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

The “green rhetoric” from electricity utilities has slowed in recent years with most utility website’s telling you how solar is great and they can offer a solution, but only if you really want it. One I read today had gems like “But before you...

Posted October 15, 2014    

Off the Grid with Solar Energy for Twenty Years and Still Going Strong

If you really want to understand how solar can change lives, you need to go to a remote area and Barkala Farm out past Coonabarabran is a long way from home.Going bush is a tradition that we all too often neglect and thanks to my in-laws, we headed...

Posted October 3, 2014    

Australian Solar Energy Businesses Restructuring for Survival

Notwithstanding the farcical goings on around the RET review, solar businesses in Australia continue to move and shake.Its seems the last few months have been all about mergers and acquisitions which is either a sign of industry maturity...

Posted September 13, 2014    

How Monitoring and Control are Changing Solar Businesses

I just keep getting drawn back into the monitoring and control discussion lately.Almost every single day I hear wondrous stories about what manufacturers can do with data and, I hear stakeholders (consumers and others) pleading for increased...

Posted September 11, 2014    

Brace Yourself for Solargeddon

OK, here’s the bad news.Despite all our efforts, despite the jobs losses, despite the facts, despite the undeniable climate logic, tragically now I fear that Solargeddon is a big step closer.As an advisor to solar businesses across the country and...

Posted August 22, 2014    

How to Choose a Great Solar Supplier

I blame my parents.Coming from a long, long line of teachers, it must surely be their fault that I feel compelled to talk publicly, as much as possible about solar energy.We recently did some work helping to update and educate consumers with Solar...

Posted August 18, 2014    

Australian Energy Utilities Attack on Solar Energy Revealed

Ironically, I decided to start writing this whilst I was on hold (for the second time in the last 30 minutes) with one of Australia’s big three dirty utilities. So far I have been transferred four times, cut off once, entered my details three...

Posted August 15, 2014    

Solar Scams Alive and Kicking in Australia

The headline might appear a little alarmist but yet again, I find myself personally caught up in helping consumers navigate through solar scams.It seems that despite (or perhaps because of?) the industry down-turn new solar companies continue to...

Posted July 30, 2014    

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