Solar energy

Enphase to release its battery system mid 2016

1.2kWh modular self-contained battery system to be sold to distributors at wholesale price of $1,150/kWh.

VW has shifted the earth

The lasting effect from the Volkswagen scandal is that Europe's 'clean diesel' strategy is now dead.

First Aldi store rooftop coated in solar panels

Aldi supermarkets to install its first of potentially several solar systems on Tweed Heads store.

Coal and emissions stall as renewables rise

The latest CEDEX electricity report now incorporates data on solar generation, which alongside hydro manages a rise in generation as coal stalled. This brought a halt to what had been a steady rise in emissions since the carbon price was axed.

SolarCity claims highest efficiency solar panel

Elon Musk's solar retailer and soon to be module manufacturer claims mantle from SunPower.

Energy agency expects solar and wind to dominate new power capacity to 2020

The International Energy Agency believes half of new power additions globally will be made up of wind and solar in the coming five years. But it provides a warning about investor confidence almost perfectly targeted at the Australian Government.

India's Paris Pledge: 40% Renewables by 2030; 33-35% reduction in emissions intensity

India's pledge for the forthcoming climate conference in Paris reinforces a set of plans to massively upscale investment in renewable energy. Meanwhile its coal generators have suffered record low utilisation of 58.4% last July. It spells bad news for Australian coal exports.

The astounding plummeting cost of utility-solar

Lawrence Berkeley chart illustrates plummeting 70% drop in contract prices that now average $50 per megawatt-hour, driven not only by large drops in the capital costs of projects but also improved capacity factors.

Dyesol awarded $0.5m grant to pursue high efficiency, low cost solar cell

Grant to help Australian company commercialise perovskite solar technology with aim of cost breakthroughs.

Origin has credit issues but what’s AGL’s problem?

The renewable energy certificate market is booming, yet retailers aren’t much interested in bringing on new supply. Origin’s credit problems provide a new insight into why, but it can’t explain AGL’s contradictory climate stance.

Rio Tinto's Weipa solar power plant starts up

First Solar 1.7 megawatt project to demonstrate ability for mines to displace diesel commences operation.

Hunt reassures investors in renewables, says he 'killed' BOM investigation

by AAP
Environment minister says RET settings 'rock solid', Bureau of Meteorology is "world class".

Solar manufacturer Tianwei files for bankruptcy

Company with panels sold into Australian market unable to pay debts.

Alinta gives-up on solar thermal project

by AAP
Not commercially viable to replace soon to be closed coal plant with solar thermal power.

New solar manufacturing plant for Victoria

Signs agreement to export technology to China which will fund plant expected to create 200 jobs.

Tesla prioritises Australia for Powerwall – but why?

The fact that Australia has been prioritised for the Powerwall is illustrative of the fact the country has become the test-bed for the future evolution of the solar industry. Yet we got here much like a drunk stumbling in the dark.

Turnbull’s ministerial shift suggests climate change is afoot

It appears Greg Hunt now has responsibility for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. It likely signals that Turnbull will quietly dump attempts to abolish the agencies and the Government’s ideological crusade against renewable energy.

Australia drops out of top 10 renewable energy markets due to ‘wind war’

Ernst & Young says Government waging ‘war’ against wind power in downgrading Australia’s attractiveness rating for investment.

Tesla prioritises Australia as one of first markets for Powerwall battery system

Systems available from 'late 2015' with pricing and distributors announced in coming weeks.

Could do it yourself be cheaper than QLD's power utility?

Ergon says it costs them between $3400 to $7900 per kilowatt to service its customers, but a Tesla battery costs $1000. It's time that the Queensland Government looked at facilitating some competition to Ergon's monopoly.