A Sydney community solar investor fund has raised a total of $17,500 in just nine minutes over the weekend, to go towards the installation of solar at a local craft brewery in Newtown.

The money invested at the investment event, which was led by Pingala Co-operative, will pay for a 29.9kW solar array on the roof of Young Henry’s brewery, the electricity which will power the brewing operation.

In a statement on Tuesday, Pingala said that more than 120 people had submitted applications to invest in the project before the Sunday event, while a further 50 people registered on the day.

The share offer was over-subscribed by 400 per cent, requiring the 70 winning applications to be drawn from a total of 300 on the day.

All up, 56 people won the chance to invest in the project, Pingala said. Investors can expect to achieve returns of more than 5 per cent p.a. over the term of the project. Read the full article →

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Array Technologies brings streamlined approach to large-scale solar tracking

August 25, 2016
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Array Technologies, Inc (ATI) is a US-based manufacturer of single-axis tracking devices for large-scale solar farms. The company says that its latest generation of trackers – the DuraTrack HZ v3 –  is one of the most durable and cost-competitive options currently available, thanks to technology design which reduces costs on both installation labour and long-term […]

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Battery storage already ‘profitable’ in the right circumstances: McKinsey

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Solar power in Sydney, NSW: Compare prices & installers

August 24, 2016
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Sydney is a great place for solar power, and roughly 10-15% of Sydney area homes have solar panels installed on their roofs. This article is an overview of everything you need to know if you’re considering solar power for your Sydney home – including how you can compare system prices and installers who operate in your […]

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GreenSync’s tech will seamlessly manage demand, batteries for community in Vic pilot project

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Commercial Solar PV Price Index: August 2016

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The average price of a commercial solar systems fell marginally between July and August to $1.28/W, according to figures from Solar Choice’s installer network database. Commercial solar system prices (10kW-100kW) All prices in the tables below include incentives available through the federal Renewable Energy Target as well as GST, but do not incorporate meter installation fees […]

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WA government moves to make solar PPAs more accessible

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The Western Australian government has announced changes to state energy market regulations that will boost the uptake of rooftop solar and make the technology more accessible to a broader range of consumers. WA energy minister Mike Nahan said the changes would make it easier for solar power purchase agreement (PPA) providers to operate in the […]

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Solar energy self-consumption explained

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When it comes to solar power in Australia, lots of things have changed in the last few years. If you’re currently shopping around for a solar system, perhaps the most important thing you need to keep in mind is this: You’ll get the most out of your solar panels by consuming the energy they produce while it […]

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Victorian utility to deploy distributed batteries to defer network upgrade costs

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Kilowatts vs kilowatt-hours in solar power & battery storage: Power, energy or capacity?

August 18, 2016
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If you’re shopping around for solar panels or a battery storage for your home, you’re undoubtedly come across the terms ‘kilowatt’ (abbreviated as kW) and kilowatt-hour (kWh). These terms might be a bit confusing at first, so we’ve written this article to explain these terms and make them easy to understand. Power vs energy (vs capacity) When […]

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ResiLinked: A free online platform to track solar system maintenance, safety and more

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Three-year trial will pit 8x lithium battery products against one another

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A three-year battery storage trial that will test eight leading technologies under Australian conditions was officially launched in the ACT on Wednesday, at the Canberra Institute of Technology’s Bruce Campus. Over the course of the trial, which is being conducted by ITP Renewables, lithium-ion battery chemistries and products will be tested and compared against claims […]

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1.5kW solar PV systems: Pricing, outputs and payback

August 17, 2016
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1.5kW solar systems were once the most popular system size in Australia. As solar technology prices have come down in recent years, however, most homes are now tending to opt for larger systems – in the 2kW to 5kW range. This article takes a look at the case for installing a 1.5kW solar system in current […]

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Millennials keen on solar, storage & the grid of the future: Survey

August 17, 2016
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What do Millennials want from their energy company? That is the question a recent Accenture survey has sought to address, and the findings are a clarion call to those utilities and retailers who still believe business-as-usual will do. The survey found that 76 per cent of the Gen Y people surveyed were interested in a “connected” […]

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Four years of tracking residential solar system prices: What’s changed?

August 16, 2016
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August 2016 marked four years since Solar Choice published our first Solar PV Price Index. What are some of the noteworthy trends we’ve seen over this period? What is the Solar PV Price Index? Solar Choice’s PV Price Index is a barometer of residential and commercial solar system pricing trends in Australia’s capital cities (with the exception […]

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USA’s SolarCity reveals plans for integrated solar roof product

August 16, 2016
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US solar installer and manufacturer SolarCity has revealed plans to start making building integrated solar roofing and to target Australia as a key market for cheap and efficient solar and storage, in its results announcement last Tuesday. SolarCity – which is headed up by the cousins of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Lyndon and Peter Rive […]

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Sonnen’s Eco in Australia: An all-in-one, modular, German-made battery storage system for homes

August 15, 2016
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Sonnen is a German home battery storage system developer that has one of the most robust & attractive products on the Australian market. The Sonnen Eco is an expandable, all-in-one battery storage unit that includes Sonnen’s proprietary energy management software, promising to deliver significant value to homes that install one. This article provides an overview […]

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South Australia’s minimum solar feed-in tariff could be nixed under ESCOSA proposal

August 15, 2016
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Rooftop solar households in South Australia face losing the 6.8c/kWh feed-in tariff after the state pricing regulator revealed it was working on a draft proposal to remove the minimum retail price for solar exports, starting January 2017. In a media release on its website, the Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA) said its proposal […]

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US study shows coal jobs could be replaced with solar jobs – with implications for Australia

August 12, 2016
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A new study out of the US has quantified the costs and benefits of retraining American coal workers for employment in the solar PV industry, and the results are encouraging for Australian workers facing job loss in a contracting global coal market. The study, by Michigan University associate professor Joshua Pearce and Oregon State University’s […]

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Installing a battery bank for a grid-connected home? Smaller is probably better

August 11, 2016
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If you are in a grid-connected home and want to get batteries for your rooftop solar system, you’re probably wondering how much capacity to have installed. Although the ultimate answer comes down to your personal preferences and goals, what about if you’re primarily after a good return on your investment? In this article we’ve endeavoured […]

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Solar battery storage in South Australia

August 10, 2016
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Roughly one in three homes in South Australia is equipped with a solar PV system. While the main motivating factors for going solar to date have been generous government incentives (especially feed-in tariffs), these days low solar system prices are the main reason SA homes are going solar. The need for these homes to use as much of […]

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