Households

High efficiency solar panels offer more options for storage and EVs

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New solar modules are producing nearly twice as much as early models at the start of the solar boom. That is important as households add storage, provide power for electric vehicles and consider going off grid.

Households

The great Australian solar conundrum, and the dumbing down on quality

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We are witnessing a horrible dumbing down and commoditisation of solar and storage in Australia, when it should be the reverse.

Households

E-KwBe: Another battery storage offering marks first install in Australia

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GCL Poly says the first of its lithium-ion battery storage units, the E-KwBe, has been installed at the Brisbane HQ of a local solar installer.

Businesses

Teachers Mutual Bank adds 186kW solar, boosting banking sector PV by 80%

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One of Australia’s largest mutual banks has installed solar on four of its buildings, in measure that will save it $750,000 over five years.

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Communities

Sunshine & ownership: A cooperative solar garden blooms in North Minneapolis

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Community solar programs are popping up rapidly, offering electric customers an opportunity to own a slice of solar energy production.

Households

I’m just about to install solar. Here’s what I’m looking to get out of it…

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I’m on the edge of solarization, and I want to be clear—with myself at least—why I’m doing this. Just what am I hoping to get out of it?

Off-Grid

WA farm taps vanadium flow battery storage, solar – an Australian first

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A farm near Busselton WA has installed a 100kWh vanadium redox flow battery with solar to avoid paying for a new connection to the grid.

Households

Battery storage and electricity bills in a post-FiT world

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What will happen when my feed in tariff ends? We did the numbers to see how battery storage could help our solar system minimise our bills.

What the Professionals Say

Households

Why Aussie homes may be better off with smaller battery banks

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You’re thinking about installing batteries for your solar PV system, but aren’t clear about how much storage capacity you need. Numbers suggest a smaller battery bank is probably a better investment than a larger one (at least for now).

Ask our Expert

Residential rooftop solar PV prices at record lows in Australia

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Average residential solar system prices for September 2016 have matched the all-time low seen in December of last year.

Households

Is it worth charging off-peak to sneak in a second cycle for your battery?

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The idea of sneaking in a battery cycle first thing in the morning doesn’t bear fruit, because most households are already exporting energy during their morning peak.

Communities

Selecting storage solutions in residential PV systems

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Combining PV with a storage solution, homeowners gain from a variety of possibilities and benefits. However, it is important to know how to select the right kind of storage solution..

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