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

October 16, 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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Queensland solar panels: Compare installers and system prices

May 12, 2017
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Solar panels remain a popular investment option in Queensland thanks to low solar PV system prices and ample sunshine.  Today, both homes and businesses alike consider going solar as a way to save on energy bills. Instantly compare solar & battery system prices 3 reasons to go solar in Queensland There are essentially 3 reasons for the current level […]

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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, wind & battery storage power plant in QLD gets ARENA funding

October 18, 2016
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A project combining solar PV, wind energy and battery storage, and which could be one of the biggest power stations in Queensland, has received financial backing from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. The Kennedy Energy Park – being built by Australia’s Windlab and Japan’s Eurus Energy near Hughenden in north Queensland – will receive $18 […]

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Solar energy battery storage in Brisbane: Compare installers & prices

October 11, 2016
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Interest in battery storage for solar energy among Brisbane residents has skyrocketed in the last year, with Solar Choice reporting a 90% increase increase in battery-related traffic between 2015 and 2016. What are the benefits of installing batteries for Brisbane residents, and what are the key questions to ask for households considering a home energy […]

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After extended investment drought, Australia poised for large-scale solar farm boom

August 30, 2016
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Australia is poised to experience its biggest ever boom in large-scale solar as a range of international market factors and local policy incentives take hold. A number of factors point to a major investment push to large-scale solar, including the continued fall in solar manufacturing costs, and an expected surplus of manufacturing capacity in coming […]

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Which retailer is offering the best electricity plan for solar customers in Brisbane? (UPDATED – May 2016)

May 12, 2016
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Getting a higher feed-in tariff from your electricity retailer looks great on paper, but it does not necessarily mean that you will save more money on your electricity bills. We’ve taken a look at a spread of retail electricity plans for solar customers in the Brisbane area in order to determine who is actually offering the […]

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What if the QLD government offered battery incentives in the form of a (voluntary) feed-in tariff buyout?

March 24, 2016

There are tens of thousands of Queensland households benefitting from the state’s Solar Bonus Feed-in Tariff Scheme, which offers a generous rate of 44c per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to those who put in applications by 9 July 2012. The Queensland Productivity Commission recently released a report suggesting that the program (which ends in 2028) be brought […]

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Rooftop solar meeting 7.4% of electricity demand in SE Queensland: Energex

March 3, 2016
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Rooftop solar is now accounting for around 7.4 per cent of total electricity demand in Queensland’s south-east corner, including Brisbane and the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. The figure is a mixture of metered output and a “guesstimate” of how much solar is being “self consumed” by solar households. The local network operator Energex estimates […]

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Greens propose plan for encouraging solar on government roofs

February 16, 2016
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The Australian Greens have outlined a plan to cut local government energy bills by fitting council buildings with solar. The new policy announced by the Greens last Monday would allow solar companies to install PV panels on local government council buildings and infrastructure, as well build new solar car parks and shades at community centres. […]

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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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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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Once coal-fired, Brisbane Powerhouse resurrected as 100kW solar power plant

December 22, 2015
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The Brisbane Powerhouse, the city’s former coal-fired plant turned popular hub for Queensland’s bustling theatre and arts scene, has come full circle and is again generating power. This time however the Powerhouse is generating clean, silent and smog-free energy through a 100kW solar array developed and brokered by Solar Choice Commercial. Angus Gemmell, Managing Director of Solar Choice, said […]

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Queensland Labor fights for fair rates for solar homes

December 22, 2015
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The Queensland Labor government’s promise of a better deal for rooftop solar households has met with resistance from its most senior bureaucrat in the department of energy. Paul Simshauser, appointed in July to head the Department of Energy and Water Supply, has published a new paper that attacks the “transfer of wealth” from households without solar […]

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60MW of rooftop solar installed in November – nearly 30% commercial

December 18, 2015
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Households and businesses around Australia have added another 60MW of rooftop solar PV in the month of November, taking the nation’s total for the year to date to 654MW. In its latest report, Green Energy Markets says Queensland is still leading installations, but only just, adding 15.4MW compared to NSW 15.3MW. Victoria, Western Australia and […]

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Bundaberg cane farming family goes off grid to save money

December 18, 2015
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A Queensland cane growing family has decided to install enough solar PV at its Bundaberg farm to quit the grid entirely, in a bid to beat soaring electricity prices. The family is in the process of installing a ground-mounted solar power system that will take its 80 hectare farm completely off the grid of state […]

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Clean Energy Council calls on state & federal governments to remove remove hurdles for renewables

December 14, 2015
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Australia’s clean energy industry has appealed to federal and state environment ministers to remove barriers that threaten to stifle the deployment of renewable energy and the much-vaunted “energy revolution”. These barriers – particularly to the deployment of large-scale renewables and rooftop solar and battery storage – were outlined in a letter written to the ministers […]

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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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Brisbane’s Redflow pitches flow batteries to mining operations

November 13, 2015
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Brisbane-based battery maker Redflow has called on miners to ditch diesel generation in favour of increasingly competitive renewable energy and large-scale energy storage, as part of a campaign targeting Australia’s remote and off-grid resources sector. Redflow CEO Stuart Smith said on Wednesday that embracing renewable energy coupled with batteries like Redflow’s unique zinc bromide flow technology could […]

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Large-scale solar set to boom under programs from ARENA, CEFC, Ergon & QLD government

November 5, 2015
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Interest in large-scale solar projects in Australia looks to be booming, as programs by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Ergon Energy and the Queensland government are inundated with proposals. As part of a major push into big solar projects, ARENA is making available $100 million in grants, CEFC is offering […]

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Queensland’s new large-scale solar incentive: The Solar 60 Contract for Difference (CFD)

November 4, 2015
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Making good on its pre-election promises to boost renewables (particularly solar) in the Sunshine State, Queensland‘s Labor government has implemented an ambitious program to support large-scale solar projects. The Solar 60 incentive scheme will provide an ongoing production incentive in the form of a contract for difference (CFD), a financial instrument which ensures a steady […]

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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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Solar installation numbers for August lowest since 2010: Sunwiz

September 14, 2015
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Australia’s rooftop solar market has charted the worst August in five years, down 10 per cent on the same period a year ago, according to leading research house SunWiz. New figures released this week show that 65MW of rooftop solar was installed across the country in the month of August, higher than most other months […]

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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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Australia one of the most attractive battery storage markets in the world: Kokam CEO

September 10, 2015
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Australia is one of the most attractive markets in the world for battery storage, according to one of the world’s leading battery manufacturers – and not just at the household level.South Korean group Kokam says battery technology is presenting cost effective opportunities across a myriad applications – from luxury boats, ferries, and off-grid electrical systems […]

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QLD’s distributed rooftop solar ranks in top 10 largest generators in Aus

September 9, 2015
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A new graph has shown that rooftop solar from individual states now ranks among the top generators in Australia. The graph, created by former Energex executive Mike Swanston in response to the news that south-east Queensland network operator Energex had became the nation’s first distribution network to break through the 1GW mark for installed rooftop […]

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Vic Labor to introduce legislation to prevent retailer discrimination against solar homes

September 7, 2015
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Victoria’s Labor government has announced new legislation that will prevent electricity retailers from refusing discounts to households with rooftop solar arrays. Victoria energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio announced the move on Thursday as part of a suite of changes to the state’s Electricity Industry Act, including attempts to protect consumers struggling to pay their electricity bills […]

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SE Queensland network hits 1GW solar – a system on 3 in 10 homes

September 4, 2015

Nearly three out of every 10 households in south-east Queensland have invested in rooftop solar, sending the total amount of PV installed on the electricity network operated by Energex past the 1GW mark. Energex – whose network covers the south-east corner of the state, including Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast – released […]

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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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Brisbane Markets 1.06MW rooftop solar array installation complete (NEW IMAGES)

August 28, 2015

Installation of the solar arrays for the 1.06MW Brisbane Markets project – begun several months ago – is now complete. As we reported previously, Solar Choice Commercial brokered the winning bid on this iconic project last year. Final commissioning is currently in progress, and the project is expected to be grid-connected and operational in the near future. A gallery […]

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Solar-plus-battery storage in Brisbane

August 26, 2015
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In some suburbs of the greater Brisbane area, nearly 50% of residential roofs are equipped with solar panels – among the highest rates in the country. Many of these homes – and many more yet to install solar – may also be interested in solar battery storage to maximise their solar usage and minimise their reliance […]

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