Households

AGL to pilot “virtual” rooftop solar scheme for renters, apartments

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AGL energy CEO says upcoming new pilot will offer access to a “rooftop solar discount” to households unable to install their own. And announces lift in solar tariffs.

Households

Queensland rejects battery swap, but restricts use of storage with premium tariffs

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Queensland decides against proposed voluntary “buy out” of premium solar feed in tariffs in exchange for battery storage, but announces new rules to stop premium tariffs being rorted by batteries.

Communities

Solar and battery storage on Horizon: WA utility launches two major trials

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Two trials by Horizon Power test grid value of distributed solar and storage, and role of utility-scale battery storage in smoothing and supporting an increasingly renewables-integrated network.

Businesses

Brisbane Airport to add fleet of 11 BYD electric buses

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Brisbane Airport’s inter-terminal shuttle service will be run using 11 BYD electric buses, starting early 2018.

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Households

Get in on the ground floor: how apartments can join the solar boom

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Getting your strata committee to agree to solar panels is tricky, but it can be done.

Businesses

On demand car operator Lyft aims for 100% renewable energy & self-driving Bolts

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Lyft, the on-demand taxi service that competes head to head with Uber, aims for a 100% powered renewable energy powered Chevy Bolt.

Off-Grid

WA national park taken off-grid by local network

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Horizon Power’s stand-alone power project taking Fitzgerald River National Park off-grid with solar, battery storage and back-up diesel.

Communities

“A glimpse into the energy future” with NY affordable housing microgrid

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New York has unveiled a groundbreaking project that brings microgrid technology – rooftop solar + fuel cell + lithium battery – to the city’s affordable housing stock.

What the Professionals Say

Households

Why 2.6GWh of battery storage is achievable in next few years

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It has been argued that the CSIRO’s report was “a stitch up” for renewables, and very obviously designed to downplay the benefits, even though almost every scenario the role of renewables resulted in benefits..

Households

Why a 5kW solar system probably isn’t ‘too big’ for your home

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Two of the most popular residential solar PV system sizes in Australia are 3kW and 5kW. Which system size is the better investment – and why?

Households

Here’s an energy data idea to help consumers: ‘Voltage Watch’

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How many expensive electronic appliances and devices in our homes are being harmed or destroyed by faulty voltage in our electricity supply system?

Off-Grid

Going virtual – not off grid – the solution to 21st Century power

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Consumers want to take back control of their power supply, but is going off grid really the best use of solar and storage?

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