Coping with Solar Spill

The sheer number of rooftop solar installations in Queensland is actually overloading the network and could even lead to blackouts, according to Energy Networks Australia. The Australian electricity grid wasn’t designed for the amount of energy pouring into it during office hours – when domestic demand is lower – and this results in so-called “solar…

Roll Over, Coal, the New Power Generation is Here

If new energy generation plans come to fruition, by 2040 just 6% of Australia’s electricity will be from coal-fired power stations. The Australian Energy market Operator (AEMO) says that the right investment in solar, wind, storage, gas and transmission power will produce the 90TWh needed annually to bridge the gap left by coal-fired plants retiring.…

Tesla Teaser Reveals Virtual Power Plant

Just a couple of weeks ago, Tesla teased us all with a quick overview of its South Australian virtual power plant, telling us all about the resources and the benefits to the region. The power plant comprises 50,000 residences, all equipped with solar panels and Powerwall 2 batteries. It’ll be the world’s biggest virtual power…

Could You Leave the Grid?

Many people dream of going off-grid and for a long time it was the preserve of hippies and survivalists, who aimed for a pared-down lifestyle free from all the trappings of modern life. You know, like TV, heating, reliable cooking equipment and lighting. It’s not such a pipe-dream now, though, with the advent of solar…

Is Home Power Storage Catching On?

It would seem so, with Australia at the forefront of this movement. Tech has finally solved the biggest problem with solar power –the fact that the sun goes down at the end of the day – and people can now store the power they’ve generated for future use. The world’s home energy storage systems market…

Solar Help for Dairy Farmers

Dairy farmers in Latrobe Valley could well be trading locally-generated renewable energy with blockchain thanks to a study that’s being part-funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). ARENA will be offering $370,000 to the feasibility study into a virtual microgrid for the Victorian region. The project – costing $775,000 in total – is led…