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Industry peaks and troughs

By Brett Thompson | December 1, 2017

Sunny with a few clouds on the horizon It’s been a nail-biting month for those with a stake in renewables but the return of Queensland’s pro-renewables Labor party led by Annastacia Palaszczuk – which looks highly likely – provides the certainty the sector needs. Prior to the election the state Premier reinforced support with the…

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CWP’s Grand Solar plan

By Brett Thompson | December 1, 2017

CWP Renewables is best known for its portfolio of wind farms but is fast muscling its way into big solar, developing plants that are among the nation’s largest and most ambitious. New to the ever-expanding drawing board is a 600 MW* solar farm with minimum storage of 50 MW/100 MWh at the Sundown project in…

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A sign of the times

By Brett Thompson | December 1, 2017

The national voice for Australia’s Smart Energy future The Australian Solar Council and the Energy Storage Council have combined to become the Smart Energy Council, the new national voice for Australia’s Smart Energy future. The name change reflects developments in the industry that continue to evolve at a rapid pace. “Australia will inevitably be powered…

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Canberra’s big battery

By Brett Thompson | December 1, 2017

The much-anticipated B-day – Battery Day – arrived in Canberra yesterday when more than 250 households synchronised their solar battery systems to sell energy back to the grid and effectively switched on their own big battery. The households are actively involved in the ACT Government’s Next Generation Storage Program which encouraged the uptake of batteries…

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Solar Analytics joins deX

By Brett Thompson | December 1, 2017

Australian solar energy software provider Solar Analytics has joined the deX – Decentralised Energy Exchange – as a technology integrator. The partnership enables Solar Analytics’ solar and energy management software to integrate with the deX marketplace and provides its users with the capability to gain additional value as deX develops and new contracts and offers…

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NT’s RE roadmap

By Brett Thompson | December 1, 2017

Several states are well down the track with their renewables targets and large-scale projects, now comes news of an important step by the NT Government which has committed to 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030. An independent panel of experts was formed to deliver a Roadmap to Renewables report to provide the NT government with…

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Windows on the sun

By Brett Thompson | December 1, 2017

A new twist on sun specs: NREL’s switchable solar window Scientists at US renewable energy laboratory NREL have produced a demonstration device that dynamically responds to sunlight by transforming from transparent to tinted while converting sunlight into electricity. The technology could potentially be integrated into vehicles, buildings, and beyond, with the electricity generated by the…

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Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference

By Brett Thompson | December 1, 2017

Diary note: The Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference takes place at Melbourne’s Bayview Eden from Tuesday December 5 to Thursday December 7.  The conference presents an opportunity for students, researchers and policy makers to hear the latest on research in solar technologies, deployment and policy. The event is run each year by the Australian PV…

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