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Tesla ‘virtual power plant’ second best to real people power

Tesla ‘virtual power plant’ second best to real people power

The SA Tesla VPP may not be the most cost-effective solution to our electricity system’s needs.

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Proposed solar farms could meet the RET single-handed

Proposed solar farms could meet the RET single-handed

That’s great news for the Australian solar industry, but points to the RET being dramatically oversubscribed. Which raises a few questions…

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Tesla battery + solar now "significantly cheaper" than grid power

Tesla battery + solar now “significantly cheaper” than grid power

Just 14 months ago, the writing was on the wall for grid-only electricity supply. Turns out the gap between grid only and PV+battery+grid is growing much more quickly than we imagined.

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Solar Insiders Podcast February 20

Solar Insiders Podcast February 20

Shared solar; EV surprise

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Australia's first large scale solar + storage plant connected to grid

Australia’s first large scale solar + storage plant connected to grid

Australia’s first large-scale solar and big battery storage installation – the Lakeland project near Cooktown in far north Queensland – officially connected to the grid.

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ARENA backs app to help fast-charge EV uptake

ARENA backs app to help fast-charge EV uptake

ARENA backs research that will model the influence of rooftop solar, home batteries and electricity tariffs on a decision to buy EVs.

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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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Tasmania Labor pitches 120% renewables target, rooftop solar boost

Tasmania Labor pitches 120% renewables target, rooftop solar boost

Tasmania Labor unveils energy policy targeting 120% renewables, increased electricity exports, and an 80% boost to distributed resources like rooftop solar.

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Semitransparent solar cells: a window to the future?

Semitransparent solar cells: a window to the future?

Windows have been ubiquitous in society for centuries, filling our homes and workplaces with natural light. But what if they could also generate electricity?