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5 MW solar farm in coal country nears completion

A 5 MW solar farm near Cessnock in the NSW Hunter Valley region, long-time coal country, is nearing completion. The solar farm, at Lovedale’s Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, is set for operation by the end of November.

The race has only just begun

The Australian utility-scale PV and wind industries have just gone through a record two years of construction and commissioning. More specifically, writes Rystad Energy’s David Dixon, utility-scale PV has transformed from a megawatt-scale market to one measured in gigawatts. The resultant boom in utility-scale PV in the country has attracted developers, EPCs and OEMs, from at home and across the globe.

South Australian government puts out tender for long-term, cleaner electricity supply

The state government is on a lookout for a new electricity supplier for 100% of its load. Its goal is to lock in a contract which would deliver more affordable, reliable and cleaner electricity in South Australia.

Lighsource BP secures finance for first Australian solar farm

Lightsource BP has signed financing agreements to develop its first utility-scale solar project in Australia. The 200 MW solar farm, near Wellington, New South Wales, is the largest single plant to be financed by the U.K. solar developer to date and one of the biggest projects in Australia to use bifacial PV.

All Energy Australia Day 2

Welcome to Australia’s largest national showcase of renewable energy at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Follow pv magazine live to keep updated on the latest Aussie solar PV and storage developments and trends from this year’s event, as they happen. Stay tuned!

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“Quality and sustainability is critical to the industry”

Australia’s rooftop segment is a world beater. But there remain problems with quality, and installations and the components not living up to some of the claims of suppliers, says SMA’s John Susa. The Executive Vice President Global Sales and Service for the company is in Melbourne for All-Energy Australia and he says it‘s time for real-world performance of components to live up to claims on their data sheets.

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CEC & Monash Business School combine forces to offer women in leadership grant 

The Clean Energy Council and Monash Business School have combined forces to provide an educational scholarship for women in the renewable energy industry looking to better their negotiation and public speaking skills. The grant looks to help drive gender diversification in leadership positions in the renewable energy industry. 

NT releases EV discussion paper in drive towards implementable strategy

The Northern Territory Government has released a discussion paper as it looks to form a coherent strategy toward electric vehicle integration.

SMA bolsters grid integration service, Australian solar market “blueprint” of things to come

German inverter giant SMA Solar Technology reports that the Australian large scale solar market has exceeded its expectations in 2019, as big PV projects continue to move forward despite regulatory uncertainty. Boris Wolff, SMA Executive Vice President for utility scale and projects considers Australia a “blueprint” market for the company’s expanded modeling and grid connection services.

Jinko launches Tiger module Down Under

The Chinese manufacturer has officially unveiled its high-efficiency product in Melbourne after celebrating a 13.6 MW panel order from the nascent Hungarian PV market.

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