Enwave Australia wins bid to build energy network in Adelaide

An energy production and trading scheme designed for the Tonsley Innovation District in Adelaide will incorporate one of Australia’s largest rooftop solar arrays to provide energy to businesses and homes within the growing precinct.

The figures for China’s booming PV industry will be seen with a tinge of regret

In what analysts worldwide are sure to look back on as the last golden period for global solar – at least for the immediate future – China saw more impressive figures for PV manufacturing in the first half of the year. Then the government stepped in.

SMA: How local production can help fulfil the large scale boom

Local production of its Power Skid central inverter platform delivers a host of benefits when meeting surging demand claims SMA. Local jobs add icing to the cake, says SMA’s Bernhard Voll in an interview in advance of a webinar on the new product.

Storage market attracts new entrant: Italian battery controller Bamboo

Italian renewable monitoring platform provider Elemize is looking to bring its battery controller unit Bamboo to the Australian market. Targeting aggregation uses such as in Virtual Power Plants (VPP), Elemize is aiming at Australia being the first market it expands into after its native Italy.

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Massive 2.75 GW solar, wind, storage project approved in India

Greenko Energies will set up India’s largest Integrated Renewable Energy Project (IREP) in Andhra Pradesh at an investment of INR 150 billion (US$2.2 billion). Recently approved by the Andhra Pradesh government, the project will comprise 1,000 MW of solar energy, 550 MW of wind energy and 1,200 MW of standalone pumped storage capacities. It is expected to provide employment to 15,000 people during construction and 3,000 people after construction.

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The China effect: Decreasing PV utilization rates, serious oversupply and future strategies

Independent PV analyst, Corinne Lin discusses the fallout of China’s recent solar PV policy decision, including decreasing utilization rates and serious oversupply; and a focus on equipment upgrades, particularly for PERC, SE, half cut and bifiacial technologies. The industry will bounce back in 2019, she concludes.

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.

8 key takeaways from The Smarter E 2018

This year, The Smarter E made its debut this June 20 to 22 in Munich, Germany, bringing together existing exhibitions, Intersolar Europe and ees Europe, with two new events, Power2Drive Europe and EM-Power. This change reflects both the strong shift towards storage, and the rapidly changing face of the overall energy industry. pv magazine hit the floors, attended the conferences and held two roundtables to discover the latest trends. Read on to discover our eight key takeaways (and one new buzzword).

New coal doesn’t stack up – just look at Queensland’s renewable energy numbers

As the federal government aims to ink a deal with the states on the National Energy Guarantee in August, it appears still to be negotiating within its own ranks. The ANU’s Mathew Stocks and Andrew Blakers crunch the numbers to assess whether coal or renewables will pay off for costs and jobs in Queensland.

From $700 to $70: first Senec battery slashes summer power bill

The first Senec battery to be installed in an Australian home has helped the household reduce its summer power bill by 90%. The system, a 10 kWp Senec.Home battery, has helped the Spilsbury family in Perth’s western suburbs reduce its power consumption from the grid through maximizing self consumption for its 5 kW rooftop solar and by adapting consumption patterns.

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