Communities

Floating solar plant under construction in NSW – Australia’s largest

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Construction begins on community-funded 100kW floating solar array at the East Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant in NSW.

Communities

WA trial to use blockchain technology to deliver smart energy – and water

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Blockchain technology by Perth-based Power Ledger to be used to coordinate solar, battery storage and water services in urban-scale trial.

Households

AGL to expand P2P trial in Adelaide, as consumers embrace solar sharing

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AGL Energy solar trading trial set to be expanded in Adelaide, potentially giving buyers access to solar at prices lower than the grid, and sellers a higher price than the feed-in tariff.

Communities

Queensland Labor promises to help power Reef islands with “clean energy”

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Queensland Labor pledges $1.73m to help state’s islands develop business cases for right mix of solar, wind and gas generation.

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Off-Grid

Solar and battery microgrid powers farm through California wildfires

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When an islanded microgrid at Stone Edge Farm near Sonoma kept operating for 10 days through California fires and grid outages, the operators seized the opportunity to learn as much as possible from the surprises they encountered.

Off-Grid

Qld family goes off grid with solar and 60kWh Redflow ZCell battery bank

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A Queensland family has installed Australia’s largest residential Redflow ZCell battery system, alongside 18.7kW of rooftop solar, to take their home off grid.

Communities

How a Melbourne apartment building cut its energy consumption in half

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Melbourne retiree offers salutary lesson on how much energy and money – $140,000 a year – can be saved, just by changing light bulbs and applying the most basic energy management upgrades.

Businesses

Upstream completes largest rooftop solar PPA – 4MW across 70 stores

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Upstream Energy has nearly finished installation of 4MW of rooftop solar across more than 70 stores for Beacon Lighting. Beacon didn’t have to pay a cent, and is saving 25% on its bill. And the landlords are happy too – ending up with a free rooftop solar installation.

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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.

Ask our Expert

Solar Insiders Podcast November 15

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Australia has just enjoyed its biggest month ever, but it could have been even stronger if it were not for China’s appalling air pollution.

Off-Grid

Some initial musings about my own rooftop solar learning exercise

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Managing huge distributed energy generation data volumes is a challenge for industry and consumers alike. But it also represents a big opportunity to do things better.

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Solar Insiders Podcast November 1

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Energy minister Josh Frydenberg admits he hasn’t got rooftop solar, shame on him, while our expert panel looks at the best and worst in monitoring.

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