Category Archives: News

By ChrisWilliams | March 16th, 2023 | Categories: Home Energy Storage, News

Why solar and batteries are the only protection from massive electricity price hikes

With a massive increase in power bills expected from July 1, solar and batteries are the only protection from massive electricity price hikes...

By ChrisWilliams | October 25th, 2022 | Categories: News

Regulator warns 2023 retail prices could skyrocket 50%

A source close to the Labor government has told Sky News Australia that the Australian Energy Regulator had warned that retail electricity prices...

By ChrisWilliams | October 12th, 2022 | Categories: News

Time for the smart energy home business 2.0 with 1KOMMA5°

As Australia enters a new era we're calling the 'smart energy home business 2.0,' it should be acknowledged that the small army of...

By ChrisWilliams | August 5th, 2022 | Categories: News

Legislated “baseline” for emissions reductions heralds new era for action

After roughly a decade of inaction, ineffective sloganeering, and obfuscation, a legislated “baseline” for emissions reductions heralds a new age of climate cooperation...

By ChrisWilliams | June 16th, 2022 | Categories: News

Dishwasher-gate: Energy crisis builds case for solar battery boom 

Australia's east coast has found itself in the electricity equivalent of a tailspin. Surging gas and electricity prices are resulting in the threat...

By ChrisWilliams | May 25th, 2022 | Categories: News

Election 2022: Australians take power into their own hands

As the dust settles on the historic 2022 Federal Election, there will be a heap of hot takes as to what was behind...

By ChrisWilliams | May 23rd, 2022 | Categories: News, Tesla Powerwall

Solar plus storage protects against ballistic electricity prices 

Wholesale ("spot") electricity prices are going bonkers with customers in some parts of Australia seeing their rates double. Beside me as I write...

By ChrisWilliams | April 25th, 2022 | Categories: News, Recent News, Solar News

Greens to kickstart solar battery boom with $17 billion renewable energy plan

Ahead of the federal election on 21 May 2022, Australian Greens leader Adam Bandt joined solar installers, the Smart Energy Council and candidate...

By ChrisWilliams | March 11th, 2022 | Categories: General Solar, News

The state by state fall of solar feed-in tariffs is making batteries pay

The fall of solar feed-in tariffs (FiTs) is continuing across the nation. In late February 2022, Victoria’s energy regulator announced another slashing of...

By ChrisWilliams | February 16th, 2022 | Categories: News, Tesla Powerwall, Uncategorized

Cheaper Home Batteries Bill could save you $3,000 on your Tesla Powerwall

On February 14, Dr Helen Haines, federal independent MP for Indi, introduced the Cheaper Home Batteries Bill 2022 (the Bill). The Bill, seconded...


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