New Zealand's biggest power generator imagines a scenario where every home had solar PV, and every car was electric. And it sees no problems.
Spanish govt proposes self-consumption fee for solar households that add battery storage that would double the system's pay-back time. Law would also include an infringement penalty double that for leaking nuclear waste.
Rooftop solar distribution data reveals some interesting patterns, linking some of Australia's most conservative electorates with high PV uptake.
Energy Made Clean wins tender for 1.1MWh battery system for ground-breaking large-scale community energy storage trial in Western Australia.
Central Victorian NGO launches 2nd round of bulk-buy community solar offer, in hope of attracting 150 more households to cheaper, easier rooftop solar.
NSW motor-sport precinct that aims to host electric vehicle racing events plans to go-offgrid, using solar and battery storage.
Tesla announcement has already forced battery storage pricing in Australia to come down by one third, with further rapid falls to follow.
Australia’s first council and community-owned solar project could be completed by the end of 2015, with campaign to attract local investors set to launch.
Despite RET uncertainty, Australian community renewables sector has shown remarkable ability to get on with it.
Japanese construction company Sekisui Heim used Star Wars droids to promote its net zero houses. It worked.
New housing estates in Australia may be built without a connection to the main grid, offering instead free electricity – and even free electric vehicles – to residents. Meanwhile, numerous towns are looking to buy back their grid from networks. Welcome to the new world of micro-grids.
91-year-old medical entrepreneur installs largest solar and battery storage array for an off-grid home. Hawaii and Australia seen as biggest off-grid markets.
Australia has all the ingredients to be world’s leading market on battery storage: Lots of solar, high prices, and a consumer base that is cost conscious and distrustful of incumbents. Add in a flash consumer product, and it has all the elements of an iPhone style revolution.
Panasonic targets Australia as first global market for battery storage, in deal with 3 utilities to trial 8kWh system. It says storage will double self consumption of solar households, but it intends to sell product through networks and retailers, challenging their business models.
AGL sees no mass market for battery storage before 2020, and is not sure Tesla product is suitable for Australia. It concedes it is behind in rooftop solar, but argues this is just one of basket of new technologies that will change consumer energy use. And it doesn't fear for its coal assets.
Panasonic to roll out battery storage for solar in Australia