Articles by Sophie Vorrath

Commercial solar blow as GPT hits pause on 30MW PV rollout

Diversified property owner GPT Group has pressed pause on plans to install a further 30MW of commercial solar PV, citing fresh energy policy uncertainty stirred up by the Turnbull government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee.

Australia hits new rooftop solar high as homes and businesses get smart – and go big

Australian homes and businesses installed a record monthly total of 120MW of rooftop solar in November, beating the all-time high set in June 2012 and rounding off what is now certain to be a record breaking year.

ATA launches free home solar and battery advice service

Free online advice service launched by Alternative Technology Association aims to guide households on what size solar and battery storage systems they should install – and for how much.

Qld car dealership to trial “urban solar farm” technology

Car dealership installs 330kW solar PV and 96kWh in battery storage, not just to slash power costs, but to test potential to generate revenue by selling excess energy to the grid.

Coober Pedy enjoys 100% renewables after switch to hybrid solar, wind + battery system

Hydro Tasmania says the hybrid solar, wind, storage and diesel power project it installed at the SA desert town of Coober Pedy is performing slightly above expectations, contributing an average of 80% renewables, and 100% more than half the time.

Canberra switches on its own Big Battery – 1MW of household variety demand response

One day before the world’s largest lithium-ion array is formally “switched on” by Tesla in SA, Reposit Power and ActewAGL have flicked the switch on Canberra’s own big battery – of the virtual variety: 1MW of home battery systems that will not only help balance the grid – starting this afternoon – but deliver savings to consumers at nine times the solar FiT.

Aldi Australia continues commercial solar roll-out with massive 1MW array

Discount supermarket chain Aldi has rolled out its biggest Australian project yet – a 1MW array to supply all the energy needs of a Queensland distribution centre.

SA councils launch tender for “bigger better” community energy plan

Group of six SA councils is calling for proposals to deliver solar, battery storage and smart controls to its 120,000-strong regional community.

Floating solar plant under construction in NSW – Australia’s largest

Construction begins on community-funded 100kW floating solar array at the East Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant in NSW.

Is public uncertainty holding back Australia’s home battery boom?

Australians love the idea of battery storage, in much the same spirit with which they embraced rooftop solar – as a means to cut electricity bills, gain control over their own power, help save the environment, and/or stick it to the man. But a new report has shown that they don’t quite get it… yet.