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Hydrogen home storage, refueling hub get financial shot into the arm

Toyota Australia will transform its former manufacturing site in West Melbourne into a renewable energy hub to produce green hydrogen with the help of funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). In other hydrogen-related news, researchers at UNSW Sydney with partners H2Store have received a $3.5 million investment from Providence Asset Group to develop a hydrogen storage for home solar systems that could mean cheaper, safer storage for renewable energy.
Manufacturing

Meyer Burger contract announcement emphasizes difference from Hanwha passivation tech

With the legal squabble between Hanwha Q Cells and three rival solar manufacturers now encompassing three countries, equipment supplier Meyer Burger saw fit to refer to the dispute in its latest announcement of an Asian contract win.
Markets & Policy

Proof of C&I energy savings is in the PPA

New-generation energy retailer Flow Power will today release figures that show its high-use energy customers have collectively saved $14 million with power purchase agreements since the start of 2018. Such powerful testimony signals a new maturity in Aus...
Announcements

Key takeaways from our first Quality Roundtable in Australia

All Energy 2018 Photo Gallery

Check out the photos from last month’s All Energy Australia.

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Installations

Australia’s first solar farm in Antarctica opens at Casey research station

A 30 kW vertical array has powered up at Australia's Casey research station in Antarctica. The project is one the largest solar installations on the southernmost, ice-covered continent.
Manufacturing

FTC Solar enters Australian tracker market

The U.S.-based engineering firm has announced its entry into Australia with an office in Brisbane.
Installations

Risen breaks ground on 132 MW Merredin Solar Farm

A groundbreaking ceremony took place last Friday at the Chinese PV module maker's utility-scale PV project in Western Australia's wheatbelt region.
Energy Storage

Tesvolt wins second international award for WA avocado farm project

German battery supplier and integrator Tesvolt has been recognized by the Alliance for Rural Electrification for its battery 48 kWh project at an avocado farm in Pemberton, in WA’s Southwest. The project integrates the lithium ion system with a 160 kWh...
Manufacturing

Rise of bifacial lifts profits for the world’s tracker companies

Things are hotting up in the tracker world as the desire to squeeze down the price per Watt of solar power intensifies. And the rise of the trackers is attracting some well-known businesses to buy their way into the field.

Press Releases

Australian Cleantech Barometer: Investors, innovators confident about clean energy sector growth

Specialist cleantech investors are expressing strong confidence in Australia’s innovative clean energy sector, with 82 per cent expecting to increase investment levels over the next five years, according to new analysis from the Clean Energy Innovation Fund.

AECOM appointed to one of world’s largest renewable energy construction projects, the Solar River Project in South Australia

AECOM, a premier, fully-integrated global infrastructure firm, has been appointed as owner’s engineer to support the Solar River Project in the pre-financial close (FC) development phase, post-FC construction phase and delivery and compliance commissioning phases of the project.

Smart Energy Council: Event app now available – sign up for networking & book your meetings!

With two weeks to go until the Smart Energy 2019, the event app is now available.

Opportunities in the ACCU market and ninth Emissions Reduction Fund auction called for July

The Clean Energy Regulator has today released its first Statement of Opportunities for the Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs) market, and announced the next Emissions Reduction Fund auction.

Opinion & Analysis

Global battery storage pipeline reaches 15 GW

As data drifts in, 2018 is shaping up to have been a record-breaking year for battery energy storage, writes IHS Markit senior analyst Julian Jansen. Especially for front-of-the-meter projects, which experienced rapid growth. This growth was led by significant activity in South Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and China, which together accounted for 78% of battery energy storage projects commissioned in 2018, according to the Q4 2018 edition of the IHS Markit “Energy Storage Company and Project Database.”

IEEFA update: Even as forecasts signal decline in global thermal coal markets, Australia courts new mines

IEEFA supports new bill prohibiting the opening up of thermal coal mining in Queensland’s Galilee Basin

Victoria: Renewable energy policy brief

Climate change means more storms, bushfires and extreme weather events. Our energy system must adapt to this changing climate. Victoria is well on the way to meeting its renewable energy targets thanks to a range of policy measures.

Renewables momentum continues, despite political chaos

As 2018 draws to a close, it is worth reflecting on another extraordinary year for the Australian renewable energy industry.

Two million PV systems – solar a political power

We owe a lot to John Howard. He may not have realised it in May 2007, but when he doubled the Photovoltaic Rebate Program value to $8000, our second longest serving prime minister set in motion a chain of events that would lead to Australia hosting 2 million rooftop solar power systems.

IEEFA Australia: Thermal coal export sunset looming closer

Coal miner Glencore is failing investors in its latest forecasts.

Markets & Policy

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Carnegie Clean Energy gets funding lifeline, solar microgrid subsidiary to be sold or wound down

Following months of uncertainty around its financial position, Carnegie Clean Energy and its fully owned subsidiaries went into voluntary administration last week. In its latest statement to ASX, the renewable energy developer says it has struck a deal with one of its directors to provide funding support while administrators attempt to recapitalize its wave power business.

NSW Coalition commits to support apartments going solar, module and battery recycling

If re-elected on Saturday, the NSW Coalition will change strata laws to reduce the minimum votes needed to install solar panels, battery storage and electric vehicle charging points in strata buildings. The government has also pledged to give $20 million more funding to the Emerging Energy Program and $10 million in funding for a solar panel and battery recycling program.

Half of Australia’s solar and wind farms to trial providing their own short-term generation forecasts

Around $9.4 million has been allocated for 11 projects to trial short-term forecasting for large wind and solar farms under a funding initiative by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) in partnership with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). The trial aims to improve the accuracy of market outcomes.

Horizon Power launches stage two of Onslow microgrid, Senec supplies batteries

Horizon Power, Western Australia’s regional power provider, has commenced the second stage of its Onslow microgrid project, which will provide local residents and businesses with access to low-cost solar and energy storage systems. German storage provider Senec has been chosen to supply batteries to the project.

Hanwha Q-Cells sues Jinko, Longi for patent infringement in Australia

The Korean solar manufacturer has lodged a lawsuit with the Federal Court of Australia against Chinese panel makers Jinko and Longi following similar allegations in the U.S. and Germany.

The blockchain club

Open-source blockchain platform Energy Web Foundation has revealed the number of its affiliates has risen from 37 last month to 100. New members include EnBW, Total and the State Grid Corporation of China. The platform was conceived to create an energy-blockchain ecosystem and to accelerate the energy transition.

Installations

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Canadian Solar CEO: Energy storage key to sustaining long-term, stable Australian PV market

Canadian Solar has been acquiring utility scale projects and signing module supply and EPC deals at a rapid pace in recent months. For Shawn Qu, Canadian’s Founder and CEO, he would prefer the market to continue at a stable level, rather than boom and bust. And he argues that the dual role of module maker and developer delivers value insights into pricing and technology trades – giving the company an advantage over rivals. 

NSW Labor’s $100-million solar schools promise

Labor’s Sunday solar schools announcement may not be the last renewables pledge it makes to win the hearts and minds of the NSW electorate. It takes into account the voice of climate-striking students, and every disaffected-teenage contribution to conversations around the dinner table.

Long read: Delays spell disaster for RCR

Too big, too fast: The solar industry is littered with graves of companies that flew too high and were burnt by the sun. There will be no second rising for Australian EPC RCR Tomlinson, which learned that fortunes can fade with frightening alacrity in the PV project business.

Australia makes major contribution to global big PV uptake

The latest statistics highlights Australia’s contribution to the global utility-scale solar PV installation figures.

NSW waves through 165 MW solar farm near Gunnedah

The Independent Planning Commission has approved a hotly contested $200 million solar farm near Gunnedah in New South Wales, under some added conditions.

Genex Power completes Jemalong solar farm acquisition looking to boost earnings

The Sydney-based publicly listed renewables developer has completed the acquisition of the 50 MW Jemalong solar PV project in New South Wales. It has also commenced refinancing of a 50 MW solar projects that forms part of its landmark Kidston renewable energy hub, Australia’s first large-scale project to use pumped hydro to store solar generated power.

Technology

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Ikea tests rooftop PV and blockchain on miniature wooden village

The Solarville project, by Ikea’s Danish research and design laboratory, has seen the participation of blockchain companies such as Bloc, Blocktech, WeMoveIdeas India and Temporal. It was conceived to help create cooperative community micro-grids to enable homeowners to become clean energy traders.

WA government cuts support to Carnegie Clean Energy

After reporting a $45 million loss in its half year results, the troubled renewable energy developer has suffered a new blow. The Western Australia government has terminated the $16 million financial assistance agreement for the Albany wave energy project, noting that unexpected proposal to change Federal Government’s R&D tax incentive scheme contributed to destabilization of the company’s financial position. 

DOE supporting cheap gallium arsenide, 30% efficient perovskite, and more

The DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy has awarded $50,000 to 20 teams that advanced to the semifinal stage of the American Made Solar Prize. The teams will now have 90 days to design a proof of concept.

Victoria changes planning rules for large-scale wind and solar

Under the new planning mechanism adopted by the Victorian government, permits will be required for the power lines that connect new large-scale wind and solar generators to the grid. The public will be involved in the process of deciding power line routes.

The week of energy policy announcements: pumped hydro, hydrogen, energy efficiency, EVs

In a flurry of funding announcements, the Coalition government pledged to underpin two major pumped hydro projects, an interconnector and an energy efficiency program, and tried to move forward a hydrogen export roadmap and a national strategy for electric vehicles. However, if it truly wants to refashion itself on climate and energy policy and realize any of these massive new opportunities, the government will need to reshuffle the nation’s energy mix towards a greener future .

Solar saves the (heatwave) day

The latest report from The Australia Institute corroborates solar’s pivotal role in shaving peak demand, particularly in the event of extreme conditions as seen in January. Renewables performed the best of all energy sources during the record-breaking summer of heatwaves, while coal clunkers were operating well below capacity, the findings confirm.

Manufacturing

Longi’s 5 GW high-efficiency mono PERC factory will be at full capacity ‘soon’

The Chinese mono giant is already producing bifacial half cut modules at its new Anhui fab after the completion of an initial 2.5 GW phase of operations. And the company president confirmed Longi is on track for 45 GW of mono wafer and ingot production capacity next year.

Array Technologies to supply 333 MW Darlington Point Solar Farm

The U.S.-based tracker manufacturer has been chosen to supply its DuraTrack HZ v3 solar trackers to one of Australia’s largest PV projects – the 333 MW DC (275 MW AC) solar farm at Darlington Point, NSW.

SunPower launches Maxeon 3 in Australia, U.S. first in line for larger format A-Series

U.S.-based high efficiency module maker SunPower is introducing its new Maxeon 3 module series to the Australian marketplace. At 370W, 390 and 400 W, the modules lead the field for power output. U.S. customers will, however, be the first to see the company’s larger format A-Series modules.

Hanwha Q-Cells sues Jinko, Longi and REC for patent infringement

The Korean solar manufacturer has lodged a patent infringement lawsuit against Jinko and REC in Germany, and two more against the same companies plus Longi in the U.S. Hanwha Q Cells claims its three rivals have used its patented solar cell passivation technology to increase the performance of their products.

Siemens wants to take over Kaco

After announcing its entry into residential storage a week ago, the Munich-based multinational has now unveiled a plan to acquire inverter manufacturer Kaco. Siemens has not provided details about the value of the transaction.

If bifacial panels can compete on price the (backsheet) choice is clear

Jinko Solar has launched a new bifacial solar module, with a clear backsheet manufactured by DuPont, to compete with standard glass-on-glass bifacial products, as well to create markets where bifacial might not have previously fit.

Energy Storage

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Batteries stacking up in anticipation of Australia’s May election

Analysis released today by independent energy and consulting firm, Rystad Energy shows an incredible reserve of energy storage has been added to Australia’s ongoing boom in solar and wind projects during the first two months of 2019 — confidence, perhaps, that an energy-transition policy will finally triumph at the Federal polls!

DC coupling for batteries on SMA inverters will let utility-scale solar farms play at night

In 2021, the settlement period for the supply of energy into the NEM will decrease from 30 minutes to five minutes, creating market conditions for batteries to start being deployed in the solar utility market. One of the world’s most respected inverter manufacturers is currently shipping central inverters that enable anytime integration of battery storage. Retrofits for already installed systems are on the next boat.

Long read: All for one, one for all

Australia already boasts one of the biggest pipeline of virtual power plant (VPP) projects. From big utilities to state governments, initiatives to orchestrate distributed energy resources that help support the grid have proliferated in recent years. Marija Maisch takes a look at Australia’s VPP ecosystem and how market players see it.

Tesla borrows $520m from Chinese state-owned lenders for Shanghai Gigafactory

The electric carmaker has signed 12-month credit agreements with three of China’s ‘Big Four’ lenders as well as the development bank for Shanghai as it aims to get its lower-priced Model 3s rolling off the production line by the end of the year.

Rural power lines to be replaced with stand-alone solar and battery systems at WA farms

Western Australia’s government-owned regional utility Horizon Power is readying to roll out 13 solar and battery technology units at 14 far-flung farms in the Esperance region.

Sunshine Energy: “A $1.5 billion project…we cannot get that kind of money from Australia”

Following a sod-turning ceremony that took place without much fanfare in south-east Queensland two weeks ago, Sunshine Energy Australia CEO Anthony John Youssef provides some detail on a 1.5 GW solar PV and 500 MWh energy storage project. While light on details about the financing structure, Youssef sets out the proposed construction timeline that, he hopes, will not be thwarted by two appeals lodged against the development.

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