Solar

The off grid experience – and how it’s changed since 1992

This family quit the rat race more than two decades ago. They have used solar PV, a wind turbine, small hydro and battery storage to manage their power needs, with all the usual mod-cons.

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Commercial off-grid – coffee and cultivars in the Macedon Ranges

This nursery and cafe business is off-grid by necessity, but it’s a system designed to power a full commercial kitchen, including the most important appliance - the very best European coffee machine.

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Vector offers free solar + Tesla storage systems to NZ consumers

NZ network operator launches campaign to give away free 3kW solar systems with Tesla Powerwall batteries to 130 households, community groups and schools.

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Community-owned utility plans to lead solar, storage revolution

A community owned retailer plans to do what the big utilities cannot do - and help lead an energy revolution based around local generation, solar and storage, and community-based renewable energy.

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Rooftop solar for apartments? How one developer is making it happen

Rooftop solar has been a difficult proposition for people in high density living. But a Perth-based developer believes it has found a way around it, providing apartment dwellers with their own solar PV array.

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Does your hybrid solar system really need to be blackout proof?

The holy grail of affordable on-grid energy storage has finally arrived! Well, it’s almost arrived.

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Snow and solar at 1280m – does it really work?

How effective is a standalone solar system in areas that experience snowfall? We asked Ed and Laurie, off-gridding Americans who live, and grow most of their own veggies, at 1280m above sea level.

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ABC news legend dumps diesel as he turns to solar + storage

Former ABC presenter started off with diesel only in his off-grid home, but recently added solar and storage. And learned some big lessons.

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Community energy retailer aims to be Australia’s cheapest, help people quit grid

NSW community energy start-up Enova prepares IPO, with plans to be Australia's cheapest green energy retailer and installer, and even to help locals quit the grid.

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The Top 6 mistakes people make when buying solar systems

By having multiple companies give you a breakdown on how much solar will cost you, you can gain a real understanding of whether solar is right for your budget, and whether or not you’re being ripped off.

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