Software/Gadgets

Top 5 residential solar and battery storage tips for consumers in 2017

As 2016 draws to an end, rooftop solar in Australia is experiencing another boom – this time with warnings. So here's a list of some top tips for consumers of residential solar and battery storage, gathered from the observations and recommendations of industry players and experts.

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To seal or not to seal: The dangers of a draught-proof home

At the moment it is de rigeur to try to seal off every last little crack in the envelope of one’s house in order to save energy. But there is another side to this issue: you also have to breathe!

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SAPN completes battery installs for northern Adelaide solar + storage trial

SA Power Networks installs the last of 100 battery storage systems in northern Adelaide VPP trial – the largest actually commissioned, for now, in Australia.

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World’s largest virtual power plant trial a big hit with SA consumers

AGL Energy says SA virtual power plant well ahead of schedule after 150 first round battery systems snapped up by consumers.

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Households will power half the grid by 2050, networks admit

Report from Australia's main network lobby and CSIRO suggests that by 2050, nearly half of all future generation – and storage – will be on site in homes, business and communities.

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NSW charity group to save thousands with donated solar system

Not for profit charity Ronald McDonald House to save thousands of dollars a year on power costs, via 8.3kW rooftop solar system donated to its Orange, NSW branch.

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CSIRO “internet of things” pilot aims to cut community housing power bills by 80%

Solar + battery storage optimisation platform by CSIRO-backed start-up Evergen to be installed in 10 NSW low-income households in first of a kind pilot program.

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New trial to tap home solar and battery storage for “renewed” grids

Institute of Sustainable Futures leads network-based trial that will tap inverter smarts to boost grid stability, reliability – via household solar and storage.

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P2P energy sharing start-up brings Brooklyn Microgrid smarts to Australia

US pioneers of blockchain-based peer-to-peer energy trading, LO3, set up in Byron Bay with plans to trial its TransActive Grid technology in Australia.

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Community solar with a view: Why sharing may be future of energy

NSW property development offers a tree change, and a share in an energy utility: a purpose-built, community-owned embedded network through which they can buy, sell and store solar electricity, peer-to-peer.

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