Solar

SA network wants solar homes to pay $100/year more for grid

SA network operator dares to go where Qld and WA governments feared to tread – higher network charges for solar households. The network justifies this by changing demand profiles, but will also look to shift hot water and pool pump use to daytime to make up for lost demand caused by PV production.

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Tomorrow’s battery technologies that could power your home

Tesla's lithium-ion technology isn’t the only battery on offer. Here's a quick survey of current battery technologies, and some that are in development.

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Solar PV costs to fall another 25 per cent in three years

Canadian Solar, one of the big three solar manufacturers, says solar PV costs to fall 25% in three years as module efficiencies improve.

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Australia’s largest community solar farm proposed for ACT

SolarShare is seeking approval from ACT govt to build a 1MW community-owned solar farm in Canberra's Maruja Valley, alongside a commercial PV plant.

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Sydney-based fund aims to raise $20m to finance commercial solar

Sydney group launches $20 million solar fund that will provide Power Purchase Agreement finance for small and medium enterprises, for systems up to 100kW.

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Five graphs that show how battery storage will appeal to households

Five graphs that show why battery storage will appeal to Australian households, and will damage the bottom line of Australian utilities.

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Morgan Stanley sees 2.4m Australia homes with battery storage

Morgan Stanley says battery storage market could be worth $24bn, with half of all homes interested. It says Tesla Powerwall will deliver paybacks of 6 years or less in some states, and that is bad news for major utilities, whose earnings will be impacted.

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WA council to build utility-scale solar farm to meet growing electricity demand

City of Wanneroo calls for tenders to build a large-scale solar farm in Perth's northern suburbs after rejecting fossil fuel alternatives.

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Budget 2015: Coalition opens solar market to “Tony’s Tradies”

The tax break offered by the Abbott government to "Tony's Tradies" could see big lift in rooftops solar installations. This comes as Bloomberg New Energy Finance says it will lift its forecast PV installations in Australia. It imagines every available building to have solar by 2030.

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NSW vineyard going solar with one of Australia’s first commercial PPAs

Tyrrell's Wines to host one of Australia’s first commercial solar power purchase projects, with installation of 350kW PV system at Hunter Valley vineyard.

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