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Carbon Tax and Government Support – the Other Side of the Coin

Last week we examined the point of view of academic Mark Diesendorf who stated that the much villified carbon tax will probably be insufficient to encourage renewable energy investment in Australia. This week we look at the opposing view and find that overseas renewable energy companies are indeed putting their hands in their pockets to […]

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What is wrong with this advert?

How do they get away with this!?! Tell us what is very wrong with this advert… Your answers in the comments or on our Facebook page please!

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Will the Carbon Tax Boost Large-Scale Solar Projects?

The debate over whether or not a carbon tax will be effective has split families, pitched neighbour against neighbour, divided loyalties and torn our nation asunder. Well not exactly, but a real blockbusting start to this week’s column you have to admit! On a serious note, the question many SolarQuotes readers would like answered about […]

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Clean Energy Council Puts Roadmap in Government’s Solar Glovebox

By Rich Bowden It’s a no-brainer right? Australia is one of the most blessed countries in the world with regard to availability of solar power and solar intensity. We, along with the United States, are considered to have the greatest potential for the exploitation of solar energy in the world. So why has domestic policy […]

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Is WA’s Support of Solar Utilities at the Expense of Domestic Projects?

When we think of Western Australia we generally consider mining booms, expanded gas projects, black swans and the West Coast Eagles football team (and Dennis Lillee and Rod Marsh for those of us with age on our side). But as an Australian leader in solar technology? After a recent government decision to close down its […]

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Japan Looks to Renewables in Wake of Nuclear Disaster

By Rich Bowden All eyes are on the Land of the Rising Sun as the country, still reeling from the effects of the March 11 Fukushima nuclear disaster, looks to build a renewable energy future to reshape its energy needs. Prime Minister Naoto Kan (soon to be former Prime Minister Naoto Kan) has, in the […]

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Subsidies in Frame as Silex Ends Local Solar Cell Manufacture

By Rich Bowden Solar industry news in NSW this week has been dominated by the announcement by Silex Solar, the last company to manufacture solar cells in this country, that it will discontinue the production of locally made cells. (Note the solar cells are the black, round, saucer sized, plates of silicon, which make up […]

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China Plan To Whip Australia’s Ass in Domestic Solar Investment

Whilst many Australian state governments dither over the solar feed-in-tariff (FIT) issue, China has come charging out of the changing sheds recently with a brand new, highly-polished, national feed-in-tariff system. They are kicking the world’s ass when it comes to high value manufacturing (where was your iPad made?) and now it looks like they are […]

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How to Spot a Solar Cowboy

By Rich Bowden OK so you’re almost ready to make that big decision to install solar panels to save on your sky rocketing power bills while doing your bit for the environment. But, mindful of recent poorly-regulated installation disasters (who remembers the Pink Batts saga?) you’re leery of the same type of dodgy operators who […]

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BP Solar Stops Making Residential Solar Panels

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By Rich Bowden: The news that BP Solar will close its global distribution for residential solar panels and related PV products in favour of large scale projects has raised eyebrows amongst solar analysts throughout the world. The announcement came after the company had been in the business of marketing PV products for thirty years, making […]

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