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Large Scale Battery Storage Not Understood By Australian Authorities

Battery storage held back by ignorance of regulators, ministers

The Claims

“Australian energy ministers and regulators are simply unaware that the technology has been deployed at scale around the world, and simply don’t appreciate what the technology can do to support the energy transition…

Regulators have been slow to change rules that favour fossil fuel generators and disadvantage their technology. Lyon Solar, which hopes to have 350MWh of battery storage in the South Australia market by the end of next financial year, told the inquiry that Australian authorities simply did not understand the potential of battery storage.

Australia is still quite naive about batteries…

Despite its adoption of rooftop solar in great quantities, and the high levels of renewable energy in South Australia, has been slow out of the blocks

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Interested In Cruising Or Flying Off Somewhere?

Judith, like so many other would-be grey nomads, has been trying to figure out how to make contact with like-minded people who are looking for a travel companion for either cruising or flying to destinations/tours. Judith says:

“I have lots of time available as I am semi-retired, I live in the country and Melbourne is my closest capital city.

I am looking for a female to share expenses, most of my friends are around 55yo. I am a bit older, I am very active and have numerous interests and hobbies.

If anyone is even half interested, I would love to chat and who knows?????”

Contact Judith

You can contact Judith via email jzattoc@dodo.com.au

Bon voyage!

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Interested in Short Road Trips Out Of Perth?

Victor Hoisington calls himself ‘a classic car buff’. He likes doing short road trips up to a week long out of Perth WA, and would love to connect with like-minded ladies who would enjoy exploring WA’s many regions and who are adventurous, as camping along the way is part of the fun!

Victor is single and semi-retired, a professional mariner working in the offshore oil and gas industry. He will be 60 next April.

Apart from classic cars, he enjoys music, dancing, sailing Tallships, the outdoors, reading, movies, food and of course travel.

For More Info

You can contact Victor on his mobile: 0438043761 or on email:victor.hoisington@yahoo.com.au

Happy tripping!

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Cooperative Medical Clinic Success And National Expansion

The Canberra Times reports that the National Health Co-op, founded six years ago as Canberra’s West Belconnen Health Cooperative, now has seven medical clinics across the ACT, with another about to open in Higgins and then Yass. 33,000 patients have signed up – about 10% of the ACT.

About The Co-op

The co-op was formed by residents frustrated at the lack of bulk-billing GPs. Adults pay $100 a year plus a $30 joining fee to become members of the co-op, allowing unlimited access to bulk-billed primary care services. Members’ children under 18 are free.

Services at the clinics include general practice, podiatry, psychology, asthma and diabetes education, mental health, physiotherapy, child, teen and aged health, dietetics, counsellors and social workers.

Adrian …

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Community Solar Co-op Shares Snapped Up At Young Henrys

Shares in a community-based solar co-op in Sydney sold out in minutes last month. A Non-Profit group of ‘energy citizens’ called Pingala is behind a community solar farm, on the roof of Young Henry’s Brewery in Sydney’s inner west.

An Alternative To Private Rooftop Solar

Community owned solar farms offer an alternative to private rooftop solar. You can own a stake in a local solar farm to offset rising energy bills.

Pingala together with the local community choose a rooftop site on which to build and operate the solar farm – a local hotel, school, car park or wherever makes sense.

Building Community Support For Renewables

Pingala believes that everyone should be involved in and benefit from energy …

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