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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 the...

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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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Lambie and Palmer commitments great for Tasmanian jobs

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Lambie and Palmer commitments great for Tasmanian jobs

“Support of the Renewable Energy Target by Jacqui Lambie and Clive Palmer is great news for employment in Tasmania” Rob Manson, President of the Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance (TREA) said today. “And its great news for families and business owners looking to install renewable energy to help further reduce their energy costs.” On 21 June Senator-elect Jacqui Lambie described any changes to the Renewable Energy Target (RET) as “illegitimate” reforms for which the government did not have a mandate. On 25 June Clive Palmer announced that the...

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TREA submission to the RET Review

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TREA submission to the RET Review

Read the TREA Submission to the RET Review. The main points in our submission are: The solar PV industry provides direct employment for over 450 Tasmanians. These jobs are skilled, permanent jobs and provide employment in rural as well as urban areas. Distributed renewable energy projects in Tasmania (including solar PV, wind and small hydro): reduce electricity costs for households and businesses, can provide a valuable source of additional income for farmers, encourage economic development in rural areas, and free up large scale hydro power...

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Training session – SolarBridge Micro Inverters, 25 & 27 March

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Training session – SolarBridge Micro Inverters, 25 & 27 March

Come to the Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance’s next training session, learn about micro inverters and be in the draw to win a 1.5 kW kit (panels and inverters only) valued at over $2,500. Where and when: Hobart: 5:30-7:30pm, Tuesday 25 March, Hotel Soho, 124 Davey St (cnr Molle St) Devonport: 5:30-7:30pm, Thursday 27 March, Edgewater Devonport, 4 Thomas Street, Devonport East Admission: free for TREA members (you can join on the night) or $30 for others. Light refreshments provided, drinks available at bar prices. Who’s presenting: Derek...

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Have your say on Electrical Inspections of solar PV

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Have your say on Electrical Inspections of solar PV

All solar PV installations in Tasmania are inspected by TechSafe inspectors working under a contract with WorkSafe Tasmania. TREA, in conjunction with WorkSafe Tasmania has organised these events to allow solar installers to understand the process and to raise any concerns they have about the inspection process. Henry Hodgson, Electrical Safety Officer, WorkSafe Tasmania, will describe the background to the inspection contract. He will present information on the results of inspections to date and the types of problems that lead to the issuing...

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