Monthly Archives September 2019

Energy Adviser Says Australia Must Adapt to a Solar Future

Australia’s transition to clean energy will only happen if changes are made to our electricity networks. That’s the message in a new report from the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), which sets the rules for Australia’s energy markets. As electric cars become more affordable, rooftop solar increases and commercial solar generators come online, the way electricity is distributed, stored and managed must change too. By 2039, Australia is forecast to have approximately 16,000 MW of residential rooftop solar PV capacity. Right now, that figure is roughly 8,000 MW. On our roads, 25% of vehicles will be electric or hybrid. By
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NSW Wants to Cut Red Tape for Solar Power Installs

The NSW Government wants suggestions on how to smooth the way for households and businesses to install solar power and battery systems. It plans to update the State Environmental Planning Policy (EPP) to adapt to the demand for commercial solar power to cut business costs and diminish carbon emissions. The original policy was issued in 2007 and its limitations reflect the technology of 12 years ago. Today, businesses and households can install much larger solar arrays. In addition, the cost of batteries has also reduced. Now the government is seeking community comment on its Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) “to
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6.6kW Trina Honey Solar Power System

6.6kW Trina Honey Solar Power System The new Trina Honey Split Cell 330W panels look amazing, installed with the Clenergy Black Mounting Kit. This ‘power bill-buster’ is a 6kW solar system installed in Gregory Hills, Sydney. Not only do quality solar systems look the part, more importantly, they are designed to perform. Solaray install systems that are designed to maximise performance in all weather conditions, backed with full-service warranties, technical support and online monitoring. For more information and a personalised quote, request a callback from the Solaray Team today:
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Solaray Staff Join Sydney Rally For Renewable Energy Future

Solaray staff joined the recent Global Climate Strike rally in Sydney along with an estimated 80,000 people who flocked to the Domain to support stronger action against climate change. School students and their parents made up a large proportion of crowds that gathered in cities and towns across Australia. Many were inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg’s School Strike 4 Climate movement. Thunberg gave an impassioned speech at the UN Climate Summit in New York this week, in which she said children would “never forgive” politicians for inaction on climate change. “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction,
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Are renewables the solution to avoiding more blackouts in Victoria? Ministers to plot Australia’s energy future

A state and territory energy ministers meeting in November will gauge Australia’s readiness to meet electricity needs this summer. Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor called the November 22 COAG Energy Council summit after warning that Victoria once more faces “a real risk” of blackouts. In the lead up to Anzac Day this year, approximately 200,000 Victorians experienced blackouts when the grid failed to meet demand. The blackouts followed the failure of two coal-fired power stations during consecutive days of 40.8 and 42.8°C. Ageing coal-fired power plants to blame EnergyAustralia’s Yallourn power station and AGL’s Loy Yang A station were both
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Canberra Switches to 100% Renewable Energy Next Week

Canberra is about to become the first capital city in Australia – and the first large city outside Europe – to transition to 100% renewable energy. On October 1, the ACT Government will make its final purchase of renewable electricity generation, achieving 100% clean energy usage. Analysis by The Australia Institute shows the ACT is only the eighth jurisdiction in the world with a population over 100,000 to achieve this goal. The ACT joins 100% renewable energy jurisdictions in Germany, Spain and Austria. States and territories leading on clean energy Despite the absence of a national policy promoting renewable energy,
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ACCC calls for 2021 end to rooftop solar rebate scheme

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has renewed its call for a 2021 end to the rooftop solar panel rebate. The Federal Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) is a discount on the installation costs of household solar panel systems. It is credited as a driving force behind Australia’s household solar energy boom.  Currently, the scheme is being phased out and will end in 2030. As a result, the rebate amount available to households and businesses decreases each year. Solar industry and Energy Minister defend SRES The ACCC first recommended ending the SRES last year. It said the scheme is
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It Is Now The Best Time Of Year To Install Solar Power

Spring is in the air. The start of Spring is the best time to organise a solar power installation – you can sneak in before the big summer rush and be up and running in time to make the most of Sydney’s long days and sunny weather. Over the last few years, most solar installers in Sydney have had lead times of many months over summer. Considering a 5kW solar system can save you up to $500 every quarter, missing out on a quick installation before summer can effectively add hundreds of dollars to the price of your system. The
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