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Doping delivers improved performance for perovskite solar cells

With some of the world’s largest solar PV module manufacturers warning of looming panel shortages, Australian researchers have declared a new generation of cheap, sustainable and efficient solar cells is now a step closer.

City council powers ahead with 4 MW virtual power network

Victoria’s Hobsons Bay City Council is powering ahead with plans to establish a virtual power plant, confirming the installation of a combined 4 MW rooftop solar PV system across more than 40 council-owned buildings has begun in earnest.

Five reasons why the Morrison government needs a net-zero target, not just a flimsy plan

Prime Minister Scott Morrison may be warming to a net-zero emissions target by 2050, but Australia is still far from adopting it – largely thanks to resistance from the National Party.

Genex taps Tesla for Queensland big battery project

Australian renewable energy developer Genex Power has inked a deal with Tesla to develop its 50 MW/100 MWh Bouldercombe Battery Project in Queensland using the United States-based electric vehicle manufacturer’s lithium-ion battery technology.

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New report tips rooftop solar PV to shine bright in 2030

Australia’s clean energy transition is predicted to accelerate in the coming years with a new report suggesting most Australian homes and businesses will have switched to solar PV modules paired with batteries by 2030 while the nation will have the highest penetration of renewable energy per capita in the world.

NSW gives Australia’s biggest transmission project green light

Transmission network operator Transgrid has secured state government approval for a “critical” $2.28 billion electricity interconnector that will link the New South Wales and South Australian energy networks for the first time.

NEM in for shake-up with five-minute settlement to start

At midnight tonight Australia’s National Electricity Market will undergo a major regulatory change with the introduction of a market reform that has been more than four years in the making.

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Iberdrola adds 190 MW Avonlie Solar Farm to Australian portfolio

Spanish energy group Iberdrola has added another utility scale project to its Australian portfolio with the purchase of the 190 MW Avonlie Solar Farm in New South Wales from UK-based developer Renewable Energy Systems Group (RES).

A tale of two causes: curtailment as renewable records break

The past week saw more records broken in the National Electricity Market (NEM), with instantaneous renewable generation hitting a record 59.8% in the afternoon of Sunday 19 September 2021, before breaking 60% for the first time on Monday 20 September 2021. Sunny weather across both days meant rooftop solar made up around half of renewable generation at this peak output, reducing operational demand and suppressing prices during the day.

World’s largest solar+storage project ‘first of many’ says developer

The Australian-Singapore group behind a proposed 20 GW solar PV farm and 42 GWh battery energy storage project being developed in Australia’s remote far north has hinted other, similar-sized projects are already in the pipeline.

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