Articles by Giles Parkinson

The Victoria mansion leading the exodus off the grid

Ever get the idea that the decision to quit the grid – or not connect – was reserved for low energy users, austere consumers or those with no possibility of connection? Think again.

Angry and frustrated, more customers are quitting the grid

Industry reports suggest more and more Australian households are choosing to quit the grid, and they’re doing so for a mixed bag of reasons.

Australian rooftop solar boom rolls on – 351MW in first quarter

Rooftop solar installation boom continues in March, and total for first quarter is more than one third more than the previous record as households and business respond to soaring grid prices.

Brewer CUB aims to go 100% solar by end 2018

Australia’s biggest brewer, CUB, signs deal with new 112MW solar farm near Mildura as part of its plans to go 100% renewables by the end of this year, saying it will lower and lock in electricity costs. The shift to renewables by Australia’s manufacturing base is accelerating.

Germany’s VARTA enters Australia battery market, with eye on aggregation

German battery storage specialist VARTA enters Australia market, attracted by huge solar uptake and growing push to “aggregated” systems.

Queensland rooftop solar reaches 2GW, but NSW now biggest market

Rooftop solar reaches 2GW mark in Queensland, but latest monthly installations sees NSW pipping sunshine state as biggest market in February.

Another “extraordinary” month for solar, as homes “max out” roof space

New analysis shows “extraordinary” amount of rooftop solar installed in February, with more homes seeking to “max out” available roof space with modules.

Victoria town’s breakthrough deal on network tariffs as it pursues 100% renewables

Central Victoria town achieves a breakthrough deal on network tariffs that could pave the way for a community solar farm and 100 per cent renewable energy within a few years.

Victoria regulator finalises new time-varying tariffs for solar exports

Victoria regulator finalises decision on Australia’s first time-varying feed-in tariffs for solar, although acknowledges risks some users could abuse system by charging batteries at night.

“Interest free” loans for solar and storage for South Australia households

South Australia Labor government offers “interest free” loans to 10,000 households to install rooftop solar and battery storage