Articles by Sophie Vorrath

WA astronomy hub to be powered by 1.6MW solar system

WA CSIRO observatory, home to one of the world’s most powerful radio astronomy instruments, to be powered by 1.6MW off-grid solar station.

Flagship solar + storage project at WA mine gets backing from CEFC, ARENA

CEFC commits up to $15m towards Australia’s largest solar+storage system at a WA mine – a ground-breaking project set to transform remote power generation.

BuildingIQ in deal to boost corporate Australia’s energy smarts

CSIRO spin-off in deal to deploy its energy management software in major Australian shopping centers, office buildings, hospitals.

Tasmania rooftop solar market in decline after tariff ‘double whammy’

Tasmanian renewables group calls for state government intervention after a series of cuts to solar feed-in tariffs causes market to contract.

Victorian community solar ‘bulk buy’ offer snapped up – 150 households in one month

The second round of a Central Victorian ‘bulk-buy’ community solar scheme has attracted 150 registrations for rooftop solar in just 29 days. Rooftop solar demand appears to be booming in rural Victoria, with 150 households from the shire of Mount Alexander registering to install a PV system in just 29 days, in the second round […]

WA residential complex installs 2kW solar for each apartment

Western Australia continues to lead in the development of new residential buildings and estates with built-in renewable energy supplies, with the installation of a 180kW solar system on the roof of a soon to be completed apartment complex in Perth. The developers of the Rivervale “Flo” project, local property group Psaros, say the rooftop PV […]

Sydney car dealership installs 100kW solar, LEDs for 65% power cut

100kW solar array installed at Sydney car dealership, including parking area, to help cut power bills by half. A Sydney car dealership has tapped CEFC funding to install a 100kW rooftop solar system and LED lighting – measures that are expected to cut the 50 year-old business’s energy consumption by 60 per cent. Col Crawford […]

Energy giants say taking customers off-grid is viable, sometimes preferable

ESAA report finds off-grid distributed energy better for edge-of-grid customers, & could save networks tens of millions in avoided ‘poles-and-wires’ costs. A new report commissioned by the Energy Supply Association of Australia has confirmed that, not only is “off-grid” distributed energy supply a viable option for some regional and remote customers, but it’s an option […]

Victorian solar project to create ‘perpetual’ fund for community renewables

Tender launched to install 30kW solar system at former Woodend timber mill, use funds generated to reinvest in more solar, or ‘perpetual fund’ for community renewables.

Adelaide City Council offers energy storage incentive, Australia’s first

Adelaide City Council to offer $5,000 energy storage subsidy, extending Sustainable City scheme to cover batteries, EV chargers.