Articles by Sophie Vorrath

Toyota backs renewables fund, to build “future electricity supplies”

Toyota becomes key investor in Mirai Renewable Energy Fund, to target new renewable energy development, including solar, wind, biomass and geothermal power plants.

How to avoid rooftop solar scammers – tips from Solar Victoria as rebate kicks in

The body set up to oversee Victoria government’s residential solar rebate warns consumers to be wary of “scammers and inaccurate marketing” by PV cowboys pushing dodgy products and trying to cash in on the scheme.

Is New Zealand about to get its first rooftop solar subsidy?

Greenpeace calls on New Zealand government to shift fossil fuel subsidies over to solar, to fund installation of rooftop PV and battery storage for 500,000 Kiwi homes.

Solar and flow battery to power Great Barrier Reef research station

University of Queensland-run research hub on Heron Island to be more than 80% solar powered, with addition of 500kW PV and 600kWh vanadium flow battery system.

Victoria rooftop solar rebate opens for applications, after “flood” of interest

Applications officially open for Victoria Labor’s 50% rooftop solar rebate, a scheme that has attracted more than 10,000 registrations of interest and a “flood of inquiries” since announced three weeks ago.

Rooftop solar kept out of the shade with new Victoria planning rules

Victoria government amends planning laws to protect the state’s more than 330,000 rooftop solar systems from being overshadowed by neighbouring developments.

Another remote indigenous community shifted to solar, as NT “transforms” power delivery

Warruwi remote NT indigenous community gets 175kW solar array, as Power & Water Corporation – with backing from ARENA – changes the way it delivers power.

Victoria town turns to solar and battery microgrid to beat blackouts

North-eastern Victoria town of Euroa wins state government backing to install 589kW of solar PV and up to 400kWh of battery storage in $6m microgrid project.

New solar + battery round for Yackandandah, as 100% renewable plans take shape

North-east Victorian town forges ahead on 100% renewable plans, with new bulk-buy solar round, community retailer and microgrid projects.

Solar hot water providers recognise cheap solar PV as they shift to diverters

Solar hot water is not what it used to be. Solar diverters use excess rooftop PV to heat water – like a cheap battery. And solar hot water pioneer SolaHart is now on board.

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