PV market reaches a high

Posts by Brett Thompson

PV market reaches a high

The year 2017 was outstanding for Australian rooftop PV which recorded the greatest ever annual installed capacity at 1,079 MW. Together with installations sized over 100 kW, the 2017 PV market is believed to have hit an all-time high of around 1.25 GW. “Australia’s solar boom is good news for families and good news for…

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The rise of emissions

The strong uptake of rooftop PV may be helping curb pollution however Australia’s annual emissions continued their four year rise and were up 0.7 per cent in the year to June 2017 to 550 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. This places a large question mark on the nations’s ability to meet its internationally agreed targets,…

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Energy matters – myth busting

If you find yourself at a barbecue or any kind of social gathering where you become involved in a conversation about energy matters, you might like to draw on the perfectly prepared platter of handy facts assembled by the Climate Council in its ‘Summer BBQ guide’. When the banter around the BBQ shifts to energy…

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News wrap

In case you missed it… here we present recent announcements about Foresight, Solar Analytics and AusNet Services’ accelerator program. In early January Foresight confirmed its completion of the acquisition of the Canadian Solar by Foresight Solar Fund Limited consisting of three construction stage assets in Queensland, representing 117 MW of peak capacity once installed. The…

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Whyalla’s renaissance

SSE Australia Whyalla Solar Farm: part of the solution to South Australia’s energy future. The first utility scale solar project to be completed in South Australia, a 6 MW DC solar farm, will be officially opened by the SA Premier Jay Weatherill on Tuesday January 23 at 3pm. The project which commenced construction just under…

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UNSW’s Solar PPA

UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Jacobs. The 142kW array is part of the 692kW of solar PV arrays currently installed across rooftops at the UNSW Kensington campus. Photo: UNSW UNSW Sydney has announced a tripartite arrangement with contract partners Maoneng Australia and Origin Energy for an offsite Solar PV Corporate Power Purchase Agreement. Signed…

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Vale Stuart Wenham

Stuart Wenham was “a great global solar leader who made solar affordable and accessible to everyone”. Image credit: Wayne Smith The industry is mourning the loss of pioneering solar engineer Stuart Wenham. Professor Stuart Wenham was the highly respected and well-known researcher and inventor of solar cell technologies and held the role of director of…

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Smart Energy Conference & Exhibition 2018

It’s a new year, and the solar and storage industry is already gearing up for The Smart Energy Conference and Exhibition 2018 taking place at the International Convention Centre Sydney on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 April. This not-to-be-missed free event will feature more than 100 expert speakers in three conference streams and more than…

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EV battery price plunge

Batteries that power electric vehicles are now the cheapest they have ever been, with economies of scale kicking in following a ramp-up in demand. Lithium-ion battery packs are now selling at an average price of $US209 a kilowatt-hour, down 24 percent from a year ago and about one fifth of the cost of 2010, according…

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Smashing records

The popularity of solar power is smashing records: during November STC creation was 14 per cent greater than already-strong October levels, and struck the highest level of creation in five years. According to Green Energy Markets the weekly average for 2017 now stands at 420,000, up from 405,000 at the end of October. The three-month…

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