Renewable energy

How to destroy solar while increasing peak demand

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Singling out solar as the basis for changing how we structure electricity prices risks Australia's power system moving towards the worst of all worlds.

Acciona eyes wind spin-off

Spanish firm may list foreign farms to tackle debt.

Gullen Range turbines to face verdict

Turbine location dispute to go to independent commission.

Newman plan wants renewables 'the norm'

Premier unveils roadmap backing clean energy for all Queenslanders.

RET review panel seeks extension

Warburton asks for several more weeks to deliver renewables verdict.

How does the Renewable Energy Target affect your power bills?

Deloitte might be right that the RET will add $15 to your quarterly power bill ... if you think gas prices will stay low, adding 7500 MW of wind and 10,000 MW of solar to the market by 2030 will not markedly affect wholesale prices, and solar costs $1000 per kilowatt more than you can buy it for now.

Solar split after UK-German renewables reforms

The week in clean energy saw UK solar economics take a hit via approval of set renewable payments while analysis found Germany's new self-consumption tax won't slow rooftop PV.

Australia Post unveils 1000-panel PV system

Mail service headquarters raises to 5-star energy rating with Photon-Yingli system.

ARENA launches 3D solar rooftop tool

Agency tips $436,000 into to expand APVI's solar mapping platform.

The truth about wind's back-up 'burden'

Texas grid figures show integration costs for conventional generation are far larger than those of wind with the former needing more reserves, and more expensive reserves, to protect against outages.

Solar over wind, says Lib MP

Taylor suggests solar should be priority under a restructured RET.

Echo chamber: A sequel to power price scaremongering

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The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has released a Deloitte report finding against the consensus on the renewables' effect. It wouldn't be the first time the ACCI chief has been off the mark on power prices.

Carnegie to partner university on wave project

Renewables developer joins forces to maximise power output via converter settings.

Yingli joins Chile solar surge

Chinese maker targeting large-scale PV pipelines nation's north.

Can big solar take on wind? Look to the banks

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Some utility-scale solar developers are talking up the prospects of PV plants being about 40% cheaper, and matching wind's viability. They just need to get bankers thinking similarly.

ARENA backs off-grid renewables hybrid for Lord Howe Island

Renewables agency to tip $4.5m into 1MW renewables-diesel project.

Americans back carbon tax 'with revenue flip'

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Majority would lend support if revenue funneled towards renewables, rebates: poll.

Europe's slight wind change

Estimates for Europe's wind capacity by 2020 have been revised down 40GW by the sector's peak industry body amid policy uncertainty, but growth will still be a healthy 64%.

More efficient, durable solar cells are possible thanks to glass

A paper published today shows how a uniquely designed layer of glass can keep solar cells cool, and improve efficiency. But critics doubt its feasibility.

Queensland solar farm, NSW wind project take awards

Clean Energy Council award winners outshine rivals in innovation, community engagement.

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