Boom and bust in the solar industry in Tasmania
May12

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...

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Solar Impulse – free documentary
Mar18

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...

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Summer of Solar
Dec11

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...

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TREA AGM 30 October 2014
Oct12

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...

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Scapegoating solar not the solution to our network challenges
Aug20

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...

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33% Solar tariff drop highlights flawed approach of the Economic Regulator
Jul04

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...

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