Solar

Preparing a private home and rental property for energy storage revolution

Leigh Adamson recently bought the house next door to create a rare half acre block in suburbia. He now has an alternative retirement income and is readying both homes for the oncoming energy storage revolution with small grid-connect solar systems.

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W.A. sees solar future, but battery storage and EVs are not allowed

W.A. energy minister Mike Nahan has done an about-face and predicted that solar will dominate the future. But the state owned utilities require solar households to sign contracts promising not to install battery storage or purchase electric vehicles.

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Solar-powered irrigation gives farmers a quick return on investment

A large scale farming irrigation system using renewable energy is providing significant fuel savings over traditional diesel or grid-powered pumps.

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In defence of ecovillages: the communities that can teach the world to live sustainably

Some argue that even if everyone on Earth lived in an ecovillage we would still be using too many resources. I am more optimistic — some ecovillages provide a much better blueprint than others.

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New energy retailer to focus on solar and battery storage

A new electricity retailer that will focus on smart meters, rooftop solar and battery storage is about to emerge in Australia as the shift to decentralized energy models accelerates across the country.

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Indigenous Australian 10kWh battery system set to launch – cheaper than Tesla

Brisbane indigenous company to launch 10kWh home battery storage system that it says will be cheaper than its closest competitors.

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New 100% renewable energy retailer to keep profits in local community

New community-owned retailer Enova releases its prospectus, championing local ownership and a 100% renewable energy target in a market dominated by big players, out-of-area projects and fossil fuel interests.

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Victoria solar feed-in tariff to be slashed to 5c/kWh in 2016

Essential Services Commission confirms plan to cut Victoria solar FiT to 5c/kWh, one week after state govt promised to fight for rooftop solar rights.

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Australia’s ‘greenest’ hotel pioneers strata fees for solar, and an EV charging station

Port Macquarie Hotel that is 100% carbon neutral uses strata fees to generate 16% return on rooftop solar panels on its roof - rather than sitting in a bank - and even hosts a Tesla charging station.

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Sydney office building overhaul adds 99kW raised rooftop solar plant

Photon Energy Australia installs 99kW raised solar system on office building in Macquarie Park, Sydney, as part of a major renovation.

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