South Australia launches sweeping residential energy storage program

By on December 31, 2020

first_imgSouth Australia launches sweeping residential energy storage program FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:South Australia’s Liberal government officially opened the country’s biggest support scheme for household battery storage, with up to 40,000 homes able to access grants and low-interest finance for both battery storage and new rooftop solar installations.The $200 million scheme – half in grants and the other half in loans provided by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation – delivers on a pre-election promise from the newly elected Marshall government, but is heavily modified after the then Labor government proposed a similar scheme, but with more focus on low-income housing and more connection between installations.South Australia – as most people are aware – is leading the country and possible the world in terms of penetration of wind and solar, with more than 50 per cent of its generation coming from these variable resources, and the Australian Energy Market Operator predicts that share could rise to near 100 per cent by 2025.While much of the focus has been on the state’s large-scale renewable investments, the state also boasts the highest penetration of rooftop solar, with more than 930MW, and this is starting to have an impact on the way the grid is managed. Rooftop solar is now providing up to 45 per cent of generation at certain times of the day, and the growing amounts of solar could push that grid demand to zero in coming years, causing AEMO to look for ways to try and “orchestrate” this resource for the overall benefit of the grid.The scheme could add up to 400MWh of storage to the grid – not quite four times the size of the 100MW/129MWh Tesla big battery next to the Hornsdale wind farm that has dominated interest from operators and market players – and this could time shift the output of solar, and provide essential grid services.More: South Australia opens biggest household battery storage support schemelast_img read more

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Man broke into Garda station, defecated on counter and stole uniforms

By on December 22, 2019

first_imgA young man broke into a Garda station, defecated on the counter and then stole a number of items including Garda hats, vests and radios.Michael Brennan was caught on CCTV spending more than 25 minutes rummaging around Lifford Garda station in Co Donegal. Brennan broke in through the side window of the building just before 5am on September 5th, 2015.He was seen going to the toilet on the counter of the station before leaving the building while still wearing a Garda hat.A swab was later taken off the faeces in a bid to track down Brennan.Brennan, now aged 21, appeared at Letterkenny District Court where he pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage during a burglary at the station.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court that Brennan was seen on CCTV entering the unmanned station at 4.55am and spending 25 minutes inside.He defecated on the public counter of the station before gathering a number of official Garda items.Lifford Garda Station which Brennan broke into.These included two Garda caps, a pocket diary, handcuffs, a car key, a Garda vest, a torch and two Garda radios.The court heard how CCTV footage showed Brennan walking down Bridge Street towards the nearby Co Tyrone town of Strabane wearing one of the Garda caps.Brennan was eventually apprehended by the PSNI in Strabane and was still wearing some of the stolen items.Some of his family helped to recover the other items apart from the Garda torch.It was revealed in court how Brennan later appeared at Strabane Magistrates Court where he was jailed for three months for possession of stolen goods.Brennan’s solicitor, Mr Donagh Cleary, said “It was a fair cop in every sense of the word.”He said his client had suffered from drink and drug addiction but was now back in the care of his father and living in Lifford.He added that he had been punished in Northern Ireland for the crime and that there was no loss apart from the clean-up to the Garda station.Judge Paul Kelly said there was indeed a cost to the state for Brennan’s “disgusting behaviour.”He was told by Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan that the cost to clean up a cell if damaged is €225 and this would probably be the same cost.“There was a repulsive message in what he did and a clear message was sent to the authorities and also by the way he paraded around,” he added.He adjourned the case until June 11th to allow for the €225 to be paid to Gardai.He added that he will keep in mind that Brennan has already served a sentence in connection with the crime in Northern Ireland.Man broke into Garda station, defecated on counter and stole uniforms was last modified: April 12th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burglarycounterdefecateddonegalhatsLIfford Garda stationStabaneuniformslast_img read more

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