Renewable energy

Bigger solar for the home is better: here's why

After the first one to two kilowatts, the revenue from extra solar capacity steeply declines. But once you take into account the other element of the equation – costs – going bigger starts to make complete sense.

Deals in the renewables space run out of energy

Just one deal in the second half of 2014 as policy uncertainty weighs on sector.

Affection for solar extends across all political colours

New polling shows ownership of solar is almost exactly the same across Labor, Conservatives, Greens, and unaligned voters. It's one key reason why the Abbott Government got cold feet on abolishing the small-scale Renewable Energy Target.

Storage to be rising 240GW a year by 2030: Citi

Bank predicts $400bn market; rapid cost falls in next 7-8 years.

US starts playing catch-up on offshore wind

America is set for its first offshore wind farm with the federal government opening up waters off the northeast coast in an attempt to follow Europe's advanced tapping of Atlantic winds.

Plunging oil price could see gas prices plummet and renewables hurt

The recent huge spike in Australian gas prices has been driven by LNG contracts - contracts that tie its price to that of oil. The plunge in the oil price could mean cheap gas again with flow-on implications for the competitiveness of wind and solar power.

CEFC lends $4.4m for Energy Efficient Loans program

Victorian food suppliers win funds for PV systems, energy efficiency equipment.

Hawaii's grid to accept 250% solar penetration

Hawaii has been leading the US in solar uptake. The new owner of its power utility is also removing the brakes, moving to fast track grid connection of solar systems up to 250% of a network circuit's daytime minimum demand.

A crash in gas use is more likely than the forecast 'shortage'

Official forecasts point to steady or rising demand yet our analysis suggests that, with prices rising, gas demand in NSW could fall to as much as half within 10 years.

Obama's American and Indian dream; EU carbon fix falters

The week in clean energy saw Obama outline his climate intentions and commit to helping India meet its solar goal, while EU carbon fell on oversupply dithering.

Queensland Labor talks bold, promises little on renewable energy

Labor has released a policy statement boldly titled, A Solar Future. It needs to carry the accompanying line - 'how we'll study it but not implement it'.

US-India agree to work closer on solar, nuclear

by AFP
But Modi says country feels no pressure on emissions target ahead of Paris.

Picking apart a weak wind farm report

The most recent 'wind syndrome' study breaks a raft of basic tenets of scientific inquiry and, by doing so, creates a spurious correlation. It is not a good report.

There's a sunny future ahead for rooftop solar power: here's why

By 2019 it’s likely that manufacturing costs for solar panels will reduce by 30-50% again as production grows - while increased efficiency is also expected to deliver value gains.

Why Pacific Hydro commissioned the Cape Bridgewater wind farm acoustic study

Some have questioned why we would do such a thing. Our response to this is that we have never felt that we have anything to hide. We do not believe the study has found anything strong enough to warrant further action.

Solar PV price check - January

Solar system prices have remained steady over summer after stabilising in November following a period of downward pressure driven by uncertainty around the Renewable Energy Target.

Keeping our cool, at a cost

Billions of dollars have been already been sunk in to electricity network infrastructure in Australia to cope with peak demand -- and the costs will continue to be passed on.

Top China solar makers selling everything: IHS

Analyst says tier-1 PV module suppliers sold out for quarter.

US wind rebounds, up sixfold in year

Installation surge on tax credit extension; China still dominates new builds.

Don't vote for the LNP: solar council

by AAP
PUP ranks higher than Newman Govt on solar policy: Grimes.