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Which electricity retailer is giving the best solar feed-in tariff?

June 27, 2017
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Feed-in tariffs in Australia: How they’ve changed Solar feed-in tariffs are arrangements where a solar system owner is paid for the solar energy that they send into the grid. At one point in time, feed-in tariffs were mandatory in every state in Australia, and the rates they offered were quite generous. Much has changed, however, since we […]

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Solar power in Sydney, NSW: Compare prices & installers

April 11, 2017
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Sydney is a great place for solar power, and roughly 10-15% of Sydney area homes have solar panels installed on their roofs. This article is 5-point guide to everything you need to know if you’re considering solar power for your Sydney home – including how Solar Choice can help you compare quotes. 5 good reasons to go solar […]

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Solar solution for apartment owners

April 15, 2014
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Australia has one of the highest per capita and rooftop penetration rates of solar power in the world.  Our position at the top of the rankings is largely because we have historically had strong support programs and more recently, dramatic increases in electricity rates which make solar a fantastic financial proposition. However, so far the […]

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Solar Choice PV Price Index – March 2013

March 4, 2013
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Previous Solar Choice Photovoltaic (PV) Price Indexes for 2013 reveal an industry in transition. Solar PV Prices in January were significantly more expensive than in December 2012, as a result of the early closure of the Solar Credit Scheme on 1 January 2013. The updated installer prices for February show an attempt to continue the downward price trend that […]

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Is it time for solar incentives to go?

September 10, 2012
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In the wake of the announcement last Monday, 3 September 2012, that the Victoria feed-in tariff was to be slashed from 25¢ per KWh to 8¢ per KWh many questions have been asked about the future of solar incentives. The debate was further stimulated by US President, Barack Obama, when he promised to continue investing […]

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Little to no increase in solar system prices since Federal Solar Credits rebate drop

July 12, 2012
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There has been little solar system price increase in solar PV system prices since the Federal Solar Credits REC multiplier fell from 3x to 2x, according to analysis by Warwick Johnston of Sunwiz, based on data from Solar Choice. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend Related […]

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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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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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Solar power sees major growth across Australia in 2010-2011

December 13, 2011
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Australia’s installed solar power capacity has grown 35 times what it was in 2008, according to a report (pdf) recently released by the Clean Energy Council of Australia. The report covers the growth of renewable energy generation across Australia (currently standing at 9.64% of all generation) in the 2010-2011 financial year. The approximately 1 million solar […]

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Australia to see 37% average rise in electricity prices by 2014

December 12, 2011
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The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has released a comprehensive review of the future of electricity prices across Australia. This report lends substance to speculation about the topic of energy prices the media. Factoring in the Federal government’s recently introduced Carbon Price (set to take effect from April 2012), the average price of retail electricity […]

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The future of the Queensland Solar Feed-in Tariff

October 21, 2011
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Update 25 June 2012: The Queensland Solar Bonus Feed-in Tariff scheme will be reduced from 44c/kWh to 8c/kWh. Applications to connect to the grid must be submitted by midnight 9 July 2012. Update 26 March 2012: The Queensland Solar Bonus Feed-in Tariff is “safe” after the Labour party lost the State election in a landslide. The possible […]

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Changes to South Australia Solar Power Feed-in Tariff Legislation

September 23, 2011
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Some of the information below may be out of date. For the most up-to-date information on the state of South Australia Solar Feed-in Tariff incentives, see the South Australia Solar Feed-in Tariff page, or read about Commercial Solar Power in SA. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a […]

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Is Solar Power right for you in NSW?

August 9, 2011

If you believe everything you read in the press, you’d think that solar power in NSW was dead and buried. There is reduced upfront federal assistance (RECs, STCs) for homeowners to buy solar systems and a reduced solar feed-in tariff from the sudden conclusion of the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme. Others have an optimistic outlook. They’d have you […]

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ACT Solar Feed in Tariff Reopened to Small-scale systems

July 4, 2011
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Australian Capital Territory households and small businesses have been given another chance to tap into the territory government’s ACT Solar Feed-in Tariff scheme. The ACT small-scale (‘micro-generator’) Feed-in Tariff scheme, for systems 30kW or smaller, closed at the beginning of June 2011 after it hit its 15-megawatt cap.  However, small-scale systems will now be eligible for a 30.16c/kWh Feed-in […]

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WA 44c/kWh Feed-in Tariff scheme application deadline closes

July 1, 2011
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(Information in this article may be out of date. Please check our WA archive page, or our Solar Feed-in Tariff overview page for up-to-date information.) –Update 22 August 2011: the WA solar feed-in tariff scheme has closed.  Applications will no longer be accepted for the WA 44c/kWh solar feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme. However, new applicants will be eligible for […]

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SA feed in tariff changes: Results from parliamentary debate

June 24, 2011
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South Australia now offers a rate of 23c/kWh for solar energy exported to the grid. For the most up-to-date information on South Australia Solar Feed-in Tariff incentive rates, see the state-by-state Solar Feed-in Tariffs page.  You can also read articles about solar power policy and the economics of owning a solar PV system in SA […]

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Solar Flagship Program Winners: Moree Solar Farm, Chinchilla CSP plant

June 22, 2011
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The Federal Government has announced the recipients for funding from Round 1 of the Solar Flagships Program. Moree Solar Farm in NSW’s Central Tablelands is a 150MW photovoltaic installation, and the Solar Dawn consortium is planning to build a 250MW hybrid gas/concentrating solar power plant in Chinchilla, Queensland. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet […]

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SA Feed-in Tariff: Rumours about sudden changes

June 21, 2011
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SA solar customers must have received approval to connect to the grid by 30 September in order to take advantage of South Australia’s 44c/kWh feed-in tariff. (Get a free solar quote comparison of the installers who operate in your area of SA.) Click here for the most up-to-date info on the SA feed-in tariff. Recommend on Facebook Share on […]

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Save Solar Power: National Industry Summit to be held in Sydney

June 14, 2011
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The NSW solar power industry welcomed last week’s news that Premier Barry O’Farrell will not pursue legislation to retroactively cut the state’s 60c feed-in tariff under the now defunct NSW Solar Bonus Scheme. Despite this good news, there is still concern about the industry’s future, with several key solar incentive mechanisms being reduced: the federal REC (STC) multiplier […]

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Some good news: Government drops retroactive solar NSW Solar Bonus Scheme reduction plans!

June 7, 2011
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Unable to secure the votes required in the Upper House of Parliament, Premier Barry O’Farrell has abandoned plans to retroactively cut the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme 60c/kWh solar feed in tariff currently paid to over 100,000 NSW residents who signed up for the previous government’s Solar Bonus scheme. The government has also said that the […]

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ACT feed-in tariff hits 15MW cap, scheme closed

June 1, 2011
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The ACT government has announced that the micro-generator ACT feed-in tariff (45.7c/kWh) scheme has reached or exceeded its 15MW cap and is closed to new applications as of midnight 31 May 2011. This development does not come as a surprise; the FiT scheme has been in effect since March 2009. According to a media release from Minister for […]

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Victoria Feed-in Tariff: Things to know

May 31, 2011
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Update 8 Dec 2011: The Victoria Premium Feed-in Tariff has been replaced with a Transitional Feed-in Tariff Scheme. Update on Victoria Solar Feed-in Tariff, 1 September 2011: Deadline to have systems installed for the 60c/kWh rate is 30 September 2011. Update on Victoria Premium Solar Feed-in Tariff, 10 August 2011: The scheme is close to capacity. […]

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More Solar Power Industry responses to proposed NSW Solar Bonus Scheme changes

May 25, 2011
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In a different perspective on the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme debacle, Clean Energy Council Chief Executive officer Matthew Warren showed some sympathy for the O’Farrell Government’s unenviable position of having inherited a ˜diabolical’ policy problem with no quick fixes. Customers receiving the 60c/kWh feed-in tariff on the old agreement stand to have their rates cut to […]

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NSW 60c FiT recipients: a portal to vent your discontent

May 23, 2011
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Many Solar Choice customers who installed a solar energy installation in NSW on the 60c tariff are likely to be concerned by the NSW Govt’s attempt to retrospectively slash the feed-in rate from 60c per kWh to 40c. With 110,000 NSW households having invested in good faith under the scheme, this move gives new meaning […]

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Solar power and renewables vs coal: Government subsidisation

May 16, 2011
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With the recent furore over the NSW government’s decision to retroactively reduce the 60c/kWh solar power feed-in tariff, the issue of government subsidisation of energy resources has been brought to the fore. The Liberal government asserts that the Solar Bonus scheme in its current form threatens to cost $1.9B if continued in its current form. […]

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Responses to NSW Solar Bonus Scheme Reduction

May 15, 2011
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NSW and Australia’s solar power industry reacted with disappointment to Friday’s announcement from the NSW government that the previous NSW Solar Bonus Scheme60c/kWh Feed-in Tariff would be revoked and replaced with a 40c/kWh tariff as part of the government’s efforts to get the ‘blowout’ incentive scheme under control. The sensibility and the legality of the […]

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SOLAR SHOCK: Government announces retrospective NSW Solar Bonus Scheme Cuts

May 13, 2011

The NSW government has announced a drastic decision that, in addition to closing the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme feed-in tariff, would retrospectively reduce the NSW feed-in tariff for those already contractually signed up for the previous scheme’s 60c/kWh gross tariff rate to a 40c/kWh gross rate, effective 1 July 2011. Those whose applications were submitted […]

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Solar power in the federal budget: outcomes and changes

May 11, 2011
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The budget for the Australian federal government for the next financial year was released this week. This article covers the changes to funding for solar power projects and policies across the nation. Some of the most notable changes: the national Solar Schools program will close on 30 June 2013, and the Solar Flagships budget will […]

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Queensland solar power feed-in tariff: eligibility changes

May 10, 2011
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Update 25 June 2012: The Queensland Solar Bonus Feed-in Tariff scheme will be reduced from 44c/kWh to 8c/kWh. Applications to connect to the grid must be submitted by midnight 9 July 2012. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend Related PostsSA to spend $500 million on Australia’s largest battery […]

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Update: Solar Credits Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) Multiplier to fall to 3x from 5x

May 5, 2011
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The Federal government has announced that the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) Solar Credit multiplier for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems is to be reduced from 5x to 3x on 1 July 2011. The REC multiplier had previously been expected to be reduced to 4x, but citing the overall vitality and strong growth of the solar power […]

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Performance-based RECs

May 1, 2011
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The photovoltaics industry in Australia has recently been subject to two notably destabilising policy issues: on the federal level, falling REC prices, and on the NSW state level, the axing of the Solar Bonus Feed-in Tariff scheme. On the whole, the Australian solar power industry is booming like it never has before, thanks in big […]

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