Australia and China become solar buddies30th Mar 2012
The world is pretty much like the school playground, with countries trying to buddy up with each other to show the rest of the globe what they're made of.
And this time it's the turn of Australia and China, who have become best mates in the name of solar energy.
The Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES) and the China Photovoltaic Society have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to help deploy more solar power in both countries, which could bring us all sorts of benefits.
The problem with solar is that it is always evolving, and countries that find themselves a little behind the rest might not benefit from the latest technological advancements.
It's a bit like your friend having the latest toy and you not realising it had even come out yet.
By partnering with China, Australia has the chance to be the kid with the latest and greatest gadget, as the union means greater collaboration between solar companies, researchers and organisations in both countries.
"Australia has a world-class reputation for solar research and development, while China is emerging as a leading global producer of solar panels and is also accelerating its deployment of solar energy," explained John Grimes, the chief executive of AuSES.
Not only will this lead to better solar technology that could help shave dollars off your electricity bills in the future, but might also create job opportunities in the sector.
By siding with China, there is also potential for more investors to enter the Aussie solar power market - where there's money, there's opportunity…right?
John revealed that China is the seventh-largest market for solar photovoltaic technology in the world and predicted that this trend is only likely to continue.
Being in with the popular kids is usually a wise move - let's see how this one plays out to our advantage.
Posted by Mike Peacock