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IKEA flags selling solar panels "at cost" in Australia, industry reacts

IKEA flags selling solar panels “at cost” in Australia, industry reacts

Flat-pack solar? IKEA says it wants to retail solar panels in Australia, “at cost”, as it has done in the UK and other EU countries. Is this a good thing?

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New-build homes with solar and storage? "It's going to be the norm"

New-build homes with solar and storage? “It’s going to be the norm”

Including battery storage and rooftop PV in new home packages is soon “just going to be the norm”, says home builder Metricon. Already, they’re putting them in around half of the new homes they build.

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Home battery storage uptake tripled in 2017 in Australia, as costs tumble

Home battery storage uptake tripled in 2017 in Australia, as costs tumble

New report suggests household battery storage set to boom in Australia, with uptake predicted to have tripled in 2017, and costs of the key technology expected to halve in less than seven years.

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CEFC backed green loan scheme hopes to boost EV uptake

CEFC backed green loan scheme hopes to boost EV uptake

New green loan scheme backed by Clean Energy Finance Corporation to offer cheaper finance to buy and lease low and zero emissions vehicles.

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"State's biggest" solar + battery storage microgid to power SA Produce Markets

“State’s biggest” solar + battery storage microgid to power SA Produce Markets

A $10.5m microgid combining 2.5MW solar PV, 4.2MWh of Tesla battery packs, 2.5MW diesel generator will power SA wholesale fruit and vege market, save stall holders $500k a year.

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CSIRO virtual power station trial cuts household power costs by 60%

CSIRO virtual power station trial cuts household power costs by 60%

Households taking part in a CSIRO designed Virtual Power Station trial have used solar, battery storage, energy monitoring to save up to 60% on electricity bills.

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Norway electric ferry cuts emissions by 95%, costs by 80%

Norway electric ferry cuts emissions by 95%, costs by 80%

Orders roll in for Norwegian made all-electric car ferry, after prototype cuts carbon emissions by 95% and operating cost by 80% compared to fuel-powered counterparts.

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SA Water to install 6MW of solar PV in quest to cut power costs – to zero

SA Water to install 6MW of solar PV in quest to cut power costs – to zero

SA water utility to install 6MW of rooftop PV in effort to cut annual electricity costs from around $55m to $0 by 2020.

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We need to talk about rooftop solar

We need to talk about rooftop solar

So you’ve installed rooftop solar – but is it performing as well as you expected? A new APVI web-based survey aims to help improve the quality of PV system components, installations and system designs.

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Queensland council saves $1.9m in grid costs from single Tesla Powerpack

Queensland council saves $1.9m in grid costs from single Tesla Powerpack

A Queensland local government council has installed what is believed to be Australia’s first off-grid solar and battery storage system to use a Tesla Powerpack, to maintain local drinking water quality around the clock.

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Sonnen waives monthly fees for battery customers in new deal with installers

Sonnen waives monthly fees for battery customers in new deal with installers

Sonnen offers “free energy” for households using approved installers, and says it has 2,000 battery sales so far in 2017 and keen to play FCAS market.