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Articles by Matthew Wright

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Solar unlimited: How to use inverters to get past export limits

Solar unlimited: How to use inverters to get past export limits

Solar panel system owners are becoming more and more ambitious about what they want from their PV systems, and are now installing 10kW + PV arrays and over-sizing their inverters.

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LEDs could slash street light energy usage by 97%

LEDs could slash street light energy usage by 97%

LED streetlights could achieve efficiencies of 97% by 2020 – much higher than domestic or commercial lamps. But are our governments enlightened enough?

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LEDs will slash energy use for lighting by 95%

LEDs will slash energy use for lighting by 95%

LEDs will slash energy use for lighting by 95%, delivering huge savings to consumers but adding another ingredient to the death spiral for utilities.

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Corporate cannibals: Electricity sector may have to kill gas to save itself

Corporate cannibals: Electricity sector may have to kill gas to save itself

The best opportunity for electricity sector growth and security is to cannibalise the gas networks.

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Saudi solar robot cleans desert PV panels – water free

Saudi solar robot cleans desert PV panels – water free

Saudi University developed NO-water Mechanical Automated Dusting Device can clean solar panels in the desert daily, using no water at all.

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Grattan capacity tariff idea still prices electricity unfairly

Grattan capacity tariff idea still prices electricity unfairly

A slight improvement on the current model, the Grattan Institute’s proposed electricity capacity tariff would still fail most consumers.

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Solar's new weapon – knowing the weather forecast

Solar’s new weapon – knowing the weather forecast

Soon, all hybrid inverters will be able to process weather data, allowing solar households to get power at the cheapest price possible at all times.

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Lousy weather won't save Victorian networks

Lousy weather won’t save Victorian networks

Victorian’s can live without their grid if they’re forced to through unfair pricing. Even with that state’s fickle weather.

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Frugal households subsidise rich and profligate energy users

Frugal households subsidise rich and profligate energy users

Households are being forced by incumbent energy monopolies to pay electricity supply charges for grid capacity that they don’t actually need.

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PCM hot water storage: the next energy efficiency super star?

PCM hot water storage: the next energy efficiency super star?

For hot water storage, phase change materials should rank as the most important household energy efficiency product after insulation, heat pumps and solar.

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Hybrid storage inverters to seal the deal for solar

Hybrid storage inverters to seal the deal for solar

Grid operators and supportive governments may try and stymie solar, but the new wave of battery hybrids means the horse has already bolted.