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Australia election: What can solar expect under Morrison’s coalition?

Defying election predictions, the right-wing Liberal-National coalition celebrated a "miracle" victory on Saturday evening. But, the Australian solar sector has little reason to rejoice.
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The Longi haul: Focus on Australian EPC profitability

At the Clean Energy Council Large-scale Solar Forum yesterday, principal sponsor Longi launched its new Hi-MO 4 range of solar panels in Australia and spoke with pv magazine about its intention to better serve the local industry by opening a fully fledge...
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How costly are the major parties’ climate policies?

One of the hotly contested issues in the run-up to the Saturday federal election is whether a proactive response to climate change is more expensive than doing nothing. The Australia Institute has examined 22 reports from academics, government agencies a...
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Tesla acquires Maxwell Technologies

It’s unclear exactly what the interest is in the California super-capacitor maker, but it could be more about the process than the product.
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The climate election: Renewable energy policies pledged by major parties

As the federal election campaign slowly grinds to a halt, one thing is indisputable: climate change has emerged as the make or break issue in this year’s election. The main parties have come up with a wide range of policies, but some are more supportiv...
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Australian aged care sector turns to solar for lower energy bills

With the annual cost of energy per bed across the aged care sector on the rise, C&I PV and energy efficiency specialist Verdia says that a major energy transformation is underway across Australia.
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LONGi launches new high-powered half-cut bifacial module

The Hi-MO 4 offers power ratings up to 430 watts, with module efficiencies as high as 19.2%, as the latest high-powered module to hit the floor at Intersolar Europe.
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Monash researchers achieve green hydrogen breakthrough

A research team from Monash University has introduced an intrinsically stable, 'self-healing' catalytic system based on earth abundant elements to promote the water electrolysis process in a strongly acidic environment and elevated temperatures.
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JinkoSolar wins Intersolar Award 2019 for its Swan Bifacial Module

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Risen Energy’s newly researched HDT technology made its debut in Munich

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Electricians support Parliamentary move against new solar farm laws

Master Electricians Australia endorses moves by the Queensland Opposition to have State Parliament disallow new regulations covering solar farm installations.

LONGi released new series of high-power modules – 430W Hi-MO4 and REAL BLACK

Highlighting its growing strength in the industry, LONGi has released a new series of modules that set an industry benchmark - the new generation Hi-MO4 and REAL BLACK high efficiency modules.

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IEEFA Asia Pacific: Asian banks add to growing number of financial institutions and governments exiting coal – now 112

Cheaper renewables, technology, reputation, environmental and financial concerns all driving transition.

The CEFC and Climate Bonds

Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation has invested more than $500 million in 12 climate bond issuances since it began investing in 2012, establishing a leadership position in this rapidly evolving investment channel.

Why renewables are the solution for Australia: IEEFA

Renewables are the lowest cost, sustainable solution for Australia’s energy policy crisis and potentially one of Australia’s largest export industries of the future.

Developer POV: Bifacial PV modules will open new markets for utility-scale solar

Let me be clear: as a developer of utility-scale projects, we are very bullish on bifacial. We see bifacial as the next major evolution in solar module technology. Even if bifacial modules trade at a slight premium for the time being, many manufacturers tell us they intend to make even their monofacial panels with bifacial cells. Once they move their production lines over to bifacial, there won’t be a huge marginal cost difference and the prices will equilibrate – as a result, the module market norm will increasingly evolve to bifacial cell and module technology.

Inverter suppliers go digital

More than 11 million PV inverters will be shipped in 2019 alone, and most of these will be connected to a software platform and controlled by the inverter companies. This creates an opportunity for suppliers to create new models and revenue sources, writes Cormac Gilligan, research and analysis manager at IHS Markit. And indeed, in recent years inverter suppliers have been rapidly developing ‘Internet of things’ software platforms to take advantage of this.

Cost reduction-per-kWh reduction “completely transforms” PV industry

Maximilian Schurade, Director of Technical Marketing Support at Hanwha Q Cells shares his thoughts on the solar industries current trends and challenges ahead of speaking at this year’s Smart Energy Conference and Exhibition in Sydney.

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Public consultation opens for 11 GW renewable energy hub

The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority is seeking public submissions on the massive Asian Renewable Energy Hub proposed for the Pilbara region.

Unstoppable power: pv magazine starts new UP campaign for more sustainability

This year, pv magazine is setting a new editorial agenda. Via our program, UP, we will be diving deep into the topic of what it means to be truly sustainable, looking at what is already being done, and discussing areas for improvement. Over the coming weeks, months, and years, we will share our findings across our various digital platforms, in our print magazines, and via our roundtable events and webinars. Are you UP for it?

PV+storage opportunity looms in Asia-Pacific region: WoodMac

Solar-plus-storage could be competitive against gas peaking power plants in Australia within the next five years, as the average solar-plus-storage LCOE across the Asia-Pacific region is set to fall from $133/MWh this year to $101/MWh by 2023, according to a newly released research report.

Global cumulative PV capacity may reach 1.3 TW in 2023, SolarPower Europe says

The European solar trade body expects 128 GW of new PV capacity in 2019, with China likely to bring around 43 GW online and Europe experiencing enough demand to deploy about 20.4 GW. In 2020, global solar demand is expected to reach 144 GW, while in the following three years new PV additions are forecast to total 158 GW, 169 GW and 180 GW, respectively.

Queensland solar installation rules go into effect despite push back

The Queensland government has signed into law a controversial regulation for solar farms larger than 100 kW, which requires mounting, locating, fixing and removal of PV panels at solar farms to only be undertaken by licensed electricians. The move comes despite warnings that the new rules will put hundreds of local jobs at risk and could bring some projects to a standstill.

Sustainable Melbourne Fund takes its mission, and rooftop PV, Australia wide

A new $200 million partnership with Bank Australia has boosted the capability of Sustainable Melbourne Fund to help all Australian commercial and agricultural enterprises become more sustainable. For many businesses, reducing electricity costs and emissions through solar PV installation has been the first project on their list.

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American EPC Signal Energy sets up Australian headquarters in Sydney

American EPC Signal Energy has entered the Australian large scale solar marketplace, opening regional headquarters in Sydney. The U.S. firm, which has already won two construction contracts for major solar projects in western NSW, is a long term Canadian Solar project partner.

Gupta’s 280 MW Cultana Solar Farm waved through in South Australia

The first solar project in the 1 GW dispatchable renewable energy program launched by UK steel billionaire Sanjeev Gupta has received a development approval from the South Australian government.

South-west Queensland councils go to town on municipal solar installations

Town halls, swimming pools, art galleries, libraries — local councils strive to offer residents a plethora of services that enrich community life, while keeping rates to a minimum. Maranoa Regional Council is one of a cluster of Queensland councils drawing on solar energy to help keep costs low, while fuelling fun in Australia’s sunny north.

Rack ’em up: Another Riverina solar farm approved

A large-scale ESCO Pacific-championed solar project has received NSW Government approval, bringing to 26 the number of solar farms given the green light by the State since 2017. That’s another 100 MW towards the NSW goal of more than 10 GW of renewables by 2021.

Regis Aged Care to install solar across 17 sites

One of the major providers of aged care in Australia has turned to solar PV and LED lighting to reduce its environmental footprint and energy costs.

Brisbane welcomes Australia’s largest airport PV installation

With a capacity of 5.725 MW, the solar array spread across Brisbane Airport is Australia’s largest commercial and industrial PV system to be installed at an airport site.

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Solar transforms NEM supply mix displacing coal

The latest figures from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) show that solar continues to eat into the share once firmly held by coal on the back of a dramatic increase in installations over the past 12 months. The trend was backed by energy storage facilities which continued to gain foothold as providers of frequency control and ancillary services, lowering overall costs in the first quarter of 2019.

How to profitably up-cycle 80 million tonnes of PV waste by 2050

New research by UNSW examines the economic barriers, the technologies and opportunities in recycling end-of-life silicon photovoltaic modules for profit.

Labor to connect 4,000 schools into VPPs in $1 billion solar program

Federal Labor has pledged to roll out solar PV and batteries at schools across Australia and create virtual power plants supporting up to 365 MW of capacity.

Simply Energy expands list of eligible batteries for South Australian VPP

The first virtual power plant to be announced since the last year’s launch of the Home Battery Scheme in South Australia is picking up the pace with the addition of Eguana Technologies’ Evolve to the list of eligible energy storage systems.

California is learning to trust 100% residential solar power

California utility PG&E has tested levels of residential solar power up to 100% penetration, and how to mitigate the effects of voltage and thermal overload via smart inverters and traditional transformer and circuit upgrades — with smart inverters shown to allow for up to 100% penetration at cost-effective pricing.

Carnegie gets $5 million lifeline, bids for liquidated microgrid arm EMC revealed

Following Carnegie Clean Energy’s voluntary administration, the administrators have revealed the bids its solar microgrid arm managed to attract. Meanwhile, a plan to restructure the company’s core wave power business has been approved by creditors, along with a decision to liquidate the EMC business.

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Innovative University of Newcastle printed solar panels move through successful Brambles trial 

Researchers at the University of Newcastle, in partnership with CHEP Australia, have entered into large-scale trials for solar panels printed from a conventional printing press.

Arctech unveils new single-axis tracker

The device, conceived for large scale solar, is said to solve the instability issues associated with the two-modules-in-portrait structure and to have the largest south-north slope seen in the tracker industry.

SunPower could break into the black this quarter

The high efficiency PV maker may be hot on the tail of its golden goose, with demand outweighing supply for the company’s new A-Series and P-Series modules. And now that reetooling is over, it’s time to sell.

Sonnen starts shipping batteries made in South Australia to New Zealand

The German energy storage provider has begun shipping batteries produced in the former Holden factory in Adelaide’s north to New Zealand. Sonnen batteries will be available exclusively through the manufacturer’s local partner, Taspac Energy.

SMA posts first-quarter loss

Sales revenue declined at the start of the year despite steady inverter shipments. The reverse was mainly due to sluggish project business and SMA is predicting significant increases in sales and earnings in the second half.

SolarEdge just keeps growing

The Israeli power electronics maker’s revenues and shipments keep rising as it absorbs more companies, but the pending increase in Section 301 tariffs in the United States leaves some clouds in the future.

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Vanadium-flow batteries set for grid scale project in Port Augusta, South Australia 

Canadian company CellCube Energy Storage Systems and Pangea Energy have signalled their intention to install a 50 MW/200 MWh energy storage system in Port Augusta, South Australia. 

Final curtain falls on South Australia’s coal-fired era

South Australia’s coal-fired electricity industry is in its final chapter with the sale of the 65-year-old Port Augusta power station site expected to reach settlement by the end of the month.

CEFC to allocate up to $95 million for solar-powered, energy efficient homes in NSW

The Australian government’s green bank continues to invest in energy efficient homes for low income families with a new funding granted for solar and battery-powered dwellings in regional New South Wales.

WA government provides $11.6 million for solar+storage in remote indigenous communities

Six Aboriginal communities in WA’s Kimberley will see 400-600 kW solar arrays installed, supplanting diesel electricity generation. The program will be rolled out by Horizon Power, and ams to reduce the subsidy paid to the regional utility for the provision of power to remote sites. 

Disability Accommodation deploys solar+storage for backup power

In what is being claimed to be an Australian first, Natural Solar has installed a solar PV and storage system to Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in South Australia, with an innovative approach to providing backup power supply. Natural Solar reports that the battery systems retain 20% charge at all times to ensure backup power supply. 

Lyon Group places solar and battery storage units into administration

The Brisbane-based solar and storage developer has placed Lyon Solar, Lyon Battery Storage and Lyon Infrastructure Investments 1 into voluntary administration after being embroiled in a court case over a wind up notice issued by one of its investors.

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