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About James Martin II

James Martin II James is the communications manager for Australian energy technology company SwitchDin, which provides visibility & control functionality for diverse fleets of distributed solar & battery systems. He lives in Newcastle, NSW in a house with two solar PV systems and three energy monitoring systems.



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Battery Incentives Meet VPPs: The Next Step For Battery Attractiveness In Australia

August 1st, 2019 | by James Martin II

Enabling households to tap into battery value streams additional to the standard ‘solar self-consumption’ approach will be crucial in driving uptake by making batteries more attractive. These include hard, financial benefits like virtual power plant (VPP) participation revenues (for energy market participation as well as grid services) which help shorten payback periods, as well as non-financial benefits such as improved energy self-reliance and blackout protection


Home Battery Storage In Australia: Are We There Yet?

May 30th, 2018 | by James Martin II

Australia has one of the highest rates of rooftop solar penetration in the world. This fact (combined with a few other factors detailed below) has arguably made Australia the biggest hot spot for home battery storage in the world — both in terms of hype as well as actual technology uptake



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