Articles by Giles Parkinson

Biggest little town looks to revive Australia’s littlest big hydro

Nearly 100 years after town of Mullumbimby got together for the country’s first community owned power plant, it is looking to revive its hydro plant as it pursues 100 per cent renewable energy.

Tesla confirms price hike for Powerwall 2 battery storage, to reflect “better value”

Tesla confirms near 20 per cent jump in price of Powerwall 2 battery storage units, but says more upgrades and improvements are coming.

Ausgrid hopes community storage can help it engage with consumers

Australia’s networks have gone from raising the drawbridge to lowering it, inviting new technologies and ideas on to their platform. And sooner or later they are going to be competing for access to the consumer.

Australia rooftop solar installs surpass 1GW in September, overtaking 2017 total

SunWiz data shows Australia installed another 125MW of small-scale rooftop solar in September, taking total for calendar 2018 to 1.09GW and beating 2017 total with three months to go.

NSW councils sign up for Moree solar farm to slash electricity costs

Group of 18 councils in NSW sign up to take the output from Moree solar farm to slash their electricity bills by around one third.

UNSW plays host to first Tesla Powerpacks in Australian university

UNSW is playing host to what it says is the first Tesla Powerpack battery to be installed in an Australian university.

Battery grant for solar homes announced by Victorian government

Victoria Labor government announces subsidies of up to $5k to help 10,000 solar households install battery storage.

SA to offer home battery grants of up to $6000

SA Liberal says Home Battery Scheme will offer $100m in subsidies for up to 40,000 households to install battery storage.

Victoria Labor pledges $1.2 billion in rebates, loans for rooftop solar

Victoria Labor government proposes rebates and zero interest loans to encourage another 650,000 homes to install another 2.6GW of rooftop solar.

ACCC wants federal rooftop solar subsidy abolished by 2021

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission – in a report on how electricity consumers have been ripped off by network companies, generators and retailers – has targeted the technology with the least impact, and probably biggest benefit – rooftop solar – for the most dramatic action.

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