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Batteries & Energy Storage

South Australia’s 16c/kWh solar feed-in tariff ends 30 September 2016

September 28, 2016
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South Australia‘s 16c per kilowatt-hour (kWh) solar feed-in tariff will be the first state-backed incentive of its kind to cease payments. The 16c/kWh rate – referred to as the ‘Transitional Feed-in Tariff’ – was made available to SA households who signed up for grid-connected solar between 1 October 2011 and 30 September 2013. The 16c/kWh […]

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NSW to become battery storage hotspot after Solar Bonus expires, IPART survey confirms

September 27, 2016
Solar feed-in tariff questions

A NSW survey on rooftop solar households in the state has confirmed what the battery storage industry has been predicting for months now – that the market for residential energy storage is set to boom in NSW as a huge percentage of solar households come of premium feed-in tariffs. The survey – conducted by the […]

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How many times per day should you cycle your batteries?

September 26, 2016
Battery cycling

There are a lot of different ways to potentially get value out of a home battery storage system. Something that not many storage system shoppers realises is that it is possible to charge/discharge (or ‘cycle’) your batteries more than once a day. In fact, in the right circumstances, cycling your batteries more than once a day can potentially […]

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Solar Choice launches battery storage product lifespan comparison tool

September 22, 2016
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Solar Choice published a new tool that aims to make Australia’s nascent battery storage market a bit easier to navigate. With dozens of products now available throughout the country but still no broadly-used, standardised way to talk about battery value, we have put together a Battery Storage Product Lifespan Comparison Tool. The tool, which is […]

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Reflow’s ZCell residential battery installations to start next month

September 22, 2016
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The first batch of residential battery storage systems from Australian company Redflow is due to be delivered to customers next month, after a shipment of the ZCell units arrived in Australia on Sunday. The Brisbane-based company has experienced a series of delays, including an unexpected departure delay at the port of Los Angeles, but deliveries […]

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Battery storage for home solar systems: Compare system prices

September 21, 2016
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Battery storage is the next step in the evolution of home solar energy systems. More and more Australian households are considering batteries – in combination with a solar PV system – as a way to increase their energy independence and reduce their energy bills. Unfortunately, however most shoppers do not yet have the confidence to […]

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Levelised cost of storage: A better way to compare battery value

September 21, 2016
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When it comes to choosing batteries for home or commercial battery storage, it can be difficult to sift through the multitude of options to find the IDEAL battery for your application. The options range from different operating voltages, amp-hour (Ah) storage capacities, sizes, weights, brands and – to make things even more complicated – different […]

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Aquion ‘saltwater’ battery-powered nanogrid deployed for Chicago university

September 20, 2016
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An innovative solar and salt-water battery storage powered AC/DC nanogrid has been installed at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, US. The nanogrid, which will power the IIT’s ‘s Keating Sports Centre, has been put together by local outfit Azimuth Energy using their own solar hardware – a 180kW solar array – along with […]

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Solar-plus-storage: How much battery capacity do you need?

September 20, 2016
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About one in three Solar Choice customers are asking about battery storage for solar power, but few have a clear idea of how much battery capacity they need. This article takes a look at the factors that come into play when considering how to choose the right amount of battery capacity for your solar-plus-storage system. […]

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An overview of battery storage system specifications: How to read a battery spec sheet

September 13, 2016
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Talking about home battery storage can be confusing, and if you’re confused you’re unlikely to feel confident about making a big investment like a home battery bank. There are quite a few different terms & specifications that you’ll hear when shopping around for battery products. We’ve gathered them all here in attempt to bring some clarity to […]

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New electricity market rule a mixed bag for distributed battery storage

September 6, 2016

Australia’s main energy market policy maker has okayed a rule change that could accelerate the use of battery storage for grid stability, as more renewables enter the market. The Australian Energy Market Commission said late last week it would allow “unbundling” of ancillary services for the grid – which provide fast-acting balancing responses following a […]

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Enphase says orders for AC Battery up to 70,000 units as NSW Solar Bonus Scheme closure approaches

September 5, 2016
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Enphase Energy says orders for its first battery storage offering have jumped to more than 70,000 units, led by New South Wales households responding to the end of premium feed-in tariffs for their solar installations. US-based Enphase has chosen Australia as the launch-pad for its first battery storage offering, a 1.2kWh modular lithium-ion unit that […]

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Speed of the rise of battery storage being underestimated by market operator: Corbell

September 2, 2016
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Conservative estimates on the value of battery storage from the Australian Energy Market Operator highlight the institutional barriers faced by Australia as it seeks to shift to a low-carbon grid, ACT climate and energy minister Simon Corbell has said. Corbell says the chair of AEMO told the pivotal COAG energy ministers meeting in Canberra a […]

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Solar & batteries could be value-competitive with grid electricity in WA ‘within one year’

September 1, 2016
Solar battery cost competitive grid electricity

New research suggests that the cross-over point between the value of solar and storage and grid prices for Australian households may occur within one year. That is the conclusion of research from Curtin University’s Jemma Green and Peter Newman, which suggests that the A1 tariff – the standard tariff offered to households by state owned retailer Synergy […]

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AEMO mulls new rule that could make wholesale electricity market more battery-friendly

August 29, 2016
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A proposed rule change that could accelerate the deployment of battery storage in Australia has been put into the slow lane, with a draft determination delayed by seven months. The rule change, proposed by major energy user Sun Metals, calls for settlements on the wholesale electricity market to be made every 5 minutes, rather than […]

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

August 25, 2016
Battery storage profitable situations

New research from US-based consultancy McKinsey & Company has found that battery storage is already a “profitable” investment for some customers, across a range of “certain applications”. According to the report, battery storage makes economic sense, right now, for a subset of commercial customers in “each of the four most important applications:” demand-charge management, grid-scale […]

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

August 24, 2016

The plans of United Energy and Melbourne smart energy start-up GreenSync to leverage community solar, battery storage and demand management technologies to address problems of network constraint on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is expected to defer around $30 million in avoided network investment. But what will it mean for the households and businesses involved? What are […]

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Solar energy self-consumption explained

August 22, 2016
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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

August 22, 2016
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Victorian utility United Energy will partner with Melbourne start-up GreenSync to deliver a community-based demand response and energy storage project on the Mornington Peninsula, to defer the need for costly network upgrades in the popular tourist area. GreenSync says the five-year project will engage and incentivise households, businesses and community groups from Rosebud to Portsea […]

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

August 18, 2016
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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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