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What role will start-ups play in energy future? What role will start-ups play in energy future?

For anyone still wondering whether the energy revolution is real, a trip to Silicon Valley last month would have put that thought to rest. Twelve innovative energy start-ups joined eight leading global utilities to begin a journey to jump-start their company’s future. It was the first of three modules that will be held as part…

Energy Storage – The Silent Hero of Australia’s Energy Crisis Energy Storage – The Silent Hero of Australia’s Energy Crisis

Australia is an attractive market for renewable energy providers with plenty of geographical space and sunshine and a large early adopter population. Combine this with the high cost of traditional energy provided by utilities and increasing grid instability, makes it all the more appealing. Pleasingly, the adoption of renewable energy is contributing to the closure of…

What customers told us about solar and batteries What customers told us about solar and batteries

We are in the middle of a customer-led solar revolution in Australia. Over 1.6 million homes and businesses across the country have installed rooftop solar power over the last 8 years and this number continues to rise. There has also been recent speculation about a customer-led battery revolution being just around the corner. Over the…

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Networks Renewed: Essential Energy partners in battery storage and solar trial in regional NSW Networks Renewed: Essential Energy partners in battery storage and solar trial in regional NSW

Essential Energy is signing up regional NSW residents to participate in a trial to assess the potential for customer-owned battery storage systems and advanced solar inverters to help better manage demand for network capacity. In a joint project with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), University of Technology Sydney, Reposit Power and SMA Australia, Essential…

Endeavour Energy SolarSaver Residential Battery Energy Storage Trial Endeavour Energy SolarSaver Residential Battery Energy Storage Trial

Western Sydney is leading the way with renewables with more than 100,000 homes now with solar systems. With the market for residential battery storage also rapidly evolving, there are now both opportunities and barriers associated with this technology that will be important to understand to ensure the effective and efficient deployment on electricity networks. As…

TasNetworks Part of Exciting Three-Year Battery Trial TasNetworks Part of Exciting Three-Year Battery Trial

For TasNetworks, customer owned batteries are an opportunity to resolve network problems without building additional network. This is particularly true at the edge of the grid, where building more network is expensive. The CONSORT Bruny Island Battery Trial is a joint research and development project through TasNetworks, battery control software business Reposit Power, the Australian…

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What do you know about energy in Australia? Here are some big questions answered

Question 1

Which country has seen the largest proportion of homes install rooftop solar panels?

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Australia leads the world in the uptake of grid-connected rooftop solar panels, with over 1.4 million installed on homes.1 Energy networks also play a vital role in connecting large scale renewables to Australian homes.

Did you knowDid you know we are also 11th in the world for wind generation per capita?

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1 Clean Energy Regulator - http://www.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au/RET/Forms-and-resources/Postcode-data-for-small-scale-installations#Installation-numbers-for-smallscale-systems-by-stateterritory

Question 2

Last year, Australia's 1.4 million rooftop solar installations produced how much of our electricity:

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While incredible numbers of Australians are installing rooftop solar, it produced about 3% of our electricity consumption in 2014/15, or 5052 gigawatt-hours.2

Did you knowDid you know that a the amount of solar produced in Australia is enough to support 86,848 households (on average)?

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2 AEMO Consumption Data http://forecasting.aemo.com.au/AnnualConsumption/Operational

Question 3

Australia's electricity grid maintains reliable supply without outages for what proportion of the year? (on average)

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The entire Australian grid provides reliable supply without outages for 99.95% of the year (on average).

Did you knowDid you know major blackouts are usually caused by natural disasters? In January 2013 Cyclone Oswald caused the loss of power to over 250,000 customers in South East Queensland while the worlds biggest blackout took place in India in 2012 and affected over 620 million people, about 9% of the world population.

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How many electric vehicles do you think were sold in Australia by 2015?

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Australia has had relatively low take up of electric vehicles with around 1,900 estimated to have been sold as of 2015. 3 This compares to 275,000 in the USA, 108,000 in Japan, and more than 83,000 in China where 230 million electric bikes have also been sold.

Did you knowDid you know electric vehicles are a potential game changer for Australia's carbon reduction targets and may also be used by homes to sell stored energy back to the grid through "vehicle to grid" charging?

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Question 5

If all of the electricity network connecting Australia's 10 million homes and businesses were joined in a straight line, it would reach:

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Your Grid includes 917,676 kilometres of lines providing the backbone of our economy and our connection to a cleaner energy future.

Did you knowDid you know that the Australian electricity networks could go around the world 22 times or to the moon and back?

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