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EVs could become key to renewables uptake and world’s largest source of battery storage

For renewables to claim a more sizable share of the global energy mix, the adoption of energy storage would need to pick up pace and the rapidly increasing size of the EV fleet will offer a scalable way to ramp up such access, says Fitch Solutions.
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Community Tesla battery trial launched in Mandurah suburb

Australia’s first community battery trial will see a bulk Tesla battery integrated into existing grid and owned and operated by Western Power and Synergy.
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Total Eren seeks to expand Victoria’s biggest solar farm to 450 MWp

After addressing grid connection challenges, the French renewables giant has launched construction on the 256.5 MWp Kiamal Solar Farm. It is now looking to add a second stage of up to 194 MWp, and is exploring commercial options for the approved 380 MWh ...
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Leaders and laggards in Australia’s renewables race

According to a new scorecard released by the Climate Council, Tasmania, the ACT and SA are leading the nation in renewable energy adoption, while WA and the NT are lagging at the back of the pack.
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ARENA backs renewables marketplace for businesses

The goal of the Business Renewables Center initiative is to help Australian businesses and local governments procure 1 GW of installed renewable energy by 2022 and 5 GW by 2030.
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Blockchain: Regulation an impediment to adoption

The World Energy Council, in partnership with PwC, has interviewed 39 top level management energy leaders to find out if blockchain is driving an evolution or a revolution in the energy ecosystem.

Press Releases

meteocontrol Australia starts business operations for monitoring PV systems

New location in Australia: meteocontrol continues its strategic growth

Hanergy Joins Hands with ETS to Mark HanWall’s Entry in Australia

The world's largest thin-film power solution company, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group (00566. hk), announced today (Oct 15) that it has inked a strategic cooperation agreement with Environmental Technology Solutions (ETS), the most famous sustainable energy environmental solutions provider in Australia to confer the right of ETS being a leading distributor in Australia of Hanergy's recently launched BIPV product - HanWall.

Enphase Energy joins forces with BayWa r.e. in Southeast Asia to distribute its seventh-generation IQ microinverters

Enphase Energy Inc. (NASDAQ:ENPH), a global energy technology company and the world’s leading supplier of solar microinverters, today announced that the Company has partnered with BayWa r.

Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Reinert appointed Chief Executive Officer of SMA – Pierre-Pascal Urbon Leaves Company

The Supervisory Board of SMA Solar Technology AG reduces the number of Management Board members. Dr.

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The least wrong – rapid change in the energy station difficult to predict

While much has been made of the 'trilemma' facing the Australia electricity network, Ray Wills from Future Smart Strategies argues that rapid change of energy technology, business models and social changes is resulting in rapid and difficult-to-predict changes.

Renewables 2.0: Preparing for the new complexity of renewable energy in a post-subsidy world

As the deployment of renewable energy continues to expand around the world, driven by various inputs, such as capital allocation and investment, falling capital costs, competitive LCOE and various policy mechanisms, we are now moving towards a new era for renewable energy. ‘Renewables 2.0’ will have significant, wide-ranging consequences for all market players, as regulators reduce their support and power producers seek new revenue models. In this article, Duncan Ritchie, partner at Apricum – The Cleantech Advisory, will look at the key market developments for renewables, explode the myth of grid parity, highlight the need for flexibility and explain the importance of new financing solutions that are capable of meeting the new complexities brought about by ‘Renewables 2.0’.

Solar and storage ethics: a moral dilemma for the renewable age

Heath Frewin, the Head of Distribution at Energy Networks Australia sets out the “growing ethical dilemma” brought on by rising rooftop solar adoption.

Markets & Policy

ARENA backs Monash University microgrid trial

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency announced it was partnering with Monash University and software provider Indra Australia to trial a microgrid on Monash’s Clayton campus in Melbourne. The microgrid will cover 100% of the campuses' electricity needs with renewable energy.

Module prices have decreased by up to 25% so far this year, TrendForce says

According to the Gold Member Solar Report by EnergyTrend (Q3 2018), monocrystalline module prices have fallen almost 20% this year, while those for polycrystalline modules have dropped by more than 25%. Increased consolidation among manufacturers and developers is expected to occur in China and the global solar market, with more merger deals, plans for capacity reductions and even factory closures.

IEA low-balls solar growth (again)

The agency’s base case expects relatively flat growth in solar deployment over the next six years, but for solar to still dominate growth among renewable technologies. The agency’s estimates are again below those of major market analysts.

World reacts to IPCC report

A snapshot of how politicians, scientists, institutions, industry, and civil servants have reacted to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released yesterday.

Victoria approves 68 MW Congupna solar farm, proposes large-scale solar guidelines

The Victorian government has given the green light to a utility-scale solar farm north of Shepparton and released draft planning guidelines for the development of large solar farm projects across the state.

NT government approves 25 MW solar PV plant, announces reforms to back battery uptake

As part of its electricity market reforms, the Northern Territory’s government has announced plans to review its solar feed-in tariffs in order to encourage the existing solar households to add battery storage. It has also greenlit the 25 MW Katherine solar park, the state’s largest solar PV farm to date.

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Risen acquires 100 MW Merredin Solar Farm

The Chinese PV module maker has expanded its solar portfolio Down Under with the acquisition of what will be Western Australia’s largest solar farm. Construction is slated to begin this year.

SA Water Corporation readies to deploy 4.14 MW coastal PV project

South Australia’s largest water and sewerage services supplier is set to add a utility-scale PV project to its solar fleet, as part of its plan to achieve zero net electricity costs by 2020. The project will feature solar modules provided by Chinese module giant JA Solar.

Maoneng secures financing for 255 MWp Sunraysia Solar Farm

In addition to securing debt financing from a consortium of banks, the Australian-Chinese renewables developer has entered into a long-term equity partnership with global infrastructure investor John Laing for the investment and development of the Sunraysia Solar Farm. John Laing confirmed it will invest $108.6 million in the project, taking a 90.1% stake.

Macquarie provides capital for 11 GW Pilbara renewable energy hub

The Asian Renewable Energy Hub’s generation capacity has been boosted from 9 GW to 11 GW, as Macquarie Group has pledged to invest in the project that aims to export power to South East Asia, as well as supply big miners and green hydrogen projects in the Pilbara region, Western Australia.

Big crowds as All Energy kicks off with major announcements

The All-Energy Australia 2018 exhibition & conference kicked off in Melbourne today. Safety of products and quality assurance was prominent in discussions at the country’s largest PV conference and trade show in its early hours. Big funding announcements at the opening plenary made headlines.

Victoria overtakes Queensland in renewables jobs boom

Owing to its state-based renewable energy initiatives, Victoria is in the box seat to create more than 6,000 jobs annually, shows a new analysis released by Green Energy Markets. Overall, renewable energy generation managed to exceed 25% of power supply for the first time across Australia’s main grids.   

Technology

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EU PVSEC: “Multicrystalline silicon will not die”

At first glance, the European PV conference last week has confirmed the widespread view that the upswing of monocrystalline technology will accelerate. But a closer look reveals that multicrystalline solar cells are still in the game.

Tesla battery installed at UNSW campus

The University of New South Wales has unveiled a 500 kWh Tesla Powerpack battery at its campus as part of a ten-year energy research trial in partnership with NSW’s electricity transmission network operator TransGrid.

Canadian Solar unveils new 400+ Watt bifacial poly PERC black silicon module

The Chinese-Canadian module manufacturer says its P4-based BiHiKu panel, for large commercial and utility-scale solar projects, is able to provide up to 30 per cent additional output from the rear side.

WA researchers use nanocrystals to harvest solar energy for clean fuels

Researchers at Western Australia’s Curtin University have developed a low-cost and environmentally friendly method to capture solar power and produce clean fuels such as hydrogen.

WA’s community owned VPP in the making

The Dunsborough Community Energy Project is announced as Australia’s first privately funded virtual power plant.

Solar panels replaced tarmac on a motorway – here are the results

Four years ago a viral campaign wooed the world with a promise of fighting climate change and jump-starting the economy by replacing tarmac on the world’s roads with solar panels. The bold idea has undergone some road testing since then. The first results from preliminary studies have recently come out, and they’re a bit underwhelming.

Manufacturing

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SMA to launch Sunny Tripower inverter in Australia

Despite lowering its 2018 sales and earning guidance, the German solar PV inverter manufacturer is moving forward with solutions, and is now looking to introduce a new three-phase string inverter to the Australian market. SMA says Australia has become one of its key PV markets.

Emergency power supply vs. full home backup: your questions answered

Solar battery systems should maintain power supply when the grid goes down. Right? Well, it’s not always that simple. A recent pv magazine Australia webinar, hosted in partnership with SMA, was looking into different homeowner needs and ways to install an emergency power or ‘full home backup’ system. Here are the answers to some of the webinar attendee’s questions.

US: 25% tariffs on Chinese inverters to start on January 1

The final order from the U.S. Trade Representative includes an interim tariff rate of 10% set to start on September 24.

Privatization plans for Canadian Solar progress

Canadian Solar Inc. says it has entered into agreements with Dr. Shawn Qu and several unidentified potential equity partners regarding the plans to take the manufacturer private. It has also sold 30 MW worth of PV plants to its infrastructure fund in Japan.

BYD, Kostal announce energy storage partnership

Building on earlier collaboration, Kostal and BYD are looking to further strengthen their ties under a new deal, which will see them provide storage solutions to the residential and commercial solar segments.

EnergyTrend expects price shuffle after EU ends MIP

According to the Taiwanese analysts, the solar PV module market is still stable. However, EnergyTrend expects a new price war to erupt with the end of minimum import tariffs (MIPs). In particular, Taiwanese manufacturers will have to cope with increasing price pressure.

Energy Storage

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Elon Musk to step down as Tesla chair

Under the terms of a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Musk will be ineligible to serve as chair for three years. The deal also involves a $40 million penalty and structural changes at Tesla.

Carnegie reports CEO’s resignation, IBA raises stake in Northam farm

WA-based renewable energy developer Carnegie Clean Energy has announced the departure of its long-serving managing director Michael Ottaviano and reveled major updates on its projects, including the 10 MW Northam Solar Farm and its solar/battery microgrid projects.

Genex gets regulatory nod for Kidston pumped hydro

Sydney-based publicly listed Genex Power has announced it has received a development approval for a 250 MW pumped storage hydro project, as part of its landmark renewable energy hub in far-north Queensland.

Manufacturing MoU inked for 150 MW CSP Aurora project in SA

U.S. firm SolarReserve is moving on its massive solar thermal plant project in South Australia having signed a memorandum of understanding with local outfit Heliostat SA.

juwi to develop PV hybrid project for University of Queensland

German-headquartered project developer juwi Renewable Energy has inked an agreement with the University of Queensland to deliver a solar+storage hybrid power solution at its research station located in the Great Barrier Reef.

Deloitte: The case for renewables has never been stronger

Renewable energy sources, notably solar and wind, are reaching price and performance parity on and off the grid, shows a new Deloitte Global report, highlighting seven trends that are driving this transformation.

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