Rise In Tenancy Blocking Solar Savings

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The idea of people being prevented from accessing lower-cost energy with solar because they are tenants (either as individuals or businesses) is a challenge, but it's one that can be overcome with creative and smart solutions.  Still, it's an issue, as this story suggests:

Australia might lead the world for household solar energy use, but millions of people are being locked out of the benefits due to a rise in apartment living and declines in home ownership.

About 1.67 million households in Australia have solar photovoltaic (PV) panels installed.

In New South Wales, more than 350,000 households have solar PV systems.

But according to the 2016 census, more than 2.6 million people in the state can't access solar energy to help offset electricity bills because they are renting properties or living in an apartment block.

"It comes down to they don't own a roof to put solar on," said Mike Roberts, a solar analyst with the Australian Photovoltaic Institute and researcher at the University of NSW.

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Man Goes 5 Years With Unconnected Solar Panels

This story shows why monitoring is so critical, and why you need a solar provider who stays with you, ensuring you receive a whole energy solution, not just panels on a roof.  Read an excerpt here:

William Holdsworth's solar panels were on his roof for five years before he realised they were never connected to the grid.

It was 2011 and then aged 75, Mr Holdsworth was looking for a way to reduce his household expenses.

He spent about $3000 on the solar system, but he's yet to see the savings on his electricity bill.

Today, the panels lie dormant on his roof; now redundant due to changes in standards since 2011.

Read the rest of the story here.

 

US Solar Eclipse Coming

Interesting story.  Sure to be some impact...good to remember last time it happened was almost 40 years ago...  Here's an excerpt:

The total solar eclipse passing over the United States on August 21 is going to be disruptive. Authorities are predicting huge traffic jams, strained cellphone networks, and insufficient bathrooms for the masses driving to the center of the show.

But there’s another disruption that will be brought on by the eclipse: power.

Since the last total solar eclipse passed over part of the US in 1979, we’ve grown a lot more dependent on solar to electrify our homes and businesses. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, solar energy has grown by an average of 68 percent per year in the past decade. The country now has about 45 gigawatts of solar capacity installed, with 260,000 Americans employed in the industry.

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Solar Policy Call Driven By Affordability

Calls for a solar policy coming from Solar Citizens.  Demand for this kind of thing clearly being driven by rapidly growing affordability of solar.  Read an excerpt here:

Solar Citizens is urging all sides of politics to commit to policies that support all South Australians, regardless of income, to have access to rooftop solar with storage as it becomes more affordable than ever.

The call follows reports today citing energy expert Bruce Mountain’s analysis that solar with storage is now cheaper than grid electricity in our great state.

“Experts are now saying that rooftop solar with storage is the most affordable power option for South Australians, which is good news but our politicians must make sure all citizens can access the benefits of the rooftop revolution,” Dan Spencer South Australian campaigner with Solar Citizens said.

“There’s never been a better time to go solar and all across South Australia households have recognised this with solar installations booming and over 210,000 solar systems installed across our state” Mr Spencer said.

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Solar Now World's Favourite New Type Of Power Source

Not much more to say.  A good time to be in solar and a good time to be buying solar.  Here's an excerpt from the story:

Solar has become the world’s favourite new type of electricity generation, according to global data showing that more solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity is being installed than any other generation technology.

Worldwide, some 73 gigawatts of net new solar PV capacity was installed in 2016. Wind energy came in second place (55GW), with coal relegated to third (52GW), followed by gas (37GW) and hydro (28GW).

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