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Is Commercial Solar Worth It? Ask This Mining Company…

a commercial solar system on a roof

  Hot on the heels of our posts last week about the amazing returns commercial solar can bestow upon savvy businesses and  Aussie bankers putting their hands in their pockets to support solar energy projects came the news that WA mining equipment company Diab Engineering has backed solar energy by installing a rooftop solar system […]

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The Shocking Truth About Commercial Solar

graph of solar returns

OK, I admit it –  that was a headline designed to get your attention if you own or operate a small or medium sized business (I’m also a sucker for bad puns). But it’s just that I feel the need to shout from the rooftops about the insane returns that SMEs can get from commercial […]

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Solar Farms Are A Good Investment – And That’s Official!

  It can get a bit tiring sitting here at SQHQ listening to the solar narks peddling the age old line that “solar is completely uneconomic and will destroy our precious mining economy”. Luckily a solar milestone flashed by our radar last week which drives yet another nail into the argument put forward by those […]

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The Economics Of Solar Power in Australia [infographic]

solar infographic

I put this together to try and get across just how economically compelling solar power is if you look at the cost of electricity over 20 years instead of simply focussing on the up front cost. If you can get good financing, solar power is an economic no-brainer for most households. Embed This Image On […]

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Solar Inverter Sizing: Don’t violate the new CEC guidelines!

solar inverter and panels

It is common practice, when designing a solar system, to ‘undersize’ the solar inverter, by connecting more panels than the inverter appears to be rated for. This can freak out some solar customers when they see, for example 3.25kW of panels proposed to be connected to a 3kW inverter in their solar quote. Confused? Let […]

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Royal nod of approval as solar energy shines at Chelsea Flower Show

As regular readers would know, it is this column’s opinion that nothing beats a win over the Brits in an international comp. Now things haven’t gone so well in recent years with proud Aussies being forced to surrender the Ashes and we don’t want to talk about the Olympics!

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Solar and the dreaded budget (Part 2)

All solar fans’ eyes were turned to the budget this week as Treasurer Wayne “The Knife” Swan brought down his sixth budget (gee doesn’t time fly Swanny?). So how did solar energy (and renewables in general) fare in the Budget? Did we do OK ? Or was it a case of solar energy being once […]

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The dreaded Budget: How to avoid solar energy cuts

utility scale solar

As the Federal Budget approaches, renewable energy supporters — including solar power fans — tend to get a bit twitchy. You know the deal folks, Julia “The Ranga Boss Lady” Gillard tells Wayne “The Knife” Swan that we’re not getting enough revenue from the carbon tax and to go find some more. The Knife then […]

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Think tank: Solar is Australia’s energy future

Yet another report released this week backing solar energy as the future for Australian energy needs. The Centre for Policy Development (CPD) released a landmark study (yes how many times have you heard reports described as “landmark”?) which, on the surface, appears to state the bleedin’ obvious points — at least to SolarQuotes readers anyway […]

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Solar energy: has the smart money seen the light?

cash and solar panels

The big news in solar energy this week was the acquisition of Power-One — manufacturers of the fable Aurora Inverters — by the Swiss energy giant the ABB Group for one billion dollars. For those among us who will never see $1,000,000,000, to give you an idea of its worth, its about half of what […]

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