Surplus Renewable Energy Certificates To Pay For Victoria’s Desalinated Water

Victorian Desalination Plant

Victorian Desalination Plant, Wonthaggi | Image: Google Maps

The Victorian Government says the water order from the Victorian Desalination Plant for 2017/8 will be 15 gigalitres, but Melbourne households won’t be slugged with additional water bill charges.

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Tesco Climbs On The 100% Renewable Energy Bandwagon

Wind and solar power - Tesco

Every Little Bit Of Renewable Energy Helps – Image: Tesco

Retailing giant Tesco has committed to powering its stores and distribution centre operations with 100% renewable energy by 2030.

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CEC Announces Solar Module De-Listing

Solar panel de-listing - CEC

PV modules struck from the CEC Approved Products List

The Clean Energy Council (CEC), the peak body for the clean energy industry in Australia, has for the first time openly communicated the de-listing of solar panels from its Approved Product List.

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Sunshine Coast Solar Farm Fully Operational Soon

Sunshine Coast Solar Farm

Sunshine Coast Solar Farm | Image: Trina Solar

The 15 megawatt Sunshine Coast Solar Farm in Valdora, Queensland, powered by Trina Solar panels, is on track to be fully operational within the next couple of months.

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Solar Power Art – Sunscribes Solar Printing

Sunscribes Solar Printing

Scorching stuff with the sun is fun – but hard work too

This U.S company creates impressive commercial signage and art works using simple tools and the sun’s energy, in a process called solar printing.

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The Return Of Plug-In Solar – SolarGaps

Solar Gaps Blinds

SolarGaps Blinds

These solar blinds are an interesting idea for self-generating electricity and have been creating a bit of buzz, but it’s doubtful we’ll be seeing them used legally in Australia as a plug-in device.

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Community Solar Power Funding Opportunity In WA’s Avon River Basin

Grants for solar power in Western Australia's wheatbelt

Sustainable Community Grants – Avon River Basin

Grants that can be used towards community solar energy projects are up for grabs in the Avon River Basin region of Western Australia.

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Solar Industry Helps Boy With Laser Create Cuddly Creatures For Benefit Of Society

solar, laser and happy kid with teddy

Solar + Laser = Teddies for sick kids

Bumble is a boy with a mission.

He uses an array of tools including a “laser” to produce animal like creations that bring joy to sick children. [Read more…]

First Lismore Community Solar Array Up And Running

Solar energy project - Lismore City Council

Solar Panels On Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre

A significant solar power system installation on Lismore’s Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre is now operational, helping Lismore City Council towards its renewable energy goal.

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SolarWorld AG Files For Insolvency (Updated)

SolarWorld insolvency

UPDATE: October 16.  In August, an agreement was signed for the purchase and transfer of SolarWorld AG, SolarWorld Industries Sachsen GmbH, SolarWorld Innovations GmbH and SolarWorld Industries Thüringen GmbH by SolarWorld Industries GmbH. In Australia, we call it ‘phoenixing’ when a company files for insolvency and then gets bought out by a new company with an almost identical name. It is not clear what debts will be passed on to the new entity.

As for SolarWorld Americas, according to an article last month on PV-Tech, SolarWorld Americas “is in discussions” with several interested parties regarding its future sale.

German solar panel manufacturer SolarWorld AG says it will file for insolvency proceedings – an uncertain future awaits the 3,300 people employed worldwide by the company.

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