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Helpful apps to save energy

There is one question that always comes through our minds when it is time to pay our electricity bills: “What have I been using energy for?”.  We might even bet that you have wondered if there is an easier way to check what is consuming more energy in your house. Luckily for you, and thanks …

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Australia’s Solar Panel Validation Initiative (SPVI)

The Clean Energy Regulator’s Solar Panel Validation program ensures modules used in an installation are genuine, are backed by warranty, meet standards and are eligible for Australia’s “solar rebate”. It also expedites claims for small scale technology certificates (STCs), on which the solar rebate is based. Validation is achieved through a mobile app used to …

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Australian Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) Standard Released

A standard covering new battery installations in Australia was published by Standards Australia last week – and while a lot of work has been done since the draft, some aren’t happy with the final product. “AS/NZS 5139:2019 – Electrical installations – Safety of battery systems for use with power conversion equipment” sets out general installation …

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Climate change and Energy in Western Australia (issues paper)

Last week, the Government released its ‘Climate change in Western Australia – issues paper’, which covers 11 focus areas including transforming energy generation. WA’s McGowan Government is calling on Western Australians to have their say on climate change policy, including issues related to energy. Around 28% of dwellings in Western Australia have solar panels installed …

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Solar goes to College

As you just read. And it is that the University of Adelaide has decided to go solar and the installation of a solar farm on the Roseworthy campus has already begun! The 1.2MW solar energy facility will incorporate a 420kw/1200kWh hybrid energy storage element – a combination of lithium-ion and vanadium flow batteries. Work commenced …

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Green Shopping

Solar installations on shopping centres across Australia have become increasingly common as developers/owners seek to not only slash emissions associated with operations, but also save on electricity costs. It was only two weeks ago when we talked about a shopping center going solar. Well, today we are excited to announce the creation of a new …

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100% Renewable Energy City

Western Australia’s City Of Bayswater has voted to support a draft Renewable Energy and Emission Reduction Position and Action Statement (PAAS). The purpose of the PAAS was to propose a staged approach to achieve: a corporate renewable energy target of 100% by 2030. a corporate greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 100% by 2040. The …

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Final Large-Scale Solar Guideline released by Victorian Government

New planning guidelines for large-scale solar farms in Victoria were released by the Andrews Labor Government lately, but they may be still some way off from having teeth. The development of the guidelines was in part triggered in the past by various Victorian councils, finding it challenging to arrive at decisions regarding the development applications; …

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