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Solar mini-grid powers through cyclone as WA grids black out

In the wake of Tropical Cyclones Olwyn and Pam – the devastating 250km/h winds of the latter resulting in Vanuatu’s ‘worst natural disaster in living memory’ – we are reminded of how vulnerable centralised electricity grids are to increasingly intense extreme weather events. In Australia, the category three Cyclone Olwyn tore through the WA towns […]

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Flinders Island to go 60% renewable with portable storage system

Another Bass Strait island is set to begin the shift to renewables, with Hydro Tasmania confirming it would soon start developing a “hybrid energy hub” combining wind, solar and storage on Flinders Island – an off-grid community 54 kilometres off Tasmania’s north east coast. Hydro Tasmania, which has had great success with a similar project […]

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How an outback town proposes to switch off fossil fuels

The outback town Coober Pedy in remote South Australia will be able to turn off its fossil fuel generators for at least half of the year under a proposed solar-wind-battery hybrid model to be built by the town’s main electricity supplier. Coober Pedy – known as the Opal Capital of Australia – was last year […]

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Developers to use storage to keep new housing estates off grid

The rapid change in the way electricity is delivered to customers is about to be highlighted by a new project that will see a new housing estate built without being connected to the grid. The idea has the support of the government of South Australia, a state which already sources 40 per cent of its […]

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Byron shire aims to lead Australia on zero emissions community plan

Byron Shire – in the northern rivers region of New South Wales – is aiming to become the first region in Australia to become “net zero emissions”, with a goal to reduce emissions from energy, transport, buildings, waste and land use to zero within 10 years. The push by Byron mayor Simon Richardson means that […]

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Solar for renters: Prepaid meter technology targets untapped PV market

One of Australia’s largest untapped solar PV markets – the 1.8 million vacant rooftops estimated to belong to the residential rental market – is being targeted by a Sydney-based solar group, which says the time is right for property investors to start benefiting from solar savings. Prepaid Solar, whose Prepaid Meter utility technology is already […]

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Lismore pushes new business models in pursuit of 100% renewables

The Lismore City Council is looking to a range of innovative measures – including community funding for a large scale solar project, a type of consumer retailing model, and an ambitious energy efficiency program as part of its plan to go 100 per cent renewable by 2023. As we reported last week, Lismore – in […]

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How to live off the grid – even near sunny (!?) Melbourne

We’re an average family doing everyday things.  The only difference between your morning and ours is that you’re probably pulling your power from the grid. We’re not. Let me tell you about my morning. I got up, turned the bathroom light and fan on, had a shower, dried my hair and then used the straightening […]

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