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Solar Farms

Coal port of Newcastle to get 5MW solar farm

September 6, 2017
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Plans to develop a 5MW solar farm on a former landfill site in the NSW coal port city of Newcastle are set to go to tender, after eight companies were shortlisted to bid for the job to design, build and operate the utility-scale solar farm. The project, which was opened to expressions of interest in […]

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Australia headed for 12 gigawatts of solar by 2020: APVI

August 2, 2017
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Australia’s installed solar PV capacity is on track to double, jumping from its current total of 6GW to 12GW in 2020, 2.3GW of which is expected to come from large-scale solar projects, according to a new report. The report – the Australian PV Institute (APVI) latest annual update for the International Energy Agency – says […]

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Australia’s 5B launches ground-breaking ‘solar farm in a box’

July 20, 2017
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Sydney-based 5B has launched a pre-fabricated, easily deployed solution for solar farm construction that looks set to revolutionise medium to large-scale solar in Australia (and possibly the world). The company’s rather bold tagline for the MaverickⒸ units is ‘solar re-invented’. On Wednesday 19 July, 5B held a demonstration of the MaverickⒸ’s easy deployment outside Customs […]

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Why the right solar trackers make bankable sense in Australia

April 5, 2017
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Australian developers, financiers and EPCs are increasingly choosing solar trackers over fixed-tilt racking for their large-scale projects because of the trackers’ superior energy yield (20-30% more than fixed tilt) as well as cost of ownership and levelized cost of energy (LCOE) advantages. Horizontal single-axis trackers (SATs) in particular have become the technology of choice. Funding […]

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Whitsunday, Hamilton and Gannawarra Solar Farms move into construction

March 21, 2017
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It’s been an epic journey! As three large-scale solar farms (totalling 198 MW (DC)) now progress into construction, it’s timely for all of us here at Solar Choice to take a moment to reflect, to savour and to extend a mighty thank you to others who moved mountains over the past year to convert the […]

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The important role of solar forecasting in Australia

February 22, 2017
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NSW demand rose to a near-record high on Friday the 10th of February, and QLD soared to a new record demand on that Sunday, amidst an intense heatwave. While this heat-stressed our electricity markets and infrastructure, the nation’s rooftop solar PV systems were providing critical load reduction under plentiful sunshine. A quick review of APVI […]

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The heat wave sent spot market prices soaring: What does it mean for solar?

February 13, 2017
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Wholesale electricity prices on Australia’s eastern seaboard went through the roof this past weekend as homes as businesses pumped their air conditioners in an attempt to stave off the brutal and unprecedented summer heat. What are the implications of high spot prices for solar PV systems large and small in Australia? High temperatures –> high […]

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Commercial solar power in Sydney & NSW

November 8, 2016
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Solar power is an attractive investment option and great way to save money for businesses in Sydney and across the rest of New South Wales. This article provides an overview of commercial solar power in Sydney, as well as the rest of NSW. What are the benefits of commercial solar power in NSW? Solar power is […]

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Mount Majura Solar Farm powers up in ACT

October 11, 2016
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The 2.3MW Mount Majura Solar Farm has now officially opened and is exporting clean energy to the ACT grid. Solar Choice, as co-developer with Solar Fields, invested over four years of hard work and resources to navigate the project through a labyrinth of planning and development requirements. The journey involved finding solutions at numerous difficult […]

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JinkoSolar head predicts new era of growth for Aussie solar

September 30, 2016
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Leading global solar module maker JinkoSolar says the Australian solar market is set for renewed growth in coming years as households add and expand systems to take advantage of battery storage, and the large-scale solar sector takes off. In an interview with RenewEconomy last week, JinkoSolar chairman, Xiande Li, said the company expects the expiry […]

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50kW solar systems: Compare prices and options anywhere in Australia

September 15, 2016
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50kW is one of the most popular solar system sizes for commercial solar applications in Australia. Any business owner can attest that grid electricity prices have risen dramatically in the past few years, and many are now turning towards solar power as a way to reduce their bill. This article takes a look at pricing, […]

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100kW solar PV systems: Compare prices and installer options

September 14, 2016
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100kW solar systems are among the most popular commercial solar system sizes in Australia. This article takes a look at pricing & energy yields for 100kW solar systems throughout Australia and offers some guidance as to how a business might go about comparing quotes and choosing an installer to do the job. Pricing for 100kW […]

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Solar Choice & Edify Energy win ARENA funding for Whitsunday Solar Farm, 70MW (DC)

September 8, 2016
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Solar Choice and Edify Energy’s Whitsunday Solar Farm at Collinsville in North Queensland (70MW, DC) has been announced as one of twelve winners of federal grant funding under the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA’s) large-scale solar funding round. The project was one of two from Edify Energy / Solar Choice to make ARENA’s shortlist of […]

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After extended investment drought, Australia poised for large-scale solar farm boom

August 30, 2016
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Australia is poised to experience its biggest ever boom in large-scale solar as a range of international market factors and local policy incentives take hold. A number of factors point to a major investment push to large-scale solar, including the continued fall in solar manufacturing costs, and an expected surplus of manufacturing capacity in coming […]

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Array Technologies brings streamlined approach to large-scale solar tracking

August 25, 2016
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Array Technologies, Inc (ATI) is a US-based manufacturer of single-axis tracking devices for large-scale solar farms. The company says that its latest generation of trackers – the DuraTrack HZ v3 –  is one of the most durable and cost-competitive options currently available, thanks to technology design which reduces costs on both installation labour and long-term […]

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ARENA funding round results highlight falling large-scale solar costs

June 24, 2016
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The final round of bidding for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s large scale solar funding program shows the costs of the technology are still falling, the Agency says, and will likely continue to fall. ARENA – in possibly its last grant funding round before its remaining $1.3 billion of legislated funds are stripped by the […]

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Australia’s Fulcrum3D launches CloudCAM into commercial market

May 16, 2016
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Australian made cloud tracking technology that predicts cloud movements to help optimise the output of solar PV has successfully entered the commercial market. CloudCAM, developed by NSW company Fulcrum3D, uses ground mounted cameras to track cloud movements, and can even track clouds that are layered at different altitudes and moving at different speeds. Fulcrum3D technical […]

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Impact Investment Group purchases 11MW Williamsdale solar farm in ACT

May 13, 2016
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A privately owned funds management company has bought an 11MW solar project in the Australian Capital Territory as part of a major push into the Australian solar market. Impact Investment Group announced last Wednesday that its newly created Solar Development Trust had bought the 11MW Williamsdale solar project – one of three winners of a 20-year feed-in […]

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Solar Choice brokers second 100kW solar system for Doug Hall Poultry

May 5, 2016
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Solar Choice Commercial has brokered a second 100kW solar PV system for Doug Hall Poultry – this time at the company’s Ellerslie location. The first 100kW system, for Doug Hall’s Millmerran location, was completed about midway through 2015. With multiple locations along Queensland’s regional Ergon network, electricity bills are a substantial part of Doug Hall’s operating costs. […]

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Large-scale solar developers get a leg up through ARENA knowledge sharing

May 4, 2016
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Putting more renewable energy generation on the ground is one of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s core objectives, and one of its first tasks upon its formation in 2012 was taking over the (now defunct) Solar Flagships program, originally created in 2009 to support the development of large-scale solar plants. The 102MW Nyngan & 53MW Broken […]

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NSW to fast-track development of large-scale solar farms

April 1, 2016
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The NSW Legislative Council has unanimously supported a motion aimed at fast-tracking the development of large-scale solar and wind energy projects in the state. The motion, introduced by the Greens on Thursday, calls on the state government to designate proposals for large-scale renewables development as ‘Strategic Energy Projects’ – a status aimed at moving the […]

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Solar Choice’s Gannawarra Solar Farm approaches ‘construction ready’ milestone

March 31, 2016
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The first 50 megawatt segment of Solar Choice’s largest Victorian project – the Gannawarra Solar Farm – is slated to be ‘construction ready’ in the next two months. The farm, located near Kerang along the NSW border, was recently short-listed as a candidate for a funding boost from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), and is […]

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Solar forecasting held to a higher standard: Reuniwatt’s Soleka

March 24, 2016

Reuniwatt is a solar forecasting company born out of some of the most stringent electricity market conditions on the planet. Founded on France’s Reunion Island, Reuniwatt’s Soleka forecasting tool has been designed to meet the strict reliability standards of an island grid heavily reliant on medium and large-scale solar farms, and is of potential interest […]

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Sharing the sun in the ACT: How SolarShare is facilitating community solar power

March 22, 2016
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Not everyone can own a solar PV system – particularly if they don’t have a roof to put one on. Canberra-based SolarShare is one of the first companies in Australia looking to change this by introducing a ‘community solar’ model that allows anyone to reap the financial benefits of going solar – even if they […]

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Solar Choice’s Gannawarra Solar Farm is 2nd largest in recent ARENA funding round announcement

February 4, 2016
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Solar Choice and Edify Energy‘s Gannawarra Solar Farm is the second largest of 22 ‘high merit’ projects selected to move ahead in the most recent competitive funding round for large-scale solar by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The shortlisted projects were selected from 77 expressions of interest (EOIs) which met the Agency’s basic eligibility […]

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Queensland’s Ergon announces tenders for 200MW of large-scale solar

July 20, 2015
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Queensland network operator Ergon Energy is set to tender for up to 200MW of large-scale solar capacity, as well as to accelerate its push into battery storage and electric vehicles as part of its plans to transform the country’s biggest grid. The move by the regional network operator is the biggest tender for large-scale solar […]

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Commercial Solar PV Price Index: July 2015

July 20, 2015
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Commercial solar system prices for July 2015 remain steady at around $1.44 per watt ($/W) on average. 10kW solar system prices continue the gradual rise that began about three months ago in April, while 30kW system prices have increased to a lesser degree. 50kW and 100kW system prices have both come down slightly, thanks mainly to […]

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ACT large-scale solar-plus-storage program receives 30 applications

July 14, 2015

The ACT government’s next generation solar program has been been swamped by 30 submissions representing 967MW of potential solar plus storage capacity in response to its call for expressions of interest. ACT energy minister Simon Corbell said the huge response signified the potential opportunity for next generation solar in Australia. The ACT government intends to […]

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ARENA will move to fund Aussie utility-scale solar to bring Aus up to speed with rest of world

July 7, 2015
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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has flagged a new round of big solar funding, in an effort to bridge the cost-gap between large-scale solar projects in Australia and the US, and other countries. ARENA chairman Greg Bourne suggested on Monday that the funding round would be included in the Agency’s next general funding strategy, to be released […]

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Solar Choice brokers 100kW solar array for Doug Hall Poultry in Millmerran, QLD

July 1, 2015
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[Updated on 1 July 2015 with new images]. Solar Choice Commercial has brokered a 100kW ground-mounted solar PV installation for Doug Hall Poultry in Millmerran, Queensland. Doug Hall is one of the largest suppliers of fresh eggs to Woolworths and Coles in Australia. After Doug Hall Poultry selected Solar Choice to manage the tender for its […]

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Solar Choice’s 2GW Bulli Creek Solar Farm: The lay of the land

June 17, 2015
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At 2 gigawatts of capacity, once completed Solar Choice’s Bulli Creek Solar Farm will be the largest project of its kind in Australia – and among the largest in the world. For a project of this size, a substantial amount of land is required. This article takes a look at the site of this mega-project and the reasons […]

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