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Rooftop solar retrofit on low-income housing is key to reap $17 billion benefit

An accelerated rollout of rooftop solar and electrification for low-income housing could boost Australia’s economy by $17 billion but is dependent on policy change, according to a new Deloitte Access Economics report.

Path cleared for Tasmanian utility to build and partner on 300 MW projects

The way has been cleared for a new generation of solar, wind and hydro projects to be developed in Tasmania with the state government lifting the legislative cap restricting Hydro Tasmania from building or partnering in new large-scale energy generation facilities.

Rio works with traditional owners on Pilbara solar project

Rio Tinto, the nation’s biggest iron ore miner, has reached agreement with Ngarluma traditional owners to pursue the development of an 80 MW solar farm as part of the company’s efforts to decarbonise its vast iron ore operations in Western Australia.

IEA-PVPS identifies 456 patents in PV module recycling

The IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme’s (IEA-PVPS) latest report on solar panel recycling offers a comprehensive review of all existing technologies in this market segment, from pure mechanical recycling to innovative techniques such as light pulse treatment, water-jet cleaning, pyrolysis, and chemical treatments.

Government presses GO on hydrogen certification scheme

The Commonwealth government says it will fast track the development of a proof-of-origin scheme for hydrogen and renewable electricity to help Australian industry meet growing domestic and international demand for verified renewable energy and clean products.

Regulator to nominate CEC as solar panel and inverter assurance body

The Clean Energy Council looks set to be reappointed as the product listing body responsible for maintaining and publishing lists of approved solar panels and inverters eligible for use in Australia’s solar rebate program.

Indonesia to permit power wheeling

Indonesia’s new renewable energy bill will include legislation allowing power wheeling, enabling private companies to sell electricity directly to end consumers via networks owned by the state-run electricity company.

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Victoria pumps $4 million in to boost rooftop PV roll out

More than $4 million will be delivered to seven commercial providers to support the installation of rooftop solar and electric hot water systems at scale as the Victorian government pushes ahead with its plan to transition to all-electric homes across the state.

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Queensland outshines interstate rivals in rooftop solar stakes

Victorian solar company Solar Run has identified Queensland’s “aggressive” renewable energy policies as the driver for the state’s impressive PV installation rates with new analysis showing it leads Australia with more than 54,000 installs.

Future Made in Australia Bill paves way to renewable energy superpower goals

The federal treasurer Jim Chalmers has presented the Future Made in Australia Bill to parliament taking the next step to bringing into law pathways to help make Australia a renewable energy superpower.

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