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Integrating solar with storage for a stable energy ecosystem

June 8, 2017
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To successfully incorporate solar PV, storage and other innovative technologies into Australia’s energy grids without sacrificing grid stability, a holistic, whole-of-network approach is required, says Mark Paterson, General Manager of Horizon Power’s Consumer Energy division. According to Mr Paterson, Horizon Power’s large, sparsely populated regional WA networks are ‘almost a microcosm of the larger electricity […]

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Find the best solar power deals in Perth, WA

April 19, 2017
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Perth, WA is one of the best places in the country to install a solar power system. Like most of Australia, in Perth retail electricity rates are rising, and solar installation prices have fallen significantly over the past few years, thanks in part to the financial subsidies available through the federal government. How much does a […]

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

February 15, 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 excess solar energy that they send back 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, […]

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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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Four WA farmers go off-grid – with the help of local utility Horizon Power

March 14, 2016
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Four farmers in the bushfire-affected WA town of Esperance have elected to go off-grid, using a dedicated solar and storage system that is being provided by their network operator, Horizon Power. Horizon decided to take the pioneering approach to remote energy supply after bushfires destroyed more than 320 power poles and hundreds of kilometres of […]

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Western Australia study to investigate viability of renewables-based microgrid

March 4, 2016

Western Australian will spend $300,000 on a feasibility study for the creation of the country’s biggest edge-of-grid solution – a renewables-based micro grid to cut costs and improve energy security. WA energy minister Mike Nahan announced the study on Thursday, which is expected to be the first of a number of such initiatives as grid […]

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Battery storage for solar in Western Australia

January 20, 2016
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Around 20% of the homes in Western Australia have solar panels installed on their roofs, according to the APVI. This makes WA the Australian state with the 3rd highest concentration of residential solar in the country, after Queensland and South Australia (about 30% each). Many of these households are likely to be considering installing a […]

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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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WA solar households could face new ‘solar tax’ under Synergy proposal

December 3, 2015

A network proposal that would effectively double the charge to connect Western Australia’s more than 191,000 solar households to the grid has been slammed as unfair and counter-productive. Under a proposal floated on Tuesday Western Australia’s state-owned electricity provider, Synergy, WA home owners who have invested in solar technology could see their annual electricity charges […]

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Could Turnbull follow the pro-solar example set by WA energy minister Nahan?

September 28, 2015
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If new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull needs guidance on how to get his more conservative Coalition members to embrace change in the energy market, he might use the example of one of their own – current energy minister and treasurer of Western Australia, Mike Nahan. When Dr Nahan was elected to the WA parliament in […]

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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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Solar will meet 100% of WA daytime electricity demand within next decade, says state’s energy minister

August 31, 2015
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Western Australia’s treasurer and energy minister, Mike Nahan, has predicted that solar PV will meet the daytime electricity needs of the state within the next decade, in a speech at a conference this week. In the landmark speech, Nahan said solar was cheap, democratic, and likely to account for all new generation capacity, displacing the […]

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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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Over 18% of WA homes now have solar

June 24, 2015

A total of more than 180,000 West Australian households have installed rooftop solar, new data has shown, taking total residential penetration to 18 per cent of the state’s population: an increase of nearly one-fifth in just one year. The data – put together by WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam using the most recent figures from the […]

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Australia’s conservative districts also have the most solar: Solar Citizens

June 18, 2015
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Australia’s rooftop solar market is still powering along nicely, adding another 11,865 systems in the month of May and bringing the nation’s total number of solar homes to more than 1.3 million. But according to newly published data from Solar Citizens, it is Australia’s conservative, and mostly regional communities that are leading the charge to […]

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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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Commercial solar PV on Western Power’s network: Grid connection procedures & requirements

May 28, 2015
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The procedures and requirements for connecting a commercial solar PV system to WA‘s Western Power network are some of the most stringent in Australia, especially when it comes to solar systems greater than 30kW in capacity. Understanding Western Power’s grid-connection process is essential to the success of any commercial solar project on the network. Requirements […]

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Perth suburb sets sights on solar-powered future

May 19, 2015

Western Australia’s Wanneroo Council has called for expressions of interest to develop and operate a grid-connected solar farm on local government-owned land in the northern Perth suburb of Neerabup. The solar plant would be part of the Neerabup Energy Precinct, which was established by the Council to meet growing electricity demand in Perth’s expanding northern […]

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Renewable Energy Target deal struck: 33,000GWh with no 2-yearly reviews

May 18, 2015
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The Abbott government and federal Labor have finally struck a bipartisan agreement on Australia’s renewable energy target, with both parties agreeing to slash it from 41,000GWh to 33,000GWh by 2020. The agreement was reached on Monday morning after a reported intervention from the Prime Minister’s office, encouraging the Coalition to backflip on its backflip about the need for ongoing reviews. […]

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Big solar could make up 40% of new 2020 large-scale renewables target: BNEF

May 14, 2015
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Big solar could take up as much as 40 per cent of Australia’s 2020 Renewable Energy Target, even with a much reduced target of 33,000GWh, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The forecast contradicts sector-wide fears that large-scale solar projects would be sidelined by cheaper wind energy projects under the agreed cut in the RET. But […]

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WA government backs off on plans for higher fixed charges for solar homes

May 12, 2015
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The Western Australian government has reportedly shelved plans to introduce higher network fixed charges to recoup some of the revenue displaced by the state’s 175,000 solar households. As reported in RenewEconomy in March, WA had been pushing to overhaul electricity tariffs so that households – and particularly those with rooftop solar – paid significantly more […]

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Commercial projects help NSW keep title of top solar state

April 20, 2015

New South Wales has retained its position as Australia’s biggest market for solar PV in the month of March, as the state’s businesses lead the charge to install rooftop solar. A new report from Green Energy Markets shows that growth in the NSW commercial solar market has helped to keep the state in the number […]

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Over 2,000 Aussie solar jobs lost under Abbott government: ABS

April 17, 2015
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Australia’s solar industry has been the major victim of the more than 2,000 job losses to hit the renewable energy sector in the years since the Abbott government came into power, a new report has found. In its latest report on annual direct full time equivalent (FTE) employment in renewable energy activities in Australia, the […]

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WA’s Esperance Shire turns to renewables to address high electricity prices

April 8, 2015

The Western Australian shire of Esperance has revealed plans to trial a variety of renewable energy technologies, including big solar and wind, to address the prohibitively high cost of electricity supply in the region. The Esperance council said the trials were part of the shire’s plans to address its long-term sustainability and growth, as electricity […]

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Energy storage system manufacturer SolaX launches its second generation of ‘hybrid’ inverter

March 24, 2015
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Energy storage system developer SolaX recently announced its plans to launch a second-generation hybrid energy management system (EMS). The SolaX X-Hybrid 2 features several new additions that promise to make it a more advanced system than its predecessor. The most important improvement may the addition of an Emergency Power Supply (EPS) feature. In the event of a grid […]

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Freemantle, WA to build 10MW solar farm on council land

February 19, 2015
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Western Australia’s City of Fremantle has become the latest local government group in Australia to proposed installing a large-scale solar farm on council land, to reduce their carbon footprint and hedge against rising electricity prices for themselves and rate-payers. Reports emerged this week that the Fremantle Council was considering plans to develop an up to […]

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Solar-plus-storage project sees revival in WA

February 17, 2015
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Plans to install large-scale solar thermal power at the Mundari Industrial estate in Western Australia’s Goldfields region have been revived, with two local solar developers expressing interest in the project. The first, WA-based Exergy Power, was reportedly considering building a $600 million, 115MW plant – potentially with solar towers and storage – for the Kalgoorlie mine […]

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Western Australia mining company to build Australia’s largest solar-plus-storage system

February 13, 2015
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Western Australian mining company Sandfire Resources is set to build a 10.6MW solar PV array, with “6MW” of battery storage, to power an existing off-grid copper mine 900kms north east of Perth. The ASX-listed company said on Wednesday it has signed a contract with German-based juwi Renewable Energy to build the $40 million facility at the […]

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Australia outshines US on per-capita solar installations in 2014

January 20, 2015
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A rooftop solar system was installed every 2.8 minutes in 2014 in Australia, nearly as many as the US even though it has just a fraction of the population. According to data compiled by Green Energy Markets, a total of 816MW of rooftop solar energy was installed in 2014, most of it on household Queensland dominated with […]

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Solar Choice brokers 79kW of solar across five sites for Galvins Plumbing Supplies in & around Perth

January 6, 2015
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The Solar Choice Commercial team has brokered a total of 79kW of solar capacity across five separate sites owned by Galvins Plumbing Supplies in and around Perth, WA. Galvins contacted Solar Choice in July 2014 to assess the viability and benefits of solar for each of their WA sites. Solar Choice’s in-house engineer analysed the company’s […]

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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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