Articles by Sophie Vorrath

Solar and battery “pod” to power a north Queensland farm, in govt-backed trial

Belgian-made renewable power “pod” combining solar, battery storage and a generator to be trialled on a north-west Queensland farm, in bid to offer rural customers more reliable, affordable electricity.

Queensland to get battery boost as government launches grant and loan scheme

Queensland Labor launches scheme offering 1500 Queensland households and small businesses interest-free loans and grants of $3000 to buy batteries or combined solar-battery systems.

Monash Uni charges ahead with Australia’s biggest behind-the-meter battery system

Monash Uni installs Australia’s largest commercial behind-the-meter battery storage system – a 1MWh hybrid system combining vanadium flow and lithium-ion.

Alpha-ESS to become second battery manufacturer to set up shop in Adelaide

Alpha-ESS becomes second major battery maker to agree to set up a manufacturing plant in Adelaide, in the latest deal under the SA government’s home battery subsidy scheme.

Newcastle begins work on 5MW solar farm at former coal mine site

First sod turned at the site of the 5MW Summerhill Solar Farm, on a disused landfill and former colliery, that will supply all of City of Newcastle’s daytime energy needs.

UTS to source half its electricity demand from Walgett Solar Farm

University of Technology Sydney inks deal with Epuron to buy the output of its 32MW Walgett Solar Farm in northern New South Wales.

Solar prosumer funded start-up DC Power pilots “fair dinkum” retail offer

Residential solar focused power retailer DC Power Co closes “oversubscribed” fundraising round and switches 800 investors to beta service ahead of February 2019 public launch.

Victoria rooftop solar rebate to be extended to renters, if Labor re-elected

Victoria Labor says it will extend its rooftop solar rebate to the state’s tens of thousands of renters, if re-elected in the state poll two weeks from now.

Melbourne Water tenders for two major solar systems

State-owned utility Melbourne Water has announced plans to build two major “behind the meter” solar arrays to power two water treatment plants, as part of broader plans to reach net zero emissions by 2030.

Solar smallgoods: Primo 3.2MW array completed as Tibaldi signs EUA for PV

Primo Foods’ 3.2MW rooftop array completed at its Wacol processing plant, as industry stablemate Tibaldi Smallgoods announces plans to install 1MW in Melbourne.

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