Solar

It takes a village: Why community energy is vital to a 100% renewable Australia

The transition to 100 per cent renewables for Australia is inevitable, say the authors of a major new report. The only question is how quickly and how fairly it will be done – and that's where community energy comes in.

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University of Melbourne wants to install 1.8MW of solar PV across campuses

The University of Melbourne has launched a tender for the installation of 1.8MW of rooftop solar systems across its Victorian campuses, as part of a $9.1m program of works financed by the CEFC.

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NSW solar rebate a success for community

The much criticised NSW solar bonus scheme is due to end soon. It cost a lot less than feared - 50c/week to households - and laid the foundations for a clean energy industry.

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ANU project to turn households into mini solar power stations, to boost grid, reward consumers

ARENA grants ANU project $2.9m to install solar and battery storage at 40 homes on Tasmania's Bruny Island, and use Australian-made software to trade electricity with the grid when needed during peaks.

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University of New England solar farm to halve grid electricity usage

UNE is building a 10,000 panel solar farm adjacent to its Armidale NSW campus that it says will provide up to half of its electricity needs and increase its financial sustainability.

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Can solar work for a motel? It all comes out in the wash

The owner of a Ballarat motel has installed an 83kW rooftop solar system, not just to cut electricity costs, but to slash thousands of dollars off its monthly laundry bill. Here's how.

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Citizen utility: Housing estate to offer solar, storage and EVs to residents

New housing development in Fremantle will offer rooftop solar, battery storage, electric vehicles and peer-to-peer trading to its residents. Welcome to the "citizen utility".

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Sydney councils launch community energy tender

A group of 16 local government councils from southern and west Sydney have called for expressions of interest to provide community energy services including home energy audits, product vetting and discounts.

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Why US electric co-ops are opting for community-scale solar

America's 900-plus rural electric cooperatives are spreading the word on how community-scale solar can save money, support communities, and diversify energy supplies.

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Adelaide solar leasing scheme targets rental, low-income market for rooftop PV

City of Adelaide solar initiative will remove upfront costs and provide payment plans for city's low-income and rental households, in effort to extend rooftop PV uptake – and savings – beyond the traditional market.

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