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Regulator develops ledger to combat solar non-compliance and fraud

A new serial number ledger is being developed by the Clean Energy Regulator who will be working with solar industry stakeholders to safeguard the national Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme.

Taylor orders inquiry into Australia’s rooftop PV sector

Reports emerged on Tuesday that Federal Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor had requested a review of Australia’s rooftop solar sector, citing integrity concerns. An important message comes from the Clean Energy Council as it warns against an Abbott-era political intervention that could harm the industry.

Bidding war continues as Infigen backs Iberdrola’s revised offer

Infigen Energy on Tuesday recommended a revised offer from Iberdrola to its shareholders, after the Spanish renewable energy giant waived conditions of its takeover bid.

Aus Government to apply Consumer Data Right to the energy sector

In a bid to encourage competition, the Morrison Government has announced its formal application of the Consumer Data Right regime to the energy sector. It is a move supported by the Australian Energy Council and Energy Consumers Australia but how much power can the consumer expect in the Big Data revolution?


Hornsdale big battery expansion gets regulatory approval

The Essential Services Commission of South Australia has given the tick of approval for the Tesla big battery to vary its electricity generation license in line with its increased capacity from 100 to 150 MW.


Hanwha Q-Cells wins patent litigation against JinkoSolar, REC Solar and Longi in Germany

The Düsseldorf Regional Court has agreed Chinese rivals of the Korean manufacturer illegally used its patented passivation technology. The judges granted Hanwha Q-Cells an injunction which requires Jinko, REC and Longi to retrieve all modules featuring the patented technology distributed in Germany since late January last year. Hanwha can also opt to have the offending products destroyed.

Infigen backs Iberdrola’s $841m takeover offer

Infigen Energy has recommended an $840.6 million buyout bid from Spain’s Iberdrola to its shareholders and urged them to reject an earlier offer from Philippines-linked investment company UAC Energy.

Update on acquisitions of ASX-listed renewables developers

In its formal bidder’s statement, Philipines UAC Energy has urged Infigen shareholders to accept its takeover bid of $0.80 a share, while Infigen remained adamant no action should be taken in relation to the “opportunistic” offer. Previously, the acquisition of another prominent renewables developer, Windlab, was greenlit in a landslide shareholder vote.

Predatory ‘buy now pay later’ solar sales practices taken to Competition Tribunal

The Australian Competition Tribunal is currently hearing arguments on a proposed code that would apply to the ‘buy now pay later’ sales practices of solar panel and installations. It is being argued that the practices are a form of predatory lending.

Jinko claims US trade commission has dismissed Hanwha patent infringement claim

The Chinese manufacturer this morning said the International Trade Commission had agreed with the initial determination issued by an administrative law judge in April, that Jinko and peers Longi Solar and REC Group had not infringed its solar cell passivation technology.

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