Articles by Sophie Vorrath

One Step Off The Grid is taking a break

One Step Off The Grid is taking a break over the holiday season. We’ll be back soon…

Top 5 residential solar and battery storage tips for consumers in 2017

As 2016 draws to an end, rooftop solar in Australia is experiencing another boom – this time with warnings. So here’s a list of some top tips for consumers of residential solar and battery storage, gathered from the observations and recommendations of industry players and experts.

Mildura Airport installs 100kW solar to cut grid costs, boost reliability

Australia’s “busiest regional airport” adds 100kW of rooftop solar to cut electricity costs, boost security of supply in North Western Victoria.

SAPN completes battery installs for northern Adelaide solar + storage trial

SA Power Networks installs the last of 100 battery storage systems in northern Adelaide VPP trial – the largest actually commissioned, for now, in Australia.

World’s largest virtual power plant trial a big hit with SA consumers

AGL Energy says SA virtual power plant well ahead of schedule after 150 first round battery systems snapped up by consumers.

What’s happening to residential electricity prices – and why

AEMC report says most Australian households can expect to pay between 4-10% more for their 2017-18 electricity bills, thanks largely to the cost of the RET and the exit of Victoria’s Hazelwood brown coal plant. But is it really as black and white – or even green – as all that?

NSW charity group to save thousands with donated solar system

Not for profit charity Ronald McDonald House to save thousands of dollars a year on power costs, via 8.3kW rooftop solar system donated to its Orange, NSW branch.

Re-use or recycle? The billion-dollar EV battery question

By 2035, batteries from retired EVs are expected to be worth tens of billions of dollars – and a big part of microgrids of the future. So how should we best use them?

Charles Sturt University to add 1.7MW rooftop solar system

CSU signs contract to install 1.77MW solar across 11 buildings at its Wagga Wagga campus, to meet just under 20% of its electricity consumption.

Peer-to-peer solar trading kicks off at WA housing development

Australia’s first residential solar electricity sharing market is underway, with the launch of Power Ledger’s world leading P2P trading platform at the White Gum Valley housing project in WA.