Solar energy

Q&A: 2015 global solar PV demand forecast

Industry analyst Solarbuzz's Finlay Colville delivers his predictions for 2014 China deployment, global capex and top tier shipments in 2015.

Dubbo 'unitised' solar farm in doubt

Soleir project on pause amid RET uncertainty.

Wind firm RES considering abandoning Australian presence

UK-based developer may axe Vic projects if RET cut goes ahead.

ARENA to support AGL on-grid storage study

Agency announces $445,000 support for probe into overcoming storage hurdles.

Sunpower quarterly profits falls 70%

But US maker beats forecasts as it sheds inventory.

Shunfeng-Suntech plans 10GW downstream expansion

Chinese maker issues green bonds to fund 2016 solar goal.

German maker plans 800MW Malaysian factory

Hanwha Q CELLS to add four lines to its main facility by 2016.

Where the escape from power retailers will begin

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The increasingly large sum of money needed to keep rural areas connected to the grid means it already makes sense to go with solar plus batteries in many of these locations.

Fifty things you’ll never do with an electric motorcycle

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Saying a fond farewell to internal combustion engines also means bidding adieu to a raft of maintenance measures. But how does an electric bike handle the crash test?

SRES uncertain as industry urge Shorten to stick to 41,000GWh target

Government refuses to clarify intentions on small scale renewable energy target.

First Solar to build $US86/MWh project

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An auction for 500MW of solar PV in India has thrown up some power price bids that could mean wind and gas are in for serious competition. But it leaves one wondering why Australian solar projects are so far off the mark.

Academic fronts Shorten over RET

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UC lecturer interrupts press conference.

Appointment to ARENA board

Civil engineer Danny Broad to fill fifth board position.

EU sets CO2 challenge; China and Brazil score top marks

The week in clean energy saw the EU agree to the world's toughest emissions reduction target while a new report finds China and Brazil leading the developing world on clean energy programs.

Replacing Australia’s coal-fired energy

To ensure energy security, Labor and the Coalition need to skip the politicking and work out what will supply tomorrow's power.

Are renewable energy investors gullible fools?

Law firm Baker and McKenzie suggests owners of renewable energy projects will be financially ruined by the government's plan to cut the RET. But shouldn't they have seen this coming?

ETU branch urges members to back Powershop

Union's Victorian arm says new market entrant leading on renewables.

No RET for the wicked ...

The RET has been so successful it will easily achieve 28% by 2020. That means we should be setting higher, more ambitious targets, not ones that we will meet already.

Is Abbott slashing or ‘recalibrating’ the renewables target? Ask a laid-off Keppel Prince employee

The Coalition is claiming they aren't cutting the RET merely 'recalibrating' it because the target has always been 20%. The public's inability to understand a gigawatt-hour from a gigahertz means they could get away with it, but the public do understand 100 people losing their jobs.

Here come the rest: Micropower's quiet takeover

Micropower - a category defined as modern renewables plus cogeneration – now produces one-quarter of world electricity ... yet some utilities still regard it as trivial.