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Ampetus Super Lithium: Modular, cost-competitive battery bank for homes

July 10, 2017
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Ampetus Energy is an Australian battery storage system developer offering one of the most cost-effective battery products currently available: the Ampetus Super Lithium battery. The battery comes with a 10 year warranty that is extendable to 15 years, and can be installed ‘loose’ or as part of a fully-integrated cabinet package. The company aims for […]

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7 good reasons to install battery storage now

June 28, 2017
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There are now dozens of home battery storage product options to choose from on the Australian market. Prices are coming down quickly, and as electricity prices rise (as they are set to do in most states) batteries are beginning to look quite attractive. As a counterweight to our article about reasons to wait to install […]

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Microinverters: Are they right for your solar system?

April 18, 2017
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As the name suggests, microinverters are small inverters for use in solar PV systems, usually installed at a ratio of one per solar panel. By contrast, most solar PV systems in Australia have a single, centralised inverter called a string inverter. What are the advantages of having a solar PV system that uses microinverters instead of […]

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Solar Choice brokers 100kW solar system for Geelong High School

February 21, 2017
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Solar Choice has brokered the installation of a 100kW solar PV system for Geelong High School, a co-ed public secondary school in East Geelong, Victoria. The school opened in 1910, making it one of Victoria’s oldest state secondary schools. It moved to its current location (385 Ryrie Street, East Geelong) in 1915. Geelong High School originally approached […]

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Sizing inverters to optimise solar panel system efficiency

February 6, 2017
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The efficiency of the inverter drives the efficiency of a solar panel system because inverters convert Direct Current (DC) (as produced by the solar panels), into Alternating Current (AC) (as used by the electric grid). This leads many to wonder what effect over-sizing or under-sizing an inverter will have on overall system efficiency. This entry […]

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A comparison of home energy management systems in Australia

January 26, 2017
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Solar PV systems are already commonplace and affordable in Australia, and battery storage is getting there quickly as well. Increasingly, Australia’s solar homes are looking for ways to maximise the value that solar & storage are able to deliver. Home energy management systems (sometimes referred to as EMSs or HEMS) are fast becoming a popular […]

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Tesla’s Powerwall 2.0: Double the capacity at the same price

November 1, 2016
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Not to be outdone, Tesla has leaped ahead of its competitors with the launch of the next generation of its home battery bank. At 13.5 kilowatt-hours (kWh), the Tesla Powerwall 2.0 will have roughly twice the energy storage capacity of its predecessor (6.4kWh) but will cost roughly the same amount to have installed. Installations for […]

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JinkoSolar introduces modules with ‘next generation’ power optimisation

October 17, 2016
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Panel manufacturer JinkoSolar claims to have solved the issue of partial shading of solar panels with its new line of JinkoMX modules, which use an advanced power optimisation technology called a ‘cell string optimiser’ by Maxim instead of conventional bypass diodes. Partial shading and the problem of the ‘weakest link’ With conventional solar PV systems […]

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Mount Majura Solar Farm powers up in ACT

October 11, 2016
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The 2.3MW Mount Majura Solar Farm has now officially opened and is exporting clean energy to the ACT grid. Solar Choice, as co-developer with Solar Fields, invested over four years of hard work and resources to navigate the project through a labyrinth of planning and development requirements. The journey involved finding solutions at numerous difficult […]

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Advice for shopping for the Tesla Powerwall in Australia

October 4, 2016
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Tesla’s Powerwall is the most sought-after home battery storage device in Australia, thanks in great part to its association with American electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors and its visionary chief Elon Musk. The Powerwall not only represents ‘a piece of Tesla’ – containing the same type of batteries as those inside the company’s high-end sports […]

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Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition 2016 roundup

June 6, 2016
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The Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition 2016 was held in the Australian Technology Park in Sydney last week. In addition to being a networking and knowledge-sharing opportunity, the event provided a snapshot into Australia’s evolving energy storage industry. Here we’ve summed up the main themes that kept popping up and the key points that we took […]

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Solar Support Plus – Taking PV system warranties to the next level

March 23, 2016

Solar panels have a standard expected lifespan of 25 years and inverters should last 5-10 years; both products have product warranties whose durations reflect this. In the unfortunate event that a solar system owner needs to file a warranty claim for a faulty panel or inverter, however, the system may produce less or no energy […]

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SMA introduces inverter suited for Powerwall retrofits

February 11, 2016
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Inverter manufacturer SMA has introduced a simple but sophisticated inverter that works with Tesla’s Powerwall and other high-voltage battery banks. The company’s new ‘Sunny Boy Storage’ is a single-phase battery inverter that provides a solution for homes who wish to add the Powerwall to an existing solar system without having to replace their inverter. The […]

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Solar Choice brokers 75kW solar array for Wilton Shopping Centre in Western Sydney

December 11, 2015
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The Solar Choice Commercial team has brokered a 75kW solar system for Wilton Shopping Centre in Western Sydney. The client approached Solar Choice to get an informed look at the market in the area. After receiving our guidance on a number of reputable offerings, they elected to proceed with an installer with proven long-term credentials […]

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Hybrid inverters vs battery inverters for home solar energy storage

December 8, 2015
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Home solar energy storage is quickly coming into the mainstream in Australia, thanks to the low cost of solar PV installations here. Every home that installs a battery storage system will need an inverter to convert the stored DC electricity into grid & appliance-friendly AC electricity. The two main choices available are battery-specific inverters and […]

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The Australian solar home in 2025 (Australian Utility Week Roundup Part 2)

November 26, 2015
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Things are changing fast when it comes to electricity in Australia, and Australian Utility Week 2015 (‘the year of the digital utility’) was a great place to catch a glimpse of the future. Attending the conference as a member of the solar industry, my thoughts gravitated towards what it all meant for homes with solar […]

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SMA’s residential energy storage solutions in Australia

September 23, 2015
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SMA is one of the largest inverter manufacturers in the world and have more inverters installed in Australia than any other brand. The company currently offers two energy storage solutions in Australia: the DC-coupled Sunny Boy Smart Energy and the AC-coupled Sunny Island range. Sunny Boy Smart Energy SMA’s Sunny Boy Smart Energy is an […]

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ACT’s largest rooftop PV project reaches financial close

August 28, 2015
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Solar Choice has this week reached financial close on an impressive 600kW project pursuant to a long term Roof Access Agreement negotiated with the ACT Government. The site for the array is to be at Canberra’s largest school, the Amaroo School with 1,750 students, and involves the deployment of 20 year medium scale feed-in tariff […]

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LG’s RESU energy storage solution hits Australian market at competitive price point

July 27, 2015

Another offering has hit the residential energy storage market last week with the launch of a 6.4kWh battery system from South Korean appliance manufacturers LG Chem that approaches the key $1,000/kWh mark. LG Chem’s Residential Energy Storage Unit (RESU) will be made available to consumers in the next few weeks, and follows the release into […]

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PV Magazine’s 50 ‘array changing’ technologies sure to excite the solar enthusiast

July 23, 2015
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PV Magazine has released a report outlining the 50 top ‘array changing technologies’ featured at this year’s Intersolar Europe exhibition and conference. The ‘downstream’ technologies were picked based on their ‘ability to make a major impact on solar arrays today and in the future’ by ‘driving power outputs up and LCOE down’. A complete list […]

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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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Monitoring Aussie solar output with updated APVI PV map

April 23, 2015
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The contribution of Australia’s 1.3 million rooftop solar systems can now be monitored in real time, with the launch of an updated solar mapping service by the Australian PV Institute. The newly enhanced version of APVI’s Live Solar PV Map – a tool originally developed in the lead-up to the Queensland election to track 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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Solar Choice brokers winning bid for 150kW solar system at Mater Dei College in Camden, NSW

March 3, 2015
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The Solar Choice Commercial team has brokered the winning bid on a 150kW solar energy system for Mater Dei College in Camden, NSW – one of the largest systems installed on a school in Australia to date. Mater Dei College provides early intervention therapy services, education and residential programs for babies, children and young people […]

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SMA Fuel Save solution boosts case for PV-diesel hybrid systems

December 17, 2014
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SMA’s ‘Fuel Save’ controller solution offers effective regulation and management of PV‑diesel hybrid systems. PV-diesel hybrid systems are often the most economic choice in remote areas where an electricity grid is unavailable or when the grid supply is insufficient to meet onsite electricity demand or reliability requirements. The technology can be attractive for commercial applications, […]

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Solar Choice brokers 70kW solar array for Downfields Engineering in Toowoomba

December 12, 2014
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The Solar Choice Commercial team has managed the tender and brokered a competitive winning deal on a 70kW solar system for Downfields Engineering.  Solar Choice was approached by Downfields in March of this year. The company was looking for assistance in reducing its electricity overheads, which were quite high due to the extensive use of air conditioning […]

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Solar Choice brokers 100kW solar system for Synnex Australia

December 9, 2014
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Solar Choice’s commercial team has managed the tender and brokered a competitive winning deal on a 100kW solar system for Synnex Australia Pty Ltd, Australia’s largest supply chain and distribution company. The system, completed this week, sits atop the roof of the company’s recently constructed office in Lidcombe, NSW and will save them tens of thousands of […]

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Solar Choice brokers 30kW solar system for ISCAR headquarters in Sydney

September 30, 2014
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Precision carbide metal tool manufacturer ISCAR, the largest of the 15 companies comprising the IMC (International Metalworking Companies) Group, has had a 30kW solar PV system installed on the roof of its headquarters in Sydney’s Northwest Business park. Solar Choice Commercial managed the tender for the project, ensuring that the company got the best possible deal […]

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Solar Choice Commercial brokers 20kW solar system for Marrickville Council chambers

July 22, 2014
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The rooftop of the administration building of Marrickville Council is now equipped with 20kW worth of solar panels, with Solar Choice Commercial acting as tender manager for the project. The array, which complements a suite of efforts that the council is undertaking to reduce its environmental impact, will cut the admin building’s CO2 emissions by 31 […]

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Solar PV Price Index – May 2014

May 7, 2014
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1.5kW and 2kW solar PV system prices continue to rise from April to May while 3kW-5kW remain steady and 10kW system prices have fallen. This month’s article includes for the first time an indexed chart tracking weighted average $/W prices of solar systems in Australia, in order to provide an at-a-glance perspective on how prices […]

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Germany to build world’s first modular, multi-technology battery storage system

February 24, 2014
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Can’t decide on which battery technology to use for your next big energy storage project? Well, now you can use them all! A consortium consisting of researchers, an electric utility, battery manufacturers and an inverter manufacturer have joined forces to create the world’s first modular large-scale 5MW battery storage system. Dubbed the Modular Multimegawatt, Multitechnology […]

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