New claims lithium-ion power storage could challenge nat gas in peaking power by 2016; Tesla faces wider losses.
Tindo Solar is about to open Australia’s only solar module manufacturing plant, and take on the Chinese. Are they crazy?
Queensland has unveiled a new renewables plan that displays a startling lack of ambition, and raises fears that it might be about to cut its feed in tariff. It also has little hope for solar thermal, geothermal and ocean energy, and reduced its wind forecasts. Meanwhile, the ACT forges ahead with its solar auction, and will help fund it through contracts for difference.
PacHydro delivers bullish forecasts for solar in Australia, while a new German study reports on massive cost savings from the merit order effect.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation will need to be as innovative as the projects it supports to avoid a home grown Solyndra.
Hybrid solar cells push efficiency rating to 44%; fashionable designs for solar thermal plants, Canberra unveils energy efficiency grants.
The Solar Flagships saga speaks volumes about the outdated political and energy cultures in this country. At least the solar PV contenders will return with vastly cheaper proposals, while the Solar Dawn consortium can consider itself lucky.
The challenges facing Solar Flagships are a function of our electricity market’s focus on cost of power rather than value.
Canberra has thrown open the PV component of the solar flagships program, and invited shortlisted parties to bid again.
Solar Flagships may end up inflating or denting the egos of certain politicians and project developers. The real game changing solar projects are likely to emerge from the ACT’s reverse auction, and the prices bid may come as a shock to many.