Solar energy

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.

The pitfalls of using renewable energy as a political football

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This week's opening gambit from the Coalition on the RET is just the start of a fascinating battle over much loved and seemingly loathed renewable energy. In the end, states may have the last word.

Labor rejects proposed RET cut, will cost 'thousands of jobs'

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Negotiations at impasse, government's proposed 60% cut to renewable energy construction will 'ruin renewable energy industry' says Labor.

Slashing the RET – it’s about defending mates, not consumers

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Apparently we need to slash the RET to reduce power bills. That's what they also said about the repealing the carbon tax. So what do the latest inflation figures show we actually saved and can we trust them that this isn't just about helping out their corporate mates?

How utilities will commit suicide by solar

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Off-grid systems will be increasingly affordable for average households – so if grid operators continue protectionist policies to block homes from exporting solar, it will just force more savvy PV owners to disconnect.

Planned cut to RET 'a free kick' for fossil fuels

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There's no technical limit preventing more than 20% renewable energy in a power system, with experts saying Australia could reach 90% renewable electricity by 2040 by natural attrition of existing fossil fuel power stations.

Government issues renewables death warrant

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Minister Ian Macfarlane has finally declared the government's hand on the Renewable Energy Target - it would be devastating for wind power and large-scale solar and, potentially, also commercial rooftop solar.

Counting all costs, wind and solar are the cheapest

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An Ecofys study has had a crack at levelising the true cost of energy across Europe, and has found wind is cheapest with solar and nuclear next.

Tesla meets Alibaba; SolarCity taps online debt

The week in clean energy saw both green cars and green bonds expand their online presence, in China and the US respectively, while Vestas set a record for power produced by a turbine in a single day.

Four misleading mistakes about coal vs renewables

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Analysts and journalists can be easily led up the garden path about how important coal is, and how renewables will never amount to anything. Here's four ways you could be misled if you're not careful.

CCA to conduct 'limited' RET Review

Authority to bow to legislative requirement to probe policy.

Utility PV extends lead as Asia takes over

Large-scale solar PV installations have taken over rooftop installs as markets shift east.

US rooftop demand nears 1GW per annum

Falling installed system prices, increased financing options drivie demand.

SunEdison ponders $2b polysilicon plant; supply approaching 85GW

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Solar polysilicon production tipped to reach 85GW by 2016, as SunEdison considers low cost $6/kg plant in China.

India ups solar target to 15 GW

Modi Government to use reverse auction to obtain 15 GW under five-year plan.

The demise of gas in one chart

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One Grattan Institute chart illustrates that the gas distribution business is in serious trouble and shows why they are so desperate to tear down the small-scale Renewable Energy Target.

Solar PV price check - October

Continued slimming of installer margins in the shadow of ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Renewable Energy Target has rooftop solar system prices down across most capital cities.

How the electricity industry is blocking solar in Australia: Part II

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Any chance they get, and from state to state, utilities are putting up barriers to solar uptake; from delaying installers to audaciously stopping FIT payments. Sadly, policymakers seem to be in on the game, too.

The US giant planning an Aussie solar shake-up

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Rooftop solar has failed to take off on business premises in Australia but SunEdison's latest acquisitions show it's deadly serious about blowing open this segment with its US-style leasing model.

Dissecting the global solar market

Solar PV growth rates grab attention but shipment volumes remain the ultimate goal. Here's a snapshot of global volumes, split between rooftop PV and 'big solar'.

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