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Solar PV rockets ahead

By Brett Thompson | February 16, 2018

The year is off to a great start with rooftop PV installations in January topping 100 MW, buoyed along by strong demand for commercial systems. The strength of small scale is accompanied by a boom in large-scale solar plants and signals the momentum of the renewables transition. Rooftop PV installations during 2018 are expected to…

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Ground control

By Brett Thompson | February 16, 2018

Starman over Australia Well it was last week’s Big News – the launch of a billion year journey for Elon Musk’s Tesla Roaster across the universe, taking (costly) boy’s toys to new heights. But we have become accustomed to the out-of-this world headline grabbing news delivered by Musk-led entities, and closer to home we have…

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Energy storage boom: Climate Council

By Brett Thompson | February 16, 2018

Australia is fully charged and on the cusp of an energy storage boom driven by rapidly decreasing costs in energy storage solutions including batteries and solar thermal. In the report Fully Charged: Renewables and storage powering Australia the Climate Council scopes the advances and says for the average Australian, the cost of adding solar and…

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NSW powers ahead

By Brett Thompson | February 16, 2018

The NSW Berejiklian government is fast tracking renewables and has added one more approval for a large-scale solar farm, bringing the total to 11 solar plants in the past 12 months. The latest approval is for the 170 MW Finley Solar Project in the Riverina, which will include half a million solar panels, and helps…

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Carnegie’s Kalgoorlie microgrid

By Brett Thompson | February 16, 2018

Led by Mark McGowan the WA government has given the thumbs up to plans for a 100 MW solar farm – potentially the state’s largest – with a 20 MWh battery storage facility. Carnegie Clean Energy Limited is the name behind the $160 million development proposal for a mining community south west of Kalgoorlie. Carnegie…

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Redback powers ahead

By Brett Thompson | February 16, 2018

In a move designed to slash household power bills and boost employment, the Queensland Government has presented a $4 million grant to Redback Technologies. The funding boost will help further development of a smart energy monitoring platform, as well as support the employment of a further 109 technical and professional staff. The Advance Queensland Platform…

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On a mission to curb emissions

By Brett Thompson | February 16, 2018

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has teamed up with Metro Finance in a bid to help customers to choose lower emissions from passenger and light commercial vehicles and reduce Australia’s vehicle emissions. Metro Finance ‘Metro Green’ is the initiative that will use up to $50 million in CEFC finance to offer customers a 0.7 per…

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Smart Energy Conference and Exhibition – an invitation

By Brett Thompson | February 16, 2018

Don’t miss out on the most exciting phase of the energy transformation yet! Smart Energy Conference & Exhibition 2018 Tuesday 10 April and Wednesday 11 April 2018 Darling Harbour, Sydney Smart Energy 2018 is the Solar and Storage industries’ leading Conference and Exhibition and Australia’s peak industry event for solar, energy storage and energy management…

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