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New Year delivers greater choice in Home Battery Scheme

The Marshall Government’s $200 million Home Battery Scheme (HBS) has gone up another gear, with additional battery systems now eligible for the subsidy of up to $6000 per unit.

The priority period for companies that had committed to manufacturing or assembling batteries in South Australia during the first phase of the HBS has come to an end.

South Australians will now have access to home battery systems manufactured by enphase, Tesla and LGChem/Sungrow, with more systems expected to be approved in the coming weeks.

Payroll tax cuts herald a Happy New Year for small business

Small businesses across South Australia will be ringing in the New Year with a major tax cut, as the Marshall Government delivers on a key election commitment to exempt them from paying any payroll tax – a saving of up to $44,550 a year.

The change, which takes effect today, will help stimulate the economy and abolishes payroll tax for the state’s 3,200 businesses with taxable payrolls of up to $1.5 million.

More reliable power this summer

The Marshall Government has welcomed a 50 MW increase in the capacity of the Heywood interconnector that will help reduce the threat of blackouts in South Australia this summer and add further downward pressure to electricity prices for households and businesses.

Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) decision to increase the limit of electricity that can be transmitted across the Heywood interconnector from 600 MW to 650 MW is a result of the performance of the Hornsdale Power Reserve owned by Neoen.

French clean power producer invests in South Australia

Multinational renewable energy producer, Akuo Energy, is investing in South Australia, with the capacity to lower energy prices for households and businesses and create dozens of local construction jobs.

The France-based company is investing $12 million in the initial development of a 4.98MW renewable energy site in Renmark, called the ‘Jane Eliza Solar Farm’, in a joint bid with SA’s Enerven.

Work is expected to begin next year, with the project involving 15,000 solar PV panels, situated on 10 hectares of land within the Renmark Paringa Council area.

MOU on electricity interconnector

An interconnector to carry electricity between South Australia and New South Wales is a step closer after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by both state governments in Adelaide.

“The MOU is another significant step in the process of establishing an interconnector that will lower electricity prices in both states and improve reliability across the National Electricity Market,” said Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan.

Smart response to meter delays

The Marshall Government has welcomed the Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC) adoption of strong new rules for electricity retailers regarding the installation of smart meters.

“I’m pleased AEMC has adopted strict timelines and will impose hefty financial penalties if electricity retailers fail to deliver within those timelines,” said Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan.

Glowing report on Marshall Government’s energy plan

The Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) report into South Australia’s electricity system released today has strongly endorsed the Marshall Government’s plan to deliver more reliable and affordable energy to South Australia.

Today’s AEMO South Australian Electricity Report highlights the importance of the Marshall Government’s Home Battery Scheme, interconnection to New South Wales, and the Virtual Power Plant.

10 per cent electricity price cut long overdue

Minister for Energy Dan van Holst Pellekaan has welcomed announcements from Origin Energy, Red Energy and Lumo Energy that they will drop electricity prices for South Australians by 10 per cent from 1 January 2019.

Origin Energy will reduce electricity prices for concession customers on standing offers or non-discounted plans by 10 per cent, while Red Energy and Lumo Energy will automatically apply a 10 per cent discount to customers on its standing offer.

Virtual Power Plant rolls out to 1000 homes with new retailer

The Marshall Liberal Government in collaboration with Tesla is today launching the second phase of South Australia’s ‘Virtual Power Plant’ (VPP) after the success of the first phase of the trial.

Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan said 1,000 Housing SA properties will have home energy systems installed in the second phase of the project – including solar panels and Tesla Powerwall batteries.

Canadian battery developer switches on in Adelaide

Canadian energy storage firm Eguana Technologies is the latest global innovator to invest in South Australia’s booming battery sector under the Marshall Liberal Government’s Home Battery Scheme.

The $12 million investment will see the company, in partnership with its partner company LG, assemble and manufacture its cutting-edge Evolve home energy storage system here in Adelaide, creating up to 200 new jobs over the next three years.