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Australia’s biggest wind and solar hybrid facility, the 317MW Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park (PAREP), has installed the last of its 50 wind turbines, completing construction of the massive project.
The $500 million facility, which is being built by Spanish giant Iberdrola in conjunction with the project developer DP Energy, combines 210MW of wind energy capacity and 107MW of solar, from 250,000 PV modules.
“Energisation” of the project is expected as soon as the connection approval is finalised, and once fully commissioned the PAREP is expected to significantly increase the amount of renewables installed on the state’s already world-leading grid.
South Australia energy minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan said the project had created more than 200 full-time jobs during the construction phase and would create a further 20 on-going jobs after completion.
“This innovative regional renewable energy project is an example of the way our state government is delivering on its vision for South Australia to achieve 100% net renewable energy by 2030,” he said.
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US electric vehicle and battery giant, Tesla, has called on Australia’s federal government to set a 20 gigawatt energy storage target, as a mechanism to ensure the country meets its “dispatchable” power needs in the transition to a grid dominated by renewable energy generation.
In a submission to a federal parliament inquiry into dispatchable energy generation and storage capability in Australia, Tesla said battery storage offered fast, modular and scalable alternatives to new coal and gas peaking plants which Tesla said were “no longer economically rational.”
Further advantages of grid-scale battery storage, the submission argued, were that it could be deployed in any location on the network and, compared to gas or pumped hydro projects, had a minimal land footprint and a reduced carbon footprint.
“As yet there are no overarching plans or direct mechanisms to ensure the scale of storage required is delivered to meet both reliability and system security outcomes in the short term, and drive affordability and efficiency outcomes for consumers over the longer term,” the company wrote.
“Extending the life of ageing assets drives up prices for consumers relative to new assets that bring additional generation capacity and increase competition. Extensions and retrofits distort investment signals and inhibit jobs growth and energy affordability.
“Tesla recommends a clear storage target (e.g. 20GW by 2040) to enable progress tracking and guide reforms to unlock new value streams.”
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Solar rebates are subsidies or financial incentives given by the Federal government to boost the solar power business of Australia. Government rebate solar Perth is in the form of STCs. The value of STCs is used to offset the upfront cost of solar system purchases.
The government creates virtual pieces of paper called Renewable Energy Certificates (REC). When one buys a solar power system, the government awards a certain number of REC. For every unit of renewable electricity generated, an equivalent number of RECs is produced.
The RECs that a residential solar system receive are called Small Scale Technology Certificates (STCs). These RECs can be traded with fossil fuel generators for cash. Each STC has a monetary value that fluctuates between $34 and $40.
To claim solar rebate Perth, WA one has to be eligible for it. Eligibility for claiming the solar rebate changes from state to state. To qualify for solar rebate Perth, one need to own a small-scale renewable energy system such as a solar panel system or solar hot water system.
It has to be installed at an eligible premise like houses, townhouses, residential apartments or shops. The solar system must be a new and complete unit and there should not be more than one system at an eligible premise.
The electric solar system must have been installed no more than 12 months prior to the date of application for STCs.
While replacing an entire solar system, the new system is eligible for STCs. If one is replacing the panels alone, the system is not eligible for STCs for the new panels. It is because the panel or inverter has already been used to claim STCs for the same project.
There are 2 ways to claim the solar rebate Perth – either through the solar installer/company or online with the REC.
Claiming the solar rebate through solar installer or company.
The easiest way to claim solar rebate Perth WA is through the chosen solar installers or solar company. Some of them include the discounted solar rebate on the customer’s quote so that they have to pay less upfront. The company will later claim the rebate themselves.
One can claim the value of rebate through the Solar company’s Industry Portal. The rebate will be deducted from the customer’s payment through the Solar company’s Customer Portal. The company does its job in few steps:
They create a quote for customer. This quote is then uploaded to their portal for retailers. The customer will receive an email specifying whether their eligibility application is approved using the quote.
Once the customer is eligible, installers will schedule the job within 120 days of rebate approval. They will carry out the installation and receive the customer’s payment minus the value of their rebate.
The company will complete CES and submit payment request for the value of the customer rebate through their Solar Portal.
The installers will review the payment claim within 5 business days and approve if no further information is required. The deposit of funds can be expected in the nominated bank account after 10 business days of the payment being approved.
Claiming the rebate online with REC
One can also claim the solar rebate without depending on the installers, though the whole process is a bit strenuous. One has to register and fill out the online application through the REC website.
Homeowners will then be given STCs which has to be registered and sold on market. It can be sold through the open market with prices subject to change or through the STC clearing house at a fixed price.
When one is doing online, the easiest way is to have STC traders sell and register STCs for them. Either the owner can register and have the traders sell it for them, or even do all the process of registering and selling by themselves.
A specialist STC broker can help one to get through these procedures. STC traders offer help regarding STC registration and selling.
STC traders will buy unregistered STCs from home owners for a price that is little lower than the current STC spot price. They do so as they need to have some margin when they aggregate and sell the STCs themselves
They also help in online and paper submissions, built-in solar panel validation, payment for selling the clients STCs to them within three business days payment after the audit. Some have their own STC assignment form template. Some of them even have online apps.
Government rebate solar Perth have played a crucial role in the solar boom of Australia.
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Australia’s National Electricity Market achieved a new milestone on the road to renewables this week, when the combined output of small and large-scale solar exceeded that of brown and black coal generation on the grid for the first time.
According to the OpenNEM data feed, solar generated on rooftops and at solar farms surpassed the output of coal at 12.35pm on Sunday, to deliver a combined 9,427MW, or 41.2 per cent of demand, compared to coal’s combined 9,315MW, a combined 41.1 per cent.
The new record was joined by a separate first, with the output of coal hitting an all-time low on Australia’s main grid, just as “instantaneous” renewable energy hit a new high of 56.2 per cent.
The large share of renewables meant that negative prices ruled for most of the day, including in Victoria, where wind and solar provided for more than 60 per cent during the day, including a peak of more than 73 per cent in the early afternoon, also a record.NEMlog also noted that without curtailment of renewable energy output in Victoria, the share of wind and solar would have met 102 per cent of state demand, up from the record 99.1 per cent reached last week.
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Cutting edge battery technology will be deployed on the French Polynesian island of Tahiti, to perform the same task as spinning reserve diesel generators, without the use of the expensive and polluting fossil fuel.
In a project commissioned by Engie subsidiary Electricité de Tahiti (EDT), energy storage specialist Kokam will combine a 15MW/10.4MWh lithium-ion battery with a regulating device called a Statcom to create a “virtual synchronous generator” (VSG).
The state-of-the-art battery energy storage system (BESS) will play a grid-balancing role usually performed by diesel generators, allowing the use of a greater proportion of renewable energy, while boosting the stability of the local grid.
The BESS will also slash the utility’s diesel usage to the tune of around €1.25 million ($A2.2m) a year and to increase energy savings in the form of reduced generator maintenance costs and the extension of generator operational lifespan.
“Through the VSG technology, EDT acts on its desire to decarbonise electricity production and contributes to the shift to carbon neutrality in French Polynesia,” said François-Xavier de Froment, the CEO of EDT which operates a public utility in Tahiti and in another 19 islands of French Polynesia.
Ike Hong, the chief marketing officer of Kokam – itself a subsidiary of global inverter giant SolarEdge – said on Monday that the Tahiti BESS offered another example of the growing variety of roles battery storage can play on decarbonising grids.
“Electricité de Tahiti’s BESS demonstrates how innovative and intelligently-designed battery solutions can help utility and industrial customers lower greenhouse gas emissions while also improving their bottom line and increasing grid reliability,” he said.
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What are VEECs?
Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates (VEECs) are a stimulus package available to Victorian businesses undertaking energy efficiency projects such as installing solar power. Each certificate, representing one tonne of GHG emissions reduction, can be sold on a live market providing an additional incentive for companies.
How are VEECs calculated?
VEECs are calculated based on the amount of reduction in GHG emissions that the project creates. VEECs can be created and sold by the customer or signed over to the supplier in return for an upfront rebate.
The price of VEECs has increased dramatically in the last 6 months
With changes to the eligibility of the scheme for light projects the price of VEECs has increased dramatically since the turn of the year (shown in green below). For large-scale behind the meter solar projects in Victoria the VEECs scheme is now much more attractive than the LGC scheme.
Source: Demand Manager
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Solar systems in Australia have become more popular over the last 10 years, mostly due to the price of renewable energy dropping materially. It comes to no surprise that some people start entertaining the notion of being fully autonomous and installing an off grid solar system in Australia. We explain what an off grid solar system is, how much they cost and more importantly if they’re worth it.
Before we assess an off grid solar system in Australia, let’s go through some of the basics just in case you’re not fully familiar with it:
The Basics of An Off Grid Solar System:
Solar panelsCharge ControllerBattery bankSolar Inverter (AC) Generator (optional)
We won’t go into an in-depth explanation of how a conventional grid connected solar system works as we already have explained it
Here’s The Additional Components Required For An Off Grid Solar System
Charge Controller: This component is necessary to regulate the current going to the batteries from the solar panels . They maintain batteries at a high state of charge without overcharging them. In a sense they ‘massage’ the charge of the batteries.
Generator: This is for backup purposes just in case your batteries malfunction or there’s an overcast and your batteries are drained.
Battery Bank: This is used to store the excess solar power that’s generated beyond the needs of your appliances. Be aware that once the batteries are fully recharged, the solar power is then throttled back to prevent the batteries from getting damaged.
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There’s a Few Reasons Why Going Off The Grid Might Be Your Only Option
You live in a rural area in Australia, typically remote parts of the outback where no electricity grid exists. Hence, you’re forced to build your own grid system.You’re already connected to the grid, but for some reason you experience blackouts frequently enough to force you to get off the grid.The nearest connection point to the grid from your home is far and the electricity network wants to charge you an excessive amount of money to connect you to it.
n Alternative to a Complete Off Grid Solar System
Hybrid Solar System:
This solar system can be thought of as a half-way point of still having access to the grid with the ability to also store excess solar energy within solar batteries.
The advantage of the hybrid solar system is that you get almost 100% uptime of electricity from the grid when required. By storing solar energy in your own batteries, you gain a certain level of autonomy by reducing your dependence on it by at least 70% to 95%.
The only major difference between a hybrid system and a grid-connected one is that it includes a battery inverter and batteries. If you’ve already got a regular grid connected solar system installed already, don’t fret because we’ve written an article about retrofitting battery storage to an existing solar PV system and what you should consider about it.
Hybrid solar systems are designed to prioritise solar first, battery second and grid power last. Hence, the batteries are relied upon to keep you going during the night or in theory if you suffer a grid outage. Just remember that in practice this may not always be so, because many hybrid systems don’t come with backup functionality out of the box. You will require additional specialised ‘switching equipment’ which enables you to go off the grid if a blackout occurs.
If you’re interested in going for a half-way option, we go into much more detail about hybrid solar systems. We also think you should be informed about the cost of batteries, which tends to be quite expensive relative to a solar PV system.
What Size Solar System Do You Need to Go Off The Grid?
The size requirements for your solar system are based mainly on the energy requirements of your home and the sunlight patterns in your area. We’ve outlined 3 examples below that should help steer you in the right direction but you will need an expert off-grid solar installer to help you get the optimal solution.
The examples below assume a NSW sunlight pattern and a north-facing roof space.
3kW of Solar With 8-10kWh Battery:
A 3kW Solar System with a 10kWh battery might be sufficient for a small energy user to go completely off-grid. Using a typical residential energy load profile and assuming an average of 10kWh of energy usage per day, we can see that this system would cover 95% of the annual energy requirements.
This means the household would need to run a generator or be without power for the rest of the time. Increasing the solar PV system size to 5kW would increase the coverage to 99%.
In terms of cost, on average a 3kW system will set you back about $4,700 using good quality components and a 10kWh battery will set you back at least $9,680 according to our latest battery price index. So you’re looking at about at around $15,000-$20,000 after including the generator and other off-grid components.
Overall Costs: $15,000 to $20,000
6kW of Solar With a 20kWh Battery:
With a bit more usage a larger solar and battery solution may still enable you to go off-grid. We’ve run the numbers on a household using 15kWh and 20 kWh a day on average. A 6kW Solar PV and 20kWh battery would cover 99% of the energy required for a house using 15kWh per day and 95% of a house using 20kWh per day.
This would increase to 100% and 98% if an extra 2kW of solar panels were installed (8kW) total. Any shortages of power could be covered by an generator, or the homeowner could wait until the sun rises the following day and for the batteries to start to charge again.
For a 6kW solar system your looking at about 14-16 panel requiring about 50m2 of roofspace and will set you back about $5,370 according to our latest solar panel Price Index. A 20kWh battery will add a fair bit more cost to the system and could require connected multiple batteries together in parallel. Based on our battery price index your looking at around $18,000 for a 20kWh battery. After adding all the components of an off-grid system the total cost is likely to be closer to $35,000
Overall Costs: $35,000 to $40,000
10kW of Solar With a 30kWh Battery:
This would be a very large system for a residential application, potentially suitable for someone looking for a bulletproof solution with very little need to ever run a generator, or an off-grid house hoping to use quite a lot of energy.
For a home with high energy requirements using 35kWh per day a 10kW solar PV and 30kWh battery solution would cover 92% of energy usage leaving the rest to run off a generator. Increasing the solar PV system size to 15kW would boost energy production through winter and increase coverage to 98%.
However, one important thing you should consider is cost. A 10kW solar PV system will typically cost between $10,000 and $15,000, while a 30kWh battery would cost around $25,000 based on current pricing. Assuming the power requirements are only single phase then the total cost for a 10kW solar and 30kWh off grid solution would like come to around $50,000.
Three phase requirements for off-grid solar system add a significant amount of cost to the project. It would probably be worth considering having a 3-phase generator if it would only be used for occasional use (like power tools).
Overall Costs: $45,000 to $55,000
If you’re still stuck and want to run some numbers for your specific situation, we’ve developed an off grid solar & battery storage sizing calculator to give you some concrete numbers which will help you make a more informed decision.
So, Is An Off Grid Solar System Worth It?
By now you’ve read how an off the grid system works, the common situations that people make, as well as the appropriate system size and resulting costs involved in making this decision.
But the ultimate overriding question that you will have by now is this: Is going off grid worth it?
There’s no simple answer and what we can tell you is that it really depends on your specific situation. As mentioned above, if you’re living in a remote part of Australia with no access to the grid, or your electricity provider wants to charge you an arm and a leg to connect to the grid because it’s far from you, then you really have no choice but to go fully off the grid. Hence, weather or not if it’s worth it is not a question to begin with. You simply have no choice if you want to enjoy a modern lifestyle
However, if your access to the grid is fragile with frequent blackouts and interruptions and this is causing you grief or stress, then we recommend you go for a hybrid solar system because the initial investment is cheaper than fully going off the grid. Also, you get the best of both worlds with reliable access to electricity from your provider with the added peace of mind that comes with a battery for those just-in-case moments. We go into more detail about hybrid solar systems as there’s a few nuances you should be aware of namely inverter types which may impact your decision.
Apart from that, it generally doesn’t make sense from an economical standpoint as your initial investment is at least two to three times higher because of the additional batteries and other pieces of equipment. You could make the argument that once the initial investment is paid off, then all future electricity usage will be free forever. However, the payback period will be considerably longer than a grid system, and so we recommend you run some calculations yourself.
Also, you will need to factor in other issues: An off grid solar system isn’t a set it and forget it thing to have. You will require a lot more maintenance than a grid based system, which means more ongoing costs. Due to technical limitations, you’ll occasionally run out of electricity. So, you’ll likely require the expertise of an off-grid solar specialist to design the system that best suits your situation, in order to minimise the risks of running out of electricity too often.
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A breakthrough in the development of organic solar cells, which hold the promise of being lightweight, flexible, and cheap to make, could deliver a much-needed boost in efficiency and boost the prospects for the technology’s commercialisation.
Researchers from the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with experts from Canada, Belgium, New Zealand, and China, claim to have discovered a new way to move energy in the cells’ organic materials, up to 1000 times faster than before.
In a report published in journal Science Advances, the team said the new movement mechanism, called “transient exciton delocalisation,” had allowed energy to move and transfer to the surrounding electrical wires much faster than normal.
This, in turn, promised to boost the performance of organic solar cells, bringing them much closer to the sunlight-to-electricity efficiencies of their less flexible and more costly silicon-based counterparts.
“This improvement is made possible by the quantum-mechanical nature of reality, where energy can exist in many places at once, simultaneously,” said first author Alexander Sneyd, a PhD student at Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory.”
By taking advantage of these quantum-mechanical elements which allow for highly-efficient energy movement, we can make better, more efficient solar cells.”
“When we performed the experiments, we were very surprised,” added Sneyd. “The energy was moving at speeds of 100’s or even 1000’s of times faster than what was typically observed in the scientific literature.”
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