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SA network wants solar homes to pay $100/year more for grid

SA network wants solar homes to pay $100/year more for grid

SA network operator dares to go where Qld and WA governments feared to tread – higher network charges for solar households. The network justifies this by changing demand profiles, but will also look to shift hot water and pool pump use to daytime to make up for lost demand caused by PV production.

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AGL targets 400MW rooftop solar in push into New Energy

AGL targets 400MW rooftop solar in push into New Energy

AGL Energy sets out an ambitious solar target for its new energy division, but continues to hedge its bets between future technology and ageing fossil fuel generation.

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Solar energy needs smart solutions, not dumb economics

Solar energy needs smart solutions, not dumb economics

Grattan Institute reports makes some valid comments on how to regulate a grid dominated by solar and storage. But in seeking cheap headlines it has buried the important bits by making wrong assumptions about the costs and benefits of solar. Will the industry ever learn?

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AGL to roll out 1st battery storage products in Qld in June

AGL to roll out 1st battery storage products in Qld in June

AGL Energy says its first battery storage offering for consumers will be available in Queensland next month, but it won’t be the Tesla Powerwall, which it judges to be too small for the Australian market. Instead, it is now installing a 7.2kWh product.

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Solar PV costs to fall another 25 per cent in three years

Solar PV costs to fall another 25 per cent in three years

Canadian Solar, one of the big three solar manufacturers, says solar PV costs to fall 25% in three years as module efficiencies improve.

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AGL eyes the future, crunches numbers on fossil fuel split

AGL eyes the future, crunches numbers on fossil fuel split

AGL’s new boss is due to unveil a strategic update in the Hunter Valley next week. Staff have been crunching numbers on splitting off fossil generators. At the very least writedowns are expected, along with a clearer vision for solar and storage.

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Morgan Stanley sees 2.4m Australia homes with battery storage

Morgan Stanley sees 2.4m Australia homes with battery storage

Morgan Stanley says battery storage market could be worth $24bn, with half of all homes interested. It says Tesla Powerwall will deliver paybacks of 6 years or less in some states, and that is bad news for major utilities, whose earnings will be impacted. (Does not require subscription).

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Tasmania looks to EVs as next step to 100% renewable energy

Tasmania looks to EVs as next step to 100% renewable energy

Tasmania looks to fast-track uptake of electric vehicles to boost its credentials as a green manufacturing hub; replacing old industries and exporting clean energy back to the mainland. It could end up totally renewable – in both electricity and transport – if the government seizes the initiative.

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Wind, solar to battle for finance after RET deal finally sealed

Wind, solar to battle for finance after RET deal finally sealed

Large scale wind and solar projects will now compete for contracts and finance after Coalition and Labor finally agreed on a much reduced renewable energy target, hopefully ending a near two-year investment drought.

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Why Australia will lead the world in solar + storage

Why Australia will lead the world in solar + storage

Australia has the cheapest solar in the world, and will now become the world’s test site for battery storage. Enphase predicts that at least 100,000 homes in Australia will have storage by 2020, which is why it is launching its product here in 2016.

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Australia could reach 100% renewables by 2040

Australia could reach 100% renewables by 2040

ANU’s Andrew Blakers says Australia to reach 90% renewables by 2040, through ‘natural attrition'; could easily raise that to 100%, as solar costs decline.