Solar

My Tesla Powerwall: Tales of an early adopter

A Sydney household's perspective on pairing home battery storage – a 6.4kWh Tesla Powerwall – with a 5kW rooftop solar system. How much solar power is being exported, how much is being imported... and when to bake cake.

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Nissan sees future with EV-powered grid. But if they build it, will consumers connect?

Nissan explores how vehicle-to-grid, battery storage, wireless charging, autonomous drive technology and the internet could combine to revolutionise how consumers use energy. But how close is this to reality?

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Bill Watch: High fixed network charges hit low energy consumers

Low energy users hit by soaring network costs, with one retiree charged 24c/kWh for grid access. Another sign of networks gouging consumers with advent of battery storage.

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Shared solar start-up in renewed push to get PV on rented rooftops

Developers of shared solar technology unveil new digital platform to make path to solar less complicated for Australia's 2.4m rental properties, calculating size of system, savings and ROI.

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Victoria looks to accelerate rooftop solar by cutting red tape

State government acts to make it quicker and easier for Victorian households and small businesses wishing to install rooftop solar, with Bill that will reduce the wait for connection by up to 55 days.

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WA bushfire victims taken off-grid – by network

Four landowners in the bushfire affected WA town of Esperance have taken up an offer from Horizon Power to go off-grid, using stand-alone solar plus battery storage and back-up diesel generators.

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Ithaca college goes solar in Upstate New York

Ithaca College has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement, after installing 2.9MW of solar PV about 40 miles from the campus, which will generate an estimated 3.55m kWh of electricity in its first year of operation, powering 10% of the college’s load.

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What’s driving regional West Australians off the grid? A solar installer’s view

WA solar installer says increasing consumer concern about future risk – both in terms of what power bills will look like, and the services they’re going to get from the grid – is shifting attitudes to going off grid in regional areas.

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200 reasons why people choose “Life Off Grid” – and why most of us shouldn’t

Canadian documentary "Life Off Grid" asks more than 200 people why they decided to quit the grid. We talked to film producer Phillip Vannini about the types of "off-gridder" and why he now thinks going off grid is not the answer to the world's energy problems.

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Solar to supply 95% of daytime electricity for Longreach Airport

Longreach Airport in Queensland's north-west has installed a 99kW solar system, driven by a commitment to quit coal generated energy, and electricity bill savings in the tens of thousands of dollars.

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