Articles by Sophie Vorrath

Victoria rooftop solar rebate set to be capped, as 30,000-plus households pile in

UPDATED: Victoria energy minister says applications to rooftop solar rebate will be capped in future years, to “boost safety and ensure orderly rollout,” as numbers reach their limits for the introductory phase of scheme.

Barwon Water taps battery storage, boosts solar farm capacity to 3MW

Victorian utility is tripling the size of its flagship solar farm, and building a new solar and battery storage plant, in bid to source 100% of its electricity from renewables by 2025.

Goulburn Valley fruit farmer cuts power costs by $62k a year with solar

A fruit grower in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley has cut its grid power consumption by one-third, and its annual electricity costs by $62,000 a year, after installing 200kW of solar on its storage sheds.

Daintree could be Australia’s first renewable only micro-grid, with help from green hydrogen

Queensland’s world heritage-listed Daintree region could soon host Australian-first solar power to hydrogen gas microgrid, with newly announced federal funding tipped to help make the 100% renewable project shovel ready.

Victoria cracks down on inverter standards for rooftop solar scheme

Victorian Labor government introduces new requirement making “smart inverters” mandatory for solar systems installed under its Solar Homes scheme.

AusNet hints at online error as solar, battery rejections spark industry anger

As concern grows that solar and battery storage is being blocked in some parts of Victoria, AusNet says efforts to fast-track the customer connection process may have caused some applications to be wrongly rejected.

Solar Bay inks deal to install solar on nine major shopping centres

Commercial renewables installer and financier inks deal with Real Asset Management to lease rooftops of nine of its suburban shopping malls in NSW and Qld, and fit them out with solar PV.

Victoria government closes Solar Homes rebate to “approved” retailers only

Victoria government says rooftop solar retailers wishing to participate in Solar Homes subsidy must be signatories to Clean Energy Council Code of Conduct. Industry has mixed response.

Home hydrogen storage for rooftop solar? UNSW team says it’s coming in 2020

UNSW and Tamworth company H2Store win investor support for hydrogen storage that could be applied to home solar storage by late 2020.

Australia installs its first solar farm in Antarctica – a 30kW vertical array

Desert-based renewables outfit Masdar helps install Australia’s first Antarctic solar array – a 105 panel system mounted on a wall at the Casey research station.