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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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Melbourne solar panels: Compare system prices and installers

May 29, 2017
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Are solar panels still worth the investment in Melbourne? It would seem so: Tens of thousands of Victorian households have installed solar PV systems in the last few years alone, with 10-15% of homes in the Melbourne area now meeting at least part of their energy needs with the sun. This article takes a look at […]

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Solar battery storage in Melbourne, Vic: Compare prices & installers

February 5, 2017
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As prices fall, a growing number of Melbourne households are becoming interested in installing battery storage for solar energy. It is now possible to compare battery storage installers and prices in Melbourne by requesting a Battery Storage Quote Comparison from Solar Choice. What else do Melbourne homeowners need to consider before deciding on an installer and […]

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Exasperated with high electricity prices, Aussie homes & businesses go solar & mull batteries

August 4, 2016
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A new survey has found that Australian households and small businesses are sick of high and unpredictable electricity prices and have lost faith in the ability of the key market players and regulators to fix the problem – so they are taking matters into their own hands. Results from the Energy Consumer Sentiment Survey 2016 […]

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How much does a 5kW solar system cost in Melbourne, Victoria?

May 19, 2016
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Solar power is still a great investment option for Melbourne homes & businesses, even after a number of changes to state and federal government incentives. 5kW solar systems have proven to be one of the most popular system sizes in not only Melbourne, but also the rest of Victoria and Australia as a whole. But how […]

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Tesla’s Powerwall in Melbourne, Vic: Compare prices

March 21, 2016
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Melbourne remains one of Australia’s top spots for rooftop solar power. With solar homes receiving only a pittance for their excess energy and the state’s Transitional & Standard Feed-in Tariffs set to expire at the end of this year, thousands of homes will soon be looking into installing home battery storage systems. By far the […]

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Victorian government makes it easier for homes to install solar

March 5, 2016
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Rooftop solar uptake in the state of Victoria is set to get a boost, with the introduction of a new bill by the Andrews Labor government that will make PV installation quicker and easier for households and small businesses. The National Electricity (Victoria) Further Amendment Bill 2015, introduced on Thursday by state energy minister Lily […]

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NSW government to clear path for post feed-in tariff meter replacements

February 18, 2016
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The NSW government will rush through a series of bills next month in the hope of avoiding anticipated bottle-necks and lower charges as nearly 140,000 households in the state seek new metering arrangements at the end of the solar bonus tariff. The bills are being prepared in response to industry concerns about the potential train […]

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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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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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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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Submission to VIC Renewables Roadmap suggests how to make solar feed-in tariffs fair & effective

October 12, 2015
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A submission to the Victorian government’s Renewable Energy Roadmap paper has proposed that a different approach to rooftop solar tariffs, giving solar households better value for the energy they export to the grid, could also help clean up Australia’s electricity market. The submission, by energy and environment policy expert, Alan Pears, notes that the current […]

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Solar changing electricity demand patterns, could reduce need for network investment

October 2, 2015

A new report by Morgan Stanley analysts has illustrated how increasing amounts of rooftop solar on Australian networks is changing patterns of energy demand, and could mean networks will be able to spend less on upgrades and extensions. As the “solar duck” graph below shows, the duck’s back and abdomen sink as more rooftop solar […]

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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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Victorian regulator confirms feed-in tariff to be slashed to 5c/kWh

August 25, 2015
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Victoria’s Essential Services Commission has confirmed it will slash the feed-in tariff for solar power exported to the grid to 5c/kWh, starting January 01, 2016. The ESC announced the decision in in a statement on Monday,  less than a week after the Victorian Andrews government promised to fight network discrimination against the state’s rooftop solar households. The ESC said […]

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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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July was best month yet for rooftop solar PV this year: Sunwiz

August 14, 2015
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A surge in Australia’s commercial-scale solar PV market has helped deliver the highest monthly volume of PV capacity so far this year. According to the latest report from solar industry analysts SunWiz, a total of 69MW of solar PV was added for the month, a major up-tick in market volume for 2015. The volume was driven largely […]

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Australia sees emissions jump for first time since 2001

August 10, 2015
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Australian has recorded the biggest jump in electricity sector emissions since 2001, as brown coal and black coal energy generation continues to grow after the repeal of the carbon price a year ago. Pitt & Sherry’s Cedex update for the month of July shows emissions from generators in the National Electricity Market (which covers all […]

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Solar energy storage in Victoria

July 29, 2015
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Interest in battery storage for solar power is growing rapidly in Australia – which has been described as ‘ground zero for energy storage’. What is the attractiveness of energy storage for residents of Victoria? Why energy storage makes sense in Victoria Roughly 13% of the homes in Victoria have solar panels on their roofs; many of these […]

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Average Australian solar system size up to 5kW: Sunwiz

July 8, 2015
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The size of the average solar PV system has reached 5kW for the first time ever, according to industry analysts Sunwiz. The increase – up from 4kW in 2013 – has come about thanks in large part to the growing number of commercial solar projects being installed across the nation. In recent years the commercial solar […]

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As retailers & regulators seek to protect revenues, next major battleground for solar emerges

July 6, 2015

Australia’s solar industry looks to have a major battle on its hands, as pricing regulators and utilities take action to protect revenues and make rooftop solar less appealing for consumers. In South Australia, the grid operator has applied to slap solar households with higher charges, and West Australia’s state-owned utilities have been considering a similar measure. Tariffs are […]

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VIC solar feed-in tariff faces further reduction

July 3, 2015
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Victorian solar households face another cut to their solar feed-in tariff, after the Essential Services Commission recommended the rate for rooftop solar generation fed back into the grid be cut to 5c/kWh, from the current level of 6.2c/kWh in 2016. The recommendation, included in a report released this week, suggested that the falling cost of wholesale electricity […]

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Victoria, NSW will lead the way in residential energy storage uptake

July 2, 2015

NSW and Victoria will lead the adoption of battery storage by Australian households over the next two decades, the Australian Energy Market Operator has predicted. In its first ever analysis of the potential impacts of new technologies – specifically battery storage, but also electric vehicles and “fuel switching” from gas to electricity – AEMO predicts […]

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Australia’s conservative districts also have the most solar: Solar Citizens

June 18, 2015
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Australia’s rooftop solar market is still powering along nicely, adding another 11,865 systems in the month of May and bringing the nation’s total number of solar homes to more than 1.3 million. But according to newly published data from Solar Citizens, it is Australia’s conservative, and mostly regional communities that are leading the charge to […]

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New residential energy storage pilot projects to showcase promise of energy independence

May 19, 2015
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In a sign of the times and an indication of things to come, a total of 22 homes are to be fitted out with emergency backup energy storage systems in a pilot project overseen by Australian energy storage solution wholesaler, 360Storage. The company’s energy storage solutions have already been installed in nearly 1,000 grid-connected homes across the […]

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Perth suburb sets sights on solar-powered future

May 19, 2015

Western Australia’s Wanneroo Council has called for expressions of interest to develop and operate a grid-connected solar farm on local government-owned land in the northern Perth suburb of Neerabup. The solar plant would be part of the Neerabup Energy Precinct, which was established by the Council to meet growing electricity demand in Perth’s expanding northern […]

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Queensland to aim for 50% renewables, 1 million solar homes by 2030

May 15, 2015
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Queensland’s Labor government has restated its commitment to generating 50 per cent of its electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030, and to ensure one million homes in state had rooftop solar by 2020. The plans, first outlined in Labor’s pre-election policy release, were confirmed by the state’s new energy minister, Mark Bailey, on the […]

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Aus states and territories vow to make up for federal foot-dragging on renewables

May 5, 2015
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Australia’s states and territories have vowed to pick up the federal government’s slack on renewables, and work together to unlock the nation’s large-scale solar and wind energy markets. At a joint meeting on climate change in Adelaide on Monday, ministers from seven different jurisdictions including the ACT, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland, agreed to collaborate on […]

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Commercial projects help NSW keep title of top solar state

April 20, 2015

New South Wales has retained its position as Australia’s biggest market for solar PV in the month of March, as the state’s businesses lead the charge to install rooftop solar. A new report from Green Energy Markets shows that growth in the NSW commercial solar market has helped to keep the state in the number […]

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Over 2,000 Aussie solar jobs lost under Abbott government: ABS

April 17, 2015
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Australia’s solar industry has been the major victim of the more than 2,000 job losses to hit the renewable energy sector in the years since the Abbott government came into power, a new report has found. In its latest report on annual direct full time equivalent (FTE) employment in renewable energy activities in Australia, the […]

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