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Weekend Read: PV goes portable

Portable solar generators are making their way from the fringes of solar and energy storage to become a mainstream consumer item. The rise has been charged by a range of factors that have created massive brands. Where did the sector emerge from, who was buying before, who is buying now, and what’s next? Tristan Rayner reports.

Weekend read: Artificial opportunities

Artificial intelligence (AI) is hot right now and is finding central applications in homes and businesses as they move from simple grid connections to self-generation, energy storage, electric vehicle charging, and load-shifting revenue streams. With AI everywhere, what’s the difference between advanced control via simple algorithms, and true intelligence?

GoodWe’s new lightweight PV modules now on rooftops

An Alspec building in NSW with a rooftop unable to support traditional solar PV modules adopted GoodWe’s lightweight Galaxy Series, which requires no racking and has ultra-thing glass to save weight.

Tesla makes strategic entry into the Australia’s retail market

Tesla has recently registered as a “Market Customer” with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). This development, brought to light by industry expert Jon Sibley, has sparked intrigue into Tesla’s intentions in Australia’s retail energy sector.


Adding rooftop solar to social housing tenants brings equality, savings

Modelling from UNSW and the Australian PV Institute has found governments investing in rooftop solar for state-owned and NGO-owned social housing would save low-income tenants money, deliver returns within just a handful of years, and support the grid with new generation.

Weekend read: 100% solar offgrid, 100% on wheels

Jason and Kara are Canadian overlanders from the “Everlanders” channel on YouTube. Overlanding is self-reliant travel on the road, driving to remote places across international borders. pv magazine caught up with Jason between legs of their latest road trip.


Solar installer convicted on false certificates scheme

A Brisbane-based man pled guilty to a scheme where solar installations were certified while the signed supervisor was, at the time, overseas.

Solar Citizens calls for more electric utes to help regional Australia

Following a six-month roadshow in an electric ute, Solar Citizens has a five-point plan to make electric vehicles (EVs) more attractive to people in regional and rural areas.

ClearVue releases results from first long-term study of clear solar glass

Perth-based ClearVue is making significant strides as its transparent solar windows demonstrate tangible outcomes following a two-year study and published paper.


Trina Solar gets all-clear from Clean Energy Regulator

Trina Solar has been given a green light by Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator, more than three years after finding the company had made a solar panel certification mistake which raised questions over manufacturing standards.

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