Australia’s rooftop solar PV market risked following in the disastrous path of the solar hot water market if changes were made to the Renewable Energy Target, industry has warned.

Estimates from ACIL Allen, the modellers for the RET Review panel, have suggested the removal of the small-scale component of the RET would result in a 30 per cent slump in the market in the short term, before recovering to its previous trajectory by 2030.

But the solar industry warns that the slump could be much more severe than that – possibly causing the market to shrink by half, pushing thousands of businesses and employees out of the market. Read the full article →

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NSW to become a leader in medium-scale solar PV under new state policies

July 25, 2014
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The NSW government has unveiled a new policy that could help “transform mid-scale solar” energy in Australia. The state’s environment minister, Rob Stokes, said the new resource efficiency policy would require all NSW government agencies to conduct a property audit, their electricity usage and the potential for solar PV installation. The sites required to do […]

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Utility-scale solar in Australia: A stone waiting to be turned by a raging river

July 24, 2014
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Large-scale solar power in Australia was one of the main topics of conversation on Thursday at the Clean Energy Week conference in Sydney, with the day’s speakers expressing the range of solar industry sentiment towards the prospects for utility-scale systems. Among the inspirational presentations on the subject was that of Abengoa Solar’s James Harding, who talked about the Spanish […]

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Perovskites: The next PV revolution?

July 24, 2014
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Perovskites have taken the PV research world by storm in recent years thanks to unprecedented growth in efficiency in the material. Perovskite solar cell efficiencies have gone from a barely impressive 2.2% to a commercially significant 19.3% in less than 7 years – a rate of development simply unmatchable by other PV technologies. This article […]

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NSW government proclaims support for renewables & the RET, breaking ranks with fellow Lib-Nats

July 23, 2014
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Breaking ranks with the their fellow Lib-Nat party members on the federal level, the NSW government has declared its aim of ensuring that NSW is fertile territory for renewable energy investment. NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes stated that the state could be “Australia’s answer to California” at the Clean Energy Week conference currently underway in […]

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Siva Power aims to produce lowest cost PV modules at 28¢/W

July 23, 2014
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Siva Power has announced plans to produce thin-film CIGS solar modules at a cost of US$0.28 per watt by around 2018. This figure represents the lowest manufacturing cost of any PV module worldwide. The cost reductions will primarily be enabled through economies of scale that result from establishing a 300MW production plant and the ability […]

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Indian village leads the way in rural electrification with solar-powered micro-grid

July 23, 2014
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A small village in one of India’s poorest states has becomes the nation’s first to meet 100 per cent of its own energy needs using off-grid solar power. Dharnai village in the north-western state of Bihar has successfully constructed a solar micro-grid, distinguishing itself from the 19,000 other villages in the state – or 82 […]

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Renewables account for over half of new US electricity capacity in first half of 2014

July 23, 2014
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Renewable energy sources, namely solar and wind, have provided more than half of all new electricity generating capacity in the US in the first half 2014, a new report has found. An update from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects has founds that 55.7 per cent of the 3,529 MW of the […]

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Solar Choice Commercial brokers 20kW solar system for Marrickville Council chambers

July 22, 2014
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The rooftop of the administration building of Marrickville Council is now equipped with 20kW worth of solar panels, with Solar Choice Commercial acting as tender manager for the project. The array, which complements a suite of efforts that the council is undertaking to reduce its environmental impact, will cut the admin building’s CO2 emissions by 31 […]

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Commercial PV Price Index – July 2014

July 22, 2014
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Solar Choice’s Commercial PV Price Index is published monthly to act as a bellwether for commercial-scale solar PV system pricing trends across Australia. Systems of 10kW, 30kW, 5kW and 100kW in capacity are included in the calculations. The Commercial PV Price Index is published as a complement to our residential PV Price Index articles, which include […]

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IMEC sets new efficiency record with industrially sized n-type solar cell

July 18, 2014
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IMEC, a Belgian institute renowned for microelectronics research, have produced an industrially‑sized 21.5% efficient n‑type solar cell. This result represents the highest efficiency achieved for cells of its kind and is another step towards greater adoption of n-type solar cells. N-type solar cells improve on the current state-of-the-art by allowing for better overall material quality […]

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Could solar homes & businesses face fallout from carbon tax repeal?

July 18, 2014
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The Australian Greens have raised concerns that the Abbott government’s scrapping of the carbon pricing scheme will have serious repercussion for Australian households and small businesses with rooftop solar. The Carbon Tax Repeal Bill, which passed successfully through the Senate on Thursday, included an amendment proposed by the Palmer United Party allowing the ACCC to enforce […]

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15-20% of Australian solar customers interested in energy storage

July 18, 2014
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Installation rates of battery storage systems in Australian homes could reach around 1,000 a year by the end of 2014, according to new estimates, as solar households look for ways to make the most of the energy they generate. Feedback from solar installers suggests that between 15 and 20 per cent of solar customers are […]

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Ammonia corrosion resistance standards for solar panels

July 17, 2014
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Not every solar PV system owner need be concerned about whether their panels can withstand extended exposure to ammonia; for most, the issue would not be a consideration. But for anyone working in agriculture–especially livestock farming–this matter is likely to be of great importance. Ammonia, a byproduct of decomposing excrement, is ubiquitous where livestock and […]

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Victorian electricity retailer set to hit solar system owners with additional fees

July 17, 2014
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Victoria looks set to become the first Australian state to hit solar households with an additional fixed charge on their electricity bills, according to a proposal that has recently come to light. Simply Energy, the retail arm of GDF Suez, which owns Victoria’s Hazelwood brown coal generator, has proposed adding a 14c-a-day levy on households […]

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Fronius offering 10 year warranty on inverters until end of 2014

July 17, 2014
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Fronius Australia is offering free extended warranties on its inverters until the end of the year, according to a recent press release from the company. Those who have a solar PV system installed with a Fronius inverter before 31 December 2014 will be eligible for an additional 5 years of warranty coverage on top of […]

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Renewable energy investment reached $63.6b in Q2 2014: BNEF

July 16, 2014
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A record-breaking $3.8 billion deal to finance an offshore wind farm in the North Sea has helped to deliver the strongest quarter for clean energy investment in two years. Global investment in renewable energy surged to $63.6 billion in Q2 of 2014, according to the latest data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a 33 per […]

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15,000 new Australian households going solar monthly, with Queensland leading the way

July 16, 2014
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Australians continue to install rooftop solar at a rate of more than 15,000 households a month, according to new data from Green Energy Trading, adding peak capacity of 64.8MW in the month of June. A total of 92,045 households added 389MW of rooftop solar in the first half of 2014, which is less than when […]

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Shoalhaven River Retreat centre’s solar arrays still going strong 4 years on

July 15, 2014
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Solar panels at a retreat centre in the Shoalhaven area are still going strong after 4 years of operation. The property where the installation lives, named Oallen, sits near the Shoalhaven Riven near a crossing called Oallen Ford. At one time a farm holiday retreat, the spot is now leased out as a long-term rental […]

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Echoing Australia, Florida and Utah utilities working to undermine solar growth

July 14, 2014
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Echoing the conflicts currently underway in Australia, utilities in the American states of Florida and Utah are making efforts to slow down the progress of burgeoning solar industries there. In the case of Florida, utilities recently voted to exclude solar advocacy group, the Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), from a Public Services Commission energy conservation […]

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‘Two-for-one’ deal on electrons to boost solar cell efficiency

July 14, 2014
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Research conducted by the University of California (UC) – Riverside proposes an innovative method for pushing commercial solar cell efficiencies past 30%. The process, known as ‘singlet fission’, allows for a doubling of the electric charge generated by high‑energy light. This area of research has also been pioneered by MIT and University of Cambridge. The […]

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