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Solar Victoria sets up taskforce to combat rooftop rebate scams

Consumer Affairs Victoria joins taskforce to combat high-pressure sales tactics, inaccurate marketing and poor service as state government solar rebate scheme takes off.

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Tamworth council weighs $1m solar rollout – with a message for Barnaby

Tamworth council set to save around $117,000 a year by installing solar on 12 council-owned facilities – but the return on investment wouldn't be as great if the local federal member had his way.

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How to avoid rooftop solar scammers – tips from Solar Victoria as rebate kicks in

The body set up to oversee Victoria government's residential solar rebate warns consumers to be wary of “scammers and inaccurate marketing” by PV cowboys pushing dodgy products and trying to cash in on the scheme.

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Is New Zealand about to get its first rooftop solar subsidy?

Greenpeace calls on New Zealand government to shift fossil fuel subsidies over to solar, to fund installation of rooftop PV and battery storage for 500,000 Kiwi homes.

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Victoria rooftop solar rebate opens for applications, after “flood” of interest

Applications officially open for Victoria Labor’s 50% rooftop solar rebate, a scheme that has attracted more than 10,000 registrations of interest and a “flood of inquiries” since announced three weeks ago.

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Rooftop solar kept out of the shade with new Victoria planning rules

Victoria government amends planning laws to protect the state’s more than 330,000 rooftop solar systems from being overshadowed by neighbouring developments.

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SA to offer home battery grants of up to $6000

SA Liberal says Home Battery Scheme will offer $100m in subsidies for up to 40,000 households to install battery storage.

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Victoria solar rebate: Let’s make those 650,000 systems VPP-ready

By encouraging households to install a VPP-ready, ‘smart’ solar system, the Victorian government can plant the seeds for the distributed, renewables-based grid of the future.

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The NEG is dead – What’s the future for rooftop solar?

With the NEG in ruins, and Malcolm Turnbull holding on as PM by a thread, where does Australia's booming rooftop solar market stand? Are rebates still under threat? And what can the industry and pro-solar consumers do about it?

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Origin backs ACCC call to end rooftop solar rebates

Big-three gen-tailer says it supports ACCC call to wind up the federal rooftop solar subsidy early, because of cost to consumers and because it's no longer needed. But other industry experts disagree, saying removing SRES early could add 45% to the cost of a system and four years more to its pay-back.

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