Solar

How quitting the grid – in an energy efficient home – will save you

Australians can now build a house using the latest modern building materials, methods, products, technology and ideas that will not only take you off grid, but remove the need for expensive heating and cooling. And all for a healthy return on investment.

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Solar and the city: Two Melbourne CBD landmarks make the switch

Two record-setting solar PV installations in Melbourne's CBD – largest ever retrofitted to a Melbourne apartment block and the highest commercial system in Australia – represent "new frontier" in switch to solar.

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Dubbo mayor drives fully electric Nissan Leaf, powered by the sun

NSW city of Dubbo claims to have "Australia's first" fully electric mayoral vehicle, a Nissan Leaf that is charged daily by the mayor's home solar system.

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Newtown student housing cooperative 1st to use solar and battery storage

A student housing complex in the Sydney suburb of Newtown has won a grant from the City of Sydney to install solar PV and battery storage, in what the council says is the first installation of its type in Australia.

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The top postcodes for rooftop solar in Australia in 2015

Postcodes in Western Australia and Queensland dominated the national rankings for installing rooftop solar in 2015.

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Former coal-fired Brisbane Powerhouse generating energy again, this time solar

Solar with meaning: Brisbane City Council captures the spirit of the clean energy revolution, installing a 100kW solar array at a former coal-fired plant.

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New study finds Evacuated Tube solar hot water often pays for itself quicker than typical solar electricity systems

People should be considering solar hot water (SHW) and solar power (PV) in combination, rather than entirely covering their roof with PV.

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A tale of two (Australian) microgrids

Microgrids will be a huge part of the world's future energy landscape, so we take a look at two different versions of the technology paving the way in Australia.

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First community owned retailer to begin operations after meeting funds target

Enova Community Energy is set to create history and take on the established electricity retailers after raising enough money to begin operations. It will offer solar and storage solutions and help the northern rivers community towards 100% renewable energy.

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Qld farmer quits ‘crippling’ cost of Ergon grid for solar – for price of a tractor

A Bundaberg cane growing family is building a ground-mounted solar system that will take its 80 hectare farm completely off the Ergon grid.

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