Articles by Sophie Vorrath

Welcome to Tesla Town: the new Melbourne suburb with a Powerwall in every home

Homes in Glenvill’s new-build Melbourne development, YarraBend, will have rooftop solar and Tesla Powerwall battery storage as standard features. Is this the new normal for suburbs of the future?

Bondi water treatment plant now 100% renewable – powered by Sydney waste

Waste biogas-fuelled cogeneration installed at Bondi Treatment Plant now generates more energy than the facility consumes.

Hanergy unveils solar powered “zero charge” EVs

Chinese solar panel maker Hanergy has announced plans to commercialise four PV-powered – “zero charging” – electric vehicle models of its own design.

Another NZ energy upstart takes aim at Australian retail market

NZ energy retail start-up Flick Electric says Australia an ideal market for its digital platform that strips electricity pricing bare and gives customers access to the wholesale spot market.

Solar crowd-funding hits $120,000 mark for 99kW Abbotsford Convent project

A huge $60,000 raised in 30-day Pozible campaign rounds off $120,000 for 99kW PV system at Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne – Australia’s largest crowd-funded solar project, to date.

WA power utility to lead big switch to local generation

WA power utility Horizon is leading a big switch from centralised fossil fuel generation to local generation. The economics of past supply models are no longer competitive with current and future technology choices.

Mercedes Benz set to launch home battery storage in Australia

Mercedez Benz to launch its 2.5kWh lithium-ion home battery storage units in Australia in September.

Australia’s first “energy autonomous” medical centre built in Dorrigo

A town in New South Wales’ Northern Tablelands boasts what may be Australia’s first “energy autonomous” medical centre, including a grid-connected solar and battery storage system.

Sydney Market solar car park to be Australia’s largest, as new install takes capacity to 911kW

The addition of 630kW of solar car shade at Sydney Markets makes it – briefly – the largest of its kind in Australia, with a total capacity of 911kW.

Bulk-buy community solar scheme launched in NSW South Coast

South Coast NSW community group launches solar bulk buy scheme, to give locals access to lower-cost, quality rooftop solar.

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