If you’re in Australia and have been thinking about getting a grid-connected solar power system, there’s a really good deal right now with Earth Utility. If you order before 15 December 2008, it’ll cost $2,500 installed (after rebates, RECs, etc and excluding utility connection costs).
WARNING: Earth Utility appears to be in trouble (updated 28-04-2010)
I just rang them, and the story is that they need to receive your application forms (downloadable from their web site) no later than Monday the 15th. So if you’re interested, you’ll need to fill them out tonight and Express-Post them tomorrow morning (Friday) to ensure they get there on Monday.
They lodge the application for the government rebates on your behalf, and if you get rejected for some reason they will happily refund your deposit and cancel the order. They won’t start work until your rebate application is processed, just to be sure.
Rebate applications are backlogged at the moment. The government department issuing approvals (the Australian Greenhouse Office) is experiencing around 8-12 week turnarounds on approvals. Earth Utility will then install within a month or so after that, so you’re looking at having your installation completed in around 4 months from now.
I’m filling out my forms now.