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Which electricity retailer is giving the best solar feed-in tariff?

October 16, 2017
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Feed-in tariffs in Australia: How they’ve changed Solar feed-in tariffs are arrangements where a solar system owner is paid for the solar energy that they send into the grid. At one point in time, feed-in tariffs were mandatory in every state in Australia, and the rates they offered were quite generous. Much has changed, however, since we […]

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SA to install 30MW battery bank

August 25, 2017
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South Australia is set to install another large-scale battery storage system, this time to be located on the Yorke Peninsula in, as part of a renewables-based mini-grid with the nearby Wattle Point wind farm. The $30 million, 30MW/80MWh project, which will get $12 million grant funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, is the result of […]

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Graph of the Day: Tesla battery popular on both sides of politics

August 1, 2017
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While support for Australia’s shift to renewable energy can sometimes be split down party lines, new data has shown that support for one of the key enabling technologies, battery storage, enjoys strong bi-partisan support among the Australian public. In particular, support is strong for the recently announced “world’s biggest lithium-ion battery” project that the South […]

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Solar & wind help SA ‘blow past’ renewables target ahead of schedule

June 8, 2017
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South Australia has not only met its legislated target of 50 per cent renewable energy eight years ahead of schedule, it is literally blowing past it, the Australian Energy Regulator has found. According to the AER’s state of the energy market report released last week, large scale wind power and rooftop solar PV have reached […]

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SA to spend $500 million on Australia’s largest battery storage and gas power plant

March 15, 2017
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South Australia has announced plans to install the nation’s biggest battery storage installation, as part of a state government response to the series of blackouts and what it says are the failures of the National Electricity Market. The $500 million scheme includes plans for a new battery storage installation of at least 100MW, a new […]

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$100 million battery storage project to be developed in South Australia

December 13, 2016
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A $100 million battery storage project is set to be developed in South Australia, in an effort to demonstrate that grid connected stationary energy storage can be a cheaper and more secure option than new transmission lines or gas plants. The project is a collaboration between RES, one of the world’s biggest developers of battery […]

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Solar battery storage in South Australia

August 10, 2016
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Roughly one in three homes in South Australia is equipped with a solar PV system. While the main motivating factors for going solar to date have been generous government incentives (especially feed-in tariffs), these days low solar system prices are the main reason SA homes are going solar. The need for these homes to use as much of […]

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Grid-scale battery storage proposed as solution to electricity market woes

August 5, 2016
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A leading Australian energy policy expert has called for the adoption of grid-scale battery storage on Australia’s National Electricity Market, as an “immediate” solution to bringing increasing amounts renewables onto the grid. In an opinion piece published in the Australian Financial Review on Wednesday, economist and policy advisor Ross Garnaut – who currently chairs the […]

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Exasperated with high electricity prices, Aussie homes & businesses go solar & mull batteries

August 4, 2016
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A new survey has found that Australian households and small businesses are sick of high and unpredictable electricity prices and have lost faith in the ability of the key market players and regulators to fix the problem – so they are taking matters into their own hands. Results from the Energy Consumer Sentiment Survey 2016 […]

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‘Genie is out of the bottle’ for large-scale solar & storage projects

July 25, 2016
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Australia could host some of the world’s biggest solar and battery storage projects, after local infrastructure investor Lyon Group revealed plans to develop a pipeline of more than 300MW of solar and up to 60MW of battery storage. The first new project is planned for South Australia, with a 100MW solar PV plant to be combined […]

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Compare solar power systems in Adelaide, SA

July 11, 2016
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Adelaide, SA is a great place for solar power – and did you know that 30-40% of homes in the Adelaide area have solar panels installed on their roofs? With the cost of solar power at historic lows and electricity rates higher than ever, more and more Adelaide homes and businesses are making the move […]

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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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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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SA real estate developers increasingly interested in microgrids, says SAPN

March 3, 2016
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South Australia’s electricity network operator says real estate developers are taking a growing interest in renewable energy-based micro-grids, to combat the soaring cost of establishing new networks for housing developments. SA Power Networks (SAPN) says there have been numerous discussions with developers and service providers over how this many be done. “We have been in […]

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Solar power and single-phase vs 3-phase power connections

February 18, 2016
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Depending on where you live, your home may be fed by single-phase or 3-phase electrical connection. What relevance does this have for your solar PV installation?  3-phase and single-phase power Both single-phase and 3-phase electricity are used to transmit and distribute electricity. Depending on where you live and how much electricity you consume, your home will […]

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South Australia, on track to meet 50% renewables target, sets sites on 100%

December 17, 2015
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South Australia is on track to pass its 50 per cent renewable energy target next year – nearly a decade ahead of schedule – as the Labor government shifts its aim to reaching 100 per cent renewable energy, as soon as possible. Premier Jay Weatherill said in Paris on Monday that the state was leading […]

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Clean Energy Council calls on state & federal governments to remove remove hurdles for renewables

December 14, 2015
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Australia’s clean energy industry has appealed to federal and state environment ministers to remove barriers that threaten to stifle the deployment of renewable energy and the much-vaunted “energy revolution”. These barriers – particularly to the deployment of large-scale renewables and rooftop solar and battery storage – were outlined in a letter written to the ministers […]

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SA government reveals 4-point plan to attract investment dollars for renewables

December 8, 2015
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The South Australian government has released the details of its plan to invest $10 billion in low-carbon generation by 2025 – a major part of the state government’s new climate policy, announced last week. The plan, launched by Premier Jay Weatherill last Tuesday, sets out four key strategies to meet the investment target – as […]

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South Australia’s Retailer Feed-in Tariff to increase to 6.8c/kWh (but does it really matter?)

December 3, 2015
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South Australia‘s Retailer Feed-in Tariff (RFiT) will increase from the 2015 rate of 5.3c/kWh to 6.8c/kWh for the duration of 2016, according to a report from the Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA), the regulatory body responsible for setting the RFiT and other electricity rates in the state. ESCOSA cites the impending closure of […]

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Diamond Energy: Australia’s solar power-friendly electricity retailer

November 19, 2015
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Diamond Energy is an electricity retailer with extensive experience servicing customers who have solar panels or are thinking about going solar. The company has helped thousands of customers in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and South Australia smoothly transition to solar, keeping them updated along the way and providing competitive electricity rates and feed-in tariffs long after […]

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South Australian government seeking expressions of interest for ‘low carbon’ technologies

November 13, 2015
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South Australia’s government has announced that it is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from providers of innovative low-carbon technologies to inform a potential future tender process for the supply of electricity to government sites. The process could potentially lead to the state adopting some of the most cutting-edge energy technologies in the country. The South Australian […]

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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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Home solar battery storage in Adelaide, SA

October 13, 2015

South Australia has a higher percentage of solar homes than any other state in Australia – and in the Adelaide area, roughly 1 in every 3 homes has a solar PV system. These facts set Adelaide up to become a hot spot for energy storage – even more so in light of the City of Adelaide’s solar […]

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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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Alinta decides solar thermal plant plans not feasible for Port Augusta, SA

September 25, 2015
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Alinta Energy has revealed it will not replace its ageing brown coal generators at Port Augusta with a solar tower and storage power station, after declaring the idea financially unviable. In an updated report released, Alinta said it would not proceed with Stage Two of a solar thermal feasibility study co-funded by the Australian Renewable […]

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Solar installation numbers for August lowest since 2010: Sunwiz

September 14, 2015
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Australia’s rooftop solar market has charted the worst August in five years, down 10 per cent on the same period a year ago, according to leading research house SunWiz. New figures released this week show that 65MW of rooftop solar was installed across the country in the month of August, higher than most other months […]

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Australia one of the most attractive battery storage markets in the world: Kokam CEO

September 10, 2015
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Australia is one of the most attractive markets in the world for battery storage, according to one of the world’s leading battery manufacturers – and not just at the household level.South Korean group Kokam says battery technology is presenting cost effective opportunities across a myriad applications – from luxury boats, ferries, and off-grid electrical systems […]

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QLD’s distributed rooftop solar ranks in top 10 largest generators in Aus

September 9, 2015
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A new graph has shown that rooftop solar from individual states now ranks among the top generators in Australia. The graph, created by former Energex executive Mike Swanston in response to the news that south-east Queensland network operator Energex had became the nation’s first distribution network to break through the 1GW mark for installed rooftop […]

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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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SA government match funding for Adelaide City Council solar-plus-storage incentives

July 15, 2015

The South Australian government has pledged to match Adelaide City Council funding to provide incentives for businesses and households to install energy storage and energy efficiency solutions, as well as solar PV. The initiative announced by state climate change minister Ian Hunter will double the amount available for the incentives, which include $5,000 available to […]

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Average Australian solar system size up to 5kW: Sunwiz

July 8, 2015
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The size of the average solar PV system has reached 5kW for the first time ever, according to industry analysts Sunwiz. The increase – up from 4kW in 2013 – has come about thanks in large part to the growing number of commercial solar projects being installed across the nation. In recent years the commercial solar […]

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