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Epic Energy launches Australia’s largest commercial microgrid

Australia’s largest grid-connected urban microgrid has been officially commissioned with a new rooftop solar-powered system atop Swedish homewares giant Ikea’s Adelaide store already delivering more than 70% of the store’s energy needs and providing grid support for the South Australian network.

Community batteries are popular – but we have to make sure they actually help share power

To power Australia without fossil fuels will mean using batteries to store power from solar and wind. We often think this means home batteries – or large grid-scale installations.

New entrants to Australia’s utility-scale and commercial battery market

While Australia’s home battery market seems to have attracted most of the interest from newcomers, there has been some significant new developments in the commercial and utility-scale space. Pv magazine Australia examined the new products and companies in the commercial and utility battery storage space on display at the Smart Energy Conference.

Shift to solar and storage signals major savings for rail project

Australia’s largest rail infrastructure project, the 1,700-kilometre Melbourne – Brisbane Inland Rail freight line, has made the switch to solar to power its signalling systems with the move expected to deliver an estimated $25 million (USD 16.93 million) in cost savings.


WA government utility acquires 50% stake in local solar business

Western Australia’s regional utility, Horizon Power, has bought a 50% stake in local solar company West Australian Alternative Energy.

Victorian battery manufacturer to ramp up growth plans after PPK buys in

Australian battery designer and manufacturer PowerPlus Energy will look to accelerate its growth plans after technology investment company PPK Group announced plans to acquire a large stake in the company.

Tesla’s Investor Day: Ramping up the Megapack business

The electric vehicle and storage manufacturer shared insight into its Megapack energy storage business and the Megapack XL, the stationary battery storage product that Tesla says has the highest energy density on the market.


Solar and storage provides energy solution for South Australian town

The remote town of William Creek in outback South Australia is now being powered entirely by solar backed by a battery energy storage system after the switch was flicked on a 200 kW PV array that eliminates the need for diesel generation.


Shell Energy delivers battery-backed renewables solution for NSW

The Australian renewables and energy solutions arm of global energy Shell is finalising the installation of a solar-powered virtual power plant featuring battery energy storage systems deployed across 16 New South Wales government buildings.

Key contract awarded with Bathurst Island to boost renewables

Remote power system specialist Circular Solutions is poised to begin work on a new solar farm and battery energy storage system that will more than double the PV generation capacity at the small community of Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island off Australia’s northern coastline.

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