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Support a fair go for solar in Tasmania – petitions close 3 November

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Please sign our e-petitions to the Tasmanian House of Assembly and Legislative Council.* These petitions close on 3 November. By signing these formal e-petitions, your concerns will be tabled in Parliament and the government will be obliged to give a formal response. Many Tasmanians want to contribute to a renewable powered future by investing in solar PV but the solar industry has been undermined by repeated drops in the feed-in tariff and unfair metering that does not fully reward solar owners for the electricity they export. Despite its...

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A new tariff option

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A new tariff option

TasNetworks is proposing the introduction of an opt-in ‘demand time of use’ tariff for residential and small business customers starting from July 2017. The new tariff is likely to be of most benefit to customers who can manage the time of their energy use. It may also allow customers with on-grid battery systems to manage their energy costs by storing grid or solar PV energy and using it to reduce peak time consumption. Background TasNetworks is currently working on its Distribution Determination for the period July 2017 to June 2019....

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TREA AGM 29 Oct 2015

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TREA AGM 29 Oct 2015

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance Inc. will be held at 6pm on Thursday 29 October 2015 in The Chapel, New Sydney Hotel, Bathurst Street, Hobart.  Door prize thanks to SolarSpec: one lucky attendee will win a door prize pack from SolarSpec, contains two DC Isolators, wide-brimmed hat and t-shirt, total value of $150. The business of the annual general meeting is to: elect the officers of the Association and the ordinary committee members, confirm the minutes of the last preceding annual general meeting...

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Tasmania heading the wrong way on renewable energy

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Tasmania heading the wrong way on renewable energy

Despite its abundant natural resources of hydro, wind and solar and its renewable energy infrastructure, Tasmania has joined the rest of Australia in doing a U-turn away from a sustainable future. Figures provided to TREA by Melbourne Energy Institute[1] show that in the financial year just ended, Tasmania spent $34m more buying dirty brown-coal fired electricity from Victorian than it earned exporting renewable energy to the mainland. In the previous two year, Tasmania was a net exporter of electricity. The mechanisms behind this are...

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Boom and bust in the solar industry in Tasmania

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Boom and bust in the solar industry in Tasmania

As at 7 April 2015 there are over 24,600 solar PV installations in Tasmania with a total installed capacity of over 83 MW. Boom and bust cycles are a constant in the solar industry due to the way changes in government policy are implemented. The recent experience in Tasmania reflects this.  Analysis by the Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance shows there are now less than 200 new installations a month, compared with around 500 a month before the feed-in tariff changed in August 2013.   On 18 August 2013 the state government announced that...

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Solar Impulse – free documentary

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Solar Impulse – free documentary

The Wings of the Sun Free Screening (Suitable for all ages) 6.30PM for 7PM Tuesday 24th March, 2015 At the Dechaineux Theatre (Next to Henry Jones Art Hotel) UTAS School of Art, Hunter St, Hobart Come and see the screening of the fascinating documentary ‘The Wings of the Sun’ which shows the construction and testing of the record-breaking ‘Solar Impulse’ solar-powered aircraft that flew across America in 2013. This is in support of the current attempt by pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard to fly its successor, ‘Solar Impulse 2’ and...

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Summer of Solar

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Summer of Solar

We are proud to support the Australian Solar Council’s Summer of Solar The fantastic news is the Senate has stopped the Federal Government cutting support for solar. That means the Federal Government RET scheme remains in place unchanged. Now is the perfect time to buy. See our Solar page for info in installing solar in Tasmania. Install solar this summer to slash your power bills and show our Prime Minister you care about solar. By investing in rooftop solar you will be supporting lower power bills, clean energy jobs and a renewable...

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TREA AGM 30 October 2014

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TREA AGM 30 October 2014

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance Inc. will be held at 6pm on Thursday 30 October 2014 at Rexel Electrical Supplies, 221 Main Road, Derwent Park. The business of the annual general meeting is to: elect the officers of the Association and the ordinary committee members, confirm the minutes of the last preceding annual general meeting and of any general meeting held since that meeting, receive from the committee, auditor and servants of the Association reports on the transactions of the Association...

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Scapegoating solar not the solution to our network challenges

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Scapegoating solar not the solution to our network challenges

[A shorter version of this article was published in The Mercury on 20 August 2014] It is extremely disappointing to see the new head of TasNetworks trotting out the usual anti-solar messages (The Mercury 14 August). Contrary to what is often presented in the mass media, solar PV is not predominantly owned by the wealthy and is not cross subsidised by the poor. In fact the lowest income LGA in Tasmania (Tasman) has more than twice as many solar installations per 100 dwellings as the richest (Hobart)[1]. A hypothetical Tasmanian grid-connected...

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33% Solar tariff drop highlights flawed approach of the Economic Regulator

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33% Solar tariff drop highlights flawed approach of the Economic Regulator

The Tasmanian Economic Regulator has dropped the feed-in tariff (FiT) for solar customers who signed up after 30 August 2013 from 8.282c to 5.551c effective from 1 July 2014. This 33% reduction highlights the unfairness of the methodology used by the Economic Regulator to calculate the benefits of exported solar electricity. Solar owners are being paid less than 6c for electricity that is then resold by Aurora to their neighbours for 24.7c. Tasmania’s solar tariff is now the lowest of any state in Australia that sets a state level tariff.[1]...

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