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Category: First Solar

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CEFC, French bank, tip $100m debt into Kidston 50MW solar farm

CEFC, French bank, tip $100m debt into Kidston 50MW solar farm

Phase one of plans to turn disused Queensland gold mine into massive solar and pumped hydro storage project reaches financial close.

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Sun Metals goes for bigger solar plant to hedge against energy costs

Sun Metals goes for bigger solar plant to hedge against energy costs

Korean-owned zinc refiner ups size of proposed Qld solar farm to 116MW, casting shade on claim renewables are a “manufacturing killer”.

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Australian zinc refinery to build 100MW solar plant

Australian zinc refinery to build 100MW solar plant

Zinc metals producer Sun Metals is to build a 100MW solar PV plant was part of plans to expand its refinery near Townsville, in northern Queensland, in what is a landmark development in the Australian renewable energy landscape.

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EnergyAustralia signs up for solar farm, plans many more

EnergyAustralia signs up for solar farm, plans many more

EnergyAustralia to write contracts for 500MW of wind and solar farm, as solar projects expected to meet half of renewable energy target as costs fall.

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As solar gets cheaper, it must get greener too

As solar gets cheaper, it must get greener too

A new solar standard in France has developers competing on more than just price – they must also compete on their project’s environmental sustainability.

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$1 billion of big solar to go ahead as developers pay bonds to ARENA

$1 billion of big solar to go ahead as developers pay bonds to ARENA

The developers of 12 big solar projects that won grants from ARENA pay their bonds on time, indicating all projects to go ahead as planned.

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A new energy gold mine: storage from solar and pumped hydro

A new energy gold mine: storage from solar and pumped hydro

A proposal for a massive solar plant paired with pumped hydro storage in an old gold mine has taken a big step forward.

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ARENA announces large scale solar grant winners, 480MW in total

ARENA announces large scale solar grant winners, 480MW in total

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency today announced the 12 large scale projects that won grants in what could be the agency’s last major funding round if most of its remaining monies are stripped by the Coalition and Labor parties.

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Solar power does work - and a lot better than we thought

Solar power does work – and a lot better than we thought

Data from Australia’s solar farms show that utility-scale solar is working better than expected and is a lot more productive than official government forecasts suggest. And most new solar farms should have tracking devices to follow the sun.

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Large-scale solar could meet two-thirds of Australia's renewable target

Large-scale solar could meet two-thirds of Australia’s renewable target

First Solar’s Jack Curtis says “aggressive” investor appetite for Australian big solar could see it deliver up to 4GW of remaining RET.

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Seeing double: LG launches its first bifacial solar panel in Australia

Seeing double: LG launches its first bifacial solar panel in Australia

LG Electronics (LG) has announced its first bifacial panel will be introduced in Australia later this year.