Communities

Pace of renewables shift leaves city planners struggling to keep up

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Responding to climate change, networks of decision-makers, such as the C40 collective of major cities, have begun adopting strategies to promote the uptake of renewable energy. Yet land use planning has seemingly begun to lag behind.

Off-Grid

Saint Lucia’s journey to a renewable future

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St Lucia’s 180,000 residents and tourism-driven economy depend heavily on reliable electricity. Over the past year action has started to shift the island from almost 100% imported fossil fuelled power, to a mix of local renewables.

Communities

Bruny Island trials “electricity grid of the future”

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Tasmania’s Bruny Island sees the benefits as 11 of 35 solar-powered battery systems installed in private homes start contributing to the local electricity grid.

Households

‘Smart home’ gadgets: Not always the easy answer to cutting bills

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Research suggests some “smart” devices can wind up increasing household energy usage, rather than cutting it.

Stories from Behind The Meter

Communities

OffGridBox: Clean water and solar power… in a box

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Italian startup’s $15,000 all-in-one modular solution can supply 16kWh solar power a day, plus 24,000 liters of filtered, sterilised drinking water – enough to provide for a remote village of about 300 people.

Households

Bruny retirees love their solar power 

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John Kobylec believed that installation of a solar system at his Bruny Island retirement home would be prohibitively expensive, but is now a now total convert.

Businesses

Arsenal Football Club goes 100% renewable with solar deal

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English Premier League club’s Emirates Stadium now runs on 100% renewable energy following solar offtake deal with Octopus Energy.

Businesses

Solar plants are taking root on farms

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Solar installations are cropping up on farms across the US, and not just to cut power costs. In some cases, they have proved more lucrative to farmers than cash crops.

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Households

When energy bills are hurting, only one thing makes sense

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As consumers stare down the barrel of big energy bill increases, there is one thing they can do. It’s what 1.6 million Australian households have done already. It’s simple, it’s good, and it actually works.

Households

Energy Locals calls out ‘gen-tailers’ for driving up prices, hurting customers

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Energy Locals becomes second market player in week to hit out at fossil fuel generators for “deliberately” driving up electricity bills.

Households

Sonnen’s ‘free’ / flat-rate electricity plan looks great. Is it worth it?

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How does Sonnenflat stacks up against the alternatives, like doing nothing; going solar, or; going with another solar & battery system without a custom-made electricity plan?

Households

Should “invisible” rooftop PV be discouraged?

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The boom of solar in Australia is great, but traditional PV systems are essentially invisible to our networks and our markets. And that’s problematic.

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