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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

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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23rd October 17 Cameron Quin

South Australia Will Deploy a Second Utility-Scale Battery

Electricity prices are reaching record high levels throughout Australia. However, the case of South Australia is unique: while power network operation represents the largest fraction of power bills elsewhere, generation and network costs are evenly matched in SA. Coal has been phased out in the state, and natural gas is now the main fossil fuel used
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19th October 17 James Doyle

Australian Energy is not overly expensive: It’s the Network and Retail Costs

In countries with expensive electricity like Australia, it’s easy to think that high generation costs are the main cause. However, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) carried out a detailed study of electricity prices, and the numbers tell a different story: wholesale energy prices paid to generating companies only account for
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17th October 17 Cameron Quin

75% of Australians Trust in Solar Power and Batteries to Solve the Energy Crisis

In 2017, the Climate Council conducted a survey among 2,000 households, where the main goal was to determine the perception Australians have about solar power and energy storage. The results were surprising, and indicate a favorable outlook for the Australian solar industry. Most homeowners do not view batteries as a backup power supply to be used during
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17th October 17 James Doyle

The Bright Potential of Solar Power in Australia

Australia is in a privileged position to take advantage of solar power: as a continent, it has the highest average solar radiation per square metre in the world. Although there are sunnier locations like the Atacama Desert in other continents, when you count the total sunlight reaching the entire landmass, Australia is the undisputed winner. Solar
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12th October 17 Cameron Quin

How Does Shading Affect Solar Panels?

Solar power systems are not productive when they are not getting sunlight, which means they should be kept free from shadows. However, this is not always possible, especially when there are trees, buildings or hills around the project site. Fortunately, there are ways to deploy solar power successfully even when a rooftop is partially shaded.Keep
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9th October 17 James Doyle

Even Oil-Producing Countries Are Going Solar

If you have been following energy industry news, perhaps you have noticed an interesting trend in recent years: major oil-producing countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are investing aggressively in solar power. For example, Dubai signed a contract for an 800-MW solar farm in 2016, at a record low price of 2.99 US¢ / kWh. Then,
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9th October 17 James Doyle

Solar Power Breaks Its Own Price Records

The cost of solar power is rapidly decreasing year by year, and this trend is not showing signs of slowing down anytime soon. In 2016, the energy industry was taken by surprise when an 800-MW solar power contract was signed in Dubai for only 2.99 US¢ / kWh (3.85 AU¢ / kWh). This was the first solar farm in the world to generate energy at a price below
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Solar Power in NSW
22nd September 17 Cameron Quin

Why 160,000 kWh is a Key Number in New South Wales

If you are a small energy consumer, monthly power bills are calculated based on total energy consumption. However, when yearly consumption exceeds 160,000 kilowatt-hours, utility companies start billing a capacity charge, which has the following characteristics:It is billed based on the highest 30 minute period of energy usage over a rolling 12
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