Solar Industry could be saved by the Senate

In an interesting turn of events it seems that Clive Palmers PUP party could be the difference in retaining the RET (renewable energy target) and keeping the solar industry going strong. Recently Mr Palmer hosted long time renewable energy campaigner Al Gore in Australia and proclaimed that the PUP party supported the RET and the associated clean energy financing organisations. If this is correct we may well see the solar industry kick on and help more Australians reduce the cost of running their homes and business's I for one hope big Clive is true to his word, time will tell....

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Governed by Solar Luddites

I just read an article by Nigel Morris in the Business Spectator that should be compulsory reading for all politicians. The crux of the article is that the RET can be proven to be putting downward pressure on wholesale power prices. The article then goes on to claim something that I thought was quite extraordinary, that last week 65% of South Australian electricity was provided via wind power. To all politicians, if we want clean energy then leave the bloody RET alone because it is one of the few things politics has ever done that actually works and please read this article http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/7/1/policy-politics/governed-solar-luddites...

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70% support for the Renewable Energy Target

According to the Climate of the Nation poll, conducted by JWS Research among 1,145 adult Australians on behalf of the Climate Institute, 71% of respondents said they want the RET to be 20% or higher by 2020. A further 76% said there should be government incentives for renewable energy, such as wind and solar". Now granted this is just one poll but I feel it just may be reflective of the wider community support for renewable energy. Here is a link to the article where I found this information, http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/22/australian-unhappy-coalitions-response-climate    ...

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Wholesale Electricity companies seek 5% price rise

South Australian's may be paying an extra 5% for their electricity purchased from the grid as early as July 1st. The 5% increase has been asked for by the wholesale electricity producers via the federal regulators. I find it interesting that they claim the increase is necessary due to peaky load demands, and at the same time we know that solar power helps with peak load demands on the few days that extra power is needed due to very hot weather. In fact a few years ago the electricity industry claimed it would need to spend around 100 million to address peak loads for...

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Solar companys using cheap inverters disapearing fast

In the last week alone we have received four phone calls from different people with issues with cheap nasty inverters they have bought. This is the exact reason we use SMA and Aurora Power One inverters on all of our jobs now. We have tried a couple of cheaper manufacturers over the years and it has only ever ended badly, failures and then all to often the manufacturer going under or changing to another entity. I would never ever use any other inverter again. It is such a shame for our industry, all these cheap "company's" coming in and selling unreliable...

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Solar News

The long awaited report from the REC Agents Association (RAA), a national industry body representing firms that create and trade in renewable energy certificates, analyses the uptake of solar panels and hot water systems by postcode and income has been released. I find it has confirmed what I have long known in that the majority of solar being installed is being done so by ordinary Australians who are looking to tackle outrageous electricity bills. “Five million Australians have embraced solar because it protects their families from soaring power bills”, said Ric Brazzale, RAA President. This debunks the ridiculous notion being put forward by the coal and gas...

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PM announces review into RET (renewable energy target)

Solar News Update 21st February 2014 The federal Government has just announced a review of the RET (Renewable Energy Target) that is currently set at a goal of 20% of Australia’s electricity to be supplied via clean power such as Solar or Wind by 2020. This is the basis of the subsidies that currently apply to solar. The PM announced that the review into the RET scheme will be a headed by long time coal power advocate Dick Warburton, so many are predicting the end of the RET in the near future. If the RET goes so does the STC”s, that means...

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Commercial Solar Power Projects win reprieve from government review

Climate change minister Greg Combet has announced that the government will accept the vast bulk of the recommendations from the Climate Change Authority including keeping the large-scale target fixed at 41,000 gigawatt-hours. The key elements of the government’s response probably of most concern to the renewable energy sector are: No change to large-scale target The government will not alter the large-scale renewable energy target, keeping it at the current 41,000GWh by 2020. No change to 100kW size threshold for SRES Contrary to the recommendation of the CCA, the government will not change the 100kW threshold below which solar PV systems qualify for the Small-scale Renewable...

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Last chance for South Australian’s to install solar power on fair terms

Two upcoming changes to support for the solar industry, one likely to come into effect in April 2013 and the other in September 2013 will mean this is the last year in which many South Australian's will be able to install the solar power system they want on fair terms. Firstly, a Commonwealth government report released in December has recommended that solar power systems over 10kw be excluded from the SREC system. This will make it more expensive to install large residential and commercial solar power systems. We expect these recommendations to become law between April and June sometime. Here is a...

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Review into SA electricity prices cancelled

Press Release power price enquiryv2 (1)Power price enquiry stopped as pensioners turn off fridges! Mt Barker, South Australia, 2 January 2013. Skyrocketing power prices have resulted in some pensioners in South Australia turning off their refrigerators and resorting to buying canned and long life foods in desperate efforts to slash their electricity bills. In the U.S., consumers are paying around one quarter the price for their power and yet the South Australian government have just announced the cancellation of a review into power prices. Andrew Sendy, CEO of Solar Wholesalers Australia recently visited the U.S. and was stunned to find that Americans...

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