Newsletter Archive

E-News Issue #139

14 September 2010

Panel Sales

In the second quarter of 2010 Trina Solar was the second largest solar manufacturer in China and the 4th largest supplier in the world.

An increase in demand both here and overseas has meant that we are experiencing panel shortages of both Kyocera and Trina panels. We hope the situation will improve soon.

Green Politics

The Australian election was certainly interesting and I think the strong showing of the Greens (political party) can only be a good influence on both the major parties. A group of scientists have released a Zero Carbon Plan for Australia [edit 18.1.15 - report no longer available].

Feed in Tariff (FiT) Review

The NSW Solar Bonus Scheme reaches milestone of 50 mega Watts:

Now the Review commences!

Please read the following on how the Solar Bonus Scheme may affect you and how you can help.

The NSW Solar Bonus Scheme was established in January 2010 to encourage renewable energy, build green jobs and promote renewable energy technology.

Since then 30,000 households have been benefiting from a gross feed in tariff of 60c/kWh to feed renewable energy into the electricity grid. Legislation stated that the Scheme would be reviewed either in 2012, or, if the target of 50 megawatts were reached: this milestone occurred in late August.

Customers who are already receiving $0.60/kWh from the gross feed in tariff have been guaranteed this rate until Dec 31st 2016. However, it is rumoured that, once the Solar Bonus Scheme review has been finalised, the government is proposing to lower the gross feed in tariff for new customers to $0.44/kWh.

We encourage all our customers to make a submission in support of retaining the rate of $0.60/kWh.

NSW Industry & Investment are inviting submissions from the public as part of the overall review to evaluate the Scheme against its objectives and identify how it can continue to meet the community’s needs.

Objectives outlined in 15a of the Electricity Supply Act are:

  • a) to encourage and support persons who want to generate renewable energy as a response to climate change;
  • b) to develop jobs in the renewable energy sector by assisting renewable energy generation to compete with non-renewable energy generation;
  • c) to increase public exposure to renewable energy technology in order to encourage the whole community to respond to climate change.

You can email your submissions, by close of business 30 September, to or post to:

Solar Bonus Review,
Industry and Investment NSW,
Level 17, 227 Elizabeth Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000

Once they have received public submissions the review will be tabled in Parliament, be up for discussion and debate before deciding if legislation is to be changed.

Rainbow Power Company is currently writing a submission, which you will be able to see here in about in our Government Policies FAQ section.

If you would prefer to receive a copy as soon as it is ready, drop us an email.

Additionally, we believe that if you already have a system installed paying $0.60c/kWh, it will be possible for you to expand the system up to 10kW in size and receive the same tariff.* You may wish to seek confirmation and advice on this from NSW Dept of Industry & Investment on 1300 136 888.

*Edit 24.6.11 upsizing your system will void your $0.60 feed-in tariff.

Cheers from Dave and all the RPC crew.

Dave Lambert (Director)

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We install solar systems in Northern NSW and Southern QLD.

Gold Coast (from Coolangatta to Southport), Nerang and Hinterland (Beaudesert) and out West (Warwick, Stanthorpe, Killarney)

Northern NSW (Tweed Heads to Iluka, including Evans Head, Byron Bay and Ballina); the Far North Coast Hinterland (Yamba via Lismore to Murwillumbah) and out West (Casino to Tenterfield, including Drake and Tabulam, as well as Woodenbong and Bonalbo)

We also have sales agents in
Grafton:contact Andy Wilkinson directly on 0409 508 144, and
Tenterfield:contact Diamond J Legend directly on 0425 769 444.