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Category: Onestep

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Mackay council goes solar – and saves big – with city-wide rollout

Mackay council goes solar – and saves big – with city-wide rollout

Mackay Council awards tender to install solar PV on 21 local government facilities, saving nearly 10 times its outlay over 20 years. But the bid price stuns rivals.

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South Australia solar market slump blamed on Liberals policy void

South Australia solar market slump blamed on Liberals policy void

South Australia rooftop solar market falls sharply in April, confirming reports from solar retailers who blame uncertainty caused by policy cloud of new Liberal government.

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Latrobe Valley dairy farms to share energy via blockchain micro-grid

Latrobe Valley dairy farms to share energy via blockchain micro-grid

First blockchain virtual micro-grid in Australia will use solar and storage to allow 200 dairy farms, 100 households and 20 businesses to share energy.

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Angry and frustrated, more customers are quitting the grid

Angry and frustrated, more customers are quitting the grid

Industry reports suggest more and more Australian households are choosing to quit the grid, and they’re doing so for a mixed bag of reasons.

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Stunning four-fold increase in big rooftop arrays as business stampedes to solar

Stunning four-fold increase in big rooftop arrays as business stampedes to solar

Clean Energy Regulator sees industrial and commercial solar adding a combined 100MW-plus to grid in 2018, as it sets off on a “j-shaped” growth curve.

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Australian rooftop solar boom rolls on - 351MW in first quarter

Australian rooftop solar boom rolls on – 351MW in first quarter

Rooftop solar installation boom continues in March, and total for first quarter is more than one third more than the previous record as households and business respond to soaring grid prices.

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Powershop, Diamond lead "new breed" of people-focused power retailers

Powershop, Diamond lead “new breed” of people-focused power retailers

Upstart electricity retailers Powershop and Diamond Energy again win 5-star rankings in independent Green Energy Guide. AGL, meanwhile, earned itself an elephant stamp.

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Sydney Markets takes rooftop solar to massive 3MW – maybe more to come

Sydney Markets takes rooftop solar to massive 3MW – maybe more to come

Sydney Markets adds another 2.2MW PV array to take total rooftop solar capacity to more than 3MW, says there’s room to go bigger.

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Germany’s VARTA enters Australia battery market, with eye on aggregation

Germany’s VARTA enters Australia battery market, with eye on aggregation

German battery storage specialist VARTA enters Australia market, attracted by huge solar uptake and growing push to “aggregated” systems.

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It takes a village: How community will make (or break) shift to renewables

It takes a village: How community will make (or break) shift to renewables

Two separate reports illustrate the vital role communities will play in the success or failure of Australia’s shift to a renewable powered grid.

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Australian homes, business installed 6.5 solar panels per minute in 2017

Australian homes, business installed 6.5 solar panels per minute in 2017

It’s official: CER data says Australian homes and businesses installed record total of 1057MW of solar, mostly on rooftops, in 2017.