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Jobs at risk in Renewable Energy Target review

Leaders of the Australian solar industry and the Clean Energy Council are calling on the Federal Government to leave the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) alone, as the current review process is placing more than 13,000 current jobs and almost 9000 future jobs at risk.

Clean Energy Council Deputy Chief Executive Kane Thornton said the SRES had successfully allowed millions of ordinary Australians to access solar, helped the electricity market cope with summer peak periods and created a strong industry with more than $10 billion invested to date.

“This review could see the SRES slashed, and according to a report released by the Clean Energy Council on Wednesday, that would have an immediate impact on both jobs and investment,” Mr Thornton said.

“The Renewable Energy Target (RET) will create 8700 new jobs in the small-scale solar sector by the end of the decade if it is left alone, but any changes to the scheme would see those jobs come under a cloud.

“The SRES supports all Australians to install solar and protect themselves from rising electricity prices, and, as our report has shown, the RET will also save the average Australian household more than $50 on their annual power bill in 2020 – and much more beyond that.”

Leaders of the solar industry met today in Melbourne ahead of a meeting with the RET Review panel next week. They will outline to the panel the major benefits of solar, including helping control rising electricity prices, jobs and the reduction of carbon emissions into the future.

The group of solar companies represents the leading technology suppliers, retailers, leading consultants and project developers in the sector, and includes senior executives from SunWiz, Ingenero, FRV, First Solar, ePho, Trina Solar, SMA Australia and West Australian Alternative Energy.

As solar industry leaders they have agreed on four priorities for developing the solar industry in 2014:

  • Retain the Large-scale RET scheme in its current form. If the large-scale target is reduced or deferred, Australia’s utility-scale solar industry will suffer disproportionately and many international utility-scale solar companies will leave Australia.
  • Retain the SRES in its current form. The SRES has been a big success and has delivered significant benefits, with rooftop solar bringing system-wide benefits that deliver value for all electricity users. Scrapping the SRES would lead to the loss of thousands of current and future solar jobs.
  • Retain the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and ensure it is adequately funded to do fulfil its role as legislated.
  • Remove the barriers to competition that stand in the way of rooftop solar providing households and businesses with cheaper electricity.

This work is led by the Clean Energy Council as the peak body for more than 300 leading solar companies and over 4500 accredited installers.

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Friday 4th April 2014

Australian Solar Council team back in Perth for final week of Vote Solar campaign


The Australian Solar Council – the peak body for Australia’s solar industry – said Chief Executive John Grimes arrived back in Perth yesterday for the final week of the vote solar campaign.

The Council has today also released an updated Solar Voter Scorecard showing WA voters which parties support cutting power bills with solar.

The Australian Solar Council will be meeting with candidates and influential interest groups to garner further support for solar in the WA Senate election.

Chief Executive John Grimes will be guest on radio and TV this week in Perth and the “Save Money. Save Solar” advertising will run on TV and in newspapers this week.

Sky sign advertising starts tomorrow so as many voters as possible see the message and understand that solar is all about cutting power bills.

Voters are particularly focussed on power costs now because pensioners and young families are getting their summer power bill and suffering from “bill shock” as they open the mail,” said Grimes.

“After sweltering though another hot summer, householders are now receiving huge power bills that are tipping them over the edge when it comes to cost of living.”

Australian government and expert solar data shows that an average solar system on an average house in WA will slash power bills by 65% for the next 20 years or more.

“Voters want to know which parties will help them slash their power bills by going solar.”

“This is the peak sales time for solar as householders take action to control their power costs, so it is the worst possible time for the federal government to scrap support for rooftop solar.”

“Politicians know Australians love solar because it cuts household power bills. They know that supporting the Renewable Energy Target at the Senate election will deliver them votes.”

“Not supporting the Renewable Energy Target will cost them votes.”

See the Scorecard here | Click Here

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Thursday 6th March 2014

Queensland Government to axe 8c-per-kWh solar feed-in tariff to cut electricity costs


THOUSANDS of southeast Queensland solar households will lose their guaranteed 8c feed-in tariff and will have to negotiate directly with retailers over a price for the energy they produce.

Energy Minister Mark McArdle will today unveil a significant overhaul of feed-in tariffs, saving other energy users millions of dollars on power bills.

Mr McArdle said removing the cost of purchasing the high-priced energy produced by these solar households would put downward pressure on all electricity bills.

But the 284,090 households that receive the 44c tariff will not be affected, with the State Government keeping its commitment to continue paying the more generous amount to those who adopted solar before the scheme was closed.

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Thursday 27th February 2014

ACT plans vast expansion in renewable energy















The ACT government will vastly expand its commitment to solar, wind and other renewable energy projects, building on solar farms already in train near Tuggeranong, Uriarra and Mugga Lane.
Environment Minister Simon Corbell next month will announce a swath of new auctions for renewable energy projects, most of them for wind farms, with bids to be called later in the year. Successful projects get a guaranteed feed-in tariff for 20 years. Mr Corbell will more than double the cap on large-scale feed-in projects to 550 megawatts, which is more energy than the city currently uses, and will allow the government to reach its target of 90 per cent of energy from renewable sources within six years.

Canberra Times full story


Wednesday 26th February 2014

Uptake of rooftop solar PV surges in South Australia in 2nd half 2013


The uptake of rooftop solar PV in South Australia – already the state with the highest penetration of solar PV in the country – surged in the second half of 2013.

According to data provided by electricity distributor Spark Infrastructure, there was 548MW of rooftop solar PV on 157,000 South Australian rooftops as the end of the year. This represents 21.2 per cent of its about 750,000 residential customers.

With Madison Australia adding 1.4MW of Solar Power in the last quarter alone.

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Friday 21st February 2014

Solar Jobs in Australia – Breakdown

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Wednesday 19th February 2014

Small-scale Renewable Energy Target – Zero cost to non-solar householders

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Tuesday 18th February 2014

Australian Solar Council –

Thousands of jobs on the line as Government reviews Renewable Energy Target


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12th August 2013

Please Join Solar Citizens – It will secure your own Investment and any Future Solar Pioneers


For most Australians using power of the sun to generate energy just makes sense.

A Solar Citizen is any Australian who supports the use of solar power – either installing it themselves or working to see great use of solar in their community.

Solar Citizens include:

  • The 2.5 million people who live in one of Australia’s one million homes that have solar panels on the roof
  • The 1.5 million people who live in one of the 600,000+ homes with solar hot water
  • The 15,500 people who work in the solar industry helping Aussie households install solar
  • Any one who would one day like to have solar on their roof
  • Any one starting up or investing in a community owned solar project
  • Any one who thinks putting a panel on every Australian rooftop just makes sense

While some would like to see control of energy generation be kept in the hands of a few big power companies, if Solar Citizens work together we can ensure that all Australians have the ability to access clean, safe, affordable power.


Friday 26th  April 2013

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Monday 3rd September 2012

Urgent Notice to Victorian Customers  –

Solar Feed-In-Tariff Slashed

Dear Customers & Clients,

The Victorian Government has slashed, both the Transitional and Standard Feed-in-tariffs to just 8c. We have until the end of September to have a System installed and inspected.

Below is the Department of Primary Industries Press release.

All current customers, we should be able to have you installed and inspected by the end of the month as we are bringing in extra staff and will be installing 7 days a week, throughout September. Customers thinking of buying a Solar System, should do so immediately to beat the deadline, we only have a few spots left for installs.

Please call your consultant for full details, we’re always here to help.

Yours sincerely,

The Madison Australia Customer Care Team.



Monday 23rd July 2012

Urgent Notice to Victorian Customers  – Solar Feed In Tariff Shut Out


Dear Customers & Clients,

The Victorian Transitional Feed-In Tariff will most probably end this Friday, 28th July, closing the scheme to new applicants, although we are hoping the Standard Feed-In-Tariff will stay in place.

A draft Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC) recommendation in May suggested only a 6-8c (instead of the current 25c) per kilowatt hour payment for new applicants.

It is important that you sign a contract before Friday to secure the higher feed-in-tariff, if you have not already done so, and if you know of any other friends or relatives that are considering going solar, that they sign up before Friday as well, whether that be with Madison Australia, or another premium solar company.

We have spoken, in depth, with the Clean Energy Council and Government Ministers. The current view is that solar customers that have contracts in place will remain on the current tariff structures, however this is not guaranteed. Government information on this subject is notoriously unreliable.

If you or any acquaintances do sign up with Madison Australia and the VIC Government retroactively changes the Tariff, we will refund any deposits taken this week, if you then do not want to proceed.

A FiT of 6-8c would be far less than what is being offered to households acquiring a system now (25c per kilowatt hour + up to 8c electricity retailer contribution). Households signing up for the Transitional Feed-in Tariff (TFiT) before any changes are announced will most probably receive the higher rate until the end of 2016.

Also unknown is how long the Victorian government will wait before announcing any changes after receiving the review on Friday. In the past there have been instances where solar incentives in Australia have been subject to “sudden death” announcements; providing little or no notice of changes. Queensland recently slashed their Tariff, overnight from 44c to 8c, after previously and publicly promising the industry and general public that they would not change the tariff.

Another trigger that could end the TFIT for new applicants with little or no warning is the cap for the program being reached; which is 75MW installed capacity. While total figures to date aren’t available, during March 2012 an estimated 11 MW of solar systems were installed in total in Victoria. If install rates have been similar each month during 2012, the cap may be very close to being reached.

With Victorians enduring two major electricity price hikes in the past 12 months, and an expected 10% increase with the Carbon Tax, the case for making the switch to solar power to rein in or wipe out electricity bills has become even stronger.

Madison Australia’s, entry-level, 1.64kW solar panel system installed in Victoria can generate electricity bill savings of up to $630 a year under current incentive arrangements. A 4.93kW solar array can provide in the region of $1,900 in financial benefits annually.

Please contact us if you have any queries, however we are expecting a large volume of calls this week, and are bringing in additional staff to help with this.

If you can’t get through, please email your consultant directly or and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,


The Madison Australia Customer Care Team



17 Jul 2012


The Department of Defence will purchase all the electricity produced by Carnegie Wave Energy’s Garden Island project to power a submarine base. Carnegie’s Chief Executive Michael Ottaviano said international navies were also striving to increase their renewable energy mix. Carnegie shares jumped 24 per cent on the back of the announcement and the first power should flow at the end of 2013. The Prime Minister announced the agreement on a visit to Perth and Climate Change Minister Greg Combet has an opinion piece in The Australian today about the change to lead the world in clean technology.

The Australian Financial Review has a wash-up of the Grattan Institute’s report on reverse auctions for renewable energy yesterday. The general feeling from most industry players was that, while there were some interesting ideas floated which could potentially complement the RET in supporting earlier stage technology, any suggestion that this approach could replace the RET did little but undermine investment certainty. This sentiment was echoed by Kane Thornton from the CEC, Pacific Hydro and the Energy Supply Association of Australia. Climate Spectator and RenewEconomy both had similar analysis yesterday, while Pacific Hydro said the experience in Brazil was that auction schemes often did not deliver what was promised because ventures under-bid to secure power contracts. The CEC was also on the ABC’s World Today program yesterday with the Grattan Institute. Origin Energy expressed “guarded support”, according to the AFR article.

Speaking of Origin Energy, Kane Thornton had an opinion piece in RenewEconomy yesterday which talked about Origin’s ever-shifting position on the Renewable Energy Target. It wasn’t that long ago that Origin was warning the target would be too hard to meet, and a couple of years ago they were calling for it to be set in stone to preserve investment certainty. Then last week they say it will be too effective. Unlike their major competitors like AGL and TRUenergy, Origin has not diversified their investment sufficiently and has backed gas all the way.

The head of Bloomberg New Energy Finance has said that both environmentalists and hard right conservatives are fighting the wrong fights over energy subsidies. Michael Liebreich said one side criticises oil and gas subsidies – which can help economic activity – while the other side is focusing on attacking clean energy subsidies, which are small in the grand scheme of things. He said television, aviation, space travel and others have enjoyed support in the past and it was “absolutely disingenuous” to say that while every major high-tech industry has benefited from government assistance, clean energy is expected to do without it." alt="girl" class="thumb" width="144" height="158" />



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