News Category: Solar

Just Add Batteries!

Just add batteries Considerations for hybrid systems THERE are multiple ways that batteries can be added to an existing or new solar PV system. These different configurations will influence the system’s capabilities so it’s important to carefully consider the approach you take. This article covers the most common approaches currently available in Australia, but note … Read more

Optimise Your Solar

There are now over 1.6 million solar power systems sitting atop Australian roofs, but do you know if yours is working properly? ATA founder and solar PV pioneer Mick Harris helps you find out. Solar panels need very little maintenance THIS IS great, but can mean they are taken for granted and problems can go unnoticed even … Read more

Community groups go solar

Our friends at Powershop have launched a fantastic initiative to help community organisations fund solar installations. For those of you not familiar with how Powershop works, customers can purchase powerpacks to cover the costs of the energy (kWh) they’ve used during their billing period and the daily supply charge. Powershop has created a new powerpack to … Read more

Phasing out fossil fuels Are we winning?

Professor Peter Newman contends that our cities are driving a change which is reducing greenhouse gas emissions from both coal and oil. Reproduced with permission from ATA‘s ReNew magazine edition 139. IN 2016 the International Energy Agency announced that the world had changed. For the first time in hundreds of years the world was producing … Read more

Our Energy Future launches

SYDNEY COUNCILS LAUNCH Free Energy Help and Advice Program. Residents across eight participating council regions in Sydney are set to receive free energy help and advice from the experts at Our Energy Future. On 21st June 2017, Our Energy Future (OEF) was officially launched at Projects 107, one of the first beneficiaries of the program. … Read more

Getting in front of the meter

Finding value in sharing Can we find value for both customers and the network in sharing locally generated energy and thus accelerate a transition to 100% renewables? MEFL alumni Bruce Thompson and Paul Murfitt discuss the potential in microgrids, virtual power plants and more. THE transformation of the electricity network is certainly now upon us. Years of … Read more

Solar – Go big!

Wondering what size solar photovoltaic system to install? The latest ATA modelling shows that bigger is better, even if you don’t use much electricity. Reproduced with permission from ATA’s Sanctuary magazine edition 40. Many people ask us what size grid-connected solar system they should get. Traditionally, the ATA (Positive Charge partner and publisher of Sanctuary … Read more

Battery storage

Many people are keen to learn more about adding battery storage to existing solar PV systems or to set up systems that include battery storage. Battery technology has come a long way in recent years, with lithium ion batteries being something of a game changer due to their longer life, low maintenance and appealing safety … Read more

Solar Roof Tiles

A question that has been coming up at our information sessions lately is “what about solar roof tiles?”. Just like battery storage, solar roof tiles are receiving a lot of media attention at the moment as being part of what is viewed as an inevitable transition to a renewable energy future. Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), also … Read more

Clean coal fact check

The Our Energy Future team are always keen to hear from our eNews subscribers, so if you have a question about one of our articles or if there’s something you’d like to know more about please drop us a line. One of our readers recently asked us why we view renewable energy as a solution … Read more

Saving money on your energy bills

We are keen to see people reduce their carbon emissions by implementing energy efficiency measures and reducing their dependence on fossil fuels. That’s why we have lots of tips and advice on our website and in our news articles. Reducing your energy usage also has the happy benefit to consumers that reducing energy consumption reduces … Read more

Feed in tariffs

A solar feed in tariff or FiT is the amount of money your electricity retailer pays you for the electricity that you feed back to the grid from your solar. Why would I send electricity back to the grid? When your solar power system creates electricity and you use it in your home it is … Read more