Big solar urged to develop a hub mentality

Today’s Informa Commercial & Large Scale Solar Conference, held in Sydney, revelled in skyward-shooting graphs of projected solar farm outputs and commercial rooftop prospects. But there were recommendations also for greater integration and collaboration between industry participants, and a call to “hub” together.

Southeast Asia’s solar energy “Cubed”

Rystad Energy, an independent research and business-intelligence company serving energy investors, has launched the Southeast Asian hub of its RenewableCube data-analysis product. At an exclusive gathering in a Barangaroo tower suite last Friday, Minh Khoi Le, Research Analyst for APAC Renewables outlined the solar prospects for the region with Vietnam at its irradiant centre.

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Glencore ramps battery-building resources as it caps coal

2019 is showing signs of a seismic tremor in corporate attitudes to climate change and renewable-energy opportunities, with Glencore one of Australia’s biggest coal miners yesterday announcing it will prioritise production of commodities essential to energy transition.

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Study reveals unexpected variables affecting returns on rooftop solar

With 21.6% of Australian households living under rooftop solar, analysis of savings gained and costs mitigated under various circumstances is just catching up with the stampede to install PV. One new study by UNSW researchers is instructive, another looks promising for all energy consumers.

From laggard to leader: NSW Labor announces policy for an extra 7 GW of renewable generation

The Smart Energy Council has hailed today’s announcement of NSW Labor’s policy to drive 7 GW of renewable energy into the National Energy Market by 2030 as “the biggest rollout of renewable energy in Australia’s history”.

Clean Energy Council urges Government to put some energy into its policy — and vice versa

In the likely last full fortnight of Parliament before the Australian Federal election, the Clean Energy Council has thrown all political parties a lifeline in the form of 10 policy recommendations to grow renewable energy, as a low-cost source of electricity, a planet-saving emissions-reduction strategy and as a sustainable industry.

CEDA calls for strong government policy “in areas we can control”

The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) has released its 2019 Economic and Political Overview, calling for “durable policy in energy and climate change” in a year it says will be wracked by economic uncertainties.

Energy-management company AEES to green golf clubs’ energy use

Australia’s more than 1,300 golf clubs can each spend upwards of $100,000 a year on electricity bills in the process of managing their greens and running their clubhouses. Today AEES Group announced an exclusive partnership with Golf Management Australia, to provide customised energy-efficiency audits and solar solutions that can reduce Australian clubs’ carbon footprint, and their grid-derived energy by up to 60%.

Election power play casts NSW Government and Opposition as sun seekers

Call them aspiring sun gods: In the lead up to the 2019 New South Wales election on 23 March, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change Adam Searle and the NSW Liberal & National Government Energy Minister Don Harwin have both announced solar policies that support NSW householders to install rooftop solar-PV systems and thereby reduce their energy bills.

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Inverter supplier offers utility solar-farm planning, grid modelling and O&M services

Supplier of solar inverters SMA has announced two new service offerings – plant engineering, and operations and maintenance – designed to de-risk new project investment, streamline grid connection, and drive greater ongoing performance from utility-scale solar farms.

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