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.
Big data is paving way for mobile money, PAYG finance, and distributed solar being made accessible to rural poor of developing countries.
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?
TAI report says Australian solar industry employs more than coal fired generators, and are more efficient that international peers.
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.