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CER: Development pipeline grows with RET at hand

With enough large-scale projects under construction or already built to meet the 2020 Renewable Energy Target, the Clean Energy Regulator keeps tracking the progress across the market, as the development pipeline nears the 9 GW threshold.
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Another Facebook data center goes solar

The company data center in Singapore will be provided with solar power by Sembcorp Industries under a 20-year PPA. The required electricity will be generated across 900 rooftop PV systems totaling 50 MW.
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Marubeni to double global renewables portfolio in shift from coal

Marubeni has revealed plans to halve its 3 GW global coal-fired power portfolio by 2030, and double its holdings of renewable energy within the next five years.
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Renewable generation continues record-breaking streak, putting pressure on power prices – report

Renewable energy set a new record level in August with 25.6% of electricity supplied across the NEM, according to a new report by a progressive think-tank, The Australia Institute. This volume of new generation is likely to significantly increase competi...
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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.
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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.

Press Releases

Solar awards shine a light on industry leaders

A stand-alone solar PV system inspired by the African thorn tree, the largest privately-owned rooftop solar installation in the Southern Hemisphere and a 68-year-old diesel train converted into the world’s first solar-powered train in Byron Bay, NSW are among the finalists in this year’s Clean Energy Council Solar Design and Installation Awards.

Lithium Australia cathode material to be tested in China

• Lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode powders produced at VSPC Brisbane plant • High capacity of LFP material confirmed • VSPC cathode powders to be tested by Chinese battery manufacturers

Eguana’s Evolve now available across Australia through AC Solar Warehouse

Eguana Technologies (TSX. V:EGT) (OTCQB:EGTYF) is pleased to announce its Evolve product is now available for immediate purchase by solar installers across Australia through its distribution partner AC Solar Warehouse.

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Victorians invited to apply for rooftop solar rebates

Applications have officially opened for 50% rebates on rooftop solar installations under the Victorian government’s Solar Homes program, announced just weeks ago. The subsidies will be available until 30 June next year.

AEMO gets green light to set up distributed solar+storage register

Australia’s policy maker for the energy markets has approved the establishment a national register of small-scale distributed energy resources, which will give AEMO and distribution network businesses more data to help in planning and operating the power system as it transforms.

AGL closes residential solar installation business

AGL has announced it will no longer install solar panels on homes, a decision which has brought with it a $47 million loss.

Victorian auction winners outline construction plans

The developers that emerged as winners in the Victorian government’s first renewable energy auction have confirmed receiving support agreements from the state to ensure revenue certainty for the projects. The companies have also outlined their construction plans, some of which even include batteries.

Mining sector to rely increasingly on renewables, report finds

As mining companies become more aware of the rapidly falling costs of renewables, wind and solar are set become a growing trend in powering mining operations worldwide over the coming years, shows a new report from Fitch Solutions. On the back of carbon pricing schemes, countries and companies operating in the Americas are best positioned to lead the way in the adoption of renewables in mining.

Victoria announces first RE auction winners, pledges battery subsidy scheme

Although initially expected to deliver around 650 MW, Victoria’s first renewable energy auction has smashed the goal, delivering 928 MW of renewable capacity. Six projects will be developed in total, three wind and three solar, under the state’s renewable energy target. In a separate announcement, the Andrews government promised to provide half price solar batteries for 10,000 Victorian households, if re-elected.

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Genex acquires 50 MW NSW solar project

The Sydney-based publicly-listed developer is planning to finance construction of the 50 MW Jemalong solar project either on a merchant basis given the strong NSW price forecast, or under a potential offtake arrangement.

Northern Territory airports to add solar farms

In what is set to become its largest infrastructure investment to date, the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility is backing the expansion of three Northern Territory airports, with a $150 million loan. Among other development works, the funding will cover construction of solar farms across all three sites.

Reports: Goldwind Australia looking to offload solar, wind project pipeline

Chinese wind turbine supplier and project developer Goldwind is looking to offload its Australian wind and large scale solar development pipeline, according to reporting from the Australian Financial Review. The move amounts to one of the first international players looking to exit the Australian renewables marketplace in the face of policy chaos.

Origin to develop 5 MW virtual power plant in Victoria

Following a grant from the Victorian government, Origin Energy is gearing up to connect solar and battery systems of up to 650 residential and commercial properties across the state, in what will be its first virtual power plant and the largest one in Victoria to date.

GIP launches renewable energy developer, acquires 4.7 GW of SunPower assets

Clearway Energy Group has been formed from NRG’s renewable energy businesses and SunPower’s project pipeline. The move echoes GIP’s acquisition of Equis Energy, which now renamed Vena Energy is developing a GW-scale pipeline in Australia.

Queensland could go 90% renewable by 2030

If all planned renewable energy projects were to proceed, Queensland would be in line for a $24 billion injection into the state’s economy and over 35,000 new jobs, argues a new Solar Citizens report.

Technology

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Report: 100% RE electricity by 2030 possible

By keeping up the current rate of solar PV and wind deployment, Australia is forecast to comfortably exceed the 2020 RET of 33,000 GWh, achieve 26% emissions reduction by 2020/21 and meet its Paris greenhouse emissions target in 2024/25, shows new analysis by the Australian National University (ANU). In 2018 and 2019 combined, over 10 GW of renewable energy could be installed.

ARENA awards $22.1 million to 16 hydrogen export research projects

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has offered funding to nine Australian universities and research organizations to propel innovation in green hydrogen export.

ClearVue to integrate CIGS solar glass into yStop bus shelters, street signs

WA-based solar glass developer has signed an MoU with smart street sign and ‘furniture’ producer yStop to integrate its thin film solar glass into bus shelters and illuminated street signs. The MoU, signed with yStop parent Global Smart Cities, is for an exclusive distribution agreement in WA for the integration of ClearVue’s solar glass in bus shelters, and nationally in its LED-illuminated street signs.

New solar cells offer you the chance to print out solar panels and stick them on your roof

Australia’s first commercial installation of printed solar cells, made using specialised semiconducting inks and printed using a conventional reel-to-reel printer, has been installed on a factory roof in Newcastle.

RCR Tomlinson suffers $57 million write-down on two solar farms

Speculations that delayed financial results spelled troubles have proved remarkably accurate – one of Australia’s leading EPC contractors has taken a huge write-down on two Queensland solar projects, and reported $16 million net loss.

Victorian government invests in Melbourne microgrid project

As part of its state-wide microgrid funding promise, the Labor Government has allocated a total of $980,000 for the Ovida Community Energy Hub project, which will install shared solar PV and battery systems in three multi-tenanted buildings in Melbourne.

Manufacturing

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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.

Arctech Solar breaks into Australian market

Contracts have been inked for the Chinese manufacturer to supply a combined 377.6 MWp of tracking systems for two Australian projects. To ensure its presence in the market, the company is setting up a subsidiary Down Under.

Energetica to establish gigawatt module fab in Austria

Production of high-efficiency solar PV modules in the Austrian region of Carinthia should commence as early as December 2018. Using a fully automated production line, Energetica Industries says it is well equipped for competition with Asian manufacturers.

Fronius Symo Hydrid now in sync with LG Chem RESU battery

The trademark all-in-one product of the Austrian inverter specialist is now compatible with the LG Chem storage solutions.

Energy Storage

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SA unveils details of $100 million battery scheme, sonnen sets up production plant in Adelaide

The South Australian government will launch its Home Battery Scheme in October, which will offer South Australians subsidies of up to $6,000. In the wake of the government’s announcement, the German storage provider has revealed plans to manufacture up to 50,000 battery storage units at the former Holden site in Elizabeth, creating hundreds of jobs.

Interview: Sonnen MD resigns, launches start-up

During the past three years, Philipp Schröder has built up and consolitaded the sonnen brand. Now the self-proclaimed “Sonnen Warrior” is going his own way, although he will remain an advisor to the German storage provider. Managing Director, Christoph Ostermann regrets the departure, but emphasizes that with the strong management team that has been established, he will continue to promote the company’s growth.

Coal does not have an economic future in Australia

Renewables are stealing the march over coal in Australia, and the international outlook is for lower coal demand. Today the international Coal Transitions project released its findings, based on global coal scenarios and detailed case studies by teams in China, India, South Africa, Australia, Poland and Germany.

South Australia earmarks $180 million for home & grid-scale batteries, demand response

The South Australian government says it is looking to implement a series of reforms to improve the reliability, affordability and security of the state’s energy market. According to its latest state budget, released on Tuesday, it has allocated $180 million to execute the program.

Vicinity ups the ante with another $50 million investment in shopping center solar

The ASX-listed retail asset manager is set to roll out a massive commercial solar project, which will see an accumulated 31.8 MW of solar PV installed on shopping centers across Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

Redflow to ramp up production in Thailand

Wrapping up the year in which it established its wholly-owned manufacturing facility in Thailand, the Brisbane-based battery supplier says it is negotiating contracts with a number of customers, sharpening its focus on key target markets in Australasia, Asia Pacific and South Africa.

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