In today’s weekly newsletter from our consumer-focused sister site One Step Off the Grid, we look at the ambitious renewable energy plans of IKEA Australia – and other businesses of all sizes, ranging from Tasmanian raspberry farms to Canberra’s major hospital.
As Giles Parkinson writes, IKEA is the only big corporate in Australia to vow to go 100 per cent renewable – and is already more than half way there – and says it is saving money doing so. In a separate story, Giles also questions whether battery storage costs can really fall below the “magical” number of $100/kWh.
Behind the meter, South Australian renewable energy pioneer Colin Ball shares his lessons learnt from 30 years of off-grid energy independence; while Emma Sutcliffe visits the Severin family, whose family house near Horsham in western Victoria was made for off-grid living: just add solar.
We also look at the real problem facing electricity network demand (hint: it’s not solar PV).
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