Solar energy

Will green groups damn wind power to hibernation?

Industry groups are pushing the Government to concede to the Clean Energy Council's compromise offer on the Renewable Energy Target with backbenchers adding to the call. But will environmental groups hold Labor back from such a deal - a move which would condemn large-scale renewables investment to the deep freeze.

Getting on top of the great solar quality debate

The debate about solar quality continues to rage in Australia, and we need to monitor the data - especially on skills, product and service - to keep the industry progressing constructively.

RayGen reveals 'pioneering' concentrated solar power tower

ARENA says project paves way for wider deployment of CSPV.

Why the Abbott Government is 'generous', and you should be thankful

Sure, the Coalition wants to cut the construction of new renewable energy capacity by 30% - but, as Ian Macfarlane implies, if you knew what they'd really wanted to do you would be thankful.

Solar Council rejects CEC compromise

'No deal better than bad deal' for large-scale solar.

Opportunities and risk in the new electricity era

There are both big opportunities and risks for the electricity industry, and associated sectors such as building and appliances, in the broadening retail space on the consumer side of the power meter.

CEC gambles on 33,500 RET, will Abbott fold?

The Clean Energy Council has blinked, conceding to a reduction in the large-scale RET to 33,500GWh. With Ian Macfarlane refusing to budge and Labor holding out too, have they just given ground for no pay-off? Don't give up hope just yet.

SolarCity offers microgrid product

US firm to use Tesla batteries in challenge to GE, Siemens.

China chamber confident on Aust solar dumping decision

Case unproven, says CCCME ahead of April 7 decision.

How ARENA's home solar-storage-efficiency $6.7m should've been spent

If ARENA had instead partnered with SP AusNet and The Cape eco-village, a much bigger, more effective, distributed and more resilient system could have been built with 10 times the storage as the WA trial - at the same cost.

Environmental groups lament RET compromise offer

Renewables industry compromise offer 'disappointing', 'lowers the bar'.

The secret to cost-effective energy storage

A new paper suggesting better-than-expected cost declines for batteries is welcome, but obsession with the $/kWh figure risks sidelining all the other factors that make up a purchase in the home energy storage sphere.

CEC offers RET compromise

by AAP
Clean energy sector puts new number on table for large-scale RET as govt talks continue.

California grid hits 5% solar

Western state - which has 5.4GW solar capacity - becomes first in US to generate more than 5% of electricity from utility-scale solar, with the increasing energy source picking up hydro's slack during the state's drought year.

NSW Govt tips $15,000 into Byron renewable energy trading

Stokes says trial will help 'break down barriers' to renewables trading.

Seven-day build for 1MW hybrid power plant

Solar-diesel plant's redeployability 'game-changing'.

Abbott’s world of diplomatic pain - in one chart

Greg Hunt might like to celebrate Australia having curtailed CO2 growth relative to where error-riddled forecasts thought we would be. But on an emissions per person basis, Australia has some serious explaining to do.

PV inverter prices to fall up to 30% by 2020: GlobalData

Further falls expected in technology price; analysts reveal SMA, Sungrow dominant.

Support for keeping or increasing renewables target continues to grow says poll

Survey finds those thinking target 'too high' declined 5 points, 'too low' rose 4 points.

Backdating EITE exemptions option for RET: Macfarlane

Minister says heavy industry could be refunded if deal misses liabilities deadline.