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  1. AUSTRALIANS put more household solar panel systems on their roofs than anyone else in the world last year, new data from the Clean Energy Regulator and the International Energy Agency show. The statistic astonished many in the solar industry, given Australia's small population compared with renewable energy market leaders such as European Union countries, China, Japan and the United States. About 392,500 new household solar systems were switched on last year. Australia still generates far less solar electricity than those countries, but the nation's preference for small, individual panels mounted on detached, owner-occupied suburban homes means a greater number of systems were actually installed. ''It took me by surprise that we were first, because Germany and Italy are so big,'' said Ric Brazzale, the president of the REC Agents Association, a body representing traders and creators of renewable energy certificates. ''Australian support for solar has had a lot of support at the residential level, and all political parties in the country have supported residential solar. Elsewhere in the world, most policy is geared towards much larger-scale commercial projects.'' Altogether, 785 megawatts of solar power was installed in Australia last year, virtually all in the form of small-scale panel systems on homes and businesses. This meant Australia just scraped in ahead of Japan and Germany, which deployed about 759 megawatts of small-scale solar power - although that represents only about 10 per cent of total German solar production. Similarly, in other big solar nations such as the US and China, government incentives emphasise big solar power plants, and only a small proportion of renewable energy comes from household rooftop panels. The end of generous state feed-in tariffs, such as the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme, had created a late rush to get panels on roofs, said Nigel Morris, the director of market analyst Solar Business Services. Mr Morris analysed the data, which was then scrutinised by others in the industry and found to be accurate, after cross-referencing with International Energy Agency figures for last year. ''In terms of total megawatts, Japan and Germany still beat us,'' he said. ''In Australia you have a combination of factors, but especially the renewable energy certificate system that's optimised for [rooftop solar] systems of 1.5 kilowatts. Our market is designed to favour small systems.'' Based on an average household size of 2.5 people, nearly 4 million Australians now live in a house or work in a business with solar panels on its roof. The amount of electricity generated by rooftop panels has increased almost tenfold between 2009 and 2011, and continues to grow despite rebates and tariffs being wound back. Altogether, renewable energy made up about 7 per cent of Australia's total electricity generation last year. Much of that came from hydroelectricity in the Snowy Mountains Scheme, the federal government's most recent Energy in Australia report shows. Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/energy-smart/australians-lead-in-fitting-solar-panels-on-homes-20120817-24dxd.html#ixzz24Ie6aqs0
  2. hello all new to this bt after living in sydney 6years ago as a nurse on a sponsored visa, me and my oh now with with our 2 children age 5 and 5 months are considering returning. dont think a permanent visa would be too hard to get but seeking any advice from people who have moved re cost of living. As a family we could prob be earning around $130000, bt is this enough for a good standard of living? would prob move to queensland as few friends moved there bt cars childcare rent etc is making us wonder. we partied and travelled when was last there so lived alot like students!!!! but would now want family living in the sunshine, here in uk both work full time and would do the same there. Any info from others families greatfully recieved x
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    hoping to travel to austalia...

    Hi, was wondering if anybody to help me.. i am looking to apply for an australian working visa to travel next year. I am currently on a 2 year suspended sentence for cultivating cannabis. Not to bore you with all the details this was a very sensitive case where i basically took the blame for an ex partner. i am 23 years old and have no other previous criminal record. I was sentenced to 52 weeks, suspended for 2 years and it should run out in september 2012. I was wondering if anyone can advise me on exactly what i would need to do to apply for my visa?? I should be able to get excellent character references as i said i have never been in trouble before. I would be wanting to travel to australia next novemeber.. do you think this is likely? If so what do i need to do? thanks.

    Australia vs uk on general bills?

    Hi, I was wondering about the comparison? just on general bills such as electricity, insurances, gas, tv, water, phone etc not including luxuries or mortgages stictly just bills. Sorry if anyone finds this a rude question I just need to know if we can afford to live in OZ before submitting an emigration request. Cheers
  5. Heres my question... I want to visit England in February next year and my daughter will be 9 months old. I was going to apply for her British Passport but I don't know what and if she will need a visa ( i rang immigration and i think i confused them too!) I have a permanent resident visa in my passport and if i was to get my daughter a British passport she obviously wouldn't need a visa to get into England but although she is an australian citizen to come back on a british passport i dont know if i would need to get some visa stamp in there so anyway to save confusion coming back im going to get her an aussie passport but does anyone know if she will need a visa to enter england? I hope this makes sence and someone can help me, There is a chance i will be trav elling to england on my own which im not looking forward to at all so i want to make my journey as stress free as possible. Thanks in advance x