Rooftop solar kept out of the shade with new Victoria planning rules

Victoria government amends planning laws to protect the state’s more than 330,000 rooftop solar systems from being overshadowed by neighbouring developments.

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Battery grant for solar homes announced by Victorian government

Victoria Labor government announces subsidies of up to $5k to help 10,000 solar households install battery storage.

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SA to offer home battery grants of up to $6000

SA Liberal says Home Battery Scheme will offer $100m in subsidies for up to 40,000 households to install battery storage.

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Solar hot water providers recognise cheap solar PV as they shift to diverters

Solar hot water is not what it used to be. Solar diverters use excess rooftop PV to heat water – like a cheap battery. And solar hot water pioneer SolaHart is now on board.

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Origin to build 5MW virtual power plant in Victoria, from rooftop solar and storage

Origin wins $4.5m Victorian govt grant to build 5MW microgrid using the solar and battery storage of up to 650 customers.

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Oops: Victoria solar rebate brings state’s industry to “dead stop”

Victoria scheme to encourage 2.6GW of rooftop solar has unintended consequences in the short term, and the solar rebate price is also under threat.

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Victoria solar rebate: Let’s make those 650,000 systems VPP-ready

By encouraging households to install a VPP-ready, ‘smart’ solar system, the Victorian government can plant the seeds for the distributed, renewables-based grid of the future.

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The NEG is dead – What’s the future for rooftop solar?

With the NEG in ruins, and Malcolm Turnbull holding on as PM by a thread, where does Australia's booming rooftop solar market stand? Are rebates still under threat? And what can the industry and pro-solar consumers do about it?

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Origin backs ACCC call to end rooftop solar rebates

Big-three gen-tailer says it supports ACCC call to wind up the federal rooftop solar subsidy early, because of cost to consumers and because it's no longer needed. But other industry experts disagree, saying removing SRES early could add 45% to the cost of a system and four years more to its pay-back.

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Is AGL’s ‘solar savers’ 20c feed-in tariff a good deal?

There are plenty of people who’d be glad to snag themselves a 20c solar feed-in tariff. But beware! Retail electricity plans with high solar FiTs come at a high price – literally!

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