EdgeIQ protects against hazardous voltage surges and helps grid stability

An Australian company has developed a device, the EdgeIQ, to help maintain electricity grid stability. Grid instability can lead to solar inverter failure among other problems. Melbourne-based Edge Electrons has found a solution to the problem of too much solar power affecting the main grid voltage. Its EdgeIQ voltage regulator not only keeps voltage steady, […]

Sydney apartment block becomes its own solar energy retailer

A high-tech Sydney apartment building has turned solar energy retailer to knock around 20 per cent off residents’ power bills. Apartment solar energy has been an elusive concept, but this may be the start of a new approach. The Burcham apartment building in Rosebery uses a 53 kW solar panel system to generate 70,000 kWh of […]

WA buys Tesla Powerpack battery to store community solar energy

The Western Australian government is investing in a Tesla Powerpack battery to help Mandurah residents store excess solar power. A 12-month community storage trial will allow Western Power and Synergy customers to ‘bank’ excess solar power for later use. For $1 per day, customers will access 8 kWh of PowerBank storage for use after 3pm. […]

Disney resort goes solar with half a million solar panels

The Disney company is seeking to enhance its reputation as an environmentally-sensitive business by developing a massive solar installation in Florida. The Disney solar facility won’t be used to power the entertainment giant’s resort, however, but to feed into the local electricity grid. The theme parks are located just outside Orlando, in Orange County in central […]

Southern Sydney councils sign long-term solar energy contract

The Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) has signed a local government solar energy agreement that will provide councils with fixed-price solar power from Moree Solar Farm for ten years. Eighteen Sydney councils are on board: Parramatta, Inner West, Bayside, Campbelltown, Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Georges River, Hunters Hill, Ku-Ring Gai, Liverpool, North Sydney, Randwick, Ryde, Singleton, […]

Australian Business Renewables Centre to boost commercial renewable energy

ARENA is helping fund Australia’s first online marketplace to boost commercial renewable energy. The Business Renewables Centre (BRC) will receive $500,000 from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency to encourage businesses to switch to clean energy like solar panels. The $1.74 million project will also make it easier for Australian corporates and local authorities to enter […]

Tasmania, ACT and South Australia take renewables lead in energy race

Tasmania, ACT and South Australia are the leading renewable energy states, while Western Australia, and Northern Territory trail behind. That’s the finding of a Climate Council report, which shows more solar PV capacity was added globally in 2017 than coal, natural gas and nuclear combined. Last year, Tasmania achieved more than 87 per cent share of […]

Monash University zeros in on emissions goal with microgrid plans

Monash University is a step further towards net zero emissions after announcing plans for a solar microgrid incorporating solar power and storage at its Clayton Campus. The microgrid is a key platform of Monash’s Smart Energy City project. The initiative builds on the university’s $135 million commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030. […]