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Adelaide City’s solar & energy storage incentives

March 29, 2017
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Since 1 July 2015, the City of Adelaide has been offering some of the most generous incentives for solar power in Australia – and the one of the only incentives for battery storage in the country. What are the rebates available under Adelaide’s Sustainability Incentives Scheme? Please keep in mind that all of the incentives outlined below are […]

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Is a solar lease or solar PPA right for you?

December 12, 2016
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‘Solar leasing’ deals have been the main facilitator of residential solar panel uptake in the United States, with the majority of systems being installed under such arrangements. Although solar leasing schemes have been on offer in Australia for some time now, they have not proven to be an overwhelmingly popular option. Is a solar lease right for […]

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Electricity price inflation: What it means for going solar

July 19, 2016

Grid electricity prices fluctuate over time – and usually they increase. This has important implications for anyone considering going solar. This article covers the basics of what you need to know about electricity price inflation to help you make a more well-informed decision about going solar. Why do grid electricity prices increase? The retail electricity prices […]

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Victorian government clears roadblocks to rooftop solar PPAs

December 14, 2015
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Victorian households will now have access to rooftop solar at little-to no up-front cost through leasing deals solar companies, following regulatory changes announced by the state Labor government. According to a media release from the Andrews government last Wednesday, the arrangement enables solar companies to provide, install and maintain a solar panel system on a […]

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Vic government to address barriers to wind farms, distributed solar & storage

August 24, 2015

Just weeks after the federal government ordered the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to cease backing wind energy and rooftop solar in Australia, Victoria’s state Labor government has committed to drive new investment in wind farms, and to address barriers to distributed generation (ie. rooftop solar) and storage. The Andrews government made the commitments in its […]

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Government directs CEFC to cease investing in rooftop solar finance deals

July 13, 2015
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The federal government has moved to nix the Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s plans to fund rooftop solar leasing schemes in Australia. Although the government’s directive – handed to the CEFC as a ‘draft mandate’ – has ignited a media furor, the legality of the proposal is questionable, and the CEFC has hinted that it will attempt to […]

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Clean Energy Finance Corp to invest $1b towards solar of all sizes

May 14, 2015

Australia’s solar industry looks set to receive an investment boost, after the Clean Energy Finance Corporation revealed plans to finance more than $1 billion of solar projects in the local market. CEFC chief executive Oliver Yates says the institution – which has a budget of $10 billion over five years but which the Coalition government […]

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NSW councils & businesses come together to offer affordable on-site renewables & solar leases

December 4, 2014
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A group of NSW municipal councils has joined forces to provide residents and small businesses with ready access to cheaper PV systems – including through a solar leasing option. Eight councils from the southern Sydney region will use their combined weight to try to get the best value offers from solar suppliers on rooftop PV, […]

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Google to invest $145m USD to transform spent oil field into 82MW solar farm

September 22, 2014
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Internet search engine giant Google is investing $145 million in a renewable energy project that will see an old oil and gas field in California transformed into a solar farm. The 82MW solar project by SunEdison marks Google’s 17th renewable energy investment, and puts the company’s total clean energy spend at more than $1.5 billion, […]

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China to introduce solar leasing-style financing to open up distributed solar opportunities

September 10, 2014
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China is looking to adopt a similar solar leasing model to that which has dominated the rooftop PV market in the US, in an effort to encourage more homes and businesses to install solar. In Beijing on Thursday, China’s National Energy Administration released its policy to promote distributed solar generation – a key initiative for the […]

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SunPower to trial solar leasing program in Australia

August 21, 2014
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America’s second-largest PV manufacturer, SunPower, is set to test its rooftop solar leasing program in Australia, with the launched this week of a pilot program in Melbourne. The Nasdaq-listed solar company announced on Tuesday it would install its panels on suitable Melbourne metropolitan rooftops at no upfront cost, for a predetermined monthly payment for 25 years. The […]

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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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One of Australia’s largest solar developers faces insolvency

July 31, 2014
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One of Australia’s largest and most prominent solar developers faces collapse after being placed in the hands of administrators late last week. According to ASIC documents, the business and its assets are now being managed by Sydney-based insolvency specialist, Restructuring Solutions, a move that is believed to have been made at the request of a […]

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CEFC earmarks $120 million for solar leasing in Australia

July 30, 2014
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The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), after surviving another government attempt to legislate its dismantling, has announced $120 million worth of financing for solar leasing deals and Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in Australia. Split between three companies across three market segments, the funding could help to make pay-as-you-go solar more accessible and more attractive to a larger […]

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NSW to become a leader in medium-scale solar PV under new state policies

July 25, 2014
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The NSW government has unveiled a new policy that could help “transform mid-scale solar” energy in Australia. The state’s environment minister, Rob Stokes, said the new resource efficiency policy would require all NSW government agencies to conduct a property audit, their electricity usage and the potential for solar PV installation. The sites required to do […]

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Solar Choice now offering 2nd commercial solar PV finance package

February 18, 2014
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Commercial solar power is one of the fastest-growing sectors for the solar industry in Australia, with more and more businesses turning to solar photovoltaic (PV) technology to insulate themselves against rising electricity prices. Currently, commercial solar PV installations account for under 10% of the total market in Australia, but the introduction of innovative financing mechanisms for commercial-scale […]

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‘Community solar’ offers another way to own solar panels in the US

February 14, 2014
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Even for those who are fully onboard in their support of renewable energy and understand how it can save them money, finding a meaningful way to take advantage is not always without its hurdles. The concept of community-owned solar has been introduced in parts of the US to remove many of these obstacles and clear […]

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Solar PV Price Index–Oct 2013

October 12, 2013
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Solar PV system prices dropped notably in Adelaide between September and October, likely as a result of installers addressing new realities in light of the closure of SA’s transitional feed-in tariff to new applicants. Average system prices in Perth also dropped markedly, with all of the least expensive systems (of all sizes 1.5kW-5kW) in the country […]

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The post-election trajectory of solar power in Australia

September 3, 2013
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Australia will vote for a new federal government on 7 September 2013–less than a week away–and although by no means a certainty, polls show the Lib-Nats tipped to win, ushering in the end of 3 terms of Labour government. During the ALP’s time in office much legislation has been enacted or strengthened in the name of […]

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Tasmania solar feed-in tariff: Deadline for applications is 30 August 2013

August 20, 2013
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After months of waiting, the fate of Tasmania’s solar feed-in tariff as finally been decided. Premier Lara Giddings’ office has announced that Tasmanians who have applied for the scheme before the 30 August 2013 deadline (including those who are already enrolled) will continue to receive the current generous rate for 5 years–until 1 January 2019. […]

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Solar PV Price Index–August 2013

August 14, 2013
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The August 2013 Solar PV Price Index marks 1 year since Solar Choice began publishing solar system installation prices in August 2012. While it is clear that figures have come down markedly for 4kW and 5kW systems since that time, cost reductions for the smaller system sizes–although present–have not been as distinct. This month’s figures […]

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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 Leasing/”Free Solar Panels”/Pay-as-you-go solar agreements now available in Australia

April 23, 2012
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The so-called “free solar panels” (sometimes called “pay-as you-go solar” or “solar leasing”) business model that has already seen major success in the USA and the UK  is now available in Australia. What are often referred to as free solar panels schemes–although not technically free–are actually pay-as-you-go arrangements that allows customers to install a solar […]

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