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Batteries & Energy Storage

Solar Choice visits one of the first Tesla Powerwall installations in Sydney’s Northern Beaches

May 19, 2016
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Tesla’s Powerwall is the most well-known of the rapidly growing list of home battery storage devices in Australia which includes the likes of LG, Enphase, Aquion and a host of other cool technologies. The nominal 7 kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery bank – designed and manufactured by the USA’s Tesla Motors – made a huge splash in the […]

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Australian Energy Storage Database to become ‘one stop shop’ for Aus storage project info

May 18, 2016
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Yesterday the Australian Energy Storage Alliance (AESA) officially announced the launch of the Australian Energy Storage Database (AESDB), which will serve as the authoritative resource for existing and upcoming energy storage projects in Australia and New Zealand. The Australian arm of the database is a portal to the Global Energy Storage Database created under the US […]

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Time of use vs flat rate tariffs for solar energy storage: Which makes more sense?

May 18, 2016
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There are many important considerations when it comes to installing a battery storage system for your home. One of the most important ones is whether or not to switch electricity tariffs from a flat rate to a time-of-use rate. Which one will provide the most benefit once you have batteries installed? When talking about retail […]

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A brain for your battery storage system: Q&A with Reposit Power

May 17, 2016
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Reposit Power is a Canberra-based start-up that promises to be one of the key facilitators of Australia’s battery storage revolution. Their product is an $800 battery storage system control system (a ‘Reposit Box’) that could spell the difference between a home’s saving a little and saving a lot on an energy bill – all through intelligent […]

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Solar Choice’s Solar Calculator Resource Library

May 16, 2016
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Over the years, Solar Choice has developed a range of interactive solar and battery storage-related calculator tools. This resource library acts as a homepage for these calculators, to make it easier to identify and access the calculator that best suits your needs. Please keep in mind that all calculator outputs are indicative only. Recommend on […]

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‘Tariff arbitrage’ with battery storage: What is it and how can it save you money?

May 16, 2016
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For most people, the promise of home battery storage is mainly about the ability to save sunlight so that it can be used later, after the sun has set. ‘Tariff arbitrage’ is another great way to save money with a solar-plus-battery storage system. What is tariff arbitrage and how does it work? In short, tariff arbitrage is […]

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Greens propose federal incentive for home battery storage

May 9, 2016
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More than one million Australian households would install heavily discounted battery storage over the next five years under a scheme proposed by the Greens, as part of a new policy aimed at accelerating the shift to renewables. The nearly $3 billion policy – which would “redirect” money from fossil fuel tax breaks – was unveiled […]

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GCL Poly launches multi-colour battery storage solution for Aus market

May 6, 2016
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The world’s biggest supplier of silicon and solar cells, GCL Poly, has launched its new battery storage product onto the Australian market, taking on Tesla, LG, Enphase and a host of other international and local competitors. CEO Shu Hua said battery storage was an essential part of the energy revolution that had been caused by rooftop […]

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Energex proposes ban on use of batteries, AC units & other white goods during ‘off-peak’ periods

May 6, 2016
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Queensland government-owned network operator Energex has proposed banning battery storage, air conditioning and appliances such as washing machines and clothes dryers from off peak loads in a move that has stunned the solar and storage industry. The proposal – which was at first presented as decision – was announced in an email to electricians and […]

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‘Maximum demand’ tariffs could speed arrival of mass market for battery storage

May 6, 2016
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The point of mass uptake of battery storage in Australia may be closer than most people think, according to a new survey, although it would require a different tariff structure for electricity prices. The survey, the second in recent months by Energeia analyst Melanie Koerner, says that under the “flat tariff” structure most common in […]

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Melbourne suburb to go off grid with solar and energy storage

April 27, 2016

A first-of-its kind trial in Australia will take part of a Melbourne suburb completely off grid using rooftop solar and battery storage. The trial planned by Victorian network operator Ausnet Services – and launched last week by Victorian energy minister Lily d’Ambrosio – aims to test the use of mini-grids within major towns and cities […]

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Australia should lead on residential battery storage, as it has with solar: Hunt

April 26, 2016

Federal environment minister Greg Hunt says Australia should lead the world in the adoption of battery storage, in the same way it has done with rooftop solar. “Solar and storage together are the future of electricity,” Hunt said during a whirlwind visit to two battery storage trials at new residential communities in Western Australia. “That’s a huge […]

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Neighbourhood battery storage pilot program launched in WA suburb of Alkimos Beach

April 19, 2016

Rooftop solar and battery storage could soon become standard features of new residential housing developments, depending on the success of a ground-breaking community-scale solar and energy storage trial in Western Australia. The $6.9 million residential battery storage trial in the WA suburb of Alkimos Beach was announced in March last year but officially kicked off on […]

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ElectrIQ residential battery units bring smarts to the table

April 14, 2016
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Palo Alto startup ElectrIQ Power is set to release a modular, all-in-one 10kWh battery storage energy management system in Q4 2016. They are looking for strategic partners in Australia. The system features: (i) an integrated DC-to-AC string inverter; (ii) maximum power point tracking for connected PV systems; (iii) comprehensive microsecond energy metering; and (iv) wifi capabilities to enable wireless […]

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Over 5,000 ACT homes to get discounted battery storage under latest incentive round

April 9, 2016
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More than 5,000 homes and businesses in the Australian Capital Territory will get discounted battery storage under the ACT’s latest round of capacity auctions for large-scale renewables. Around $25 million will be raised from the auctions for the specific purpose of subsidising battery storage installations in the national capital, amounting to the largest subsidised roll-out […]

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Toshiba, winning solar/battery hybrid project contract in SA, sets sights on more opportunities

April 8, 2016
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Japanese electronics giant Toshiba says it is eyeing more opportunities for large-scale battery storage in Australia after winning a contract to provide the battery system for the Coober Pedy renewable hybrid project in South Australia. Toshiba will install a 1MW, 0.5MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) for the Coober Pedy project, which aims to cut […]

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Redflow’s ZCell: An Aussie-made ‘flow battery’ for homes

April 4, 2016
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Australian energy storage company Redflow has launched its 10kWh household battery storage offering the “ZCell”, pitting it against Tesla and other high profile international brand names in what is expected to be the first mass market for battery storage in the world. The ZCell will sell for between $17,500 and $19,500 – more expensive than competitors, […]

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Germany’s Sonnen contemplates setting up battery manufacturing plant in Australia

April 1, 2016
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German battery storage maker Sonnen has flagged establishing manufacturing operations in Australia if the local market proves as strong as predicted. Sonnenbatterie – the biggest selling battery storage product in Europe, with around 40 per cent of the market – recently expanded to the US, and this week announced the launch of its battery storage […]

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Fronius offering $2,000 rebate for homes to upgrade to 3-phase connection

March 31, 2016
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Inverter manufacturer Fronius are offering an interesting rebate for homes who opt to install one of the company’s two energy storage packages. Until 30 June 2016, the company will cover most of the cost of upgrading from a single-phase electrical connection to a 3-phase connection (in the form of a $2,000 rebate) for anyone who purchases […]

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Battery prices will drop 50% by 2020: Enphase

March 29, 2016

US inverter maker Enphase has predicted that battery storage costs and prices will halve by 2020, as it prepares to launch its first product onto the Australian market. Enphase on Tuesday unveiled its new R&D facility in New Zealand, which will drive further improvements in its battery storage and micro inverter technology, and enable it […]

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How the South Australian government is supporting renewables & energy storage

March 29, 2016
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South Australia is one of the most progressive states in the country when it comes to renewable energy. Roughly 30% of the homes in the state already have solar PV systems installed on their roofs, and the City of Adelaide’s battery storage rebate program – the first of its kind in the country – is […]

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