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South Australia’s stunning transition to consumer-powered grid

Rooftop solar expected to provide more than 20% of local generation by 2025, ushering in transition to consumer focused grid in South Australia. Meanwhile, S.A. begins to benefit from renewables, with prices so far in 2017/18 lower than coal-dominated Victoria and NSW.

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Tonga gives solar the royal treatment, in bid to lead shift to 100% renewables

The King of Tonga is putting solar on his Royal Palace, in a move intended to symbolise the "wider leadership” small island states are showing on renewables, and on fighting climate change. But is Australia listening?

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Solar and battery microgrid powers farm through California wildfires

When an islanded microgrid at Stone Edge Farm near Sonoma kept operating for 10 days through California fires and grid outages, the operators seized the opportunity to learn as much as possible from the surprises they encountered.

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Victorian school installs 500kW rooftop solar system

United Solar Energy wins tender to install 500kW rooftop PV system at Northern Bay College in Geelong, as more and more Australian schools turn to solar.

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HydroTasmania takes Rottnest Island to 45% renewables with new solar array

WA's Rottnest Island can now meet up to 90% of its electricity demand from solar and wind energy, after a 600kW solar array was added to the existing hybrid wind and diesel system.

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Queensland council saves $1.9m in grid costs from single Tesla Powerpack

A Queensland local government council has installed what is believed to be Australia’s first off-grid solar and battery storage system to use a Tesla Powerpack, to maintain local drinking water quality around the clock.

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Hurricanes underline need for distributed solar for grid resilience

During natural disasters, access to electricity is more critical than ever, a growing body of evidence suggests that states and countries that replace old, costly fossil-fired generators found greater reliability and resilience at lower costs.

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Brisbane Airport rolls out massive 6MW solar project

Huge 6MW solar upgrade at Brisbane Airport will supply 18% of electricity needs and save around $1m a year on energy bills.

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Reverse solar hot water innovation making air con more efficient

New research shows fluid-filled roof panels that work like solar water heaters – except to extract heat from fluid, rather than adding it – can help make air conditioning up to 20% more efficient.

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Bruny retirees love their solar power 

John Kobylec believed that installation of a solar system at his Bruny Island retirement home would be prohibitively expensive, but is now a now total convert.

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