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The Secret Art of Solar Finance

If you are like me, a practical person with a very mild hint of creative mania then understanding how the ever widening array of solar financing products work can be tricky at best, mildly boring at its worst.However, no one in the Australian solar...

Posted July 22, 2014    

"And Lo, My Electricity Bill has Been Reduced Thanks to the RET"

I recently received exciting news that my electricity bill will go down and with my “normal punter” hat on, that feels like a relief after years of massive increases.In fairness, the regulators have performed a miracle to take the pressure off,...

Posted July 7, 2014    

Australia's Disruptive Energy Revolution Defined

I spend a lot of time trying to succinctly describe what is going on with energy, to people in all walks of life.The reality is, the issues are complex and people on both sides of the argument tend to simplify the issues down into bite sized chunks...

Posted July 5, 2014    

How Solar Finance is Driving Solar Businesses to Change

At the risk of sounding like an old man with graying whiskers, I can remember giving a presentation more than a decade ago about how we needed to stop thinking in terms of capital cost and think about price per kilowatt hour when it comes to selling...

Posted June 27, 2014    

Australian Energy Utilities at the Brink?

In case you hadn’t noticed, there is a lot going on in the Australian solar energy industry right now.In fact, I’ll rephrase that – there’s a lot going on in the Australian energy industry right now and in case you hadn’t noticed, solar is a major...

Posted May 24, 2014    

How Micro Inverters are Solving Problems

In our previous post on micro inverters, we looked at how they have the potential to change business models. In this second installment we look at how they are solving real world problems for installers and consumers.A crucial starting point is some...

Posted May 14, 2014    

Notice: Gone (Solar) Fishing

Although Australia’s demand for solar ebbs and flows with market conditions, the interest in Commercial solar continues to slowly but surely grow.Not only are Australian businesses being hit by rising electricity costs, recent announcements...

Posted May 1, 2014    

RET Review Process Simply Delays the Inevitable

The first in a series of RET Review public consultation meetings was held in Sydney yesterday.The Oxford definition of consultation is “a formal discussion between groups of people before a decision is made about something” but apparently...

Posted April 29, 2014    

How Micro-Inverters are Changing Solar Energy Business Models

Someone asked me a great question recently: “Nige, I know you're a fan of micro-inverters. How big do you really think their share of the market will be?”Its a great question because those who have been around for a while have seen plenty of...

Posted April 26, 2014    

RET Review: Roadblock or Opportunity?

Sometimes I wish I had decided to sell solar systems instead of research and advice.From the outside, it often seems like you guys are all making the big money and I’m just fiddling round the edges, but then I look at the volatility and complexity...

Posted April 24, 2014    

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

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...

Posted April 17, 2014    

Solar for $1/W - Really?

Can you get a solar system at under the magical $1/W? You betcha. But I am increasingly of the view that systems priced at these levels are either built with smoke and mirrors or there is a magic formula that a very select number of companies have...

Posted March 29, 2014