Monthly Archives August 2013

Solar Prices post the 2013 Federal Election

We are often asked what the impact of the election will be on solar prices after September 7th. The answer is not necessarily a simple one but in essence we believe there will be no short term impact due to government rebates (via the Renewable Energy Target – RET – and STC system) and therefore solar prices. The falling Australian Dollar is of much more immediate concern when looking at our solar costs. However, the Coalition have announced that they will review the RET in 2014 (despite it being reviewed in 2012 with supposedly bi-partisan support). Although these reviews will,
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Solar revolution led by outer suburbs

Households across the country are putting solar panels on their roofs at a rate that has exceeded all expectations. This year we hit 1 million rooftops with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, up from just 8,000 in 2007. This means that a staggering 2.6 million Australians, 11% of the population, are now using the sun to power their homes. The solar energy revolution is being led in suburbs and towns like Dubbo and Campbelltown in NSW, Bundaberg in Queensland, Hoppers Crossing in Melbourne, and Mandurah in Western Australia. This increase is being driven by ordinary Australians. It is the modest outer
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How do we get to the next million solar roofs?

There are now one million Australian homes with solar electricity. That means 2.5 million Australians now rely on solar power – more than the population of Brisbane. Australians have clearly shown their enthusiasm for generating clean energy – so how do we get to the next million? Early risers As recently as 2006, there were only 900 homes in Australia with solar power systems. In 2012 alone some 320,000 new systems were installed. Solar’s enormous growth has been driven by a massive decrease in the cost of solar electricity. Across Australia, the cost of solar electricity is now below the
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