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Category: Onestep

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Victoria eyes solar and pumped hydro for former mining centres

Victoria eyes solar and pumped hydro for former mining centres

Some of Victoria’s key former gold and coal mining centres targeted by $1m fund to support development of community renewables, and solar and pumped hydro.

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Rooftop solar now Queensland's biggest power station

Rooftop solar now Queensland’s biggest power station

Queensland’s 1,805MW of rooftop solar capacity now more than state’s biggest power station, overtaking 1,780MW Gladstone coal plant.

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Off-grid design – consider the variables carefully

Off-grid design – consider the variables carefully

Going off-grid is a big step. It requires careful consideration, good design and engaged users.

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New standard could restrict and add costs to extra solar and battery storage

New standard could restrict and add costs to extra solar and battery storage

New Australia-wide standard gives networks power to limit size of household solar systems – and could push up prices for AC-coupled battery storage products from Tesla, Enphase, Selectronic and others.

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Solar + Tesla battery storage offered in new-build Queensland homes

Solar + Tesla battery storage offered in new-build Queensland homes

Metricon becomes latest Australian housing developer to offer rooftop solar and storage as optional extra in new-build homes in Queensland.

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The “off-grid” guy is not happy with his off-grid system

The “off-grid” guy is not happy with his off-grid system

“Off-grid guy” Michael Mobbs is so frustrated by the poor performance of his off-grid system in inner Sydney terrace house that he has decided to junk it and is calling for new proposals. It is a salutary lesson for others wishing to follow.

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Solar and battery storage set to power Victorian water plant

Solar and battery storage set to power Victorian water plant

North East Water launches tender for solar and battery storage system to power Yackandandah water treatment plant – testing the water for the entire national sector.

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California’s SimpliPhi latest to plug into Australian battery storage market

California’s SimpliPhi latest to plug into Australian battery storage market

As regulators consider strict new guidelines for Australian home battery installations, US battery maker SimpliPhi is making its move, keen to promote the key strengths of its proprietary technology – safety, reliability and flexibility.

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German battery maker Sonnen offers “free power” for slice of Australian electricity market

German battery maker Sonnen offers “free power” for slice of Australian electricity market

German battery maker Sonnen hopes to use its new solar and storage “free” electricity deal to muscle in on Australia’s peaking power market.

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Are corporate deals for wind and solar set to boom in Australia?

Are corporate deals for wind and solar set to boom in Australia?

Contracting for renewables by corporate big energy users has been slow to catch on Down Under. A new report suggests that’s about to change.

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Is Malcolm Turnbull's solar + storage array enough to go off-grid?

Is Malcolm Turnbull’s solar + storage array enough to go off-grid?

The PM has a lot of solar and a lot of storage at his Point Piper home, and would need a lot more of both to go off grid. But would it be enough for the average household?