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Enphase microinverter-equipped solar panels on the CFS to provide energy for the rebuilt Stokes Bay Community HallEnphase microinverter-equipped solar panels on CFS harvest energy for the rebuilt Stokes Bay Community Hall

Eighteen Enphase microinverter-equipped REC solar panels will provide energy for the $1.3 million reconstructed Stokes Bay Community Hall, which was destroyed by catastrophic bushfires in 2020.

Located on the north coast of Kangaroo Island, Stokes Bay has a population of more than 200 people, for whom the 60-year-old hall is the heart of the community. In January 2020, a bushfire badly damaged the hall and destroyed a recently completed adjacent kitchen building, as well as 17 houses in the community. Across Australia, the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20 caused 33 deaths, destroyed 3094 houses and burned more than 17 million hectares.

As part of the rebuilding project supported by the Prince’s Trust, Enphase Energy has provided 18 IQ7+ microinverters for 18 370-watt REC solar panels, which were installed on a nearby Country Fire Service (CFS) shed by Enphase partner Energy SA. 

The 6.66 kilowatt-peak (kWp) solar system, with a retail value of about $12,000, will provide energy for the rebuilding project this year and for the entire hall when it’s completed in the second half. As Stokes Bay lacks fixed-line Internet access, Energy SA installed a 4G modem at the hall to enable remote monitoring of the system using the Enphase Enlighten web-based solar energy monitoring software. Enphase also donated five years worth of monitoring data for the system.

Stokes Bay Community Hall Committee Treasurer Michael Stanton said the hall was the heart of the small community. “We use it every week for everything from tennis club meetings and church services to sports tournaments and Christmas shows,” he said. 

CitrusAd cofounders Nick Paech (left) and Brad Moran

Australian retailers have a “12-month window” to deliver retail media platforms that respond to how the pandemic has fundamentally reshaped customer behaviour warns CitrusAd CEO Brad Moran.

The explosion of online ordering driven by COVID-19 has seen digital retail media spending soar. In the US, retail media advertising expenditure hit US$31.49 billion during 2021 – a 53.4 per cent increase on 2020 – with a trajectory to top US$50 billion during 2023.

Mr Moran said many Australian retailers were failing to capitalise on this marketing megatrend because they lack the in-house expertise and experience to build a retail media advertising platform that could compete with Amazon, Google and Facebook. “They have a 12-month window to recognise and respond to how the pandemic has flipped the script for brand advertising in retail media,” he said.

LIFELENZ founder and CEO Dr. Stephen KirkbyLIFELENZ founder and CEO Dr. Stephen Kirkby

Australia-born workforce management software provider LIFELENZ has completed a successful US$32 million Series B capital raise led by Sydney and New-York based venture capital fund Tidal Ventures and Australian local growth investor Ellerston Capital.

With participation from existing and new institutional investors, the funding round was managed by Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Australia. LIFELENZ will use this capital to accelerate growth by supporting expansion among existing clients as well as extending into new geographies. 

As well as implementing new clients in the US, UK, Europe, Canada, and Asia, LIFELENZ will increase staff in its US locations, particularly Chicago and Washington DC, and its 80-strong software engineering team in Adelaide, South Australia. Tidal Ventures Managing Partner Grant McCarthy will join the LIFELENZ board of directors.

LIFELENZ was founded in 2017 by Dr Stephen Kirkby who, with the core LIFELENZ team, led Accenture Digital globally. His previous startups included website optimisation player Maxamine. 

Redflow Energy Pods deployed at Anaergia’s Rialto Bioenergy Facility in CaliforniaRedflow Energy Pods deployed at Anaergia’s Rialto Bioenergy Facility in California

Redflow completes the 2 MWh energy storage system for Anaergia in California.

The 2 MWh sale was announced on March 9, 2021 and represents Redflow’s largest single sale of batteries to date.

The energy storage system, comprising 192 zinc-bromine flow batteries, is designed to store up to two megawatt hours (MWh) of energy and reduce peak energy use at Anaergia’s Rialto Bioenergy Facility as part of the Facility’s microgrid. The microgrid project was funded in part by a grant from the California Energy Commission and consists of the batteries, a biogas conditioning system to support a 2.0MW biogas-fuelled cogeneration unit, and a microgrid control system. The battery system is comprised of 12 x 160 kWh Redflow Energy Pods which are clustered into four strings tied to four 125 kW Dynapower inverters.