Markets & Policy

New South Wales greenlights 11 solar farms in 12 months

The NSW government doubled the number of approved utility-scale solar projects in the previous year, and got off to a promising start to 2018.

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South Australia to host another big battery near Snowtown

With all eyes still on the world’s largest lithium-ion battery at the Hornsdale wind farm, South Australia now readies to raise the game with its first big battery built in conjunction with a solar farm.

Australia must not miss lithium chance

Issuing a call for action, a report commissioned by the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies outlines Australia’s opportunity to expand along the estimated $2 trillion lithium chain in the next two years.

Fronius releases new generation of storage kits for Australian market

The Austrian inverter specialist is launching a new version of its Energy Package upgraded with storage units from LG Chem.

5 reasons your mine should invest in on-site renewables in 2018: Key lessons learned from the first 1 GW installed

Rocky Mountain Institute As of 2016, approximately 1 gigawatt of renewable energy capacity has been installed on mine sites globally, and current projections show that number reaching more than 1.4 GW in the next five years. What’s causing this shift in the mining industry? And does your company risk getting left behind? What can you do now to keep […]

Vic blackouts intensify energy debate

It is the blackout, and fallout, that many were anticipating. The heatwave and power outages yesterday and today in Melbourne has brought with it politicking over the cause.

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Coal smoke stacks fall as solar blooms in SA

Last week, the chimney from one of the last coal fired power plants in South Australia was felled. The demolition, captured in the footage below, came only days after Jay Weatherill attended the opening of the state’s first utility scale solar array in the region.

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US solar tariffs to have little impact on Australian module prices

Australian PV project developers and rooftop installers are unlikely to benefit from module price declines as a result of U.S. solar tariffs. GTM Research analysis reveals that while the tariffs will likely cause an American solar market decline of 11% in 2018, it will not leave Chinese suppliers scrambling to find buyers.

Surging large-scale solar puts Australia on track for 2020 renewable target

Clean Energy Regulator data reveal that a stellar 2017 has set the Australian renewable sector up to meet 2020 Renewable Energy Target (RET). Large scale solar accounts for 46% of the “firmly announced” projects since 2016.

Trump levies graduated tariffs starting at 30%, exempts 2.5 GW in cells

The decision, released on U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s website, could keep current U.S. module manufacturers in business by keeping their cell lifelines open.

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