The (solar) power of the people

Vote Solar and Solar United Neighbors in the United States have launched the “I love My Solar” postcard campaign to celebrate two million solar installations nationally. This campaign could be a step towards a larger role that solar consumers could play in American politics.

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Is PERC still bankable?

Light-induced initial degradation in PERC modules is currently a subject of intense discussion, but tests at PI Berlin have shown that the problem is solvable. Founder and CEO Paul Grunow explains the effects, the approach, and the results.

Growing interest in energy storage for maritime applications

The Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam last week highlighted growing interest in storage technology from the sea vessel industry. Leading global battery manufacturers had their latest charging technologies on display, catering to rising demand for clean, efficient electric and hybrid marine systems.

Long read: Past and future glories for PV cell, module makers

Since 2009, when production capacity expansions began to outstrip demand for the first time, prices all along the solar supply chain fell, and have continued to do so almost continuously ever since. Simon Price, CEO of Exawatt, argues that solar is no longer in the ‘cost reduction era,’ and is now entering its ‘performance driven era,’ in which the goal for manufacturers is high performance at an acceptable cost, rather than acceptable performance at the lowest cost.

Solar Cutters build a community to slash poor quality PV installations, components

Poor quality installations and components plagued the state-based FIT era of Australian solar. Unscrupulous ‘phoenix’ retailers remain a problem today. Solar Cutters directors, founders and good friends, Kosta Bourandanis and Jack Long decided to take the problem into their own hands, in a pretty unique way.

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Big-guns join forces to form Warada, aim to boost early-stage renewable investment

Two of Australia’s leading renewable investment and advisory firms, the Clean Energy Finance Corp (CEFC) and Ironstone Capital, have combined to form Warada, an integrated development and fund management company set to invest in early stage greenfield projects across the whole industry of renewable energy.

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High-end Lightyear One developers build on Solar Challenge success

Not quite to infinity, but certainly to long-range, and beyond. Former Dutch competitor in Australia’s World Solar Challenge, Lightyear has launched the world’s first long-range solar EV prototype, a potential solution to the perennial EV problem of range anxiety.

Details emerge on audits planned for VIC Solar Homes program

After encountering some problems in the first round of the Victorian Government’s Solar Homes program, round twois set to be backed up by more stringent auditing program. Exactly what this entails is becoming more clear.

The NSW Government’s Empowering Homes program set for summer go-ahead

The new NSW Berejiklian Governmenthas followed through on the pre-election promisefor interest-free loans for battery and solar-battery systems, with installations expected to begin this summer 2019/2020.

Genex Power release massive single tranche of shares to raise equity for Jemalong Solar Project

After requesting a trading halt with the ASX on their securities, Genex Power Limited (‘GNZ’) has announced a single tranche placement of approximately $16.2 million via the issue of 67, 482, 878 shares, in order to fund the equity requirements for the Jemalong Solar Project (JSP).

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