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Toyota backs renewables fund, to build “future electricity supplies”

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Toyota becomes key investor in Mirai Renewable Energy Fund, to target new renewable energy development, including solar, wind, biomass and geothermal power plants.

Communities

Is New Zealand about to get its first rooftop solar subsidy?

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Greenpeace calls on New Zealand government to shift fossil fuel subsidies over to solar, to fund installation of rooftop PV and battery storage for 500,000 Kiwi homes.

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Solar and flow battery to power Great Barrier Reef research station

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University of Queensland-run research hub on Heron Island to be more than 80% solar powered, with addition of 500kW PV and 600kWh vanadium flow battery system.

Households

Victoria rooftop solar rebate opens for applications, after “flood” of interest

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Applications officially open for Victoria Labor’s 50% rooftop solar rebate, a scheme that has attracted more than 10,000 registrations of interest and a “flood of inquiries” since announced three weeks ago.

Stories from Behind The Meter

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Life, the universe and Redflow

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The appointment of John Lindsay as a non-executive director to Redflow frees me up to transition my own head space into the technology around making our battery work in the real world.

Off-Grid

Another remote indigenous community shifted to solar, as NT “transforms” power delivery

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Warruwi remote NT indigenous community gets 175kW solar array, as Power & Water Corporation – with backing from ARENA – changes the way it delivers power.

Off-Grid

PV, pedal power and partnership: Microgrid statues planned for Portland parks

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US city of Portland and three partners launch pilot to offer emergency microgrid support in a park statue that will charge cell phones and store emergency supplies.

Businesses

Wannon Water goes with the wind – turbine construction set to begin

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Victorian utility set to build 800kW wind turbine that will power all of its energy intensive Portland water and sewage treatment facilities.

What the Professionals Say

Businesses

What is a solar PPA?

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Thinking of going solar? It’s not all about panels on roofs. There are many benefits – economic and environmental – for businesses that choose to go solar via a power purchase agreement.

Ask our Expert

Solar Insiders Podcast: Sonnen CEO on why Australia is leading market for battery storage

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An interview with Sonnen CEO Christoph Ostermann, plus a look at why the states are taking the lead on battery storage, AGL’s withdrawal from residential solar, and much more.

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Solar Insiders Podcast August 29

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Victoria Labor’s solar rebate proposal is having an impact on the solar market, with customers putting off installations.

Households

Victoria solar rebate: Let’s make those 650,000 systems VPP-ready

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By encouraging households to install a VPP-ready, ‘smart’ solar system, the Victorian government can plant the seeds for the distributed, renewables-based grid of the future.

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