Monthly Archives December 2018

New CHOICE Survey: Solar More Rewarding Than Ever

A recent survey of over 1000 Australians shows that experiences with solar are becoming more and more positive. The survey, conducted by consumer advocate Choice, found that more than 50% of residents were thinking about using battery storage to get off the grid altogether. This comes as no surprise when electricity bills are up to a phenomenal (and record-breaking) 2.5% of household spending. At the same time, falling solar prices over the past several years have contributed to the positive outlook on rooftop PV. When most systems take 5 years or less to pay themselves off, people see greater profits
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The Environmental Impact of Solar Power

So you’re thinking about solar power. Maybe your main motivation is escaping the skyrocketing cost of electricity for your home or business—or maybe you’re looking for ways to live a greener lifestyle. We’ve written a lot about how solar can save you money, but what about the environmental impacts? Is solar really as good for the planet as it’s cracked up to be? Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Despite the great inroads we have made with renewable energy, the power grid in Victoria, NSW and Queensland is still predominately powered by coal (black & brown) and gas (red): Being a zero-emission
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How Many Solar Systems Are There In Australia?

The number of solar systems in Australian just reached a major milestone. According to Kane Thornton, the chief executive of the Clean Energy Council, an estimated average of 6 panels per minute are being installed in small-scale solar projects across the country, and a still-rising 8.1% of the National Electricity Market’s energy came from solar. The growth of solar power isn’t up for debate, and more and more Aussies are using it to secure their futures. Just how many, you ask? More than 2 million so far—and the number is expected to grow to 3 million in the next 4
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The End of Cheap Solar Power

The end of cheap solar systems is here and the announcement is long overdue. Certain solar installers have been installing what is essentially junk at rock bottom prices, and finally, the Clean Energy Council are stepping into significantly raise the standards and tighten up the murky end of the solar industry. We are starting to see the full extent of just how much of an impact cheap solar systems have had in NSW with a significant increase in service requests for systems that no longer work, installed by companies that have now gone out of business. For years, the Solaray
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Solar farms: Who’s using them, and how?

6 types of organisation that are getting behind large-scale solar, and they are doing it in different ways. 1. Enterprising local governments What’s electricity going to cost in 10 years? How volatile are the prices going to be? 18 Sydney councils are getting ahead of these worries with a groundbreaking solar power agreement. Between now and 2030, they’ll receive about 440,000 MWh of energy from Moree Solar Farm, all at a fixed price. The deal promises to reduce carbon emissions, boost the local renewables industry, and put a real dent in power bills in these areas: Bayside, Campbelltown, Canada Bay,
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