Articles by Sophie Vorrath

Solar installed on 500 public housing homes in Queensland, focus turns to rental market

Qld govt scheme installs rooftop solar on 350 low-income homes in Cairns and Rockhampton, 130 in Lockhart River. Households expected to save up to $250 a year.

SA Water set to add another 5MW solar, including floating PV array

SA Water awards tender to install 5MW solar across various facilities, and to develop a floating solar PV array, on path to zero net energy.

NSW solar tariff cut – reward for slashing power price peaks

NSW pricing regulator flags a cut to state’s solar feed-in tariff, linked to fall in wholesale power prices rooftop solar helped deliver.

BYD goes big on small and flexible, in new battery storage push

Chinese battery maker BYD unveils updated range of modular “solar batteries” for Australian market, as it turns up the heat on Tesla and other rivals.

AusNet takes suburban Melbourne street off-grid for almost 24 hours

Mini-grid trial by Victorian network operator AusNet Services has, for the third time, taken part of a Melbourne street completely off grid – this time for 21 hours.

CEFC backs push for solar and storage in all new-build homes

CEFC commits $90m debt finance to Mirvac plan to build more than 300 family homes, each with built-in solar and battery storage.

Electrolux seeks to power Adelaide factory with solar and battery storage

Electrolux wants to power its only remaining Australian factory with a combination of 2.5MW of solar PV and 500kW battery storage.

It takes a village: How community will make (or break) shift to renewables

Two separate reports illustrate the vital role communities will play in the success – or failure – of Australia’s shift to a renewable energy powered grid.

Sydney Markets takes rooftop solar to massive 3MW – maybe more to come

Sydney Markets adds another 2.2MW PV array to take total rooftop solar capacity to more than 3MW, says there’s room to go bigger.

WA council proposes solar loans, rebates to boost rooftop installs

WA council weighs local government incentives as residential rooftop solar installs fall well behind state average.