King Island achieves 100% renewables for 33 hours straight

Hydro Tasmania's world-leading hybrid solar, wind and energy storage plant on King Island supplied 100 per cent renewables to the community for nearly two days straight, this month.

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Should Australian households quit the electricity grid?

To quit the grid, or not. With battery storage, it’s a choice that households in regional areas, towns, and even in the suburbs of our major cities, are going to be able to make. Greg Hunt says it's inevitable large numbers will quit the grid, but is it a good idea?

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Victorian couple refused grid connection, turn to solar, wind and storage

When a neighbour refused to allow a power pole to be erected on their land, Helmut and Sue Woerner were unable to connect their rural property to the grid. But, with a bit of persistence and a lot of innovation, the couple were able to enjoy their country paradise with more than enough power.

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Josh’s House adds battery storage, to need just 3% of supply from grid

In Australia more than 1.4 million households have rooftop solar panels, with double digit growth every year. In Perth one in five homes have solar power. Combined they equate to the biggest source of power generation in the state. The problem is solar power is only available when the sun is shining.

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Aboriginal corporation quits WA regional grid for cheaper solar and storage

After looking into adding a grid-connected solar system, the Pilbara Meta Maya Regional Aboriginal Corporation has gone with the cheaper option of installing an off-grid solar PV plant with 70kWh battery storage – a first of its kind, commissioned this week.

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How a Tesla travelled 9,000kms through Queensland without super-charger network

The Queensland government's super charger Electric Highway initiative is great news for EV drivers. But you can make do without it.

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Off grid, and sometimes in the dark, overlooking spectacular Great Ocean Road

Astrid Liberts had no choice but to be off-grid in her dream home with spectacular ocean views. Each upgrade delivers improvements, but sometimes she yearns to be connected.

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‘Poster girl’ for alternative lifestyle shares her off-grid story

Columnist and cartoonist Jill Redwood had to start over after the Ash Wednesday bush fires in 1983. She explains how she lives off grid with just a very small solar system of 1kW and battery storage.

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The lessons learnt from 30 years of off-grid independence

Alternative off grid energy systems work, are empowering, challenging and highly enjoyable, and the freedom and independence from erratic government policy interference and corporate dominance cannot be overstated.

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Off-grid living for family of 5 in western Victoria – all it needed was more solar

While most people dream of building a carbon neutral home from scratch, the Severin family were lucky enough to walk straight into an established family pad near Horsham in western Victoria. All they needed was more solar.

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