CLIMATE SPECTATOR: It's time for a smarter grid

Integrating distributed solar PV and battery storage into Australia's existing energy system could be cost effective now, and is a far better long-term solution than more poles and wires.

Imagine for a moment that you are the head of a large group of network operators, faced with a decision about what to do about rising peak electricity demand. And you are presented with a choice: invest $2.6 billion over five years on upgrading your network – the route you would normally take; or spend a comparable amount on solar power and energy storage, distributed throughout the network.

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