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No longer stationery: Officeworks joins slew of businesses committing to 100% renewables

Officeworks jumped on the bandwagon of businesses in Australia committing to 100% renewable electricity in the next five years. Both Bunnings and Officeworks announced their plans in the last week, sparking calls for Target and Kmart, which are also in the Wesfarmers portfolio, to follow suit.

SolarEdge announces 2025 Sustainability Commitments, sets social, environmental targets

Power electronics supplier SolarEdge has released its 2025 Sustainability Commitments. In the report announcing its social and environmental targets, the company pointed to its participation in VPP projects in Australia, along with a new three-phase residential inverter.

Victorian utility installs carpark system at Wodonga headquarters

Victorian utility North East Water have constructed a mini-solar farm over the carpark of their Wodonga headquarters. The 132 kW system is expected to provide half of the building’s energy use, with 330 modules generating 500kW per day in addition to the headquarter’s existing rooftop PV array.

ACT governing agreement forefronts solar, battery solutions

As part of their recently finalised power sharing agreement, ACT Labor and the Greens will offer interest-free loans to households and organisations investing in rooftop solar panels and battery storage. The alliance government also plans to deliver at least 250MW of new ‘large-scale’ battery storage distributed across the ACT.

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Freedom Foods solar+storage array hits 500 MWh monthly output

Freedom Foods Group’s Shepparton site solar+storage array in Victoria has produced more than 3 GWh of clean energy in its first nine months of operation.  The array is the first project in Australia to employ Fimer’s largest string inverters – the PVS-175. The project is claimed to be one of the largest single rooftop solar power installations in Australia.

Aussie startup looks to boost ‘mid-scale’ PV segment through crowd equity

For Komo Energy founders Jonathan Prendergast and Gerald Arends, today has been equal parts terrifying and exciting. This morning, the solar development startup launched their crowd equity offering.

‘Disrupters’ tip Australia to become world’s biggest VPP in 2021

As Australia’s home battery market begins to catch up to its install residential solar capacity the opportunity for large-scale virtual power plants is verging on reality. Indeed, Solar Service Group’s new Solar + Battery Members’ Plan could see Australia host the world’s largest virtual power plant next year.

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Western Power completes deployment of 52 stand-alone power systems in Australia first

Over 50 stand-alone power systems (SPS) units installed by Western Power are now operating in regional properties across Western Australia (WA). The landmark off-grid program is the largest single such deployment by a network business in the country.

Australia still finding its feet on the coveted path to digitalised data

While the desire for data to support smarter grids is clear, actually digitalising said data to make it communicable around Australia is proving a thornier operation. Ultimately, it requires Australia’s grid operators to undergo nothing short of a metamorphosis – transitioning from operating networks to becoming network operators.

WA Affordability Experiment home applauded for innovation but limited in solar scope

In an effort to glean insights into the cost efficiency of sustainable housing, the Western Australian government in conjunction with private partners this week launched an Affordability Experiment home.

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