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Review of Feed-in Tariffs – Queensland Competition Authority

As retailers have the financial benefit of on-selling exported energy, future tariffs should be funded by retailers rather than network businesses (as is the case with the Solar Bonus Scheme). Our investigation concludes that the fair and reasonable value of electricity exported from solar panels in south east Queensland would be about 7.55 c/kWh in […]


Small-scale renewable energy target zero cost to householders

Small-scale renewable energy target zero cost to householders  The Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) will have a zero net cost impact on household power bills, according to an analysis released today by the REC Agents Association (RAA), a national industry body representing companies that trade in renewable energy certificates. The cost of the SRES, which helps families install […]


RET reviewer Dick Warburton: I’m not a climate sceptic | The Australian

BUSINESS groups have called for dramatic changes to the Renewable Energy Target after the federal government announced a review of the scheme that will focus on its size and impact on electricity prices. As electricity demand falls, the review opens the way for the possible reduction of the mandated target of 41,000 gigawatts an hour […]

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The top 3 benefits of LED lighting

The top 3 benefits of LED lighting are: 1. LED lighting is highly efficient. By making the shift from power hungry halogen down lights and incandescent globes to LED lamps, homeowners and tenants alike, can reduce their lighting energy usage by up to 80%, which will significantly reduce their electricity bills. 2. LED lighting has […]

PM – Australia’s renewable energy target up for review 17/02/2014

MARK COLVIN: The Federal Government has announced details of its review of the renewable energy target and specifically, the impact it’s having on power prices. The Government argues the market has changed since the target was set and there’s now an oversupply of electricity. The man appointed to head the review is a self-confessed climate […]

Nearly one in seven Toowoomba premises have solar | Toowoomba Chronicle

THE sun seems to be rising for sustainable energy in Toowoomba with solar electricity systems installed in almost one in seven premises in the city. Ergon Energy released figures on the uptake of solar PV systems this week which showed that 8289 systems had been installed in Toowoomba – a penetration rate of 14%. via […]

No solar panels? You’re still footing the bill | Gympie Times

EVEN if you don’t have solar panels, you’re helping to pay for your neighbour’s. The Queensland Competition Authority said the cost of the Solar Bonus Scheme accounted for about 30% of the expected increase for the typical residential customer on Tariff 11. The QCA anticipated the cost of generating electricity would rise by 29% in […]

Solar Dubbo

Hervey Bay is solar panel capital of regional Queensland | Fraser Coast Chronicle

HERVEY Bay is the solar panel capital of regional Queensland with almost one in four Ergon Energy residential customers having solar panels installed on their roofs. An Ergon Energy spokesman said at the end of December, 6442 customers – 23% of the 28,570 serviced from Ergon’s Hervey Bay depot – were eligible for the solar […]


Mapping Australian Photovoltaic PV installations

For each postcode and local government area, the map shows the estimated percentage of dwellings that have a PV system and the total photovoltaic capacity installed. via Australian Photovoltaic Institute • Mapping Australian Photovoltaic PV installations.


Six Queensland cities rank highest in Australia for investment return on solar panels | The Courier-Mail

Townsville, Gladstone, Brisbane, Mackay, Cairns and Rockhampton, in that order, are the best performers, based on cost of electricity, sunlight availability, government ­subsidy and solar system cost, according to research by ­Energy Matters. Co-founder Nick Brass said a conservative rate of return in those cities was more than 20 per cent a year, well above […]