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7kW solar systems: Prices, output & return on investment

February 28, 2018
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7kW solar systems, once relatively uncommon, have grown in popularity in Australia as the average solar system size has increased. A 7kW solar system could be the perfect match for an ordinary household with higher-than-average electricity consumption, or for a small business with accordingly small electricity needs. Back when Australia’s solar industry began booming around […]

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Is home solar power still worth it in Australia in 2018?

January 11, 2018
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Rooftop solar on its own is already affordable enough to be a smart choice for virtually any Australian home with an unshaded roof and some daytime electricity usage. This is true even in the absence of generous, state-backed solar feed-in tariffs and the (slight) reduction of the up-front incentive for solar available through the federal Renewable […]

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Solar energy self-consumption explained

December 4, 2017
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When it comes to solar power in Australia, lots of things have changed in the last few years. If you’re currently shopping around for a solar system, perhaps the most important thing you need to keep in mind is this: You’ll get the most out of your solar panels by consuming the energy they produce while it […]

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Thoughts about solar feed-in tariffs (Solartopia #4)

September 13, 2017
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Spring is here, and it finally feels like it with two consecutive warm days yesterday (high of 28C) and today (high of 32C). The main implication of this is that for the first time since moving in, we haven’t been tempted to switch on the ducted AC (or wear socks) in the morning or evening […]

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Water heating on a timer vs solar diverter: A case study

June 22, 2017
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The article below, written by Scott Young of CATCH Power, provides a look into the world of hot water diverters, which use excess solar energy to drive the element in electric storage-based water heaters. Hot water diverters are a great way to increase solar self-consumption and are significantly more affordable (albeit less versatile) than battery […]

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3kW vs 5kW solar system: Which is a better investment?

May 15, 2017
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One of the first decisions a household considering solar will need to make is the capacity (in kilowatts, kW) of the system to be installed. Two of the most popular residential solar PV system sizes in Australia are 3kW and 5kW. Which system size is the better investment – and why? You’ll save the most […]

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Localvolts’ vision for a truly peer-to-peer electricity market

March 15, 2017
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There are now well over 1.5 million households in Australia with solar PV systems on their roofs, altogether comprising over 6 gigawatts (GW) of electricity generation capacity – about the same as 2-3 coal-fired power plants. These privately-owned, small-scale systems are already having a significant impact on Australia’s energy system. But are they being leveraged to […]

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The heat wave sent spot market prices soaring: What does it mean for solar?

February 13, 2017
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Wholesale electricity prices on Australia’s eastern seaboard went through the roof this past weekend as homes as businesses pumped their air conditioners in an attempt to stave off the brutal and unprecedented summer heat. What are the implications of high spot prices for solar PV systems large and small in Australia? High temperatures –> high […]

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CATCH Power – A solar diverter made for the Aussie market

February 6, 2017
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CATCH Power is an Australian company who say they have crafted a solar diverter perfectly tailored to Australian market conditions. By March this year, the company will offer four different versions of its device, all of whose settings can be adjusted to optimise savings – and two of which connect to the internet and allow the user […]

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Energy storage in NSW after the Solar Bonus Feed-in Tariff Scheme

May 30, 2016
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There are roughly 150,000 households in New South Wales who receive solar feed-in tariff payments under the state’s Solar Bonus Scheme. As the Sydney Morning Herald pointed out recently, before the payments cease at the end of 2016, these households will be looking for ways to make the most of the solar energy that their systems […]

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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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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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German network can handle ‘huge amounts’ of solar-plus-storage – with no negative effects

November 2, 2015
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Germany’s electricity network could support “huge amounts” of solar and storage without any negative impact, but rather to the overall benefit of the grid, a new study has found. The research, published on Wednesday by German think tank Agora Energiewende, says that that the country’s grid could cope with a cumulative PV generation capacity of […]

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Half of Aussie homes could have solar-plus-batteries by 2025: Climate Council

October 28, 2015
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A new report by the Climate Council has predicted that half of all households in Australia will wind up installing solar with battery storage, with the market potentially growing to $24 billion. The report predicts the amount of battery storage capacity installed in Australia will grow 50-fold over the next 10 years, while the global […]

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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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Rooftop solar meeting 13% of household electricity demand in Queensland

November 13, 2014
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Around 13 per cent of residential energy in south-east Queensland is now produced by rooftop solar, according to new data, with solar households generating the equivalent of more than half their electricity needs. The data, released on this week by network operator Energex, estimates that 90GWh was produced in the month of October by the […]

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9kW solar PV systems: Compare installers & prices

November 11, 2014
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Residential solar power has taken Australia by storm, with the roofs of more than 1 in 10 suitable homes now equipped with solar panels. What size solar system is right for a given home depends on the incentives & prices available at the time of installation, as well as on the electricity needs of the home or business […]

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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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What NSW’s 2014-15 benchmark feed-in tariff rates mean for solar homes

June 24, 2014
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NSW’s Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) last week released the benchmark rates for solar feed-in tariffs in the state for the year 2014-2015. The range for rates, which are recommendations only and which electricity retailers are not obligated to pay, will be between 4.9¢/kWh and 9.3¢/kWh. What does this mean for current solar system […]

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Rooftop solar continues to grow in Queensland

June 5, 2014
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Queensland‘s rooftop solar rush continues unabated, with the addition of 3,687 PV systems in May adding 16.2MW of new solar capacity to the grid. According to metering figures from Energex, solar uptake is now highest in the south-east of the state, as households seek to escape rising electricity prices. Energy analysts say the state’s relatively high […]

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Find the best solar deals in Bathurst, NSW

October 12, 2013
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This article is an overview of (almost) everything you need to know if you’re considering installing a solar PV system in Bathurst, NSW. What size system do you need for your home or business? How much electricity will a solar system produce in Bathurst? How much do solar PV systems cost in Bathurst? Recommend on […]

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