Windlab says commissioning of its Kennedy wind-solar-battery storage facility in Queensland pushed into next year after contractor failed to secure GPS.
Newly introduced rooftop solar and battery storage limits could send some households at least partially off-grid – potentially bringing forward the much discussed death spiral. Meanwhile, regulator warns system upgrades will require entire system to meet latest standards.
Rooftop solar capacity in Queensland receiving state’s now defunct premium FiT of 44c/kWh has been overtaken by the total of rooftop solar receiving retail rate.
It now seems clear that rooftop solar played critical role in easing pressure on the grid during heatwave in eastern states, and moderating prices. But solar households got paid a pittance compared to the coal and gas generators.
Battery storage, air conditioning and appliances such as washing machines banned from off peak loads, in another sign that utilities are panicking about revenue streams.
Energex proposes to punish solar households that add battery storage. The network should be encouraging them.
Major Queensland network wants solar households that install battery storage to lose their premium feed in tariffs. It’s the latest trick from utilities, but there is a way around it.
South-east Queensland’s Energex network now has more than 1GW of installed rooftop solar, with 2,319 new systems added in August.
Latest Energex data shows 290,006 households on south-east Qld network have rooftop solar, amounting to a total installed capacity of more than 980MW.
Energex already has 25% of its customers with rooftop solar, but says there is room for more – particularly on businesses and large scale installations.