Community groups in the City of Moreland are saving money and carbon emissions through an innovative solar pilot program.
As part of the Zero Carbon Evolution strategy, Positive Charge has been working with Moreland City Council to pilot an innovative funding mechanism that enables community groups who rent their premises from Council to install solar panels.
Currently households with solar panels receive a flat rate of only 5c per kilowatt-hour for electricity they feed in to the grid. The Victorian Essential Services Commission is currently reviewing the feed-in tariff system. The Commission has proposed that feed-in tariffs should reflect the broader economic, environmental and social benefits of solar.
Under the proposed new system, feed-in tariffs would no longer be a fixed flat rate but would vary depending on the time of day (i.e. peak, shoulder, and off-peak periods). Tariffs would include a Critical Peak Payment and a payment for Avoided Greenhouse Gas Emissions. These changes could add up to a doubling of the feed-in tariff from next year, perhaps even more. Whether or not the proposed new tariff system is adopted next year will be a political decision.
The energy storage market is an exciting place to be right now, as anyone with an eye on the industry will attest. In this, the second in the series on emerging battery technologies, we take a look at the Redflow Z-Cell. This is a new home-grown entrant in the domestic energy storage market, competing with the likes of Tesla and Enphase.