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Regulator seeks to disqualify installer from SRES, prosecutes Queensland company

The Clean Energy Regulator has, for the first time, sought to disqualify a solar installer from the small-scale renewable energy scheme (SRES), effectively Australia’s solar rebate program. It has also commenced civil proceedings against a solar and electrical installation company and its two directors.

Weekend read: ‘Solar crime’ on the rise

With copper prices rising, inflation driving up the cost of living, and organised criminal gangs stepping up operations in the United Kingdom and across Europe, solar project owners need to be more conscious than ever of security, reports Max Hall.

Zero solar export limits soon to be heavily restricted

The Australian Energy Regulator has handed down its final decision on when electricity networks are permitted to impose zero export limits on rooftop solar systems. The answer: almost never.

Australia’s approval of renewable projects has doubled, says Plibersek

Australia federal Labor government has approved 11 new renewable energy and transmission projects in since the election in May 2022. There are currently another 95 renewable projects under assessment.

Solar installer fined $32,000 after ignoring fall risk

A Victorian solar installer that ignored a seven-metre fall risk on a job site in Geelong has been convicted and ordered to pay almost $40,000 after pleading guilty to three charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.


WA increases electricity supply for regional households after rule change wreaks havoc

Western Australia will now offer rural and metro-area residents in its main grid the same electricity supply. The move comes after a seemingly innocuous rule change saw regional customers unable to run their air conditioning at the same time as their cooktops – a drama pv magazine Australia first reported in July 2022 which led to sustained community pressure.


Weekend read: A moral trilemma

US solar was disrupted in 2022, with module seizures delaying projects due to strict laws designed to stamp out alleged forced labor practices in sections of the Chinese PV industry. However, it remains to be seen whether seizures affected such alleged practices.

Australian company’s new project development model strikes chord with landowners

With many of the top choice land parcels for renewable development now taken, the question of where to put new projects in Australia is growing troublesome. Australian company Rela thinks it has a novel solution – one which rests on levelling the knowledge playing field between landowners and developers. “If the counter party is your sole source of knowledge about this whole [renewable] ecosystem, of course you’re hesitant,” director Michael Katz tells pv magazine Australia.

CEC to no longer oversee solar accreditation, product listing contract up for grabs

Following consultations with industry stakeholders, Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator will open an application process to decide which organisation will list approved solar panel and inverter equipment lists in future, part of a major overhaul to the industry.

Origin takeover revived after Brookfield revise offer

The Brookfield-led North American consortium courting Origin Energy has finally come back with a revised bid for the company, valued at roughly $18.2 billion (USD 12.5 billion). The offer is only fractionally lower than the initial bid, which came as a relief for the market, and has been endorsed by Origin’s board.


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