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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 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 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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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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Solar Choice Price Index – January 2013

January 16, 2013
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The Solar Choice Price Index for January 2013, is the first to contain updated installer prices in response to the early closure of the Solar Credit scheme on 1 January 2013. After the publication of our December Price Index some installers announced that they would honour the quoted system prices for contracts entered into before the end of […]

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Climate Change Authority releases final report on the Renewable Energy Target (RET) Scheme

December 19, 2012
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The Climate Change Authority released it’s final report on the Renewable Energy Target (RET) Scheme at 10am on Wednesday 19 December 2012. The recommendations made in the report will require legislative change if they are to take affect and, will be fiercely debated within Parliament. The key debates affecting the solar industry will be the recommendation that the RET […]

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Diamond Energy feed-in bonus shines in Victoria!

November 20, 2012
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Electricity retailer Diamond Energy has signed a deal with some leading solar PV installers in Victoria, allowing customers to access an additional 25 c/kWh  feed-in bonus over and above the current regulated  rate of 8 c/kWh. Many other installers within Solar Choice’s network offer a variety of alternative incentives for our customers. Tony Sennitt, Managing […]

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Solar credit multiplier to end on 1 January 2013

November 16, 2012
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The Australian Federal Government has announced that the Solar Credits mechanism will end six months ahead of schedule on 1 January 2013. What this means for customers is, those who signed their contract before 16 November 2016 have until the end of June 2013 to install their system and receive the 2x multiplier. Customers who […]

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The ACT aims for 90% clean energy by 2020

November 15, 2012
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Following the recent re-election of the Labour Party in the Australian Capital Territory, residents and commercial business owners can look forward to some certainly in their solar energy investments thanks to the 90% renewable energy target that will now be implemented leading up to 2020. The Parliamentary Agreement was signed on 2 November by members of both the Labour […]

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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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Victoria Transitional Solar Feed-in Tariff may close soon

July 23, 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. Murmurs are beginning to appear that Victoria’s Transitional Solar Feed-in […]

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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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Federal Solar Credits Rebate: STC multiplier drops to 2x from 3x

July 5, 2012

The Federal Solar Credits rebate REC (or STC) multiplier has dropped from 3x to 2x as of 1 July 2012, as scheduled, despite fears that it would face a premature drop to 1x (i.e. no multiplier). The multiplier allows for the creation of ‘extra’ STCs on the first 1.5 kilowatts of capacity of a solar PV […]

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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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Find true value on a solar power system in Queensland

June 28, 2012
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What is the true value of solar power in Queensland? The true value of a solar power system depends not only the price that the owner pays for it, but also (and more importantly) on the quality of the components used and the installation work itself. In Queensland, as anywhere, if the system does not […]

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Reactions to Queensland Solar Bonus Feed-in Tariff Scheme cut announcement

June 26, 2012
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The state government under Premier Campbell Newman announced yesterday that the Queensland Solar Bonus Feed-in Tariff scheme is to be slashed from 10 July 2012. There has been a range of reactions from a number of prominent solar and renewable energy industry players about the longer-term implications of the change, but in the meantime the residential […]

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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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Top 10 Tips for going solar, plus 10 solar energy myths busted: Clean Energy Council

June 25, 2012

The Clean Energy Council–the independent body for solar installer and component accreditation in Australia–has released a helpful guide for those interested in making the move to installing a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at home. The CEC has also simultaneously published a myth-busting FAQ which dismantles some of the erroneous arguments and clears up some of […]

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Is Australia poised for a solar PV revolution?

June 2, 2012
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A new report released by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), could mark the tipping point after which solar photovoltaics (PV) will transform from a technology widely seen as novel and uneconomical to most Australians into one seen as a bona fide major league player in the electricity generation game. Some of the most prominent […]

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How to find the best solar power system installation deals in Lismore, NSW

June 1, 2012
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Lismore, 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 a […]

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Funding for 250MW Queensland Solar Dawn project will not be pulled

May 28, 2012
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The Queensland Liberal-National government will not withdraw from a $75m funding agreement made under the previous Labour government for the proposed Solar Dawn concentrating solar power (CSP) plant near Chinchilla, apparently as a result of realising that it is legally committed to the project. The new government under Premier Campbell Newman is in the process of dismantling […]

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ACT selects 22 proposals for large-scale solar power reverse-auction Feed-in Tariff

May 25, 2012
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The Australian Capital Territory government has selected 22 large-scale commercial solar power projects by 10 developers to move ahead to the final stage of consideration under the territory’s reverse auction feed-in tariff program. The 22 shortlisted projects will be able to submit their final bids to supply the ACT with solar power in June 2012. […]

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The economics of commercial-scale solar farms in Western Australia

May 24, 2012
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A growing number of residents of rural Western Australia residents are considering adding commercial-scale solar power farming to their portfolio of revenue streams. The primary benefit that solar farms afford their owners is an income source or money-saving facility that does not require continuing annual inputs, as other commercial activities may. Recommend on Facebook Share […]

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