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Storage Down Under

IHS tips 30,000 Australian households to deploy battery storage by 2018

The Australian electricity storage market “is on the rise,” tips IHS, in a release today. The analyst group says that the number of units installed annually will increase ten-fold in 2016, seeing the market in the top five for energy storage.


Orison introduces plug-and-play energy storage system

The Orison home battery system can be connected to solar installations as well as the grid. Consumers can charge it when utility rates are low in order to provide power when rates are high.

First Tesla Powerwall operational in Australia under Energex solar battery trial

Queensland has seen the first Tesla Powerwall home battery switched on in Australia under Energex’s battery storage trial, launched today by State Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Australia: Storage provider advocates energy independence over going offgrid

Major West Australian solar and storage provider Infinite Energy pushes customers towards ‘energy independence’ as battery storage moves into the market. With solar feed-in not provided to many commercial customers, anticipates steep demand for Tesla PowerPack.

Australia: campaign to fight connection charge doubling launched

The Australian Solar Council has launched a campaign to challenge a proposed doubling of grid connection charges for solar households in Western Australia. An annual connection charge of AU$800 (US$585) has been proposed by government-owned utility Synergy.

Australian utility engagement points to bright future for battery storage

The ways in which Australian utilities are engaging with distributed battery storage and the proactive role of the regulator points to the market being a dynamic one. Bloomberg New Energy Finance believes that because of this, other markets will look to see what shape the Australian storage market takes over the next few years.

Australian offgrid push may leave unfair burden of grid costs

Encouraging households to add sufficient storage to their PV arrays to disconnect from the electricity grid may leave an unfair burden of high utility payments to those left connected. Ric Brazzale, the Managing Director of Green Energy Trading says that a large movement of households off the grid may be bad for consumers without necessarily doing anything for the environment.

Western Australia to clear the way for battery rollout

The state of Western Australia is “weeks away” from delivering a regulatory solution to allow battery storage systems to be installed and, importantly, to feed electricity back into the grid. The move has been heralded by state Energy Minister and Treasurer Mike Nahan who noted that solar PV will likely account for the bulk of generating capacity added to the state’s grids in the future.

All Energy: Hunt leaves door open for storage subsidies

Australian Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt appears to be shaping towards initiating subsidies for the installation of battery storage. The Minister addressed attendees on the opening day of the All Energy trade show in Melbourne yesterday, indicating that new programs to support cleantech deployment may be forthcoming, declaring that “energy storage is the new black.”

Enphase to debut AC battery Down Under

U.S. microinverter supplier Enphase has selected Australia to launch its new AC Battery product. The Australian PV market has presumably been selected because of its high levels of residential PV penetration, falling feed in rates for solar electricity, feed in limitations in some states, and an expected wave of consumers looking for more value from their PV array as highly subsidized historic FITs expire.

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