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Tesla testing novel community storage initiative in Western Australia

first_imgTesla testing novel community storage initiative in Western Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Ars Technica:A community storage pilot project using Tesla batteries went live this week in Western Australia, three months ahead of schedule. The 105KW/420KWh pooled storage will act as a sort of locker for excess power produced by homes with solar panels.The project is an unusual one because it pools battery capacity for homes with solar panels. It was funded by energy company Synergy and government-owned Western Power, which sought 52 customers with solar panels on their homes as participants. The 52 shares of the project were snapped up in two weeks, far more quickly than expected, which accelerated the project’s timeline.Participants will each be allotted 8kWh of storage, which they will “fill” with excess power created by their rooftop solar panels during the day. (This is in theory, of course. Solar-generated electricity can flow back onto the grid, but there’s no guarantee that the battery will be charged with solar-generated electrons.) In the evening, customers will “be able to draw electricity back from the PowerBank during peak time without having to outlay upfront costs for a behind-the-meter battery storage system,” says a press release from the government of Western Australia.The model is similar to that of community solar projects, which have become popular in the US. Rather than spend money on expensive solar panels (or batteries, in this case), homeowners can opt in to a collective project. A managing company will put up the upfront costs and collect payment in installations. The Western Australian community battery project will cost participants AUD$1 (USD$0.73) per day for 24 months, although the participants will be able to opt out of the program at any time. Still, if a customer would normally buy electricity from Western Power in the evening after the sun goes down, participating in a program like this should save them money.More: Tesla battery will power unusual community storage project in Western Australialast_img read more

Are these the Gold Coast’s cheapest houses?

first_imgProperties under $300,000 are few and far between but there are bargains to be found on the Gold Coast.DESPERATE to buy a house but struggling to save enough cash for a deposit?Properties under $300,000 are few and far between these days but if you look hard enough, there are bargains to be found on the Gold Coast.First you have to filter out the properties in the holiday letting pool that can’t be lived in permanently as well as those in caravan parks and over 50s resorts.These are among the Coast’s best bargains: 31/125 Pappas Way, Nerang. Eco cabins at Couran Cove Resort, South Stradbroke Island. 31/125 Pappas Way, Nerang.Calling all first home buyers – this two-bedroom townhouse is neat and low maintenance.A combined lounge and dining room takes up most of the ground floor with a kitchen and laundry at the back of the house.Upstairs, there are two bedrooms, each of which have built-in wardrobes, and a shared bathroom.It’s listed with a price range between $245,000 and $265,000 while body corporate fees are about $57 per week.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:54Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: To sell or to renovate?00:55 Eco cabins at Couran Cove Resort, South Stradbroke Island.If you have ever wanted an island holiday home or investment property, these eco cabins are a great start because they won’t break the bank.There are three on offer with an asking price of $150,000 each.The three-storey cabins have two bedrooms and two bathrooms and come fully furnished.Permanent rent for each cabin ranges between $300 and $350 per week while body corporate fees for each are about $6000 per year and council rates are about $2000 per year.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 10/400 Ruffles Rd, Willow Vale 10/400 Ruffles Rd, Willow Vale. 31/ 125 Pappas Way, Nerang 10/400 Ruffles Rd, Willow Vale.The hilltop property may be a little bit rundown but some tender love and care could transform it into a great first home, rental property or holiday accommodation.It has an open floorplan with combined kitchen and dining area, timber flooring throughout and a veranda with bushland views.The property’s only bedroom takes up the entire top floor and has a bathroom attached.It also has bottled gas hot water, split system airconditioning and a dishwasher.It’s listed for $207,500. Eco cabins, Couran Cove Resort on South Stradbroke Islandlast_img read more

Hard work and healing made this fairytale Brisbane home come true

first_imgThe house at 17-21 Ajinby Close, Thornlands, after it was renovated.THE home looked like something out of a fairytale.A gracious Queenslander with wide verandahs, romantic stained glass windows, charming fretwork and a dreamy location.But the closer Jeanette Rutberg got to the house, the more she realised how desperately it was in need of a facelift. RELATED: Tenants from hell force renovation The rat-infested house was littered with droppings, a Band-Aid covered the electricity box and none of the plumbing worked.“It was unliveable,” she said.Ms Rutberg and her two children lived in the pool house while restoring the original residence.“I did the basics first so we could move in,” she said. BEFORE: The main bedroom in the house at 17-21 Ajinby Close, Thornlands, before it was renovated. AFTER: The main bedroom after it was renovated.That involved ripping up carpets and putting down new floors in the bedrooms and sanding and polishing the original floor boards in good condition in the rest of the house.The kitchen was mostly gutted and replaced with a new one — still keeping in character with the house.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoThe entire home was repainted internally and externally. BEFORE: One of the decks on the house at 17-21 Ajinby Close, Thornlands, before it was renovated. AFTER: One of the decks on the house after it was renovated. AFTER: Another smaller deck.Ms Rutberg added an ensuite to the master bedroom in the main residence and turned the dining room in the pool house into another bedroom.Outside, Ms Rutberg had the inground swimming pool reconfigured and the whole yard area landscaped.“It was all about making it liveable and safe,” she said.“The house has got soul — a presence to it.”She admitted she would “miss it madly”, but needed to downsize.“I’d love to see the house used as an iconic building — maybe for weddings,” she said. BEFORE: The living room in the house at 17-21 Ajinby Close, Thornlands, before it was renovated. AFTER: The living room after it was renovated.The property is being marketed by Ben Salm of Place – Coorparoo and is scheduled for auction on Wednesday, November 13, at 6pm.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: Two yearsTotal spend: $100,000 BEFORE: The kitchen in the house at 17-21 Ajinby Close, Thornlands, before it was renovated. AFTER: The kitchen after the renovation. AFTER: A closer look at the renovated kitchen.“Everything was either missing, or broken, or came apart in my hand,” Ms Rutberg said.“Before I even got to the hallway, I thought; ‘It would be crazy to take on a project like this on my own’.”But she did.“When I got to that hallway, it just drew me in — it basically spoke to me and said ‘this is you, Jeanette’,” Ms Rutberg said. BEFORE: The dining room in the house at 17-21 Ajinby Close, Thornlands, before it was renovated. AFTER: The dining room after it was renovated.That was 2015 — a year after her husband had died, leaving her a single mother of two children, aged 10 and 13.“It’s been a cathartic journey,” Mr Rutberg said.“A chance to heal and divert the things that were going on in life at the time and to create something more beautiful,” she said. BEFORE: The bathroom in the house at 17-21 Ajinby Close, Thornlands, before it was renovated. AFTER: The bathroom was given a slight update, but the original clawfoot bath was maintained.The homestead known as ‘Hawstead’ was originally built in 1876 by Colonel Edward Drury on the banks of the Brisbane River and then relocated to its current resting place in Thornlands.The huge house, and separate pool house, sit on a whopping 6,994 sqm block at 17-21 Ajinby Close.At first, Ms Rutberg did not know where to start. BEFORE: The pool and back of the house at 17-21 Ajinby Close, Thornlands, before it was renovated. AFTER: The pool and back of the house after it was renovated. MORE: ‘Upyards’ the new city backyardslast_img read more