Solar

IKEA flags selling solar panels “at cost” in Australia, industry reacts

Flat-pack solar? IKEA says it wants to retail solar panels in Australia, "at cost", as it has done in the UK and other EU countries. Is this a good thing?

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Home battery storage uptake tripled in 2017 in Australia, as costs tumble

As rooftop solar continues to boom in Australia, a new report suggests household battery storage could soon follow suit, with uptake predicted to have tripled in 2017, and costs of the key technology expected to halve in less than seven years.

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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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Carnegie to build W.A.’s largest microgrid at Kalbarri

Carnegie wins WA contract to build state's largest microgrid, ensuring renewables and batteries can lift reliability of supply for Kalbarri.

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How a Tasmanian community is taking the power back

The local NGO behind the push to develop a solar and battery storage microgrid in on the Tasman Peninsula explains why the pilot project is so important for their fringe-of-grid community.

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More solar beer as Melbourne boutique brewer installs 100kW rooftop PV

Collingwood craft brewer Stomping Ground Brewing Co will make its beer with solar power, after installing a 96.3kW PV system.

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Explainer: 12 things to know about Tesla’s world’s biggest virtual power plant

How will the Tesla virtual power plant work? Who benefits and why will households pay so much for solar and storage on their rooftops? These and other questions about the world's largest VPP.

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Solar Insiders Podcast February 7

A look insider Tesla’s world’s biggest virtual power plants, and why Craig Kelly gets a Zero for his barmy comments about electric vehicles.

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Healing with solar in Puerto Rico

As Puerto Rico's hospitals languish without power more than four months after Hurricane Maria, a team of clean-energy evangelists are working to use solar power to rebuild.

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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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