Jun 24, 2018 Last Updated 1:01 PM, Jun 14, 2018

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Australian developers mull off-grid housing

AusBN – Housing developers in Australia are considering building new estates powered entirely by rooftop solar, with no connection to the national electricity grid.

The houses would come with solar panels and energy storage as standard, included within the purchase price and mortgage.

Electric vehicles and chargers could be thrown in too, effectively providing cheap and clean transport as well as free electricity.

Philip Keogan, who manages the Australian operations of US storage software company Sunverge, said such developments are already being built in California.

“This is technology of now… we are beyond pilots, beyond trials, this is the technical reality today,” he added.

Such is the popularity of rooftop solar and the hype of renewable energy batteries in Australia, that councils are looking at converting existing housing estates to run in this way.

Such conversions could be of particular benefit to remote communities, that are currently dependent on fossil fuels imported at great expense.


Motorola introduces Moto Maker service

AusBN – Motorola has announced plans to introduce its ‘build your own phone’ service, Moto Maker, into Australia.

Australians will be able to access the service online soon via Lenovo’s Australian website.

However, customers will initially only be offered the service for the Moto X handset.

The company hopes to eventually also introduce the service into retail stores so that customers can customise their orders in-store.

Customers will be able to choose between leather finishes, colour options and custom engraving.


World’s largest solar tram network proposed

AusBN– The Australian Solar Group (ASG) has proposed to build the world’s largest solar-powered tram network in Melbourne, Victoria.

The tram’s electricity would come from two new solar farms built near Swan Hill and Mildura, which combined would generate 80-gigwatt-hours of electricity per year.

According to ASG, it would eliminate 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year from running the trams.

The company has been trying to convince the state government to back the proposal for four years now but has still to get final approval.

The government would have to sign up the operator of the tram network, Public Transport Victoria (PTV), to a power purchase agreement with the solar farms.

ASG says the project has been designed to require zero cost increases to either PTV’s power bill or passenger’s tickets.


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