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Category: Solar

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Solar passes point of no return – in the sky, and on the ground

Solar passes point of no return – in the sky, and on the ground

The flight of Solar Impulse is a tale of sheer inspiration and daring in the clean energy space; why solar households smarter and more mobile than normal energy consumers; and a hollow “victory” for US coal on mercury emissions.

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Broken Hill Solar Plant reaches half-way mark

Broken Hill Solar Plant reaches half-way mark

53MW Broken Hill Solar Plant is on track to be fully operational by end-2015, with half its 650,000 PV modules now installed.

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Cost of solar + battery storage: AEMO's state-by-state payback predictions

Cost of solar + battery storage: AEMO’s state-by-state payback predictions

Which states offer quickest payback for homes adding solar + storage? AEMO crunched the numbers to get some interesting findings.

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Victorian solar project to create 'perpetual' fund for community renewables

Victorian solar project to create ‘perpetual’ fund for community renewables

Tender launched to install 30kW solar system at former Woodend timber mill, use funds generated to reinvest in more solar, or ‘perpetual fund’ for community renewables.

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Solar Star, largest PV power plant in the world, now operational

Solar Star, largest PV power plant in the world, now operational

579 megawatts on-line in Antelope Valley, built by SunPower and now owned by BHE Renewables

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Psst. Anyone need a business model for battery storage?

Psst. Anyone need a business model for battery storage?

Australians are predicted to install more than 37,000MW of battery storage over next 25 years, but who will pay for it and why? Even the big utilities are struggling to find a business model that fits.

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France’s island solar + storage program presents €100m opportunity

France’s island solar + storage program presents €100m opportunity

France’s tender for 25 -50 MW of solar+storage projects on France’s islands and island territories will result in a market of around €100 million.

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Origin awarded solar contract for Royal Mint, with 15-year PPA

Origin awarded solar contract for Royal Mint, with 15-year PPA

Origin Energy wins contract to install, own, operate and maintain rooftop solar system for Royal Australian Mint, with a 15-year power purchase agreement.

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Solar wars: How networks discriminate against solar households

Solar wars: How networks discriminate against solar households

Sweating the details of the AER’s rejection of SAPN’s proposal to charge households with rooftop solar higher prices than households without will reap rewards.

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Ergon imposes new limit on rooftop solar systems

Ergon imposes new limit on rooftop solar systems

Ergon introduces new limits on solar system inverters on its grid – down to 3.5kVa on its main network and zero on isolated networks.

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Regulator rejects SA network solar tariff proposal

Regulator rejects SA network solar tariff proposal

SA Power Networks proposal to add a $100/year charge to solar households in the state has been rejected by the AER, for failing to demonstrate ‘sufficiently dissimilar’ load profiles of PV and non-PV customers.