Frost & Sullivan forecasts strong 2018 for solar, despite China’s policy setback

A new report published by business consultants Frost & Sullivan expects around 90 GW of new solar installations by the end of 2018, in line with the predictions of other leading analysts. It further notes that PV remains the world leader in renewable energy capacity, and that markets are moving away from feed-in tariffs to make increasing use of auction models and private PPAs.

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Interview: Three million modules covered by new validation scheme

The Clean Energy Regulator says that around half of the six million modules expected to be installed on Australian rooftops this year will be covered by its new Solar Panel Validation scheme. The agency’s General Manager Michelle Crosbie spoke to pv magazine Australia about the program and the “full suite” of tools at the regulator’s disposal when it comes to compliance under the SRES. 

Project delays damage solar’s reputation

With the first Quality Roundtable Australia set to kick off tomorrow at All Energy, Aaron Zadeh, Product Marketing Manager – Utility Solar at ABB sets out how advanced project simulation monitoring can avoid costly issues before they become a problem.

“Eyes now of NSW” as states move on solar, storage

With the latest Green Energy Markets’ figures revealing that Victoria’s large scale renewables boom is creating 6000 jobs, pressure in mounting on New South Wales to support solar and wind. With a state election looming, the state government may move.

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Dodgy solar systems could lead to “political intervention to curb uptake”

Rooftop solar is popular in the Australian community. But it may not always be the case. If solar and, in particular, battery storage systems are sold with inflated claims, or are non-code compliant, public support could be undermined – delivering momentum to politicians keen to scrap the SRES. An important message from BayWa r.e. Solar Solutions Managing Director Durmus Yildiz.

Ensuring quality or ‘how to avoid the race-to-the-bottom’

What problems are being encountered and how to avoid them by learning from past mistakes? With booming installation rates across all segments of the Australian solar market, quality issues have been pushed into the forefront, and quality assurance has become instrumental in shaping further uptake.

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Analysis: “No NEG better than a rotten NEG”

Despair was the predominant emotion when the National Energy Guarantee stumbled, fell and eventually brought down a prime minister. However, the pathway to a proper energy policy, one that will actually set the stage for renewables, might be clearer as a result – argues Simon Holmes à Court.

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.

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.

Taylor takes aim at gentailers, networks, renewables

The new federal Energy Minister has revealed his thinking, although few details, as to the measures the government will take in pursuit of its new “laser like” focus on electricity price reduction. While denying that he is a climate sceptic, emissions reduction clearly has no place in proposed policy measures.

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