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EV battery price plunge

By Brett Thompson | December 15, 2017

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

By Brett Thompson | December 15, 2017

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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Genex Kidston flicks the switch

By Brett Thompson | December 15, 2017

The 50 MW Kidston Solar Project Genex Power has generated its first revenue from Kidston Solar Stage 1 Project (“KS1”) in Northern Queensland which is now being transmitted into the National Electricity Market. The milestone event follows successful ‘transformer energisation’ of the project. Commenting on the first revenue generation of early December Genex Managing Director…

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ABB’s off-shore microgrid

By Brett Thompson | December 15, 2017

ABB is providing a PowerStore Battery storage system for Woodside’s Goodwyn A platform located in the sea 135 km northwest of Karratha in Western Australia. Pictured above is the model version of the containerised, plug-and-play PowerStore Battery storage system that will replace one of the six existing gas turbine generators and reduce the need for…

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World-class solar research

By Brett Thompson | December 15, 2017

ARENA is providing $29 million to twenty R&D projects that will further accelerate the development of solar PV technology: improve its efficiency and reduce its costs. The successful candidates of Round Three of ARENA’s R&D program are research teams from four leading Australian institutions: the University of New South Wales, the Australian National University, Monash…

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First community mini-grid

By Brett Thompson | December 15, 2017

Australia’s first community mini-grid was officially launched in North East Victoria earlier this month. The mini-grid is the result of a partnership between Mondo Power, AusNet Services and Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY) for the Yackandandah community. The pioneering community energy project involves 169 homes and combines rooftop solar systems, battery storage and Mondo Ubi –…

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Smart Energy Conference & Exhibition 2018

By Brett Thompson | December 15, 2017

Registrations for the Smart Energy Conference and Exhibition 2018 are now open. The event will take place at the International Convention Centre Sydney on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 April 2018. Block your diaries and book your travel (if not based in Sydney) as this not to be missed free event will feature more than…

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Reminders: Compliance; Telemarketing

By Brett Thompson | December 15, 2017

Following recent enforcement action against one of Australia’s largest solar retailers, the Clean Energy Regulator has taken enforcement action against one of the largest registered agents, Emerging Energy Solutions Group Pty Ltd, which improperly created small-scale technology certificates based on false information and representations provided to them by third parties. According to the CER Emerging…

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