How Australian Apartments Can Join The Solar Power Uptake

Jon Capistrano
Jon Capistrano
June 29, 2017

Yes, there are now more solar panels in Australia and the many Aussies living in apartments have been locked out of the solar revolution by so much red tape and uninformed layers of committees.

With these challenges, a small co-operative housing block in Sydney embarked on a mission to take back the “power”. From an energy point of view, Stucco was a typical apartment block with each of its eight units had its own connection to the grid and the tenants were free to choose their own power retailer but is cut off from choosing to supply itself with any on-site renewable energy.

In 2015 the apartment block was awarded an Innovation Grant from the City of Sydney to be equipped with solar and batteries. The central part of the plan was to share the locally produced renewable energy by converting the building into an embedded network, where the apartment building has a single grid connection and manages the metering and billing of the units.

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