Businesses

Private schools go big on solar – a lesson in ethics and good business

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Perth’s Christ Church Grammar to install 670kW of solar, to save $195,000 a year, and teach its students a valuable lesson. Meanwhile, across the continent, a Melbourne school looks like going even bigger.

Businesses

Australia Post installs huge 2.1MW rooftop solar array in Sydney

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Australia Post’s 2.1MW rooftop solar system in Chullora, Sydney – one of the biggest of its kind so far – is expected to save it more than $800,000 a year in energy costs.

Off-Grid

Another mini-grid breakthrough for AusNet in suburban Melbourne trial

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Victorian network operator AusNet Services has again succeeded in taking part of a Melbourne street completely off grid – this time for a total of 9 hours, powered only by home solar and battery storage systems.

Businesses

Commercial solar blow as GPT hits pause on 30MW PV rollout

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Diversified property owner GPT Group has pressed pause on plans to install a further 30MW of commercial solar PV, citing fresh energy policy uncertainty stirred up by the Turnbull government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee.

Stories from Behind The Meter

Households

Happiness is a post-solar electricity bill (Farewell to 2017)

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So much for the idea of rooftop solar being a scam. Having panels on my roof is saving me a fair amount of money! Here’s how.

Off-Grid

Solar & battery storage: Choosing the right system size

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Choosing the right battery size for your home solar and storage system can be really complicated. Here are some tips to help guide the way.

Communities

Wind-powered microgrids heat “boxes of bricks” in Alaska homes

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Wind-powered community microgrids are providing both electricity and heat to four small rural communities in Alaska, cutting residents’ fuel bills and reducing dependence on diesel fuel.

Households

Solar unlimited: How to use inverters to get past export limits

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Solar panel system owners are becoming more and more ambitious about what they want from their PV systems, and are now installing 10kW + PV arrays and over-sizing their inverters.

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Solar Insiders Podcast December 21

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In the final episode of Solar Insiders for the year, Giles Parkinson and Nigel Morris chronicle what went right, and what went wrong, in the local solar market, and what we can expect from storage.

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Solar Insiders Podcast December 14

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The Power of Choice requirements that new solar households must have smart meters is undermined by some pretty dumb rules.

Businesses

Solar Insiders Podcast November 30

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Australia’s only solar module manufacturer Tindo is looking to expand its factory and add battery storage manufacturing. Plus: All the solar news of the week.

Households

Battery storage price index: November 2017

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Solar Choice has published its first Battery Storage Price Index – a generalised view of what it costs to have a battery storage system installed in Australia.

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