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Solar offer to Bruny residents

Bruny Island residents will have the chance to install solar panels and sell power back into the grid for about $1 a kilowatt hour, compared with the 5.5 cent a kilowatt hour being offered in the rest of Tasmania. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency will provide $2.9 million to help fund solar panels and batteries for up to 40 households on the island as part of a three-year, $2.9 million national project. Dean Spaccavento from Reposit Power, which created the software that underpins the proposed system, said: “The reason Bruny Island was chosen was because of the constraints they have from their undersea cables. A battery with a solar panel can be converted into a remarkable power station. It’s fast and can both produce and consume power in an instant. It’s the type of power station the future needs.” TasNetworks will be seeking expressions of interest at public forums on the island.

4 May 2016, Edition 171

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