6 months remaining to apply for the scheme. SA’s transitional feed-in tariff is the most generous incentive of its kind in Australia that is still open to new […]

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A gross Solar Feed-in Tariff for Queensland?

September 20, 2012
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Although a gross metering setup for small-scale solar, suggested as a possible alternative to the current set up, has resulted in uncertainty and concern in solar industry, solar PV still offers substantial benefits to consumers who install as system before a final decision is made in March next year. The change was suggested by the […]

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New Victoria Feed in tariff – a fair price?

September 5, 2012
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On Monday 3 September 2012 the Victorian Government announced the end of its previous 25¢ per kwh feed-in tariff. This move brings Victoria in line with state level solar PV incentives across Australia, but with the new rate set at 8¢ per kwh–below current market value–is the government doing a diservice to everyday Victorians trying […]

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NSW Solar Feed-in Tariff rates temporarily removed from MyEnergyOffers website

August 13, 2012
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Solar Feed-in Tariff rates have been removed from MyEnergyOffers, the website associated with NSW’s Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), which sets retail electricity prices for the state. The MyEnergyOffers website is a free website that allows NSW residents to easily and instantly compare different retailers’ electricity rates by entering electricity usage data. A call […]

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China increases solar PV installation targets: 21GW by 2015

July 17, 2012
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A June 2012 report by GTM research highlighted the massive glut of solar panel supply that currently exists globally, predicting that at current demand levels, the oversupply will continue until 2015. The supply glut will likely be absorbed, however, by the Chinese market after the Chinese government’s  announcement that it will raise its 2015 solar PV […]

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Get solar quotes for Sydney, NSW

July 12, 2012
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Sydney is the largest city in Australia and a great place to install a solar PV system, provided you are prudent in your selection of installer and smart about how and when you use solar power. The best place to start for those considering going solar is a thorough comparison of solar quotes from Sydney, NSW […]

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Changes to Solar Feed-in Tariff rates for Energy Australia customers

July 12, 2012
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Energy Australia has changed the rates it offers to customers with a grid-connected solar PV system. On an up-note, the change means that newly installed solar systems will receive a rate of 7.7c per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for solar power exported to the grid–up 1.7c from 6c. However, another change introduced simultaneously means that Solar Bonus […]

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South Australia Solar Feed-in Tariff increase: 25.8c/kWh from 1 July 2012

July 12, 2012
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    The minimum retailer payment portion of South Australia’s Solar Feed-in Tariff was increased from 7.1c per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to 9.8c/kWh on 1 July 2012. The minimum retailer payment is combined with the ‘base’ component of South Australia’s Transitional Solar Feed-in Tariff, which provides 16c for every kWh of solar power exported to the […]

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Queensland Solar Bonus Scheme: Rate is now 8c/kWh for new applicants

July 10, 2012
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The Queensland Solar Bonus Feed-in Tariff scheme rate has dropped from 44c per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to 8c/kWh as of 12:00am 10 July 2012. In order to receive the 44c/kWh rate, customers would have had to lodge completed applications by this time. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a […]

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Solar Power in Victoria: Benefits and options

July 9, 2012
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Update 3 Sept 2012: The Victorian government has announced that systems must be installed and all paperwork submitted by 30 September 2012 in order to secure eligibility for the Transitional or Standard Feed-in Tariffs. Once secured, rates will remain in place until 31 December 2016. Read more. Thanks to the falling price of solar PV systems, the rising […]

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The economics of going solar after the Queensland Solar Bonus Feed-in Tariff scheme reduction

July 6, 2012
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Applications for the Queensland Solar Bonus Feed-in Tariff scheme’s 44c/kWh rate are flooding in, with electricity distributor Energex handling over 1000 forms per day since the announcement of impending reductions to the scheme. At the moment, the focus remains on meeting the Monday 9 July midnight deadline, but the fact is that life will go […]

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Looking for solar power in Coffs Harbour, NSW?

July 4, 2012
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Coffs Harbour, on the north coast of NSW, is a good place to install a solar PV system, even after the collapse of the state’s Solar Bonus Feed-in Tariff scheme. The cost of installing a solar power system has never been lower, and there are up-front financial incentives available through the Federal Solar Credits rebate scheme, so purchasing […]

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Find the best deals on solar power in Gladstone, Qld

July 2, 2012
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Solar power is a smart investment in Gladstone, Queensland. Queensland residents who install an eligible solar PV systems are currently eligible for the most generous Solar Feed-in Tariff in Australia, at 44c for every kilowatt-hour of solar power exported to the electricity grid. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a […]

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