Solar 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.

Google's $1m solar inverter challenge

Google is offering $US1 million for a working power inverter for solar that is roughly the size of a laptop - but the search giant isn't flashing all its cash on the green side of the fence.

SunPower profit falls on fewer installations

US giant's shares fall as second quarter profit dips 30 per cent.

Newman plan wants renewables 'the norm'

Premier unveils roadmap backing clean energy for all Queenslanders.

What is unfair about power pricing?

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The Electricity Networks Association is keen to have people focus on the fairness of how electricity costs are shared between consumers. But the bigger problem is the fairness of NSW and ACT network companies further increasing these costs on top of previous unjustified price rises.

FIT as an efficient auction

The cost case for phasing out feed-in tariffs in Germany and replacing them with auction models is not applicable in reality.

SMA warns of more job cuts as market shifts to Asia

Leading inverter maker announces further restructuring after delivering negative revenue forecast.

German renewables mix rises to 28.5%

Strong wind, solar growth see clean energy share lift sharply in first half.

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.

Smart grid better because it discourages solar?

The $100m the government has allocated to smart grid trials led by Ausgrid has come up with a counter-intuitive result that smart grid technology will be of moderate benefit in reducing peak demand and network investment, but will be very good at deterring solar installations.

Panels start going on at Nyngan

Australia's largest solar farm set for July 2015 completion, says AGL.

Australia Post unveils 1000-panel PV system

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

Solar scams alive and kicking in Australia

Despite the flat market outlook, new solar companies continue to appear. And if ever there was a proof point that solar scams have ebbed to a new low, it was last week.

How solar may become a service, not a system

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A presentation at Clean Energy Week succinctly showed just how unlikely it was for a customer-driven grid death spiral to occur via solar, due to the complexity of system purchases. But could leasing open the floodgates?

ARENA launches 3D solar rooftop tool

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

Solar over wind, says Lib MP

Taylor suggests solar should be priority under a restructured RET.

Can Hunt sell the Senate a half-baked Direct Action?

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Environment Minister Greg Hunt is urging opposition parties to join him at the negotiating table to discuss Direct Action. But can Labor and co really commit to an unfinished vision?

Sharp backs out of European solar production

Move follows withdrawal from solar generation on the continent.

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