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Meanwhile, in Australia: Innovative Storage Quietly Being Installed

May 15, 2015 by Nigel Morris
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Tesla very recently captured the world’s attention with its announcement of a new storage solution recently. What was perhaps most telling for Australians is that the company singled out the land down under as a key market for the future of the technology.[read more]

Something Astounding Just Happened in the Solar Energy World

February 12, 2015 by Nigel Morris
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You've read the Hawaiian announcement last week about micro inverter manufacturer Enphase. It alluded to a big thing but I couldn’t quite work out what had happened so I called some friends. The reality of what these guys just did and have achieved in the real world is really quite astonishing.[read more]

Solar Business: A Renovators Dream?

February 5, 2015 by Nigel Morris

There seem to be a lot of milestones being reached recently in the solar industry down under. We are in the next phase of solar business evolution as belts tighten, businesses downsize and the market adjusts. 2014’s lack of growth over previous years was felt across the industry and its tough out there.[read more]

Why Deutsche Bank's Solar Projections Don't Fit Australia

January 22, 2015 by Nigel Morris
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Deutsche Bank is projecting a potential reduction in solar costs of around 40% in the next two years. I’m excited to hear this news and don’t want to rain on anyone's parade, however, I think it’s really important to look at them in the context of local market conditions to understand how probable they are.[read more]

Update from Canberra on the RET

December 6, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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Having just come back from another trip to Canberra to meet with a number of MP’s, I thought I’d offer my take on what we did and where we are up to on the RET issue. The visit was organized by the tireless team at SolarCitizens who never cease to amaze me.[read more]

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]