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Renewable Business Acquisitions Continue in Australia

November 20, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Over my years in renewables, I’ve lived with and installed a range of technologies including the odd small wind turbine. I’ve visited properties where committed owners have installed these devices appropriately and have enjoyed low cost reliable energy without a power line in sight, for decades.[read more]

How the Electricity Industry is Blocking Solar Energy in Australia, Part 1

October 15, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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The day to day reality for solar energy consumers and installers is that right across the country the majority of incumbent electricity companies are subtly implementing policies and procedures that slow the uptake of solar energy; and it’s getting much worse.[read more]

How Monitoring and Control are Changing Solar Businesses

September 11, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Smart monitoring has come a long way and is just going to keep getting better. For solar businesses in Australia, systems that can help you build annuities, minimize costs, and back sell to past customers seems like pretty good sense to me.[read more]

Brace Yourself for Solargeddon

August 22, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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OK, here’s the bad news. Despite all our efforts, I fear that Solargeddon is a big step closer. As an advisor to solar businesses across the country and around the world, unless we are blessed with a shock announcement from our Prime Minister I now hold very little hope for the survival of the RET.[read more]

How to Choose a Great Solar Supplier

August 18, 2014 by Nigel Morris

We very recently did some work helping to update and further educate consumers with Solar Citizens, speaking with hundreds of engaged solar owners around the country. And we are currently working with Greenpeace on a similar exercise.[read more]

Solar Scams Alive and Kicking in Australia

July 30, 2014 by Nigel Morris

I don’t want you to think I think it’s all doom and gloom because it’s not; but with the current climate, one can be sure we are facing a deep dip in the solar coaster ride. We’ll get through it like we have before but only if we pay close attention to details and do solar intelligently.[read more]

The Secret Art of Solar Finance

July 22, 2014 by Nigel Morris

If you're like me, practical with a mild hint of creative mania, then understanding how the widening array of solar financing products work can be tricky at best, boring at its worst. But no one in Australian solar can overlook the growth rates and new business opportunities that solar finance is bringing.[read more]

How Micro Inverters are Solving Problems

May 14, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Micro Inverters and Solar

For a wide variety of reasons, Australia has a solar energy market that is almost exclusively driven by small scale residential sales. By the end of 2014, we predict that the National average rooftop penetration rate will be almost 30%; an astounding and unique scenario in the world.[read more]

RET Review Process Simply Delays the Inevitable

April 29, 2014 by Nigel Morris

The first in a series of RET Review public consultation meetings was held in Sydney yesterday. Consultation defined is “a formal discussion between groups of people before a decision is made about something” but that definition doesn’t apply to this process if reports on the meeting are anything to go by.[read more]

Abbot's Systematic Destruction of Solar Energy Support in Australia Continues

April 17, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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The rationale behind the Abbott Government’s incessant unravelling of support for solar power is unclear. What is clear is that almost every single day, we find another example of their systematic destruction of an opportunity that many countries would be jumping at.[read more]

Australia's Big Fat Solar Energy Policy Failure Exposed

March 27, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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Almost five million Australians have benefited from policies that support solar energy. However, given that government policy is a fickle political weapon, the vast majority of incentives are gone or in grave danger. The pendulum of political favour is swinging the other way.[read more]

Is the Australian Solar Market Slipping as Tariffs Recede?

March 26, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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After years of booming growth in solar, Australia is encountering problems familiar to Germany’s solar-rich, some say too-rich, energy market. Reversals in government policy on carbon reduction and renewable energy targets have made for some serious solar retrenchment in the country.[read more]

All New Australian Solar Energy Forecast and Industry Intelligence Reports Released

March 23, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Navigating the ups and downs of the Australian solar industry is not getting any easier. Many of our programs and policies are teetering on a knife edge, the market is changing dramatically and the result is that the future is murkier than ever.[read more]

Australia's Other Solar Energy Industry Nemesis; Currency Fluctuation

February 28, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Australia Solar and Currency

Without a shadow of a doubt, the ebb and flow of political favour is the Australian solar industry’s biggest challenge. One day we are saving the world from the biggest moral challenge of our time, the next we are (allegedly) driving energy prices up and causing the collapse of the manufacturing sector.[read more]

2014 Solar Energy in Australia: Swings and Roundabouts

January 26, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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I hope like me, you got a chance to recharge your batteries with a summer break after a grueling year in 2013. The holidays are a chance to reflect, talk to “real people” and look at the big picture for a while. It seems like months ago already and I’m starting this solar year on a pretty upbeat note. Here’s why.[read more]