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Solar industry press releases & announcements

SunMate: Save more money by using the sun when you’re not home

July 12, 2016
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The AWS SunMate is a device that takes your excess solar energy and pumps it into your hot water tank, potentially saving you more money than solar panels alone. The SunMate’s developers, Australian Wind and Solar, say that it is one of the most cost-effective ways to maximise a solar PV system’s value – and […]

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Meet Mojo Power: The electricity retailer that wants you to buy less energy

April 5, 2016
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Imagine if your electricity retailer did not see a profit when you use more electricity. How would your relationship be different? While it may sound like a fantasy to an Australian populace which has come to view the retail electricity sector with a deep cynicism, one company – Mojo Power – claims to have found […]

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Solar forecasting held to a higher standard: Reuniwatt’s Soleka

March 24, 2016

Reuniwatt is a solar forecasting company born out of some of the most stringent electricity market conditions on the planet. Founded on France’s Reunion Island, Reuniwatt’s Soleka forecasting tool has been designed to meet the strict reliability standards of an island grid heavily reliant on medium and large-scale solar farms, and is of potential interest […]

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Australia’s Redback Tech partners with UQ to foster storage innovations

February 16, 2016
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Australian energy storage system developer Redback Technologies has announced a partnership with the University of Queensland aiming to accelerate the commercialisation of the company’s distributed energy storage – while also enabling the university to be at the ‘cutting edge’ of research into  this burgeoning field. Redback announced in a press release that it has signed […]

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Reposit Power’s GridCredits: Trade your home’s energy on the grid – and get paid for it

December 1, 2015
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No feed-in tariff? No problem: Reposit Power’s GridCredits software lets solar-plus-storage system owners sell power into the grid – at a premium. Reposit Power is an Australian company whose goal is to help solar-plus-storage system owners get the most out of their systems – while remaining connected to the grid. Reposit’s innovative GridCredits software allows homes to […]

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NEXTracker’s self-powered, horizontal axis solar tracking system

November 4, 2015
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NEXTracker is a California-based developer of an innovative self-power, horizontal single-axis solar tracking system which has been deployed in solar farms across the globe. NEXTracker now has over 500MW of installations across five continents (eight countries), as well as the largest solar tracking system in Australia at Moree Solar Farm, New South Wales (70MW). NEXTracker’s […]

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New device from Latronics makes solar storage retrofits quick and easy

October 9, 2015
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Australian inverter and power electronics maker Latronic Sunpower has introduced a device that will make it easy for homes and businesses to retroactively install battery storage onto most existing grid-connected solar PV systems. The device, called the Solar Array Transfer Switch (SATS), could potentially be one of the most useful new gadgets in an installer’s toolbox as Australia’s battery […]

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Why a telco chose Imergy’s flow batteries: Q&A with CoverTel

September 22, 2015
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The number of battery energy storage solution providers in Australia is growing, and as it does so does the range of battery technology options available to homes, businesses and industry. Flow batteries are among the newest and most exciting battery chemistries now available on the Australian market; Imergy’s vanadium redox flow batteries are one of […]

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Trina’s DUOMAX: Durability & reliability in a frameless module

September 15, 2015

Solar panel manufacturer Trina has introduced a first-of-kind, frameless solar module with a double layer of glass. Thanks to its engineered safety, durability and reliability, the DUOMAX is an excellent fit for Australia’s harshest environments. DUOMAX modules have been available in Australia since 2014. Trina DUOMAX: Features UL/IEC certified Frameless design Two layers of 2.5mm […]

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Imergy’s vanadium flow batteries in Australia

September 14, 2015
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Now available in Australia, PNG and the Pacific Island through CoverTel Telecommunications Group, Imergy’s vanadium flow batteries are promising to raise the bar for energy storage system performance – while at the same time lowering operational costs dramatically over time. California-based Imergy Power Systems has developed an exclusive process for producing high-performance flow batteries using […]

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Giant Power residential battery storage solutions

September 10, 2015
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Giant Power is a Sunshine Coast-based battery energy storage system wholesaler specialising in grid-connected, ‘hybrid’ solar-plus-battery solutions as well as conventional off-grid systems. The company has been supplying solar panels, batteries and other electrical equipment to the Australian market since 2009. Giant Power has its own range of own-branded products (including hybrid inverters and batteries) […]

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Sunvertec: An Aussie-made ‘distributed inverter’ designed to rival microinverters & string inverters alike

September 9, 2015
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A Perth-based engineering startup is looking to change the way that Australia – and the world – looks at solar inverters. Sunvertec, which announced itself to the world at the Solar 2015 conference in Melbourne earlier this year, says that it has developed a first-of-kind ‘distributed inverter’ system that promises both cost savings and industry-leading efficiencies. […]

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On Wind Load Reduction: Solar Arrays in the Field and Building Roofs

September 1, 2015
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Solar Choice has recently been in contact with Leighton Cochran, PhD of Brisbane-based MEL Consultants. Dr Cochran has conducted extensive research into wind loading for all types of solar technologies – from roof and ground-mounted solar PV modules to various concentrating solar technologies such as compact linear Fresnel reflectors (CLFR). His academic paper ‘On Wind […]

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WINAICO Solar listed as tier 1 by BNEF

August 20, 2015
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Industry analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) have classified WINAICO a tier 1 solar module manufacturer in their most recent PV Market Outlook report. Although the listing does not equate to an endorsement by BNEF, the company’s tier ranking system is nevertheless widely referenced in Australia for gauging the reliability of a solar manufacturer’s […]

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Energy storage Q&A with Bosch Power Tec

August 12, 2015
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Bosch Power Tec recently introduced its BPT-S 5 Hybrid residential energy storage device onto the Australian market, along with a line of hybrid inverters. Solar Choice recently caught up with Bosch Power Tec to ask a few questions about the company’s products and background, with the aim of helping our customers (and installers) gain a better understanding […]

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e*star electricity load monitoring: Understand your electricity usage

July 17, 2015
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e*star is an electricity usage monitoring platform that allows users to understand their electricity usage in detail, giving its users actionable insights into their power consumption patterns. The company’s innovative software and hardware are for use in both residential and commercial applications – and is ideal for solar system owners who would like to maximise the […]

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Magellan Power’s affordable, Australian-made energy storage devices

July 17, 2015
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Magellan Power is a WA-based developer of power electronics with a focus on distributed energy systems such as grid-connected rooftop solar panels. In addition to its solar smoothing and solar export control devices, the company has more recently introduced a line of energy storage devices for homes and businesses which are well-suited specifically for Australian […]

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AC Solar Warehouse: Specialists in next-generation solar

July 8, 2015
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Formed in 2011, AC Solar Warehouse is a specialist wholesaler of AC solar products and a champion of the use of microinverters and microinverter-integrated solar modules in Australia. The company is Australia’s largest Enphase distributor, and its two co-founders each boast 30+ years of electrical and solar engineering experience between them. What is AC solar? […]

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AKASOL’s neeoQube & neeoSystem: Solar energy storage solutions for Australian homes & businesses

July 7, 2015
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AKASOL is a German manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries and grid-connect energy storage solutions whose ‘neeo‘ line of solutions has recently become available on the Australian market. The company’s neeoQube unit is a compact 5.5 kilowatt-hour (kWh) device suitable for increasing energy independence for the average home, while the neeoSystem is a scaleable solution for use in […]

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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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SolarSafe: Warranty protection and safety audits for existing solar PV systems

June 11, 2015
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SolarSafe is a Queensland-based company founded with the goal of rectifying some of the downsides of the cracking growth of residential solar systems in Australia. The company fills an important niche by offering solar system warranty protection, safety inspections, repairs, inverter replacements and upgrades for solar homeowners with nowhere else to turn. The downsides of the Australian […]

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RV Solar Supplies: Taking solar on the road with recreational solar

June 10, 2015
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One of the biggest advantages of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is its scalability – it can be used in applications as small as a calculator or as large as a utility-scale solar farm. While the solar PV that most Australians thing of these days is on the roofs of their homes and businesses, the technology […]

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AEPOL’s Dustech 2 polymer suppresses dust on solar farm sites

April 13, 2015
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As a developer of large-scale solar PV projects in some of the more arid regions of Australia, Solar Choice is keenly aware of the impact that dust accumulation can have on solar plant maintenance and ROI. AEPOL’s Dustech 2 is one product on the market that seeks to address this challenge. The informative article below […]

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Australian Anti-Dumping Commission terminates anti-dumping investigation into imported Chinese panels

April 8, 2015
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Australia’s Anti-Dumping Commission (ADC) has ended its investigation into whether imported Chinese solar panels were dumped into Australia. The Commission found that although panels were sold below the cost of production to Australian importers during the investigation period (1 July 2012 – 31 December 2013), the injury caused to domestic panel manufacturers was negligible. The […]

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Solar Choice brokers 50kW ‘zero-export’ solar system for St George Hotel in Queensland

April 1, 2015

Solar Choice Commercial has managed the tender for a 50kW solar system for the St George Hotel in Saint George, Queensland. In compliance with grid-connection rules for the Ergon Energy network, the system will not export excess solar power to the grid. The St George Hotel originally contacted Solar Choice in January of 2014 seeking quotes […]

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Intelligent Energy Systems’ Prophet software sheds light on Australia’s electricity market

March 30, 2015
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First introduced in 1997, Prophet is the most widely used simulation software in the Australian National Electricity Market (NEM). The software has also been used for studies of electricity markets outside of Australia, including those of Singapore, Ireland, New Zealand, and Vietnam. Prophet customers include generator and retailer companies, market and system operators, and government […]

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Energy storage system manufacturer SolaX launches its second generation of ‘hybrid’ inverter

March 24, 2015
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Energy storage system developer SolaX recently announced its plans to launch a second-generation hybrid energy management system (EMS). The SolaX X-Hybrid 2 features several new additions that promise to make it a more advanced system than its predecessor. The most important improvement may the addition of an Emergency Power Supply (EPS) feature. In the event of a grid […]

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Imergy introduces vanadium flow battery solution for utility, commercial & industrial applications

February 24, 2015
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With the introduction of its third-generation vanadium flow battery, Imergy Power Systems is stirring up excitement within the commercial and industrial energy storage market. The ESP250 is the latest addition to the Imergy product line and features an output power capability of 250 kW and a storage capacity of 1 MWh. It will provide utilities, […]

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Yingli solar panels in Australia

February 11, 2015
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As one of the world’s largest solar panel manufacturers, Yingli Solar is a leader in solar PV technology, with almost 10% global market share and over 40 million solar panels generating energy around the world. Yingli Solar focuses on connecting world-class technology, manufacturing, supply and logistics with their teams of local experts, ensuring that they’re […]

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Panel maker Suntech expands reach to energy storage, performance monitoring & off-grid renewables

January 29, 2015
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Suntech Power is well known in Australia as a solar panel manufacturer. Now a subsidiary of Shunfeng International Clean Energy Ltd. (formerly Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Ltd.), the company has installed more than 80 GW of panels in over 80 countries since its founding in 2005. It currently has an estimated annual production capacity of 2,000 […]

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Three Massachusetts landfills go solar with GameChange’s Pour-in-Place Ballasted Ground mounting system

January 27, 2015
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Three solid waste landfills in the US state of Massachusetts will go solar using GameChange racking’s innovative Ballasted Ground mounting system. The new power plants, which together will have a capacity of around 6.5 megawatts (MW) will be the latest addition to the company’s already extensive portfolio of solar-on-landfill and brownfield projects. GameChange’s Ballasted Ground mounting […]

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