Issues for sizing solar systems given future changes planned for the South Australian feed in tariff

As most of you know that either have bought a solar power system since September 2011 or are currently considering buying a solar system for your home the SA solar feed in tariff will reduce towards the end of 2016. For those fof you who don't know the specifics currently people with systems purchased after September 2011 get 25.2 cents per kwh for solar power that they generate during the day but which is surplus to the needs of their house and so is fed back into the grid. After June 2013 this will increase to 27.2 cents. This is made up...

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Breaking News- 16 November 2012 Commonwealth government cuts Solar Credits (STC) multiplier early

The Minister for Climate Change Greg Combet today inflicted another blow to the Solar Industry when it brought forward the cancellation of the solar credits multiplier, a scheme which provided an up front rebate to assist households with the purchase of solar. The multiplier change, from a 2x multiplier for STC's on the first 1.5 kw of a solar power system to a 1 x multiplier effectively increases the up front cost of a solar power system by approximately $900. The multiplier was originally scheduled to be cut back as at 1 July 2013 but has been brought forward because the...

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10 kw solar power systems in Adelaide reach milestone

Not so long ago a 10 kw solar power system was considered out of reach of most people. I think from memory that the first 10kw solar power system that we sold was about $70,000. Well times have certainly changed and now 10kw solar systems in Adelaide have fallen to $14,990 even with a top quality SMA inverter. So why is this so important? The answer quite simply is that it now means the monthly repayments on a loan to buy a 10kw system are, depending on the term of the repayments, less than the amount of savings/income that the systems will...

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Prices for 5kw solar systems hit new lows in Adelaide

Great news for those of you in Adelaide who have not yet installed a solar system on your house or small business. As at November 7 2012 we have seen for the firs time ever a 5kw solar power system with an SMA, Sunny Boy inverter retailing for less than $8,500. For the last six months or so there have been 5 kw solar systems using lower quality inverters being offered by solar power companies at below $8,000 but this is the first time we have seen 5kw systems with SMA inverters falling below $9,000 at the retail level. This is great...

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October Solar Wholesalers Update

Solar Wholesalers has a lot going on at the moment. Firstly its technically retarded CEO is trying get his head around the age of social media and communicate what the company is up to in another way besides telling people at the pub. Firstly we need to welcome the big and very beautiful Sam to the Solar Wholesalers crew. We are also stoked to have Macca coming back on board soon to add style and suave sophistication to the electrical crew.The solar power retail business is doing well in Adelaide. With the sun coming out the phone is ringing a lot...

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How to compare Solar Panels

The type of solar panels you choose for your solar power system is often a choice that is agonised over by those considering the purchase of a solar power system. There are really three things that generally concern people being: How do I compare brands of solar panels; How important are the items listed in the solar panel specifications; and What type of solar cell technology do I want my solar panels to use We have a discussion about each of these topics but the truth is less than 1% of complaints about solar systems actually relate to issues with the quality or performance of the...

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Government announces review of STC market

The Australian government has announced a review of the STC market that may have significant impact on the support for the solar power industry in Australia. The review has wide terms of reference to look at all aspects for the MRET legislation, the legislation that creates STC's and LGC's and creates an obligation on liable parties to buy these. As these STC's are instuments to which people become entitled when they install a residential or home solar power system, or a commercial solar power system under 100 kw, then this review may have an impact on the retial price of solar systems...

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