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24th December 17 Cameron Quin

Tesla Delivers the World’s Largest Battery One Month Ahead of Schedule

Elon Musk made the headlines in the energy industry earlier this year, proposing a solution for the power supply crisis in South Australia, make the world’s largest battery. Tens of thousands of homes were being affected by blackouts due to lack of dispatchable generation capacity, and Elon Musk made a bold offer: Tesla would deliver a 100-MW and
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24th December 17 Cameron Quin

The Largest Solar Power Markets in the World

Australia has been installing record numbers of solar photovoltaic systems in 2017, and new capacity is expected to go above one gigawatt before the end of the year. Seven other countries will exceed this mark in 2017: China, USA, India, Japan, Germany, France and South Korea. It is important to note that the solar industry is now growing by itself,
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24th December 17 Cameron Quin

What Features Make a Property Ideal for Solar Power?

The viability of solar power depends on both natural factors and man-made conditions. For example, abundant sunshine makes solar panels deliver more energy during their service life, while expensive electricity means each kilowatt-hour generated is worth more. In this case, the first aspect is determined by nature, while the second is influenced by
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23rd December 17 Cameron Quin

The Energy Security Board are Overestimating the Cost of Renewables in Australia

The National Energy Guarantee published by the Australian government has received a mixed reaction from energy industry players. In a few words, the NEG establishes emissions reduction targets, but also mandates a minimum dispatchable generation capacity, which does not include solar and wind power. On one hand, this favors coal and natural gas as electricity
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23rd December 17 Cameron Quin

New Rooftop Solar in Australia Exceeded 100 MW in October 2017

In October, Australian homes and businesses deployed 107 MW of new solar power capacity. This is the second time that over 100 MW are added in a single month - it had only happened once in June 2012, when the subsidies and feed-in tariffs for solar power were much better. The rapid growth of rooftop solar power in 2017 has been attributed in great part
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22nd December 17 Cameron Quin

Electricity from Coal is Becoming More Expensive

The Australian electricity sector suffers from a lack of public information in the wholesale energy market. We all know the price we pay for each kilowatt-hour in power bills, but there is little information on how much it costs to produce this electricity at power plants.Power bills in Australia doubled for many customers in less than a decade,
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22nd December 17 Cameron Quin

Australia: An Emerging Global Leader in Battery Storage

The solar power industry is giving plenty of attention to batteries, and especially lithium-ion battery storage. There is a strong reason for this: batteries can turn photovoltaic systems into controllable energy sources, allowing them to compete directly with power plants fired by fossil fuels. Despite their carbon-free operation and their ability
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22nd December 17 Cameron Quin

Solar and Wind Power Generated More Energy Than Gas in September

Solar and wind power continue to grow at a very fast rate in Australia, and September represented an important milestone for both technologies: their combined energy output surpassed that of natural gas for the first time. While energy generation based on natural gas was 2,186 gigawatt-hours (GWh), solar and wind power achieved a record-breaking 2,363
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21st December 17 Cameron Quin

November 2017: The Best Month For Australian Solar Power So Far

The Australian solar industry had its best month on record in November 2017, with more than 120 megawatts of capacity brought online. June 2012 held the record previously, with 110 MW of new solar photovoltaic capacity, but this time things are different for the better.Back in 2012, incentive programs for solar power were excellent, with feed-in
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21st December 17 Cameron Quin

Home Upgrade Recommendations to Complement Solar Power

Rooftop solar power can make your property greener by reducing dependence on electricity from the power network, which is produced mostly from coal in Australia. However, you can reduce the environmental footprint of your property even further if you complement solar power with upgrades that reduce electricity consumption, or measures that allow you
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