Pro-tips for Serious Solar Users

So, you’ve got your solar panels and possibly your battery all safe and installed. That’s not the end of the story, though because you can make some adjustments and use some tricks to get even more out of them. Reduce your energy usage Swap out your old-style bulbs and halogens for LEDs and a lot…

Bruny to Try Solar

The tiny Tasmanian island of Bruny is helping to lead the way to Australia’s solar future. In August, the state-owned energy network TasNetworks got a Clean Energy Council’s Business Community Engagement Award for its involvement in a solar and battery project aimed at meeting holiday season energy demand peaks. This project got as far as…

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…