Off-Grid

Senec tapped to provide home batteries in W.A.’s largest solar + storage microgrid

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German-based Senec Australia chosen to supply home battery systems for Horizon Power’s cutting edge solar and storage microgrid in the coastal Pilbara town of Onslow.

Off-Grid

Renewable microgrids: For preventing climate change, and powering through it

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Catastrophic wildfires in California have prompted a new approach to power, starting with a microgrid that can isolate from the grid and power the fire department.

Communities

NT councils offered grants to install solar, EV chargers, batteries

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Northern Territory Labor government opens $2m grant scheme to encourage councils to move to better energy efficient infrastructure and reduce costs to consumers and taxpayers.

Businesses

W.A. Water Corp taps solar to cut grid power consumption in half

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W.A. Water Corporation reveals plans to install solar across nine sites – enough to supply around 50 per cent of the electricity needs of each of the facilities in question.

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Solar Insiders Podcast: The solarisation of South Australia’s grid

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The solarisation of South Australia’s grid, and hunting down solar cowboys in Victoria

Households

Personal air conditioning: A low energy option for keeping your cool

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Can portable, personal cooling devices keep you cool in summer? And what are the potential energy/carbon benefits? I tested two quite different personal air conditioners.

Off-Grid

WA is swapping 54km of poles and wires for solar and battery storage

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Horizon Power is decommissioning 54km of poles and wires and replacing them with 13 Micro Power Systems combining solar, battery storage and a back-up diesel generator.

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Solar Insiders Podcast: Murdoch media’s attack on solar

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A breakdown of the Murdoch media’s ham-fisted attempt to demonise rooftop solar incentives, and Nigel Morris catches out some solar cowboys.

Households

Residential revival: How home solar broke records in 2018

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Just when you thought Australia’s residential market had peaked, 2018 delivered a record year of installs, with a big boost from the Victoria Solar Homes rebate.

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Solar Insiders Podcast: Sales in the gutter

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It has been a great year for solar, but as we reveal today, there are still some disturbing sales practices taking place. Customers be warned.