Software/Gadgets

How I became the first SonnenFlat customer and got my electricity bills down to $0

Receiving your electricity bill can be frightening, but there is a way out. I know – I’ve already found it.

Posted in , ,

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.

Posted in , ,

AusNet takes suburban Melbourne street off-grid for almost 24 hours

Mini-grid trial by Victorian network operator AusNet Services has, for the third time, taken part of a Melbourne street completely off grid – this time for 21 hours.

Posted in , ,

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.

Posted in , , , , ,

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."

Posted in , , ,

Chinese solar inverter brand de-listed over safety issues

CEC says all inverters by Shenzhen Sofarsolar “de-listed” from organisation’s catalogue of compliant products, after tests turned up a potential safety issue.

Posted in ,

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.

Posted in , ,

Another mini-grid breakthrough for AusNet in suburban Melbourne trial

Victorian network operator AusNet Services has again succeeded in taking part of a Melbourne street completely off grid – this time for a total of 9 hours, powered only by home solar and battery storage systems.

Posted in , ,

SA councils launch tender for “bigger better” community energy plan

Group of six SA councils is calling for proposals to deliver solar, battery storage and smart controls to its 120,000-strong regional community.

Posted in , , ,

WA trial to use blockchain technology to deliver smart energy – and water

Blockchain technology by Perth-based Power Ledger to be used to coordinate solar, battery storage and water services in urban-scale trial.

Posted in , , , ,