Quick Guides and Useful Links

The Smart Energy Council receives regular enquiries and has curated this list of useful information and links on:


Energy Saving

The cheapest energy is the energy you don’t have to buy! So make sure you have:

  • Fully insulated roof and walls, and if possible insulated floor too.

  • Replace all your lights with LEDs, get rid of all downlights if you can. Use LEDs if you can’t.

  • Run your Air conditioner at 25 not 22 in summer and at 20 in winter.

  • Heat pumps are a very efficient way of cooling and heating and for hot water too – and match PV and battery systems well.

USEFUL LINKS:

National -

NSW - https://www.ess.nsw.gov.au/Home - The Energy Savings Scheme (EES) reduces energy consumption in NSW by creating financial incentives to invest in energy savings activities.

QLD - Business - https://www.business.qld.gov.au/running-business/energy-business/energy-saving/other-programs - The Queensland Government has programs designed to help businesses save energy and adopt energy-efficient practices.

QLD - Consumers - https://www.qld.gov.au/community/cost-of-living-support/about-energy-efficient-rebate - To help Queensland households improve their energy efficiency, $20 million has been committed for rebates on approved energy efficient appliances under the Affordable Energy Plan.

SA - http://www.escosa.sa.gov.au/industry/rees/overview - The Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) is a South Australian Government energy efficiency scheme that provides incentives for South Australian households and businesses to save energy. It does this through establishing energy efficiency and audit targets to be met by electricity and gas retailers.

VIC - https://www.veet.vic.gov.au/ - The Victorian Energy program provides incentives for Victorian households and organisations to make energy efficiency improvements that save money on their bills and reduce Victoria's greenhouse gas emissions.


The 10 things to remember when considering Solar and Storage

  1. Find out what type and size of battery will best suit your household needs.
  2. Get several quotes before you buy.
  3. Choose a good quality battery and a reputable installer.
  4. Check the licence details of any electrical contractor involved in the installation.
  5. Read through and understand the battery manufacturer's technical and safety information, including installation location/requirements.
  6. If you already have solar on your roof, ask if you need your current inverter replaced or a second inverter installed to retrofit the battery to your system.
  7. Find out what the costs are for a maintenance plan. You should also know the expected life of the battery and disposal costs.
  8. Contact your home and contents insurance provider to make sure you have adequate cover.
  9. Connecting your battery to the electricity grid may require approval.
  10. Check with your installer and/or electricity distributor before agreeing to buy a battery system.

Questions to ask when upgrading your system

You need to ask some questions and be guided by your Smart Energy Council member when you are looking at upgrading your solar PV or a battery system.

  1. Do you have an existing PV system?
  2. Do you have a premium feed-in tariff?
  • If so, check what the rules are for expanding your PV system or adding batteries - they are not simple and they vary by state.
  • This is really important as you can lose access to very generous feed-in tariff payments over many years if you make the wrong decision when upgrading, adding panels, adding a battery or even replacing an inverter.
  1. You need to check what impact any changes you make might have on the tariffs you pay for your grid use electricity too – your local PV seller can help with this advice.

USEFUL LINKS:

SA - https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/energy-and-environment/energy-bills/solar-feed-in-payments

Alternatively, the SolarQuotes website has great reference information for every state. https://www.solarquotes.com.au/solar101.html

For system upgrades see: https://www.solarquotes.com.au/systems/upgrade/


National Electricity Market (NEM) e-learning

This e-learning course devised by AEMO and industry experts is designed for consumers with an interest in the National Electricity Market (NEM).

Visit the AEMO website to find out more.


National Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Register

Battery storage systems are becoming more popular and many Australian households have installed systems.

It is expected that under a high-growth scenario, around 450,000 energy storage systems could be installed by 2020. In addition, the combination of residential and commercial energy storage could deliver 3 GWh of distributed storag by 2020 (source: Australian Energy Storage Market Analysis, Smart Energy Council, June 2018).

However, actual data is difficult to obtain because households are not required to provide information to regulators or their energy utilities – unlike rooftop solar where financial incentives require the registration of solar PV systems. In late 2017, to assist with energy network planning the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council approved a rule change and designated the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) as the manager of a new national DER register.

What kinds of information will be collected in the new registry?

  • Location;
  • Make and model;
  • Battery capacity; and
  • Device settings.

Information collection in the interim and in the new registry

  • Customer information will be collected by agents (electricians and installers) and distribution businesses.

  • The Smart Energy Councill encourages disclosure of information as the aggregated data assists reporting, decision making and informs policy making.

Accessing the data

This data is not currently public available.

For more information about the rule change and the register please visit: https://www.aemc.gov.au/ and https://www.aemo.com.au/


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