Solar energy

First Solar plans 370MW Chile plant

Application adds to nation's strong utilty-scale solar pipeline.

IKEA to host 'largest rooftop solar project'

Solar firm Kingspan plans 4000 panels for NSW store.

Solar power guide launched to help consumers

CEC guide offers seven-step process to installing household solar panels.

Can big solar take on wind? Look to the banks

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.

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.

Hunt learns to love the CEFC but delivers veiled threat on RET

The Environment Minister has given the first sign the government is undergoing a pragmatic rethink of its jihad on carbon reduction initiatives and institutions in light of Clive Palmer's Al Gore moment.

Affordable batteries for green energy are closer than we think

Very high storage costs are now rapidly falling and, while there are differences in the estimates, battery system costs per kilowatt-hour are predicted to drop strongly again to 2020.

Global renewables upswing, via wind

The week in clean energy saw a China and wind-led investment surge, offshore wind gain traction beyond Europe, and green bonds' appeal to continue to grow.

Alice Springs gets big new solar power project

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Epuron to expand its Uterne solar PV project by 3.1MW with $13m non-concessional loan from CEFC.

Clean energy sector pens plea to Canberra

RET review has renewables majors fearing for investments in new and existing large-scale projects.

Colonial fund hopes to draw clean energy backers

Firm wins support from green bank for $580m fund aimed at institutional investors.

Solar leasing model receives gov't green bank boost

Three companies offering solar systems via no money down, long-term electricity contracts and leasing receive $120m financing from Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

Coalition's CEFC absurdity; ARENA axe still hovers

Addressing the clean energy industry in Sydney, the government's Bob Baldwin has reiterated the Coalition's determination to axe the green bank for budget reasons – just as it delivers a healthy year of results.

Warburton comments telling: Solar Citizens

RET review panel head loses credibility in 'vilifying' Palmer, says solar users group.

Clean energy investors' plea for certainty

An open letter from 17 renewables companies urges the government to keep the Renewable Energy Target, saying any weakening of the scheme risked financial distress and potentially failure, and could see sovereign risk expand beyond the sector.

Clean energy investors' plea for certainty

An open letter from renewables industry investors urges the government to keep the Renewable Energy Target, saying any weakening of the scheme will promote sovereign risk which could expand beyond the sector.

Renewable energy is ready to supply all of Australia's electricity

It is technically possible for Australia to get all its electricity needs from renewable sources with wind, solar thermal and rooftop solar making up the lion's share.

The freedom revolution to kill power bill confusion

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The electricity bill debate is more confusion than clarity, and rising gas prices may only make it worse. But the 'energy efficiency plus solar' solution offers the average punter a final way out.