19. February 2016 · Comments Off on You’ve installed solar and battery storage. But is that smart? · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

You’ve heard the expression “you’re only as smart as the company you keep,” well the same could be said for the solar panels you put on your roof.When their job was simply to generate electricity for your home – or to send it to the grid, if your home had no use for the electricity – they didn’t need to be terribly clever. But with battery storage becoming an affordable – and economically sensible – option for more and more solar households, it becomes more complicated.

Source: You’ve installed solar and battery storage. But is that smart? | One Step Off The Grid

19. March 2015 · Comments Off on EnergyAustralia Brings Smart Solar to the Masses with the Enphase Microinverter System · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH) announced today that it has signed a strategic partnership agreement with EnergyAustralia to provide its world-leading microinverter-based solar photovoltaic (PV) system to Australian customers. Currently Enphase is exclusively featured as the only microinverter and monitoring platform in EnergyAustralia’s Next Generation Solar product suite

“The Enphase System provides customers with a simple, reliable and safe solar solution,” said Gavin Lewis, product and sales manager, EnergyAustralia. “It is extremely flexible and designed to increase the energy generation for each roof, thereby maximising savings on the customer’s energy bill.”

via EnergyAustralia Brings Smart Solar to the Masses with the Enphase Microinverter System | AltEnergyMag Press Release.

17. February 2015 · Comments Off on Germany’s green goals have profound consequences for Eon and RWE · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The solar panels Konrad Kuisle installed on the roof of his barn and milking shed have been a steady source of income for the Bavarian dairy farmer.

“I installed the panels because, on the one side, I support renewable energy. But I also get something out of it,” says Mr Kuisle, who calculates the power he feeds into Germany’s electricity grid generates up to 15 per cent of his annual turnover.

via Germany’s green goals have profound consequences for Eon and RWE – FT.com.

06. January 2015 · Comments Off on Turn your house into a smart home – on a budget · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

If you’ve ever seen an episode of The Jetsons, you’ve no doubt longed for some of the space-age home tech enjoyed by George and his family. Push-button meal dispensers? A car that folds into a briefcase? Rosie the robot-maid? Yes, please.

Alas, much of that stuff remains science fiction, at least for the moment, but there are plenty of high-tech tools available right now that can help turn your house into a smart-home. And you don’t have to be president of Spacely Sprockets to afford it. In fact, if you already own a smartphone, you’re halfway there. Let’s take a look at some of the surprisingly affordable ways to raise your roof’s IQ.

via Turn your house into a smart home – on a budget | PCWorld.

05. December 2014 · Comments Off on Colorado lab tests ‘smart home’ to talk to grid · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Bryan Hannegan is picturing the home of the future. In his imagination, it’s not in outer space, or shaped like a giant geodesic dome. This home talks to itself, and to what’s around it.

“The dishwasher could talk to the electric vehicle in the garage, it could talk to the solar PV system on the roof,” said Hannegan, a scientist at National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden.

via GOLDEN, Colo.: Colorado lab tests ‘smart home’ to talk to grid | Technology | The Island Packet.