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Adelaide City’s solar & energy storage incentives

March 29, 2017
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Since 1 July 2015, the City of Adelaide has been offering some of the most generous incentives for solar power in Australia – and the one of the only incentives for battery storage in the country. What are the rebates available under Adelaide’s Sustainability Incentives Scheme? Please keep in mind that all of the incentives outlined below are […]

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100% renewables cheaper than grid connection for Kangaroo island: ISF

September 19, 2016

South Australia’s Kangaroo Island would likely find it cheaper to go 100 per cent renewable, with its own resources, rather than stay connected to the main grid, according to a detailed study led by the Institute of Sustainable Futures. The study shows that the direct and indirect costs of going it alone with the island’s wind, solar […]

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The thousand-member volunteer army keeping Australia’s solar strong

March 21, 2016
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Do you own a solar system? Are you seriously thinking about getting one for your home or business? Are you a member of Australia’s solar industry? If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you are probably in some way indebted to the Solar Citizens. The Solar Citizens are a largely volunteer-driven, […]

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Queensland Labor fights for fair rates for solar homes

December 22, 2015
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The Queensland Labor government’s promise of a better deal for rooftop solar households has met with resistance from its most senior bureaucrat in the department of energy. Paul Simshauser, appointed in July to head the Department of Energy and Water Supply, has published a new paper that attacks the “transfer of wealth” from households without solar […]

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Proposed changes to SA retail tariffs could have dire implications for rooftop solar uptake

October 30, 2015
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The uptake of rooftop solar in South Australia could be halved over the next five years if a change in the state’s electricity tariffs proposed by SA Power Networks is adopted. SAPN is proposing a new form of billing known as “demand tariffs” which it concedes would cut the uptake of new rooftop solar systems, but […]

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Solar changing electricity demand patterns, could reduce need for network investment

October 2, 2015

A new report by Morgan Stanley analysts has illustrated how increasing amounts of rooftop solar on Australian networks is changing patterns of energy demand, and could mean networks will be able to spend less on upgrades and extensions. As the “solar duck” graph below shows, the duck’s back and abdomen sink as more rooftop solar […]

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Tesla fast-tracks Powerwall for Aussie market – first delivieries in late 2015

September 22, 2015
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The arrival of Tesla’s Powerwall battery storage unit in Australia over the next few months will herald the biggest challenge to Australia’s electricity industry for decades. Tesla announced last Thursday that it is fast-tracking the roll-out of its battery storage product, and Australia will be its first market for the 7kWh household units. The first […]

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Demand charge reduction could change attractiveness of solar for SA businesses

July 31, 2015
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Rooftop solar might have become a less attractive proposition for businesses in South Australia, after electricity consumption rates for business owners were slashed by SA Power Networks to one-fifth of their previous cost. The decision by SA Power Networks to slash the electricity usage component of its network charges to just 3.3c/kWh, compared to 16.4c/kWh […]

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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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Aussie property developers could skip grid to design microgrid-powered communities

June 9, 2015

Australian property developers are exploring the option of not connecting newly built housing estates to the electricity grid, but instead offering solar and storage as part of a standard package, industry experts have said. According to players in the battery storage and smart technology markets, the development of “off-grid” housing is already happening around the world, […]

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SA Power Networks could introduce $100 annual charge for solar homes

May 28, 2015
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South Australia’s monopoly power network operator, SA Power Networks, has flagged the introduction of a $100 a year network surcharge on the state’s solar households. The proposal was revealed in a submission to the Australian Energy Regulator earlier this week, and follows decisions by both the Queensland and West Australian governments – the owners of […]

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23% of South Australian homes now have solar panels

February 26, 2015

A total of 23 per cent of all households in South Australia now produce their own solar energy, according to new data, with another 17,000 installing rooftop PV systems in 2014 – a rise of 11 per cent over the previous year. In an update included in the annual results of Spark Infrastructure – owner […]

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South Australians turn to solar amid rising retail electricity prices

February 6, 2015
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In 2002, the South Australian government introduced sweeping reform in the electricity sector, allowing retailers to compete for customers. The basic idea was to give consumers a broader choice of electricity provider. The purpose of these reforms was to decrease prices through increased competition. But 13 years later, these benefits have not been realised. According to the SA […]

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Networks in SA, QLD looking to micro-grids & storage for remote areas

December 16, 2014
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South Australia’ electricity network operator has revealed plans to trial solar plus storage-based micro-grids in regional areas as an alternative to building or replacing poles and wires. In its latest five-year spending plan submitted to the Australian Energy Regulator, SA Power Networks said “micro-grid” technology had “particular promise” as a cheap alternative to diesel, and […]

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SAPN: Virtually all SA homes will have solar, half will have energy storage by 2040

December 15, 2014
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South Australia‘s network operator has predicted a dramatic uptake of distributed energy resources that would see almost all households in the state with rooftop solar by 2040 and more than half with energy storage. In an investor report released on Monday, SA Power Networks predicted that more than 50 per cent of all households in the […]

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Rooftop PV frequently meets 1/4 of daytime electricity demand in SA

September 30, 2014
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Rooftop solar PV is currently accounting for around 25 per cent of electricity demand in South Australia, for large parts of the day, new data has shown. Two graphs, taken from Saturday September 20 and Saturday September 27, show that between 11am and 2pm, around one quarter of SA’s electricity demand was provided by solar […]

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Over 30% of SA electricity came from renewables in 2013/2014, 1 in 4 homes now have solar

August 29, 2014
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South Australia has delivered on its 2020 renewable energy target six years head of schedule, with the state’s share of wind and solar nearing 33 per cent in 2013/14. Official data released by the Australian Energy Market Operator shows wind and solar generation in South Australia jumped to 32.1 per cent of total capacity in […]

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Benefits of rooftop solar to the electricity grid are clearly visible in South Australia

February 24, 2014
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New data revealed by the network operator shows that the amount of rooftop solar installations has surged in South Australia, and it is having a real impact in shifting the peak demand, and stabilising the grid. SA Power Networks, which operates the poles and wires that distribute the energy in the state, said on Monday […]

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RESA’s VoltLogic attains AS4777 standard certification

February 12, 2014
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Renewable Energy Systems Australia (RESA) has received approval for its VoltLogic to be connected to the grid under the Australian standard for solar system inverters, AS4777. The certification is of course a major milestone for RESA and the VoltLogic, but it is also significant for what it means for grid-connected solar more generally. One of […]

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South Australia feed-in tariff recipients could lose benefit by installing energy storage

November 5, 2013
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SA electricity distribution company South Australia Power Networks mentioned in a recently released ‘PV Process Update‘ (PDF) that anyone currently receiving one of the state’s solar feed-in tariffs (premium or transitional) could see their rates reduced if they install an energy storage system (either battery or fuel cell). This development is telling of both the rising interest […]

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