South Australia’s Labor government has announced a $1.1 million tender to install battery storage in several key government buildings, including parliament house and its flagship arts buildings in the North Terrace precinct.

In what is being billed as a first in Australia for a state government, tenders are being called for battery storage to be installed in up to nine government buildings that already have solar arrays, including Parliament House, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the state museum, the state library, a railway station and various schools.

The initiative follows that of the City of Adelaide last week, which became the first in local government group Australia to offer financial incentives to households and businesses to install battery storage systems. Read the full article →

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VIC solar feed-in tariff faces further reduction

July 3, 2015
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Victorian solar households face another cut to their solar feed-in tariff, after the Essential Services Commission recommended the rate for rooftop solar generation fed back into the grid be cut to 5c/kWh, from the current level of 6.2c/kWh in 2016. The recommendation, included in a report released this week, suggested that the falling cost of wholesale electricity […]

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Home solar battery and energy storage in NSW: Options & benefits

July 2, 2015
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Battery storage is the next frontier in home solar power for New South Wales. In fact, a perfect combination of factors means that NSW – and Australia more generally – is ‘ground zero‘ for energy storage, with the consensus being that it’s only a matter of time until solar-plus-storage is a ‘no-brainer’ for homes across the […]

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Victoria, NSW will lead the way in residential energy storage uptake

July 2, 2015

NSW and Victoria will lead the adoption of battery storage by Australian households over the next two decades, the Australian Energy Market Operator has predicted. In its first ever analysis of the potential impacts of new technologies – specifically battery storage, but also electric vehicles and “fuel switching” from gas to electricity – AEMO predicts […]

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Residential solar + storage system payback times: State by state

July 1, 2015
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South Australian households planning to install rooftop solar and battery storage systems can look forward to the shortest payback period on the NEM, a new report by the Australian Energy Market Operator has found. In its first ever big study of the impact on the National Electricity Market of new technology like battery storage and electric cars, AEMO has crunched […]

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Solar Choice brokers 100kW solar array for Doug Hall Poultry in Millmerran, QLD

July 1, 2015
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[Updated on 1 July 2015 with new images]. Solar Choice Commercial has brokered a 100kW ground-mounted solar PV installation for Doug Hall Poultry in Millmerran, Queensland. Doug Hall is one of the largest suppliers of fresh eggs to Woolworths and Coles in Australia. After Doug Hall Poultry selected Solar Choice to manage the tender for its […]

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Solar Choice brokers winning 1.06MW bid for Australia’s largest privately owned rooftop solar installation at Brisbane Markets

July 1, 2015
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[Updated on 1 July 2015 with new images]. Solar Choice has successfully brokered the winning bid for Brisbane Markets Limited’s (BML) epic 1.06 megawatt (MW) solar power system. The array will be the largest privately owned roof-top project in Australia, and may in time overtake Uni of Qld’s 1.2MW as the largest should further available roof […]

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SPLASH: Flashy yet practical monitoring for solar energy systems

June 29, 2015

Quality performance monitoring should be an essential component of any solar energy system, but is sometimes the first thing to be sacrificed in the name of cost-savings. New Zealand’s SPLASH Monitoring is a company who has made it a mission to turn this often overlooked feature into the centerpiece of any installation. SPLASH’s attractive, interactive […]

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Solar-plus-storage will account for nearly half of Aussie electricity demand by 2040

June 29, 2015

A major new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance has predicted that rooftop solar and battery storage will account for more than half of Australia’s electricity needs by 2040, as the share of fossil fuels falls by more than half to around 40 per cent. BNEF says Australia’s power sector will fundamentally change over the […]

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Changes on Qld’s Ergon network could increase costs, difficulty in solar grid connection

June 26, 2015

Queensland regional utility Ergon Energy has imposed a 3.5kW limit on rooftop solar systems, making it more difficult and potentially more costly for households and businesses to install rooftop solar. The new limit – down from 5kW previously - is the level at which Ergon will demand a “network assessment”, and it could include limits on how much, […]

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Australian Energy Regulator rejects proposed fee on SA solar homes

June 25, 2015

A proposal by South Australia’s monopoly network operator to add a $100 a year tariff for households with rooftop solar has been rejected by the Australian Energy Regulator. As reported in May, SA Power Networks caused a furore in the Australian solar industry by proposing the surcharge in a submission to the AER, despite decisions by both the […]

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Over 18% of WA homes now have solar

June 24, 2015

A total of more than 180,000 West Australian households have installed rooftop solar, new data has shown, taking total residential penetration to 18 per cent of the state’s population: an increase of nearly one-fifth in just one year. The data – put together by WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam using the most recent figures from the […]

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Could the Coalition turn RET towards large-scale solar?

June 22, 2015

In seeking to justify its push against wind energy, the creation of a “wind commissioner” and its dealing with the Senate cross-bench, the Coalition is trying to turn the renewable energy target into a sort of de facto large-scale solar scheme. “What we’re doing there is very significant and we’re increasing the focus on large-scale solar,” environment […]

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Rooftop solar to beat coal, demolish midday demand in SA by 2025

June 19, 2015
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Rooftop solar PV capacity in Australia is expected to overtake that of coal fired generation within the next decade, according to new forecasts by the Australian Energy Market Operator, published on Thursday. The AEMO forecasts, part of the National Electricity Forecasting Report, predict that rooftop solar installed on Australian homes and businesses – currently standing at […]

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Solar PV system prices in Darwin, NT

June 19, 2015
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According to the APVI‘s solar map, only about 6% of homes in Darwin have solar panels – despite the fact that the city is home to some of the highest solar irradiation rates (and therefore some of the highest federal incentives) in all of Australia. Darwin is also home to one of the highest solar feed-in tariff incentives […]

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RET deal details remain unsettled with questions about wood waste and wind

June 19, 2015

Last-minute wrangling over the inclusion of native wood waste in the Renewable Energy Target is threatening to delay passage of the amended legislation through federal Parliament’s Upper House, as the Coalition and Labor try to avoid a compromise agreement with cross-bench Senators. As part of the political intrigue that has intensified since Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s […]

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Hot water storage helps maximise PV electricity use

June 18, 2015
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Storing solar energy in the form of hot water is an effective and low-cost way of maximising the use of generated excess PV electricity. Australia’s net-metering arrangements and despicably low feed-in-tariffs typically mean that the large amounts of excess PV electricity generated during the middle of the day – when residential demand is close to […]

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Australia’s conservative districts also have the most solar: Solar Citizens

June 18, 2015
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Australia’s rooftop solar market is still powering along nicely, adding another 11,865 systems in the month of May and bringing the nation’s total number of solar homes to more than 1.3 million. But according to newly published data from Solar Citizens, it is Australia’s conservative, and mostly regional communities that are leading the charge to […]

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The Solar Choice customer experience: Take a visual tour

June 18, 2015
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Since 2008, Solar Choice has helped over 90,000 households and thousands of businesses make an informed choice about solar power. During this time, our unique technology has evolved substantially – and we now boast what is arguably the most sophisticated, user-friendly solar PV comparison platform in Australia. 1. Enter your details on the Quote Comparison Request […]

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Solar Choice’s 2GW Bulli Creek Solar Farm: The lay of the land

June 17, 2015
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At 2 gigawatts of capacity, once completed Solar Choice’s Bulli Creek Solar Farm will be the largest project of its kind in Australia – and among the largest in the world. For a project of this size, a substantial amount of land is required. This article takes a look at the site of this mega-project and the reasons […]

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Testing complete, NSW’s Nyngan Soar Farm soon to be fully operational

June 17, 2015
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Australia’s largest solar farm, the 102MW Nyngan Solar Plant in western New South Wales, is set to become fully operational in a matter of weeks after achieving the milestone of full generation last Tuesday, less than two months after construction of the plant was completed in mid-April. The plant’s owner, AGL Energy, said the solar farm […]

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