Articles by Sophie Vorrath

Battery storage? Australia’s rooftop solar boom has only just begun

The buzz might be about batteries, but the mass adoption of solar PV by Australian homes has only just begun, as prices reach levels that appeal to the late majority, and as early adopters look to upsize their systems.

SA Libs promise $100m for home battery subsidy scheme

South Australia opposition promises $100m in grants to help homes to buy and install battery storage in lead-up to state election.

Monash Uni begins solar + battery storage microgrid, on road to 100% renewables

Victoria’s Monash University has begun work on an innovative solar and battery storage-based renewable energy microgrid.

Regulator cracks down on double dipping for replacing “dodgy” rooftop solar

Clean Energy Regulator says new rule will make replacement rooftop solar panels ineligible for the government rebate, in an effort to boost the standard of installs.

HydroTasmania takes Rottnest Island to 45% renewables with new solar array

WA’s Rottnest Island can now meet up to 90% of its electricity demand from solar and wind energy, after a 600kW solar array was added to the existing hybrid wind and diesel system.

Battery-powered pizza: Beating network squeeze with 10 Tesla Powerwalls

Domino’s Pizza franchise in western Sydney installs “world’s largest” commercial Tesla Powerwall 2 battery system for half the price of a grid upgrade. Is this the new normal for small businesses?

Queensland council saves $1.9m in grid costs from single Tesla Powerpack

A Queensland local government council has installed what is believed to be Australia’s first off-grid solar and battery storage system to use a Tesla Powerpack, to maintain local drinking water quality around the clock.

Battery ban off the table after industry roundtable “consensus”

Standards Australia says industry roundtable has broadly agreed to “review” proposed rule banning li-ion batteries from being installed inside homes and garages. But rifts emerge in industry.

Five things we learned this week about home battery storage

Five things we learned this past week about the state of Australia’s home battery storage market, the rules that govern it, the “Tesla effect”, how companies are competing, and which governments are on the ball.

Goulburn Council floats solar PV as a way to cut water costs

Goulburn Council to commission feasibility studies into installing floating solar on government water stores, to slash power costs.