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PV Info Link: Jinko the largest module maker of 2018

According to the Taiwanese analysts, JA Solar was number two, followed by Hanwha Q-Cells and Trina Solar in joint third. The ten largest module makers met around 70% of demand, with 66 GW of shipments.

Sumitomo acquires WA’s leading solar retailer Infinite Energy

Japanese industrial giant Sumitomo Corporation has fully acquired Infinite Energy, Western Australia’s solar installer and electricity retailer, thus expanding on its local coal-focused portfolio.


Australia to lead world in resi battery uptake in 2019, finds BNEF

Over 70,000 Australian households will install battery storage in 2019, according to the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). With the nation’s storage demand set to triple, Australia is forecast to make up 30% of global demand this year.


REC Group strengthens Australian presence with new distributer

Having welcomed Sol Distribution on board, Norwegian solar manufacturer REC Group hopes to expand its presence in Australia, which it sees as its key market in the APAC region.

China installed 44.1 GW of solar in 2018, according to official NEA data

The world’s biggest solar market reached a cumulative installed PV capacity of 174.63 GW at the end of last year.

CER confirms 2018 smashed records

With more than 360 power stations accredited with a cumulative capacity of 3,376 MW, the Clean Energy Regulator says 2018 was a record year for Australia’s large-scale renewable capacity additions.

Obton enters Australian PV marketplace through JV partnership

Danish renewables investor and asset manager Obton has set up a joint venture with Australian developer Torus with the goal to buy, develop and build solar projects Down Under. With several projects already in its pipeline, the company says it has faith in the market despite policy uncertainty.

Solar PV capacity additions triple in 2018 amid utility-scale boom

Australia’s solar PV capacity additions tripled in 2018, as its rooftop solar fleet continued to set new records high and big PV experienced an unprecedented growth. While stabilization in electricity prices could lead to a slowdown in the rooftop solar segment in all states except Victoria, it is unlikely to result in a noticeable decline in sales in 2019. Large-scale solar PV is in line for over 3 GW this coming year, while small power stations up to 5 MW will also get their time to shine.


Industry execs identify grid connection, policy uncertainty as top challenges

A survey run by the Clean Energy Council among senior executives, leading with a combined net worth of more than $17 billion, shows that clean energy investment confidence is strong. The majority of companies are looking to put on extra staff in the next year. However, challenges in achieving project grid connection and policy uncertainty are causing great stress in the long run.

Current growth in wind and solar PV supports zero fossil fuels by 2032

ANU’s Professor Andrew Blakers reveals the opportunities provided by rapid solar PV growth: for eliminating fossil fuels by 2032; and powering the processing of iron ore in the Pilbara.


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