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Category: Smart Energy

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W.A. says solar is the future as it prepares to dump coal

W.A. says solar is the future as it prepares to dump coal

West Australia energy minister says the future is in solar, noting that it is cheap, democratic, and was likely to displace the state’s ageing coal generators. And this man used to head the IPA!

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Molten salt storage for rooftop solar? SA invention wins Eureka prize

Molten salt storage for rooftop solar? SA invention wins Eureka prize

Eureka Prize awarded to SA researchers for cheap, effective salt-based energy storage solution, designed to boost uptake of renewables.

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New energy retailer to focus on solar and battery storage

New energy retailer to focus on solar and battery storage

A new electricity retailer that will focus on smart meters, rooftop solar and battery storage is about to emerge in Australia.

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'Flexiwatts' – and why demand flexibility can save billions

‘Flexiwatts’ – and why demand flexibility can save billions

How “flexiwatts” can reduce customer bills and lower grid costs by creating flexible demand options.

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Germany: solar storage installations jump 35 per cent

Germany: solar storage installations jump 35 per cent

PV-storage installations are picking up pace in Germany where PV power self-generation and -consumption is gaining traction.

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Household gas demand to fall 50% within 10 years

Household gas demand to fall 50% within 10 years

Report predicts domestic demand for gas power could be halved within a decade, as households switch from expensive gas heaters to cost-efficient air-con.

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Redflow to offer 'plug and play' home battery storage, after cutting costs by 50%

Redflow to offer ‘plug and play’ home battery storage, after cutting costs by 50%

Redflow says it has cut costs of its zinc bromide flow batteries by 50%, will have ‘plug n play’ storage for homes by early 2016.

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Victoria networks to sell solar direct to customers, taking on retailers

Victoria networks to sell solar direct to customers, taking on retailers

Victoria’s electricity networks push into commercial solar market and storage as part of strategy that could put them in direct competition with electricity retailers.

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Victorian govt extends energy efficiency scheme, boosts target by 20%

Victorian govt extends energy efficiency scheme, boosts target by 20%

The Victorian Energy Efficiency Target – a scheme that was to be scrapped under Coalition – has been extended by 2 years, the target boosted by 20%.

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Renewable-heavy German, Denmark grids most reliable in Europe

Renewable-heavy German, Denmark grids most reliable in Europe

New data from Germany’s Network Agency show amount of grid down-time at record low. Grid reliability in other renewable-heavy countries has also improved.

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Will Tesla’s Powerwall succeed in Europe?

Will Tesla’s Powerwall succeed in Europe?

Tesla sees promise in Europe – but it faces strong competition on price, warranties and sales channels.