Independent and trusted reviews, tests and investigations of solar power, solar products, incentives and rebates.

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Solar PV system leasing and PV power purchasing agreements (PPAs)

If you can't afford to pay for solar up front, you might not need to go without.

4 Nov 2014 | The cost of installing solar can be too much in one hit for some householders. Solar leasing or a solar PV power purchasing agreement could be the answer.

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Solar panel payback times

We've recrunched the numbers to give you the latest payback times for a 2.0kW solar panel system.

18 Jun 2013 | They've become much cheaper to install, so payback times for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have decreased in most states.


Unsafe solar installation

Some operators are bypassing safety considerations in their effort to cash in on fast-disappearing government money.

23 May 2011 | Solar panel uptake is surging, but as installers are rushing through jobs, incorrect wiring and circuit breakers are being used.

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Solar panels buying guide

Install a system that produces carbon-free energy and insulates you from rising coal-fired electricity prices.

1 Oct 2010 | Everything you need to know about making the right purchase decision.

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Solar electricity incentives

As energy prices soar, solar electricity should be a smart investment – but are the incentives strong enough?

3 Aug 2009 | Changes to the federal government’s rebate for solar panels are likely to increase the cost of installing a solar PV system.

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Solar hot water systems buying guide

Solar hot water is now big business, with dozens of manufacturers and hundreds of retail suppliers all keen to get your custom.

13 Aug 2008 | CHOICE takes the confusion out of purchasing solar and heat pump hot-water systems.


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