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Feds provide backing for more than 420 community batteries to share rooftop solar

The Australian government has beefed up its commitment to community batteries to support the integration of renewable energy in the grid with more than 420 battery energy storage systems to be installed in neighbourhoods across the country as part of its Community Batteries for Household Solar program.

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Queensland to pilot second local renewable energy zone

The Queensland government is investing another $40 million into a second 8.4 MW / 18.8 MWh battery energy storage system, up to 2.8 MW of solar and 0.9 MW of demand management for a Townsville local renewable energy zone.

Melbourne connects first battery as part of planned city network

The first of three planned 150 kW battery energy storage systems that are to form a combined 450 kW / 1 MWh capacity coordinated battery network across inner Melbourne has been switched on.

AEMO reinforces role of rooftop solar in energy transition

The Australian Energy Market Operator’s latest Integrated System Plan has stamped the role rooftop solar will play in the nation’s energy transition, revealing that the total capacity of rooftop PV and other distributed solar in the nation’s main grid is forecast to rise from 21 GW to 86 GW by 2050.

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AGL partners with Elecsome on solar panel recycling plan

Power giant AGL Energy has teamed with Melbourne-based solar panel recycling company Elecsome to explore the development of a PV materials recovery facility at the site of the coal-fired Bayswater power plant in the New South Wales Hunter Region.

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RETC releases 2024 PV Module Index

The United States-headquartered Renewable Energy Test Center has released its annual PV Module Index, evaluating the reliability, quality, and performance of solar panels.

Court issues $40,000 fines for rooftop solar licence-sharing scheme

Two Western Australian companies and three people have been fined almost $40,000 for an illegal electrical licence-sharing arrangement involving 25 rooftop solar installations at properties in the state’s southwest.

Weekend read: Time to talk curtailment

It’s time to assess curtailment, as rising amounts of excess generation are being wasted in several markets. This can be problematic for the solar industry but Toby Couture and David Jacobs, coordinators of think tank Global Solar PV Brain Trust, argue that curtailment is not always bad.

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Batteries on wheels trial gets $3.2 million boost

Over the next three years energy retailer and tech company Amber Electric will trial a software solution for electric vehicle smart charging and bi-directional vehicle-to-grid services to enable consumers using their cars can buy and sell energy to the grid.

Aiko presents ABC solar module with world record efficiency of 25.2%

The Chinese back-contact module maker said its new products rely on the company’s all-back-contact cell technology and feature a temperature coefficient of -0.26% per C.

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