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Donald Trump betrays total ignorance of solar, energy market dynamics

Donald Trump betrays total ignorance of solar, energy market dynamics

Trump says solar is expensive and has 30-year payback time: “All I’m going to do is free up the coal,” he said in first major energy speech.

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Why community-scale solar is solar electricity market’s latest darling

Why community-scale solar is solar electricity market’s latest darling

Community solar is being proposed as a bridge to a more comprehensive value-based pricing system for distributed generation.

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Optimised inverters key to cutting soft costs of solar PV

Optimised inverters key to cutting soft costs of solar PV

With the state of PV market, installers can find it more difficult to stay profitable. Inverter selection can be key to this process..

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Renewables employed 8.1m people in 2015, led by 11% increase in solar jobs

Renewables employed 8.1m people in 2015, led by 11% increase in solar jobs

Memo Malcolm Turnbull: IRENA report says renewables jobs grew 5% in 2015 to 8.1 million, while rest of the energy sector contracted. Solar PV jobs alone grew by 11%.

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Ergon offers 12.5 year power purchase deal with 170MW wind farm

Ergon offers 12.5 year power purchase deal with 170MW wind farm

Queensland to build first large scale wind farm after 170MW Mt Emerald project wins Ergon tender, but other projects “still being considered.”

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Queensland lifts solar feed-in tariff by 17% in response to surging gas prices

Queensland lifts solar feed-in tariff by 17% in response to surging gas prices

Queensland pricing regulator raises regional solar tariff to 7.4c/kWh in reaction to high gas prices – still fails to factor in value of solar.

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Australia's top solar states and suburbs

Australia’s top solar states and suburbs

Climate Council’s latest data on household solar uptake suggests rooftop PV could soon be as “common as insulation” in some parts of Australia, with more than a dozen suburbs now recording penetration above 50 per cent.

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Without extra money, Coalition’s low-emissions roadmap is a trip to nowhere

Without extra money, Coalition’s low-emissions roadmap is a trip to nowhere

It’s also not immediately clear what is actually involved in developing the Coalition government’s proposed “technology roadmap”.

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Brookings Institute: net-metered solar a net benefit to all utility customers

Brookings Institute: net-metered solar a net benefit to all utility customers

Prestigious Washington think tank’s analysis shows broad consensus that net metering is benefiting utility customers who do not employ solar PV.

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Adani identifies 650MW large-scale solar projects in Australia

Adani identifies 650MW large-scale solar projects in Australia

Adani identifies four major large scale solar projects it says it wants to develop in Australia. It still wants to proceed with Carmichael coal mine, but analysts say solar is better financial deal than coal.

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World’s first public transport system to run on solar

World’s first public transport system to run on solar

Chile’s Santiago Metro has signed a PPA for supply of 300GWh annually of solar energy for public transport, making it the world’s first.