ARENA backs app to help fast-charge EV uptake

A new ARENA-backed campaign is hoping to help crack the nut of Australia’s electric vehicle problem, by identifying both the barriers preventing uptake, as well as the key incentives that might drive a consumer to make the switch to an EV. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency said on Friday that it had granted $172,215 in … Read more

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Complaints about high electricity bills on the rise in NSW

Electricity retailers in NSW are feeling the wrath of their customers, according to the Energy and Water Ombudsman (EWON). Electricity related complaints to the Ombudsman rose 22.4 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017, most of them regarding high electricity bills. In addition, over the previous 12 months complaints about electricity retailers were up … Read more

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Vehicle to grid technology makes Nissan Leaf a mobile battery

The new model Nissan Leaf will be the first electric vehicle in Australia that can send power back to a home battery using vehicle to grid technology. Nissan Leaf owners can use the Leaf as a mobile battery, transporting energy from one home battery system to another. They can also charge the car overnight from … Read more

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IKEA flags selling solar panels “at cost” in Australia, industry reacts

News that Swedish furniture giant IKEA is planning to sell solar panels “at cost” in its Australian stores has been met with mixed responses from the local solar industry, with many expressing fears that it will further destabilise – and perhaps undermine – an already over-crowded solar retail and installation market. New IKEA Australia boss … Read more

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Semitransparent solar cells: a window to the future?

The Conversation Looking through semitransparent cells – one day these could be big enough to make windows. UNSW, Author provided Can you see a window as you are reading this article? Windows have been ubiquitous in society for centuries, filling our homes and workplaces with natural light. But what if they could also generate electricity? … Read more

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German energy giant Innogy buys two huge Australia solar projects

German energy giant Innogy has made its first move into Australia’s burgeoning utility-scale solar market, buying two undeveloped projects totalling more than 460MW, and signalling further investments in wind and battery storage. Innogy’s purchase of the two NSW projects – Limondale and Hillston – from local developer Overland Sun Farming signals that the Australia solar … Read more

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Power demand peaks as Energy Minister attacks SA Premier

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has attacked South Australia for relying on Victorian energy as power demand peaks in summer’s scorching heat. Demand for east coast power in South Australia surged as the mercury soared last week, providing the Minister with an opportunity to reignite the nation’s energy wars. Mr Frydenberg himself was grilled by Radio … Read more

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