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).

Think-tank eyes up 10 GW sustainable future for Northern Territory

A new report raises awareness of the potential jobs and revenue opportunities for Territorians in a zero-carbon economy. The 10 GW Vision relies largely on solar PV.

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India and Australia could strike first lithium deal

Mining company Neometals and Manikaran Power have started a jointly funded study into the feasibility of establishing India’s first lithium refinery, which would process ore from the Mount Marion mine in Western Australia.

Oz Minerals embarking on collaborative search for renewable solutions in mining

Copper miner Oz Minerals has announced the launch of a new energy & mining collaboration (EMC), with six other companies, institutions and ministries, to seek out innovative ways to develop and incorporate renewable energy and demand management into mine sites.

Santos petrol processing plant now powered by solar PV, thanks to AGL

AGL has completed a 2.12 MW ground-mounted solar PV system at Santos’ Port Bonython hydrocarbon processing plant in Whyalla, South Australia. The installation represents a step in the right direction for Santos’ emissions reduction program.

Interview: How Solpod hopes to break the constraints of rooftop PV

Some commercial and industrial (C&I) rooftops remain shut off to solar installers. Weight constraints and roofs that cannot be penetrated by mourning structures can make a building unsuitable for PV. However, the major constraint for many enterprise owners or tenants is that they may no be able to benefit from the full 25-30 year lifetime of the system. The good news: it’s a challenge that can be overcome, says James Larratt, the CEO at Australian PV startup Solpod.

There’s a looming waste crisis from Australia’s solar energy boom

As Australians seek to control rising energy costs and tackle the damaging impacts of climate change, rooftop solar has boomed. To manage the variability of rooftop solar – broadly, the “no power at night” problem – we will also see a rapid increase in battery storage.

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