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Australia has big hydrogen export opportunity

Low emissions hydrogen offers significant exporting potential for Australia, and could contribute $1.7 billion to domestic economy annually, shows a new report released by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). A separate briefing paper released by the Australian government’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, describes hydrogen as Australia’s next multibillion dollar export opportunity.
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Sun Metals refinery solar farm officially opens

The 125 MW solar PV plant, which will supply the power-intensive zinc refinery near Townsville, is Australia’s largest operational industrial solar project.
Markets & Policy

Hanwha Q Cells reports lower revenue, swings to loss in Q2

At US$518.4 million, the quarterly turnover of the South Korean-German manufacturer was down 10.3% year-on-year, while its net result swung from a profit of $18.7 million in the second quarter of 2017, to a loss of $41.3 million in the latest quarter. De...
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How EVs will transform our grids, or the death of the combustion engine

The driving force behind the innovative energy storage system installed at Amsterdam’s John Cruiff ArenA in the Netherlands, The Mobility House (TMH), talks to pv magazine about the death of the combustion engine, and how electric vehicles (EVs) are pr...
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1 GW renewable energy program launched in South Australia

SIMEC Zen Energy, the Australian energy arm of Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance, has officially launched its landmark US$1 billion (AU$1.38 billion) renewable energy initiative, announcing the details of its first project - the 280 MW Cultana Solar Farm.
Energy Storage

Another big Tesla battery on its way

South Australia readies to welcome another grid-scale Tesla battery - 25 MW / 52 MWh energy storage system to be installed at the Lake Bonney Wind Farm.
Markets & Policy

States sign off on next steps for the NEG, the rest is pure politics

After passing through the Federal Coalition party room, Australian states and territory governments have agreed to the release an ‘exposure draft’ of the legislation that will enable the National Energy Guarantee (NEG). Whether it will pass House of ...

Press Releases

Schletter Group supplies largest solar park in the Philippine

The global company Schletter Group is supplying the mounting systems for the largest solar power plant in the Philippines. The plant on the main island of Luzon will generate more than 150 MWp of solar power and is already scheduled for completion in early 2019.

Business welcomes Coalition’s support for the National Energy Guarantee

The Coalition party room’s strong support for the National Energy Guarantee is a welcome step towards policy stability and certainty in the energy sector, Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said today.

NEG Watershed Moment

As expected, today has been a watershed day for the future of renewable energy in Australia (and it’s not over yet!).

REC Group H1 2018 Solar Market Insight Report: End-to-end Operational Excellence

REC Group launches new flagship solar panel, the REC N-Peak Series; Increased module production by 39%; REC Group pioneering in silicon kerf recycling; Balanced shipments across all regions and segments, with significant growth in France and Belgium; Overall market outlook positive, with growth anticipated in over 30 countries.

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PV Info Link: Mono-cSi cell price drops below multi

According to PV Info Link, the price for monocrystalline cells in China fell below that of the usually cheaper multicrystalline products. However analysts expect it to be a blip, with multi prices expected to fall and mono to be supported by the Top Runner Program, now China’s main source of demand for the rest of 2018.

Collinsville solar project begins feeding electricity into grid

The first batch of solar panels at the 42.5 MW solar project, located next to the idled Collinsville coal-fired power station, have been switched on. The project is slated to reach full commercial operation in September.

GIG acquires Conergy solar portfolio and team

Green Investment Group, Macquarie Capital’s global green investment platform, has announced the acquisition of a significant solar development portfolio from German-headquartered EPC Conergy. The acquisition will see 88 solar experts join the GIG team.

The NEG is a mess

The National Energy Guarantee (NEG) has stumbled, battered and bruised, into today’s coalition party room meeting. It’s hard to imagine it surviving many more rounds in the energy policy boxing ring. While it’s received support from a wide range of businesses and industry bodies engaged with the energy sector, including the Clean Energy Council, a ‘better than nothing’ NEG is looking like a right mess.

ACCC briefs Coalition on abolishing SRES

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has briefed the National Party MPs on its recommendation to prematurely wind down taxpayer-funded incentives for sub-100kW solar systems by 2021.

GTM Research: Australian market bucks trend as global 2H demand sags

While the global PV market is set to record its weakest Q3 demand since 2015, the Australian market will finish the year strong across all segments. GTM Research made the finding in its latest Global Demand Monitor, noting that oversupply and falling prices will result in a decline of modules, as a percentage of total utility scale developer cost, from 34% to 28% in Australia this year.

Installations

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WA apartments use blockchain to reduce energy bills by 30%

Yolk Property Group has partnered with Power Ledger to implement blockchain technology at their Evermore development – powered by solar PV and battery storage technology – allowing residents of the 24 apartments to buy and sell solar power amongst themselves, thus ensuring considerable saving on residents' electricity bills.

Australia to get first solar-powered crypto mining farm

A data center, which will be used for crypto and Bitcoin mining, will be powered by a combination of solar power generated at an adjacent 20 MW solar PV farm and coal-fired generator.

UPDATE: ACWA offered lowest bid in Egypt’s 200 MW tender

As pv magazine has learnt, the Saudi energy giant lowered its offer to $0.02752/kWh at the last minute, beating the bid lodged by Spain’s Fotowatio, which offered $0.02791 per kWh.

Cubbie powers cotton production with PV, Aevitas awarded EPC contract

Aevitas will design and construct a 3.6 MW solar PV array for Australia’s largest cotton producer. The Cubbie Solar Project will supply 40% of Cubbie’s electricity demand, during its peak ginning season between April and September.

Egypt receives two bids under $0.03/kWh in 200 MW solar tender

The lowest bid was submitted by Spanish developer Fotowatio, which offered US$0.02791 per kWh. Slightly higher, at $0.02799 per kWh, was the offer of Saudi power company, ACWA.

Increasingly complex connection requirements delaying projects, damaging economics

Difficulties in finalizing grid connection are causing Australian utility scale PV project developers delays, potentially undermining viability. The impact can be particularly harmful for merchant projects, with LGC and wholesale electricity prices forecast to fall over the next two years.

Technology

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UNSW scientists surpass 10% efficiency with CZTS PV cell

Researchers at UNSW have surpassed 10% efficiency for a cell based on copper zinc tin sulfide – sulfide kesterite. It is the fourth time in two years the group has set a new record for the efficiency of cells based on such materials.

Study: 32% tandem cell solar still competitive at triple the price

Arizona State University researchers have determined that a 32% efficient perovskite-silicon tandem cell could produce electricity at the same price as cutting-edge 22% efficient panels in the most cost-competitive of situations

Interview: “It’s all about controlling the hydrogen”

When pioneering and award-winning solar researcher Stuart Wenham passed away suddenly shortly before Christmas last year, some in the PV industry may have wondered what would become of his research into the role of hydrogen in crystalline silicon cells. His daughter, Alison Ciesla is answering that question alongside Wenham’s former team at UNSW, advancing its work into the crucial role of hydrogen in the degradation of silicon cells.

Enwave Australia wins bid to build energy network in Adelaide

An energy production and trading scheme designed for the Tonsley Innovation District in Adelaide will incorporate one of Australia’s largest rooftop solar arrays to provide energy to businesses and homes within the growing precinct.

AEMC turns to new technologies

In its annual reports, the Australian Energy Market Commission has proposed a number of changes to tighten Australia’s power system and improve reliability and regulation, reflecting on opportunities and challenges created by a significant increase in the uptake of distributed energy resources. The new recommendations are likely to encourage network development towards P2P energy trading, VPPs and electric vehicle charging.

Imec hits 27.1% on perovskite/silicon tandem cell

Belgian research institute Imec has announced the achievement of 27.1% efficiency on a perovskite/silicon tandem cell, providing further evidence of the technology’s potential to provide a low cost efficiency boost to existing PV technology.

Manufacturing

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Enphase finalizes purchase of SunPower mincroinverter business

The deal gives SunPower $25 million in cash and 7.5 million shares in Enphase. Enphase also gains access to SunPower microinverter IP, and rights to SunPower’s Equinox AC modules line.

Jinko sees Q2 profits slightly increase, confirms shipment outlook for fiscal 2018

The Chinese manufacturer has seen its revenue decline significantly in the second quarter of this year, despite quarterly shipments dropping just 3.1%. This performance, which confirms a trend that was already clear in fiscal year 2017, was mainly due to lower solar module ASPs. Quarterly net profit, however, has more than doubled. Despite recent developments in the Chinese PV market, the company maintains its shipment outlook for full fiscal year 2018, in which it hopes to ship between 11.5 GW and 12 GW.

Taiwan’s Neo Solar Power narrows loss ahead of merger

Taiwanese cell producer, Neo Solar Power has posted a net loss of NT$390 million (US$12.75 million) for the second quarter of 2018. Though indicative of the difficult times currently facing Taiwan’s cell manufacturers, the figures represent a 39.3% reduction compared with the previous quarter’s loss.

Beijing about-turn influenced collapse of polysilicon deal

Shanghai Electric says the Chinese government’s abrupt decision to rein in solar was a significant factor in the collapse of its planned US$3.64 billion acquisition of a controlling stake in the world’s biggest poly maker.

SolarEdge ships nearly 1 GW of inverters during Q2

The inverter and power optimizer maker showed 67% year-over-year revenue growth and shipped 985 MW of inverters but missed earnings projections by 2%.

Prices begin to stabilize, though falling revenues and job losses expected among Chinese manufacturers

According to reports from Energy Trend, a 30% decline in PV demand from China this year will likely spell trouble for some of the country’s major module manufacturers, with job losses and factory closures expected, despite China’s determination to open new international markets for its PV industry.

Energy Storage

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Victoria, ACT harden stance on NEG, clear battle lines form

As the debate heats up in the run up to Friday’s COAG meeting, the Victorian government has issued a last-minute call to redraft the proposed National Energy Guarantee (NEG), and the Australian Capital Territory has redefined its NEG approval conditions in regard to the emissions target. Meanwhile, Australia’s peak renewable energy bodies have taken opposing positions.

CEC: 3.1 GW of solar in construction pipeline, policy uncertainty undermines long-term investment confidence

According to the latest statistics from the Clean Energy Council (CEC), there are 42 wind and solar projects totaling 6239 MW worth close to $10 billion currently in construction or due to start soon across Australia. The unprecedented large-scale renewables activity is, however, surrounded by growing uncertainty over future policy and regulatory change.

WA energy minister shifts focus from solar subsidies to battery incentives

The Western Australia government has signaled scrapping or winding back subsidies for rooftop solar, while looking for ways to boost battery uptake.

CEFC invests in 1,100 MW clean energy projects in FY18

Looking back on the 2017-18 financial year, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has confirmed it provided $1.1 billion towards renewable energy projects, including 10 large-scale solar projects.

AEMO: Integrated System Plan spurs wide-ranging reactions

The Australian Energy Market Operator’s wide-ranging and detailed Integrated System Plan prompted a flurry of media reactions that boil down to two conflicting interpretations of its purpose. Some interpreted the findings as a call to hold on tight to coal-fired power, while others a remarkable confirmation that renewables are the optimal electricity source of the future, and high penetrations are both practicable and cost effective.

Tasmania undertakes FiT review, inaugurates major commercial solar PV project

The Tasmanian government is undertaking a review of the FiT support scheme, which it says will lower the cost of electricity for Tasmanian households and small businesses. With one of the state’s largest commercial solar PV projects commissioned yesterday, the government is edging towards its objective of making Tasmania’s electricity 100% renewable by 2022.

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