Rising rooftop solar output pushes demand on Western Australia’s grid to all-time low FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The West Australia grid has set a new record low for minimum demand as rooftop solar continues to increase its share of generation, and the government announces it is reshaping solar export tariffs to encourage storage, electric vehicles and west facing solar panels.The new low was set on Sunday, just after noon local time, when grid demand fell to 1059MW as rooftop solar provided 40 per cent of total generation. That’s below the previous record of 1135MW set in January this year, but the Australian Energy Market Operator expects that further lows will be set this spring and in following years.The record fell on the same weekend that new winter lows for minimum demand were set in Victoria and South Australia, according to AEMO, both also the result of increased generation from rooftop solar, and low overall demand.The lows for minimum demand levels are falling rapidly. “This was the fourth consecutive quarter in which a minimum quarterly demand record was set, of which two were all-time minimum demand records, highlighting the continuing impact of distributed PV on demand patterns and quantities in the WEM,” AEMO said in its latest Quarterly Energy Dynamics statement.This new record takes the number of consecutive quarters with a new minimum demand record to five, including three which are all time records.[Giles Parkinson]More: Rooftop solar: W.A. sets new record low for grid demand, two other states set winter lows
There are more properties available for rent in Brisbane now including this house at 13 Leura Ave, Hawthorne which is listed for $850. Picture: realestate.com.auNEW vacancy figures reveal where it has become a little easier and a little harder to find a rental property.According to data released by SQM Research, Brisbane vacancy rates have increased from 2.5 per cent in February 2016 to 3.3 per cent this year.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoThings have become a little tighter in Melbourne with its vacancy rate down to just 1.7 per cent — a ten year low.Sydney’s vacancy rate is also tight at 1.9 per cent, down from 2.5 per cent just three months ago.Nationally there were 78,029 rental homes available in February according to the data. bringing the national vacancy rate to 2.4 per cent.Perth recorded the highest vacancy rate of 4.8 per cent, followed by Darwin at 3.8 per cent.Adelaide’s rate was a respectable 2 per cent and Hobart’s the lowest at just 0.7 per cent.
Batesville Boys & Girls Swim Team each got victories over Madison.Girls: Batesville 89 Madison 81Lady Bulldogs finish regular season 18-5 (10-4 EIAC).Boys: BHS 107 Madison 63Bulldogs are 15-5 on the season (9-4 EIAC). Individual Event Winners: Girls : Hanna Cox 200 IM, Emily Gutzwiller 200 free/100 breast, Elizabeth Weiler 100 free, 100 back.Boys: Matt Weiler 100 free/100 back, Thomas Hatcher 200 IM/100 breast, Evan Miller 500 freeJV event winners: Harsh Patel 50 free, 100 free Sarah Poltrack, 100 free Harsh Patel. Improvements: Zach Hall 500 free, Graham Hunter 500 free, Jonathan Kunkel 200 free, Elliot Main 50 free/100 free, Evan Miller 50 back, Lycda Olsen 100 free, Seth Parker 100 free, Harsh Patel 50free/100 free, Damien Pelo 200 free, Sarah Poltrack 100 free/100 back, Ally Ritter 100 fly, Caleb Rogers 100 free, Ben Schwettman 50 free.Submitted by Batesville Coach TJ Greene.