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2015 releases

Tesla just put a bomb under business model of the grid

By steve@solar.org.au | May 4, 2015

If Tesla can deliver at the price of battery storage they announced on Friday, and founder and chairman Elon Musk is likely to based on his past record, then this is a massively disruptive initiative. At around ⅓ to ½ of the prices from existing market players, the storage unit price alone will force all…

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Australia’s King Canute can’t stop the tide of renewables with storage

By admin1 | April 23, 2015

Favourable economics for solar and storage in Australia are defying the odds that the Abbott-led administration appears determined to stack against them. Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is like King Canute, standing on the shore commanding the tide of renewable energy and energy storage not to come in. But no matter how much he rails…

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Forced Compromise on RET

By admin1 | April 15, 2015

“The Abbott Government has blackmailed the renewable energy industry and the Opposition into accepting a massive cut in the Renewable Energy Target”, said John Grimes, Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council. “The government has made no successful argument for reducing the Renewable Energy Target.  Its crusade against renewable energy is driven by ideology.” Today…

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Solar Technology lights up Las Vegas at night

By admin1 | April 14, 2015

Las Vegas at night is a spectacular lightshow. It seems impossible to imagine this city being powered by solar power. In the following days this incredible concept is about to become a reality. SolarReserve’s new concentrated solar energy plant Crescent Dune is set to introduce a unique technology that will challenge the way the world…

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The Economics of Load Defection

By admin1 | April 8, 2015

Report Release: The Economics of Load Defection How grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems will compete with traditional electric service, and why it matters Recently the Rocky Mountain Institute released The Economics of Load Defection, a new report that analyzes how grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems will become cost competitive with traditional retail electric service; why it matters to financiers,…

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The future is printing, with solar

By admin1 | March 28, 2015

The Sahara in the south of Egypt seems an unlikely setting for what could well be the start of the next industrial revolution. Yet it’s here in the desert that the abundant sand and sunlight are used to showcase a portable, low-cost production facility, where desert sands are transformed into 3D printed objects fused by…

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The Global Renewable Energy Boom: How Australia is Missing Out

By admin1 | March 23, 2015

Australia is lagging behind the world’s major economies when it comes to renewable energy generation despite having enough renewable energy resources to power the country 500 times over. In a joint press conference today in Canberra, the Climate Council’s Professor Tim Flannery and John Grimes, CEO of the Australian Solar Council released a report into…

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Solar industry, groups call on PM to keep election promise on RET

By admin1 | March 23, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE: 22 March 2015 As uncertainty over the fate of the renewable energy in Australia continues, 22 diverse organisations have sent an Open Letter to the Prime Minister calling on him to honour his election promise to keep the existing legislated Renewable Energy Target. The group of 22 environmental, social, religious, youth, health and…

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From solar power to horsepower – the electric car revolution

By admin1 | March 20, 2015

With Wheels Car of the Year award this year going to BMW i3 it is worth asking if is this a game changer for the automotive landscape? One thing is certain; the electric car industry is on the way up. This surge could provide economic opportunities such as to bring down household costs. EV Goes…

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Government & Labour Return to RET Negotiating Table

By admin1 | March 16, 2015

The Coalition has once again entered negotiations with Labor over the future of the Renewable Energy Target. The Abbott Government has revised its preferred target from about 26,000 gigawatt hours, up to 31,000. Industry leaders have met with Labor and urged Bill Shorten to remain steadfast on the Target. JOHN GRIMES: All of the participants…

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2014 releases

Network Price Reform

By admin1 | December 18, 2014

In this article Lyle De Sousa spells out the imminent and significant changes to laws governing electricity distribution businesses’ charges for network access. These changes might bring significant opportunities for the renewable energy sector, but they bring risks too. Be alert and prepared and stay informed, says Lyle. New rules being introduced by electricity distribution…

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Christians deliver solar panels for Kirribilli House

By admin1 | December 18, 2014

A diverse group of Christian leaders have delivered the gift of solar panels for Kirribilli House to Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s office in Manly this morning. The delegation of Christian leaders presented a letter of offer and a Christmas card to staff who committed to passing it on to the Prime Minister. In just four…

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New Managing Director appointed for Fronius Australia

By admin | December 18, 2014

Fronius Australia has announced that Adrian Noronho will take over the role of Managing Director with 1st January 2015. Adrian has been with Fronius Australia from its inception in 2010 and has successfully led the sales and marketing organization. He played a crucial part in making Fronius a leading inverter brand in Australia

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Save Solar Campaign Enters New Phase in Senate

By admin1 | November 26, 2014

You know: Jacqui Lambie has quit the Palmer United Party and wants changes to the Renewable Energy Target (RET) Labor, the Greens and the Palmer United Party are locked into supporting the existing RET We only need one more vote from crossbench Senators to block the Government’s plans to destroy solar and the RET The…

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WA Solar Boom to Bust Government Assets

By admin1 | November 25, 2014

The Western Australian Government has received a warning to move with the times or be caught holding onto fossil fuel liabilities in a report released this week. Adjunct Professor Bill Grace of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre at The University of Western Australia forecast a 10-fold growth in private solar capacity by 2025, predicting…

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State of Play – Naming & Shaming in Policy Continues

By admin1 | November 25, 2014

Last week the Climate Council released a comparison of each state’s renewable energy sector. The report titled ‘Australia’s Renewable Energy Race: Which States are Winning or Losing? ‘ was presented to a media conference in Melbourne by Professor Tim Flannery, Climate Councilor and John Grimes, CEO Austrian Solar Council. The report found that South Australia…

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Tesla Looks to Solar to Power Australia’s Supercharging Network

By admin1 | November 24, 2014

Tesla Motors – the transformative US-based electric vehicle manufacturer that is about to launch its product in Australia – is looking to power its network of supercharging stations with solar. The decision should not be surprising. Tesla is installing solar-powered superchargers in its network in China, and it will make sense in Australia – given…

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Big thanks to Supply Partners in Brisbane

By admin | November 24, 2014

Big thanks to the team at Supply Partners solar distribution for putting on a sausage sizzle at the Save Solar Forum in Brisbane. Chefs in residence John Degotardi and Patrick Morrissey fed and watered the crowd hungry from protesting changes to the Renewable Energy Target. Supply Partners Director John Degotardi said “it was great to see a solid representation from industry at the event and thanks for all your donations towards the Australian Solar Council”.

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The Australian Renewable Energy Race: Which States are Winning or Losing

By admin1 | November 18, 2014

This report from the Climate Council provides the latest research on which Australian States and Territories are winning the race to renewables – and which are not. 4 KEY FINDINGS 1. Australia’s States and Territories have an important leadership role to play in tackling climate change and growing Australia’s renewable energy industry. 2. South Australia…

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Climate Council: Australia goes from Leader to Laggard

By admin1 | November 12, 2014

The Climate Council today released their report titled “Lagging Behind – Australia and the Global Response to Climate Change”.

The report describes worldwide progress on climate action and describes Australia as moving from a renewables leader to a laggard. The report pointed to a 70% drop in renewable energy investment from 2013.

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