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China puts faith in large-scale concentrating solar power as world watches

solar tower

A solar tower – similar to one of the 6 to be built in the Gobi desert

China was in the renewable energy news again this week though this time it wasn’t about the latest in solar panel technology or trade disputes. For the big (read huge) story was Chinese regional media reporting the start of construction of the country’s first large-scale concentrating solar power (CSP) plant.

To be carved out of 2550 hectares of the Gobi desert, the plant will use two 135 MW solar thermal plants in its first phase, with enough thermal energy storage to power half a million (!) homes in Qinghai Province.  [Continue reading…]

Does your hybrid solar system really need to be blackout proof?

The holy grail of affordable on-grid energy storage has finally arrived! Well, it’s almost arrived. Actually, it might be a couple of years before it really arrives and most Australians can get their hands on low cost energy storage systems such as the Tesla Powerwall, but they are coming and they will eventually be here. Adding batteries to your home means that you will no longer be forced to sell electricity for 6-8c and buy it back, at night for 30c. Hurrah!

But when the holy grail does arrive you will have a choice, so take care that you do not choose poorly.

While a bad choice is unlikely to cause you to crumble into dust like the Nazi villain at the end of the second worst Indiana Jones movie*, if you what you decide is wrong for your particular circumstances you may live to regret it. Actually, I can almost guarantee that you will live to regret it, as it is really not a life and death decision. Unless you go about it in an astoundingly bad way, such as cutting power cables with an axe and then licking them to see if they’re live, I can pretty much guarantee you will still be around to either rue or feel chuffed about your choice. [Continue reading…]

How much will eliminating silver in solar cells drive costs down?

silver bars and solar panels

Ever considered how much the amount of silver in solar cells adds to their cost? What if silver were eliminated completely from the production of solar panels? The price of solar cells has already reduced considerably in recent years due to improved production efficiencies, making solar cells affordable for many. However the elimination of the […]

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WA government gives ground on solar energy purchase agreements

Perth skyline

It’s not often that the Clean Energy Council and a conservative government agree on funding for solar energy purchase agreements but this week appears to have achieved that very scenario. For the West Australian government — that bastion of conservatism west of Adelaide — has introduced a scheme which will make it easier for customers […]

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Interview: Finn Peacock talks solar battery storage in Australia (and more)

finn peacock

It’s been a big year for news on solar battery storage in Australia. With the imminent release of Tesla’s Powerwall onto the market and influential reports predicting a new way of accessing energy, the trend has not been “if” but “when” renewables will end up dominating new energy takeup in the country. But how much […]

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NEO report: Solar to lead $3.7 trillion charge as renewables outstrip fossil fuels

solar panels and a placard

The way humans go about getting their electricity is set to change forever, according to an influential report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The New Energy Outlook 2015 (NEO) study, which was handed down last week, also found that solar energy would be at the vanguard of the change towards a more renewable future.

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Microinverters Vs. Dc Optimisers: Which option is best?

string inverter connected to panels

Good grief this article is going to get me into trouble with some solar installers.  Why? Because by the end of it I will give my humble opinion on whether microinverters (e.g. Enphase) are better than DC optimisers (e.g. SolarEdge or Tigo).

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Plants and Meatballs inspire breakthrough in solar storage technology

meatballs and solar panels

Recent breakthroughs have seen battery storage at the forefront of renewable technology news. Glitzy, much-heralded pressers in the past month or so have delivered announcements that have shaken the energy sector, giving us a hint that living free of fossil fuels may be commercially viable in the not-too-distant future. However with less fanfare, scientists from […]

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Solar Systems in ACT to increase by $400 from 1 July 2015

a meter and $400

ACTEW AGL have just announced that they are increasing the cost of installing a solar compatible, import export meter from July 1 2015. Basically – if your application to connect is received after 30 June, instead of paying $66, you will be charged $500 for a new meter. So if you live in ACT and […]

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Tony Abbott vs. Elon Musk

Who do you think has it right – Tony or Elon? Posted by SolarQuotes on Thursday, June 11, 2015     Tony Abbott is convinced that solar and wind cannot power an industrial economy. Elon Musk believes it is very feasible to power the entire world with batteries and renewables. Watch the video above and […]

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