Newtown's Stucco apartment block, a converted glass factory, has now become one of the first buildings in Australia to install a shared solar and battery storage system. The solar system will provide 80 per cent of the residents' energy with the remainder drawn from the grid.
Competition for solar installations on strata buildings is heating up with big $160,000 deals to be made. If you manage strata, it's time get on the front foot and protect your turf.
Sponsored by the Clean Energy Council, the All-Energy Conference featured everything from saltwater batteries to solar-powered beer!
Hot water systems in strata have been shown to contribute significantly to the total energy cost of a building. Therefore upgrading to a more efficient system for common areas and apartments can both reduce energy consumption, and combat uncertain future electricity costs.
Wattblock's Brisbane office is working closely with top Queensland universities to explore sustainability issues in strata buildings. Griffith University students recently published reports on solar PV, battery storage, and electric vehicle recharge in residential strata (see below).
Rooftop solar is attracting huge interest in the strata sector, with a number of solutions appearing for renewable energy production.
Solar and energy storage continue to feature heavily in the media, getting wide public exposure. This presents an opportunity for strata mangers to take initiative, or to risk falling behind and losing clients.
There used to be a time when a new development next to your apartment block just meant a loss of amenity. Less sunlight on your building which was less enjoyable, more dampness within your apartment and common areas and maybe some more moss buildup on courtyard tiles.
Solar energy is a “renewable” energy resource. Solar energy used to be subsidised in Australia up until June 30th, 2014. Each year, the cost of solar panels is going down and the efficiency of solar panels is going up which means it is always becoming more viable.
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