Communities

Four Spanish islands launch 100% renewables plan, defying Madrid

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Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Fomentera currently depend on coal for nearly half their power supplies and get only 2% from renewables. The Balearic government wants to change all that.

Households

IKEA flags selling solar panels “at cost” in Australia, industry reacts

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Flat-pack solar? IKEA says it wants to retail solar panels in Australia, “at cost”, as it has done in the UK and other EU countries. Is this a good thing?

Businesses

CEFC backed green loan scheme hopes to boost EV uptake

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New green loan scheme backed by Clean Energy Finance Corporation to offer cheaper finance to buy and lease low and zero emissions vehicles.

Communities

Carnegie to build W.A.’s largest microgrid at Kalbarri

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Carnegie wins WA contract to build state’s largest microgrid, ensuring renewables and batteries can lift reliability of supply for Kalbarri.

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Off-Grid

Tesla EV charged with diesel generator still cleaner than conventional car

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Critics argue EVs charged with fossil fuelled electricity are as dirty, if not dirtier than conventional ICE cars. We put that to the test.

Off-Grid

Healing with solar in Puerto Rico

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As Puerto Rico’s hospitals languish without power more than four months after Hurricane Maria, a team of clean-energy evangelists are working to use solar power to rebuild.

Off-Grid

California winery microgrid wins top environmental award

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Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards and Winery, home of a microgrid noted for its performance during the California wildfires last year, now has received an additional accolade.

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.

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Solar Insiders Podcast February 7

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A look insider Tesla’s world’s biggest virtual power plants, and why Craig Kelly gets a Zero for his barmy comments about electric vehicles.

Businesses

The solar market consolidation that never happened

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Remember the predictions that the solar market would consolidate from 4000 businesses to four or forty major solar companies serving the Australian market? The opposite happened.

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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.

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