News Category: Solar

Preparing for summer

Spring has well and truly arrived. Trees are blossoming, bees are out and some of us are very relieved to be putting away our beanies and winter coats for a while. But it probably won’t be long before the heat gets more extreme and this can get us down, while making our energy bills go … 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

Australian Architects at Home

Australian architects at home ReNew reader Sharon McGann recently interviewed four sustainability-focused architects and building designers in NSW to discover their views on the history and future of sustainable home architecture in Australia. Caroline Pidcock Pidcock: Architecture + Sustainability What are some highlights of where we’ve come from and where we’re going with sustainable home … Read more

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

Solar – Why wait?

Despite the shorter days and all the talk about battery storage it is still worth getting solar sooner than later! Although the days are shorter in winter, there is still plenty of UV light, which is actually what the panels use to generate the electricity. In fact, on really hot days in summer the panels … Read more

Help for businesses and organisations to get solar

Businesses and community organisations are putting solar on their roof and becoming energy efficient to help cut rising electricity costs and improve profitability, while doing their bit for the environment. Positive Charge has conducted a thorough procurement in order to select three reputable solar suppliers and installers that you can get a quote from for larger … Read more

Smart meters

Smart Meters were rolled out to all residential dwellings in Victoria in 2014 and are now the standard meter type throughout the state. In NSW meters are currently being upgraded by energy retailers on a voluntary basis. We thought we’d have a look at some of the benefits that smart meters bring to help you … Read more