REC Crisis - Why it Happened (2009)

This document was compiled from SunWiz's research into the REC market, and sent to Australian politicians. It explains why the REC crisis occurred (largely due to solar hot water subsidies) and the impact it would have upon the solar (PV) power industry.
A review of the REC market was announced subsequently to distributing this document to key politicians.

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Analysis of NSW FiT changes (2009)

SunWiz distributed this analysis to clients following the announcement of a gross Feed-in Tariff for NSW. Some of the questions posed have been answered since the implementation of the solar bonus scheme legislation and regulation.  Further analysis has shown that if a 10% reduction in PV system installed price occurs in each year, the economics of solar power shall continue to be excellent, principally because of the large (63% over 3 years) electricity tariff increases proposed by IPART.


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SunWiz submission to RET Review 2010

SunWiz' submission on the treatment of phantom credits, Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) created by the solar multiplier mechanism of Australia's expanded Renewable Energy Target. It shows that a large number of solar credits had already been created by the end of 2009.


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This study into the costs and economics of concentrating solar power in Australia formed the major part of a one-year investigation towards completion of Warwick Johnston's Master in Science (Renewable Energy). This dissertation analyses the costs of thermal trough CSP and its revenue from connection to Australia's National Electricity Market (NEM). As the wholesale price of electricity typically peaks well after midday, the investigation assesses the optimum amount of energy storage in order to maximise Internal Rate of Return (IRR).


Read more: Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) - Economics of Storage in Australia

This report was produced as an outcome of Warwick Johnston's George Alexander Foundation/International Specialised Skills Institute fellowship for Solar Air Conditioning.

It looks at the commercially available solar air conditioning technologies, and those under development at that time. It assesses the areas of Australia that each technology is most appropriate, and assesses the economic viability of solar air conditioning in 2005.


Read more: Solar Air Conditioning: Opportunities and Obstacles for Austalia (2005)

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