Monthly Archives: February 2020

Tesla Powerwall battery saves family $5,700 on electric bill

By |2020-02-11T18:09:44+00:00February 16th, 2020|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, News, Opinion, Powerwall, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

Huge savings after just four years I’ve been toying with the idea of installing solar panels and a Tesla Powerwall in my house for a long time, but I haven’t because I wasn’t entirely convinced about the long term savings. This story of an Australian household saving $5,700 on electricity bills may have changed

MCS reveals battery storage certification standard

By |2020-02-11T18:04:05+00:00February 15th, 2020|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, News, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) has published its standard for the installation of battery energy storage systems. The scheme comes after several months of development, with input from Tesla, sonnen, Moixa, Powervault, the Solar Trade Association (STA) and the Renewable Energy Association, among others. It is set to complement the certification of other microgeneration

British Gas’ 100% renewable Green Future tariff faces criticism for REGO ‘shortcuts’

By |2020-02-11T18:01:28+00:00February 14th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy|

Centrica’s British Gas became the latest UK supplier to offer a green tariff last week, with the launch of its Green Future Plus July 2022 tariff. The tariff offers 100% renewable electricity, and Green Gas, 10% of which is sourced from biomethane produced by renewables and the remaining 90% of which is carbon offset

Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries Are Uniquely Suited To Solar Energy Storage: Here’s Why

By |2020-02-11T16:44:05+00:00February 13th, 2020|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, News, Opinion, Solar and Battery|

As the solar power industry pushes the boundaries of clean, renewable energy, more and more households and businesses are relying on the sun for fuel. But the sun only shines for part of the day – so, like many other energy setups, solar power needs a storage solution to be completely viable as a

Australia Will Lose to Climate Change

By |2020-02-11T16:39:54+00:00February 12th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News, Opinion, Wildfires|

Even as the country fights bushfires, it can’t stop dumping planet-warming pollution into the atmosphere. Australia is caught in a climate spiral. For the past few decades, the arid and affluent country of 25 million has padded out its economy—otherwise dominated by sandy beaches and a bustling service sector—by selling coal to the world.

Carbon emissions: Scale of UK fossil fuel support ‘staggering’

By |2020-02-11T16:34:45+00:00February 11th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News, Pollution|

A small government agency is supporting fossil fuel projects abroad with estimated carbon emissions of a country the size of Portugal, it has emerged. UK Export Finance (UKEF), a government agency in the Department for International Trade, is spending billions of pounds on the projects, Newsnight researchers have found. This is despite a government

My Journey 3: Big Changes Afoot

By |2020-02-10T19:36:14+00:00February 10th, 2020|Battery Storage, Blog, Electric Vehicles, Energy and Climate Change, Our Uncertain Future, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

Work Life While I learnt more about climate change and became more interested in electric vehicles and renewables I continued my existing full-time job working in the oil and gas industry. However I increasingly felt contradictions between my industry and what I was learning about carbon emissions and climate change. In 2010, as we

Creating Energy Independence With Solar Panels And Storage Battery Systems In The Home

By |2020-02-04T23:18:02+00:00February 9th, 2020|Battery Storage, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar and Battery|

When designing a house, one of the most important issues is energy efficiency. That means there needs to be the right amount of insulation in the foundation, walls and roof, energy efficient windows, and well placed on the periphery of the house. The house also should be placed on the property for optimal solar

Paris climate goals may be beyond reach

By |2020-02-04T23:12:03+00:00February 8th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News|

Scientists find carbon dioxide is more potent than thought, meaning the Paris climate goals on cutting greenhouse gases may be unattainable. LONDON, 23 January, 2020 − The fevered arguments about how the world can reach the Paris climate goals on cutting the greenhouse gases which are driving global heating may be a waste of

Thanks to this landmark court ruling, climate action is now inseparable from human rights

By |2020-02-04T23:08:30+00:00February 7th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News|

You’re not supposed to clap in court – and certainly not cheer. It’s not a football match. But the supporters of Urgenda, a Dutch activist organisation promoting a sustainable society, couldn’t hold back. Applause burst out as soon as the chairman of the supreme court of the Netherlands said that the Dutch state had

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