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4th October 2016
SA Power Outage Tests Strata Resilience

Debate continues over the cause of South Australia's state-wide power outage. But could more shared solar and battery storage in fact be the solution? [More]
72hr Power Outage: the Real "High-Rise"

The movie “High-Rise" may be fictional, but a power outage in an Australian strata building provides an important lesson in future-proofing properties. [More]
Hot Water Efficiency for Strata

Upgrading to a more efficient hot water system for common areas and apartments can reduce energy consumption, and combat future electricity rises. [More]
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Recap: Everybody Needs Good NABERS

Federal government commits funds to NABERS for residential strata buildings, which could improve financial returns on energy efficiency upgrades.  [More]

  1. Consider shared solar options for access to more renewable energy
  2. Install solar and batteries to reduce costs and grid reliance
  3. Investigate a back-up generator for emergencies
  4. Replace light fittings not just tubes to avoid maintenance issues
  5. Buy quality fittings first to avoid problems with cheap products 
  6. Engage with your electricity retailer to ensure you're on the best tariff
  7. Reduce energy consumption to insure against rising costs
  8. Make the most of cheaper time-of-use tariffs wherever possible
  9. Smart monitoring can detect faults before they cause system shutdown 
  10. Conduct an audit to identify possible failure points or ‘system bottlenecks’

Community and shared solar makes it possible for people to invest in solar together, and allows multiple participants to benefit directly from a larger solar array.
In Other News
A Tesla Powerwall with my rooftop solar? I'll take SIX

Gold Coast man installs 6 Tesla Powerwalls to his 24kW rooftop solar PV system. Natural Solar director says "customers are avoiding reliance on the grid and creating greater flexibility of when and how they use power."
Residential rooftop solar PV prices at record low

One Step Off the Grid
Average residential solar system prices for September 2016 have matched the all-time low seen in December of last year, when prices dipped just below $1.60 per watt.
Community solar share offer over-subscribed by 400%

The Fifth Estate
Demand was so fierce to invest in a community solar project for the Young Henrys’ brewery in Sydney that the 300 applications to participate had to be put in a raffle barrel and drawn out.
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