Inverter and battery manufacturer SOFAR Solar has partnered with Australian smart energy innovator carbonTRACK to join the list of approved products for the South Australian Home Battery Scheme.
The partnership means that every SOFAR Solar battery sold through the South Australian Home Battery Scheme will come with access to the carbonTRACK platform.
Melbourne-based carbonTRACK’s smart energy management platform unlocks multiple revenue streams for Independent System Operators (ISOs), energy aggregators, renewable energy financiers and energy traders. By using highly secure cellular communication to integrate hardware, network infrastructure and control systems with its powerful machine learning engine, carbonTRACK provides low-cost, reliable and scalable energy intelligence and resiliency.
Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH), a global energy management technology company and the world's leading supplier of microinverter-based solar-plus-storage systems, today announced that Transdev, a multinational transit operator, selected Enphase microinverters for the first public transport depot in Australia to feature a fully solar-powered bus. Transdev plans to electrify the public transport network in Australia to show that it is more economical both financially and environmentally to transition to solar-powered electrical vehicle (EV) buses.
Transdev partnered with REA Global, an award winning residential and commercial solar installer with Platinum status in the Enphase Installer Network (EIN) in Australia. The first stage of the installation paired 250 x 380 W REA Power Series Modules with Enphase IQ 7+ microinverters to deliver this pioneering 95 kW commercial project.
"The decision to partner with REA Global for our solar requirements was simple as Michael and his team provide the most advanced solar technology and industry-leading workmanship and service," said Marc Cleave, head of engineering at Transdev Australia. "Enphase microinverters were chosen as part of the REA Solar solution to help enable us to generate the most amount of energy for the available rooftop space and provide ultimate system safety and accountability with panel-level monitoring."
"Being chosen as the key energy partner for Transdev Australia is a great honor and it showcases our commitment to the development and implementation of advanced solar technology," said Michael Mrowka, director at REA Global. "Enphase microinverters are key to this as the technology enables us to create more solar energy from a smaller space with increased safety and reliability."
Redflow’s largest shareholder Simon Hackett has successfully deployed a Redflow-based rural microgrid that delivers energy independence for buildings and equipment on his family farm in northwest Tasmania.
The Vale (http://www.thevale.com.au), a working sheep farm with the largest private runway in Tasmania, is a 73-hectare property including a number of farm buildings and multiple houses.
The Vale’s 100 kilowatt-peak (kWp) solar array and 28-battery Redflow-based energy storage system caps an extensive design, development and deployment project undertaken during the past year by DMS Energy of Spreyton, Tasmania (https://tasmaniansolar.com.au).
Simon, who leads Redflow’s software and integration efforts as its Systems Integration Architect, said the system would eliminate grid electricity costs for the property. “The system also gives us energy resilience by automatically switching to off-grid mode during any grid power failures,” he said.
Western Sydney-based solar installer Penrith Solar Centre has joined a growing number of Australian companies that supply only microinverter-based solar energy systems because they are safer and simpler to install and support.
After a recent internal review, Penrith Solar founder and managing director Jake Warner identified that microinverters were eight times less likely to fail than string inverters. “We reviewed our in-house service records and worked out that microinverters cause us very few issues, so they’re about eight times less expensive to support than general string inverters,” he said.
“That’s when I had the light bulb moment to use only microinverters. Not only are they more reliable, but they’re easier to sell on their value, better for system design and performance, easier to install because of their size and much simpler to order and warehouse because one size fits all.”