The number of Australian household solar power installations has reached 2 million, a milestone for the young solar industry. Queensland leads the nation, with almost 600,000 homes – or 30 per cent of households – fitted with solar panels. The Sunshine State also boasts four of the top five solar postcodes in the country.
NSW needs a strong state Renewable Energy Target (RET) ahead of its March 2019 state election, according to the Clean Energy Council. In Victoria, the Andrews Labor Government pledged a state RET of 50 per cent by 2030 if it won the November election. The CEC says Andrews’ subsequent landslide victory demonstrated that voters will back a compelling clean energy policy.
Utility-scale and household batteries are significantly reducing demand on the South Australian grid a new report shows. According to data released by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), Tesla’s world-leading ‘big battery’ and the SA government’s household battery rebate scheme are helping to reduce power prices in the state.
The second phase of the Tesla virtual power plant (VPP) in South Australia will now network a further one thousand low-income households. Solar panels and Tesla Powerwall 2 solar batteries will be installed free of charge in selected Housing SA properties.