Articles by Sophie Vorrath

AGL to pilot “virtual” rooftop solar scheme for renters, apartments

AGL energy CEO says upcoming new pilot will offer access to a “rooftop solar discount” to households unable to install their own. And announces lift in solar tariffs.

Rooftop solar’s new boom – when installing PV becomes a no-brainer

Falling technology costs and yet another hike in electricity prices are combining to make rooftop solar an economic no-brainer for most Australian households and businesses. Just ask Cory Bernardi.

Solar and battery storage on Horizon: WA utility launches two major trials

Two trials by Horizon Power test grid value of distributed solar and storage, and role of utility-scale battery storage in smoothing and supporting an increasingly renewables-integrated network.

WA national park taken off-grid by local network

Horizon Power’s stand-alone power project taking Fitzgerald River National Park off-grid with solar, battery storage and back-up diesel.

Brisbane Airport to add fleet of 11 BYD electric buses

Brisbane Airport’s inter-terminal shuttle service will be run using 11 BYD electric buses, starting early 2018.

Office products supplier COS installs 403kW solar across three sites

Australia’s largest privately owned office products supplier installs $1m of solar to cut grid power usage by 80%.

Bigger is now better for rooftop solar – even for low energy users

ATA report finds 5kW-plus rooftop solar systems offer best bang for buck, no matter the household energy profile – and even if all generation exported to grid.

Lord Howe microgrid in doubt as Frydenberg rules out wind turbines

Plans to install a solar, wind and battery microgrid on Lord Howe Island have hit a snag, after an objection to the wind turbines from the federal energy minister.

Darwin museum installs “life saving” 100kW solar system

A government-backed 100kW solar system will save Darwin Militiary Museum $270,000 and pay itself off in four years.

‘Coal flowers’ with 6.8kW of solar petals? It’s child’s play

Australia’s oldest adventure playground is now powered by solar, from a a stunning new playscape made of old coal plant parts and cutting edge PV technology.