Energy Efficiency

Solar powered “Melbourne Quarter” precinct wins CEFC backing

A major new solar powered commercial precinct in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD has won the backing of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, as part of a sustainable development partnership with property group Lendlease.

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Short-term thinking on energy and water is costing NSW consumers billions

IPART's pricing and regulatory decisions can make significant impacts on water and energy costs – potentially relieving billions in the future. Blind faith that the past represents the future will do the opposite.

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Victorian government backs push for solar on all new-build homes

Vic govt unveils $2.18m plan to partner with land developers and home builders to supply zero net carbon homes – rooftop solar included – around Melbourne.

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Solar cemetery considered in Ballarat Community Power scheme

Regional cemetery business looks to go solar – and all electric – as one of first projects to come out of Victorian government's Community Power Hubs.

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How I learned to slash my power bill, with solar and storage

In December 2016, I added 6.5kW of rooftop solar and a Tesla Powerwall 1 battery and became part of the Reposit Power, ACTewAGL Virtual Big Battery in Canberra. Here's what happened next.

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Hundreds of Queensland state schools to go solar

Qld govt to fund solar and energy efficiency roll out across around 800 state schools, in bid to cut the collective energy bill by 20%.

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University of Newcastle rolls out 2MW solar system at Callaghan Campus

University of Newcastle says 2MW of solar being added to its Callaghan campus this year will slash energy costs and serve as a "living laboratory."

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NSW smart pool pilot wins $2.5m ARENA grant

ARENA backs NSW start-up pilot to pool Australia's backyard pools: slashing their share of household energy consumption and making them work for the grid.

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New-build homes with solar and storage? “It’s going to be the norm”

With the cost of electricity going up, and the cost of solar going down, including battery storage and rooftop PV in new home packages is soon "just going to be the norm", says Australian home builder Metricon. Already, they're putting them in around half of the new homes they build.

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CSIRO virtual power station trial cuts household power costs by 60%

Households taking part in a CSIRO designed Virtual Power Station trial have used solar, battery storage, energy monitoring to save up to 60% on electricity bills.

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