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Election 2016. Solar is safe only if Nick Xenophon’s Team supports it.

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Ah yes. Turnbull’s big gamble of calling a double dissolution election to regain control of policy looks like it’s failed. And failed miserably. Not only has the Coalition been stymied in its attempt to gain control of the Senate, it hasn’t yet been confirmed as having enough seats to govern in its own right in […]

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SunPower X-Series Panels Set New Efficiency Record Of 24.1%

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I have previously mentioned SunPower makes excellent solar panels. This definitely includes their uncanny X-Series, which are a high efficiency, high reliability, line of monocrystalline panels. In January they broke the record for most efficient solar panel with a figure of 22.8%. And now, less than six months later, they have increased that by an […]

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Keith De Lacy Is Not Right About Solar And Wind Power – Not Here, Not Anywhere


The Australian recently published an opinion piece by the Director of an oil shale company and former Chairman of Macarthur Coal, entitled, “Solar And Wind Power Simply Don’t Work – Not Here, Not Anywhere“. This was surprising because the solar panels above my head are producing electricity right now.  And since I know exactly how […]

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Election 2016: renewables roundup week #7 – the Brexit Edition

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Well that was interesting wasn’t it folks? Just as the Australian election was drifting off into the sunset, we get hit by the arrival of an enormous, loud and dangerous elephant in the room. I’m talking of course of the surprise Brexit result where Brits voted to exit the European Union, a result that sent […]

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How To Keep Your Bills Down When The NSW 60c Feed-In Tariff Ends

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Across NSW there are 146,000 homes and businesses receiving a gross feed-in tariff for the electricity their rooftop solar generates. This tariff ends on the 31st of December 2016. If those 146,000 homes and businesses don’t get new import/export meters installed by the end of the year, their owners (or tenants) will be in the financially painful […]

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Hanwha Q Cells Q.ANTUM Solar Panels Smash Record For Polysilicon Efficiency

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Hanwha Q Cells has smashed the record for polysilicon solar panel efficiency like a robot driving a steel fist through a fragile silicon wafer. They have achieved an efficiency of 19.5% with a standard sized panel, 1.67m by 1m in size. The module is 301 watts and Hanwha claims it was produced using standard processes […]

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How Australia Ended Up With A Renewable Energy Target

Kevin Costner in the movie Water world looking through the metal bars of the cage he is locked in.

Australia’s Renewable Energy Target, or RET, was first introduced in 2001 by Liberal PM John Howard. It has been almost entirely responsible for getting Australia’s graceful collection of wind turbines erected and getting solar panels on the roofs of 19% of our homes. However, despite all its success, not many of us know very much […]

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Election 2016 — renewables roundup week #6

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If jobs and growth are really the cornerstones of the Coalition’s election campaign, they’d be well served by promoting a more pro-clean energy platform, according to a report released by the Clean Energy Council.

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Origin And AGL Raise Electricity Prices In South Australia Because They Can

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Australia’s two largest electricity retailers have announced they will increase prices in South Australia from the 1st of July.  Origin Energy will raise prices by 6.5% increase and AGL will raise them by around 10%.

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SMA Sunny Boy Storage: Easily retrofit battery storage to your existing solar

The Sunny Boy Storage Charging

The SMA Sunny Boy Storage is a battery-inverter that you can use to add battery storage to your existing rooftop solar system. It does not store energy itself, but integrates modern battery packs, such as the Tesla Powerwall, into your home’s electricity supply. It is exciting because it is the cheapest and simplest way to add […]

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