Will we let the sun shine in?

by Matt Grudnoff and Richard Denniss

This paper focuses on the solar industry in Australia. It provides a brief overview of the size, growth and prospects for the Australian solar industry and argues that as the number of solar panels installed continues to rise, the cost of installation and maintenance will continue to fall. The paper argues that the productivity of the Australian solar installation market is among the highest in the world and that Australian firms have the potential to profit from exporting their business and financial structures. The paper concludes that one of the biggest threats to the solar industry, and to the renewable energy industry more generally, is the ability of the large companies that currently dominate the generation, distribution and retail of electricity industry in Australia to distort the regulations of the markets in ways that maintain their market share and profitability

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