Articles by Sophie Vorrath

Solar and battery underway in Australia’s “largest” renewables microgrid

Second phase underway in plan to power Pilbara town of Onslow with 50 per cent renewables, with contracts for solar farm and utility-scale battery storage awarded.

Power companies less trusted by consumers than banks, telcos

Survey finds Australian consumers’ lack of trust in power companies holding back the shift to a smarter, cheaper grid.

Sydney manufacturer taps portable solar technology for 290kW system

Sydney manufacturer uses portable solar technology from local start-up 5B for part of a 290kW system. Here’s why.

Another 28 off-grid communities to go solar in Northern Territory

Another 10MW of solar to be installed across 15 Northern Territory sites, in round two of scheme to wean off-grid Territory communities from expensive and polluting diesel power.

Adelaide shopping centres take Gupta’s lead, in 1MW shift to solar

Sanjeev Gupta’s SIMEC ZEN Energy has installed 1MW of solar across four shopping centres in Adelaide, as businesses follow the UK steel billionaire’s clean energy lead.

Victorian dairy producer signs 10-year wind farm PPA

Gippsland dairy producer Burra Foods signs 10-year PPA with Flow Power to source electricity from Ararat Wind farm – a deal that’s expected to cut its electricity costs by 20%.

Hyundai jumps back into booming Australian solar market

Hyundai Heavy Industries re-enters Australian solar market, with $70m vote of confidence in residential and commercial rooftop solar boom.

Brisbane shopping centre to save $150k a year with rooftop solar

Alceon Group says 520kW rooftop solar system installed at Caboolture Square Shopping Centre will cut electricity costs by $150k a year, and be paid off within 5 years.

Melbourne apartment complex switches on shared solar system

One solar system, five apartments, a baker, a hair salon, and an occupational therapist. Allume Energy has switched on its first suburban shared solar system that allows PV electricity to be distributed and billed to individual tenants, for 30% less than grid costs.

Sungrow adds 4.8kWh PowCube battery to Australia market

Sungrow Power has launched its next generation suite of inverter and battery storage technology in Australia, including the 4.8kWh lithium-ion PowCube.