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CEC gets ruthless on solar panel quality

Publication of an updated list of approved solar panels which saw an incredible 76% of solar brands no longer listed as approved for use in Australia.

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Residential rooftop solar PV prices at record lows in Australia

Average residential solar system prices for September 2016 have matched the all-time low seen in December of last year.

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How residential demand tariffs could add $1000s to your bill

As residential demand tariffs are rolled out around Australia, we take a look at what they are, how they works, and why many households should avoid them at all costs.

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Living off-grid in Australia’s tropical north: Tips from a long-term Daintree resident

A well designed off-grid solar and battery storage system can supply most households' needs easily, even in Australia's tropical north. But some know-how is needed.

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Buying emission offsets has just become easier, and cheaper

With the UN now trading carbon offsets, how can you become a voluntary abater? We road-test the options.

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Updated: Ranking the best battery storage options for households in Australia

More battery storage products are flooding on to the market each week. Here, we identify which brands and devices stand out on cost per kWh.

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The truth about battery ready solar systems

Do you want your new solar system to be ‘battery ready’? First you have to know what that actually means.

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Getting to the nitty gritty of your solar warranty

Confused as to what your solar system warranty covers? Well here are the nitty gritty details often covered in the fine print (or lack thereof) within the solar industry.

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How rooftop solar and battery storage actually works

For those not so technically minded, this is a guide to solar plus storage. The output of a solar PV systems (solar panels plus inverter) produce power proportional to the solar energy coming from the sun. This energy is instantly converted into electricity that can be used in the home or business.   As appliances […]

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Will a Tesla battery enable me to leave the grid?

Based on the current specification of the Tesla Powerwall battery there are two models. One gives 7kWh per day of usable energy when cycled daily: the other gives 10kWh if cycled weekly. Both come with ten year guarantees. 24 years ago I left the grid – not really by choice but because I moved to […]

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