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Abbott Government destroys Australia's solar future

Posted by SolarGreen on 24 June 2015

After months of speculation the Abbott Government has officially crushed the dreams of millions of Australians and their hopes of having a bright solar future. Last night the Senate officially passed legislation cutting our Renewable Energy Target from 41,000 to 33,000 gigawatt hours. To rub salt into the wound, our Prime Minister also expressed that the current Government intends on damaging the industry by reducing this target even further.

If you would like to read more about these recent changes, here are some useful links:

Solar Citizens Solar Appeal - https://solarcitizens.nationbuilder.com/eofy_14_15

Brisbane Times - www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/energy-smart/renewable-energy-target-slashed-wind-farm-commissioner-to-be-established-20150623-ghvxl3.html

Sky News - www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2015/06/23/renewable-energy-target-passes-parliament.html

ABC - www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-24/greens-accuse-government-of-creating-27dead-koala-certificates/6569594

 

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Solar Industry Under Threat Again

Posted by SolarGreen on 11 May 2015

The following solar update was provided by the Australian Solar Council on Monday 11th of May, 2015.


On Friday, the Abbott Government threw the solar industry back into turmoil by backing two yearly reviews of the Renewable Energy Target.

This is devastating.

The next RET Review will start in 7 months time!

After 3 RET reviews in 3 years, they want another review in 7 months!

That will devastate every solar business and every solar worker in Australia.

Household solar, commercial solar and big solar completely uncertain once again.

We must stop this from happening.

Please send an e-mail NOW to:

greg.hunt.mp@aph.gov.au [Environment Minister]
ian.macfarlane.mp@aph.gov.au [Industry Minister]
mark.butler.mp@aph.gov.au  [Opposition Environment spokesman]
gary.gray.mp@aph.gov.au [Opposition Industry spokesman]

Key Messages: We've had 3 RET Reviews in 3 years. We don't want any more. Another RET Review will destroy Australia's solar industry, hurting 5,000 small businesses and harming 18,000 solar workers.

You might want to remind Ian Macfarlane that he said this on 27 February "I've offered...a guarantee that this will be the last [RET] review before 2020".

This is deadly serious.

Make no mistake, if the Government proceeds with 2 yearly RET Reviews, the Australian Solar Council will campaign against the Government in the 20 most marginal seats across Australia.

Please send these e-mails NOW and contact your local Federal Member of Parliament.

 

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Help Save Australia's Solar Industry

Posted by SolarGreen on 8 April 2015

ADD YOUR NAME TO THE LIST NOW

Despite persistent efforts from Australia's solar community, The Renewable Energy Target continues to be on the chopping block in Canberra with both sides of Government recently discussing a potential cut of around 20% to the 2020 target. This would not only affect the existing 1.3 million existing Australian solar households, but more disturbingly - the many more millions considering solar for the future.

Solar Citizens  (an Australian not-for profit community group) is continuing to stand up for the solar community by running a new campaign to ensure a strong solar future. To do your bit, we are asking you to sign a quick petition online to show your support. Simply go to www.standupforsolar.org.au  and add your name to the list of thousands of other Australians that are passionate about saving the solar industry just like we are.

 

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Are all Solar Systems the same?

Posted by SolarGreen on 4 February 2015

The thing we hear from a lot of people is "Solar is solar. What difference does it make?"

It makes a huge difference. 

If you buy an LCD television from a reputable company with a good history, you would expect that you will pay for the quality, backing and service that comes with a good brand; it is the same with solar power.
You are not just paying for the Solar Panels, or even the inverter.  You are paying for:

  • Rooftop isolators, so your solar system system doesn't set your house on fire if there is a fault with something
  • Specialized racking and support, so the panels are not sitting directly on your roof and have good air flow.  So your roof does not leak or go rusty over time
  • Quality wiring to your inverter so the power conversion is the best it can be
  • Meter upgrades when required
  • Strong performance from a system well designed for a specific physical location; not all locations are ideal for solar power.
  • Follow up service.

You should always look for quality when purchasing anything electrical. 

As the old saying goes - 'If you are being offered something that seems too good to be true, it probably is!'

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Why should I get Solar Power?

Posted by SolarGreen on 26 January 2015

This is a question we are asked daily - "why get Solar Power?". The answer is easy.

  • It is helping our environment;
  • it is helping to slow the effects on global warming and the consequences of traditional fossil fuel energy sources. 
  • Most of all, it will save you money!

It is easy to work out what size solar power system will most help you reduce your power bill.  No matter who is your electricity retailer, they all provide a graph of your usage on their bills.  That graph has all the information you need to work out what size Solar System you need!  The graph will tell you how many kilowatt hours of power per day you are currently drawing/using from the grid. It could be 15kwH, it may be 54kwH - it will differ for every home and circumstance.  Whatever that figure, that is the production rate of Solar Power you should aim for to reduce your power bill.

If you use 25kwH per day, you need to be looking at a 5Kw Solar Power system to reduce your energy bills substantially!  It really is that easy.  Solar Power systems are not the only way you can reduce your power bill. Grid connected Solar Power is just one of the ways SolarGreen can help reduce your energy costs.  We are holistic about renewable energy and constantly strive toward better and more cost effective ways to reduce your power bill, your energy consumption, and to aid you in reducing your Carbon Footprint.

Solar Power is Easy!

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