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Morgan Stanley: fixed charges on solar may cause ‘tipping point’ for grid defection

Morgan Stanley: fixed charges on solar may cause ‘tipping point’ for grid defection

Could adding fixed grid charges to the bills of solar customers encourage more people to ditch their utility?

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SunPower sees storage in commercial market in 2015

SunPower sees storage in commercial market in 2015

SunPower has flagged the introduction of battery storage into the commercial market in 2015 in Australia, as it looks to rapidly expand its home energy service offerings.

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Rise of prosumer: Will homeowners be more important than power plants?

Rise of prosumer: Will homeowners be more important than power plants?

A new report concludes that policymakers and regulators are not prepared for consumer empowerment on the grid.

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Three possible business models for distributed storage

Three possible business models for distributed storage

With more houses using distributed PV with battery storage but still needing a utility, how will distributed storage integrate into the current market?

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Energy storage market set to 'explode'

Energy storage market set to ‘explode’

Report predicts global energy storage market will ‘explode’ to annual installation size of 6GW in 2017 and over 40GW by 2022.

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Battery storage: From marijuana plantations to grid changers

Battery storage: From marijuana plantations to grid changers

The SolarCity/Tesla partnership has made solar and battery storage sexy. But the product is not new; others have been doing it for years.

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Small scale battery storage costs tipped to fall quickly

Battery storage costs are falling much faster than predicted, providing benefits to consumers and network operators.

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The long term storage challenge – batteries not included

The long term storage challenge – batteries not included

There is a lot of focus on the ability of battery storage to shift peaks and store energy for hours, or even days. But energy systems with high renewables penetration will need longer term solutions – hydrogen, compressed air, pumped hydro are three technologies being looked at in Australia and elsewhere.

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Why networks need a thin pipe to keep solar guerrillas at bay

Why networks need a thin pipe to keep solar guerrillas at bay

Networks are facing the biggest challenge to their business model since poles and wires were first erected a century ago. It will need new concepts such as a ‘thin pipe’ model to control costs, retain customers and avoid having stranded assets. Otherwise, they will fall victim to solar ‘guerrillas’.

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Solar: The ‘no-brainer’ that could take suburbs off grid

Solar: The ‘no-brainer’ that could take suburbs off grid

Which suburb, or town, will be the first to take itself off-grid in Australia? It’s now a serious question, driven by the plunging cost of solar and the arrival of battery storage. ARENA, meanwhile, is looking at novel ways to ensure rooftop solar is available to the lowest income households, renters, and apartment dwellers.

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Ergon says renewables and batteries may be cheaper than grid

Ergon says renewables and batteries may be cheaper than grid

Ergon Energy, which operates the sprawling regional electricity network that covers 97 per cent of Queensland, says ‘times are changing’ and renewables and battery storage may soon be cheaper for domestic consumers than grid power. But it warns that current subsidies are delaying innovation and investment.