Software/Gadgets

Microgrid proposal to help Yackandandah reach 100% renewables

Victorian government backs microgrid in Victoria's north-east that will trial the use of solar, storage and smart controls to manage network security and avoid costly line upgrades.

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WA VPP project promises 90% solar self-consumption for cost of “a coffee a day”

Australia's "first" privately funded VPP hopes to sign up 1000 homes and businesses in south-west WA to zero up-front cost deal for solar and battery storage.

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Trial to run Monash University on 100% renewables backed by ARENA

ARENA tips $2.9m into microgrid trial to use a locally designed smart software platform to help run Monash University's Clayton campus entirely on renewables.

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Ausgrid hopes community storage can help it engage with consumers

Australia's networks have gone from raising the drawbridge to lowering it, inviting new technologies and ideas on to their platform. And sooner or later they are going to be competing for access to the consumer.

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Vicinity adds blockchain trial to $75 million solar and storage plans

The retail outlets of ASX listed Vicinity Centres could soon sell solar energy, too, after adding Power Ledger's energy sharing technology to their massive solar and battery storage plans.

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Solar and flow battery to power Great Barrier Reef research station

University of Queensland-run research hub on Heron Island to be more than 80% solar powered, with addition of 500kW PV and 600kWh vanadium flow battery system.

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New solar + battery round for Yackandandah, as 100% renewable plans take shape

North-east Victorian town forges ahead on 100% renewable plans, with new bulk-buy solar round, community retailer and microgrid projects.

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Solar hot water providers recognise cheap solar PV as they shift to diverters

Solar hot water is not what it used to be. Solar diverters use excess rooftop PV to heat water – like a cheap battery. And solar hot water pioneer SolaHart is now on board.

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Farmers to flock to solar and battery storage, as power costs bite

Survey reveals more than three-quarters of Australia's farmers plan to invest in solar and battery storage – and 20% are considering wind turbines, Angus Taylor – as the cost of power becomes a major agribusiness concern.

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Origin to build 5MW virtual power plant in Victoria, from rooftop solar and storage

Origin wins $4.5m Victorian govt grant to build 5MW microgrid using the solar and battery storage of up to 650 customers.

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