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Category: Solar

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US solar giant quits Australia due to policy uncertainty

US solar giant quits Australia due to policy uncertainty

US solar giant Recurrent Energy is closing its Australian office because of policy uncertainty over renewables. It could be the start of a mass exodus of international players frustrated by the lack of action, Direct or otherwise, from the Abbott government.

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Shoalhaven seeks $120,000 for 99kW community owned solar project

Shoalhaven seeks $120,000 for 99kW community owned solar project

Updated: Shoalhaven community energy group offers 6.5% return in 99kW solar system at NSW bowling club. Construction starts next week.

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Next frontier for solar markets beyond the grid: big data

Next frontier for solar markets beyond the grid: big data

Big data is paving way for mobile money, PAYG finance, and distributed solar being made accessible to rural poor of developing countries.

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Why Australian households are desperate for battery storage

Why Australian households are desperate for battery storage

Households are looking to get more value from rooftop solar systems, particularly as utilities are paying nothing for their output. New research shows that competitive pricing for solar and storage is closer than we think, paving the way for massive solar arrays and battery storage in the suburbs. But is that the best outcome?

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First PV modules installed at Australia's biggest solar plant

First PV modules installed at Australia’s biggest solar plant

First Solar begins installation of 1.35m PV modules for Nyngan Solar Plant in NSW – the largest in Australia.

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Australia Post and Bird Munchies go solar at NSW HQs

Australia Post and Bird Munchies go solar at NSW HQs

Australia Post installs rooftop solar at NSW HQ to cut electricity costs by $65,000-plus a year; as does one of Australia’s bigggest bird seed makers.

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Solar industry provides far more jobs in Australia than coal

Solar industry provides far more jobs in Australia than coal

TAI report says Australian solar industry employs more than coal fired generators, and are more efficient that international peers.

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Networks to defend grid by adding fees to solar, storage

Networks to defend grid by adding fees to solar, storage

Network operators still want to address the “death spiral” by penalising solar and battery storage with higher fees and tariffs. But they are doing nothing about the legacy costs of a super-sized and over-capitalised grid.

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NSW networks should lead way into solar, storage micro grids

NSW networks should lead way into solar, storage micro grids

NSW should focus on restructuring its electricity business rather than trying to sell an old business model.

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3D rooftop solar modeling tool maps output, savings for households

3D rooftop solar modeling tool maps output, savings for households

Online modelling tool uses 3D maps of Australian capital cities to help consumers estimate benefits of installing rooftop solar.

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SolarWorld wins again: US-China solar trade war deepens

SolarWorld wins again: US-China solar trade war deepens

Solar trade war between US and China risks escalation as new tariffs imposed in latest round.