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Renewable manufacturing costs up to 200% lower in China, says WoodMac

Wood Mackenzie says in its latest report that low prices and integrated supply chains allow Chinese manufacturers to supply more than 65% of total global demand for renewables equipment, with its exports growing by 35% between 2019 and 2023.

Miner turns to car park solar roofing system for off-grid solution

The versatility of solar mounting manufacturer and balance-of-system provider Clenergy’s ezShade 2.0 solar shade system has been put to the test with the solution at the core of a standalone power system fuelling an off-grid communications site in remote northern Queensland.

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Renewable energy projects predicted to drive $20 billion construction boom

Spending on building renewable energy infrastructure is forecast to peak at $20 billion in 2026, stimulated by the Australian government’s target of 82% electricity from renewables by 2030, but caution remains over workforce capability.

Stationary energy storage key priority in new national battery strategy

The Australian government has announced its new multi-billion-dollar National Battery Strategy aiming to boost the country’s domestic battery manufacturing capabilities and critical minerals processing capacity.

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Bowen targets 20% market share with Solar Sunshot

Australian Energy Minister Chris Bowen believes the federal government’s $1 billion Solar Sunshot initiative could result in domestic manufacturing providing 20% of the nation’s PV panel needs by the end of the decade.

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Alpha presses go on high-purity alumina refinery

Queensland aluminium materials manufacturer Alpha HPA says it will establish the world’s largest single-site high-purity alumina products refinery after reaching a final investment decision on the second stage of its processing facility in Gladstone.

Leapton Energy launches 20.48 kWh residential battery

Japan’s Leapton Energy has developed a 20.48 kWh residential battery energy storage system featuring storage capacities starting at 5.12 kWh, utilising lithium iron phosphate technology.

Budget tips $22.7 billion into Future Made in Australia initiative

The federal government will invest $22.7 billion in its Future Made in Australia initiative over the next decade to maximise the economic and industrial benefits of the international shift to net zero and support Australia to become a renewable energy superpower.

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Victorian solar farm starts commissioning process

Italian energy giant Enel Green Power says the commissioning of the 93 MW Girgarre Solar Farm in central Victoria is now underway with the power plant expected to be fully operational early next year.

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Weekend read: From Mumbai to Bondi

Economic cooperation between India and Australia may open doors for investment in clean energy technology but challenges still abound in a competitive global market. Vibhuti Garg and Shantanu Srivastava, of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, discuss the role that public funding and resource pooling could play in supporting manufacturing ambitions.

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