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GreenPower vs rooftop solar (vs both)

March 28, 2017
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GreenPower is an attractive option for Australian households who want to support renewable energy production. Is opting for GreenPower a better idea than installing rooftop solar? In this article we take a look at how both options support renewables uptake, and examine the pros and cons of opting for one, the other – or both. […]

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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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NSW Government announces major expansion into renewable energy

November 7, 2016
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The New South Wales Coalition government has broken ranks with its federal counterpart and announced a major expansion into large and small-scale renewable energy, as well as electric vehicles and energy efficiency, as part of a new plan to reach “zero net emissions” by 2050. The state says it will issue more government power purchase […]

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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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ARENA board proposes compromise on funding cuts to maintain critical research commitments

September 7, 2016
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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency board is believed to have proposed a compromise on its funding position, in a bid to continue its support of critical research and early stage renewable energy and battery storage development. The Coalition government is seeking to strip $1 billion in funds from ARENA, which was created by Labor in […]

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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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Investment in large-scale renewables on the rise, but Aus still unlikely to meet 2020 target

July 26, 2016

Large-scale renewable energy investment in Australia has hit its highest levels since 2013, although it remains well short of the level needed to meet the reduced renewable energy target in 2020. Bloomberg New Energy Finance data for the second quarter in 2016 shows investment in large scale wind at its highest levels since 2013, just […]

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Australia misses out on ‘mountain of global cash’ as renewable target uncertainty continues

May 16, 2016
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Australia is missing out on a “mountain of global cash” looking for alternative energy investments, a new report has found, thanks to continued renewable energy policy uncertainty, and the effect this has had on the sector’s ability to secure long-term power off-take agreements. The report, Ernst and Young’s latest Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Indices (RECAI), […]

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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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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 & wind farm ‘co-location’ holds promise for Australian renewable potential

March 29, 2016
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A least 1GW of large-scale solar could be added to existing Australian wind farms, boosting renewable energy generation and smoothing its delivery to the grid, according to a new report on the benefits of solar and wind “co-location.” The report, published by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, is based on data from 10 existing wind […]

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How Australia can claim its large-scale solar birthright: Q&A with HST Solar

March 14, 2016
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HST Solar – formerly a manufacturer of ground-mounted dual-axis trackers – has undergone a dramatic metamorphosis into a developer of a cloud-based solar farm project management toolbox. The company claims that its software can do the work of 10-15 professionals, delivering actionable insights with regard to engineering, finance, procurement and construction – thereby seriously reducing […]

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Whitsunday Solar Farm becomes second project developed by Solar Choice to be included in ARENA funding round shortlist

March 7, 2016
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The Whitsunday Solar Farm has become the second project developed by Solar Choice and our partner Edify Energy to be shortlisted for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s large-scale solar funding round under its Advancing Renewables Programme. The project joins Solar Choice’s Gannawarra Solar Farm in Victoria after one of the 22 projects selected by ARENA […]

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ARENA report shows potential for cost-reductions in large-scale solar

March 7, 2016
Large scale solar cost per watt

New data released on the Australian Renewable Energy Agency website has revealed some interesting information about the costs of large-scale solar projects in Australia. It suggests that solar energy could be built at around $110-$120/MWh in Australia, although with cheaper financing this could be lowered by around another $10/MWh. This is significantly cheaper than the […]

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Queensland Productivity Commission report ignores benefits, emphasises costs of QRET

February 15, 2016
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A new study from the Queensland Productivity Commission has estimated the state’s renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2050 will cost $10.8 billion in subsidies, and has advised the state government to proceed with caution on its delivery. The estimated QRET cost was released by the QPC as part of a draft report […]

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ARENA may make additional $100m available for large-scale solar

February 2, 2016
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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency is said to be considering making another $100 million worth of grants available in a new round of funding for large-scale solar projects, following the overwhelming response to its latest program. The $100 million would be designed to get some 200MW of new capacity under way – and effort that […]

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ACT enviro minister Corbell named one of three Solar Council ‘patrons’

November 11, 2015
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ACT environment minister – and architect of the Capital’s nation-leading renewable energy policy – Simon Corbell has been named as one of three patrons to the Australian Solar Council. Corbell, who will resign from his ministerial position at the next election, was appointed to the new role alongside former Greens leader Christine Milne and Former […]

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Unsubsidised large-scale solar beats coal, gas in Indian & Chilean auctions

November 9, 2015
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Large-scale solar energy projects continue to make extraordinary gains against their fossil fuel rivals, with two stunning auction results in India and Chile over the past week both illustrating that solar is now clearly the cheapest option compared to new coal-fired power stations. In Chile, where the auction was open to all technologies, fossil fuel […]

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Queensland’s new large-scale solar incentive: The Solar 60 Contract for Difference (CFD)

November 4, 2015
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Making good on its pre-election promises to boost renewables (particularly solar) in the Sunshine State, Queensland‘s Labor government has implemented an ambitious program to support large-scale solar projects. The Solar 60 incentive scheme will provide an ongoing production incentive in the form of a contract for difference (CFD), a financial instrument which ensures a steady […]

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NEXTracker’s self-powered, horizontal axis solar tracking system

November 4, 2015
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NEXTracker is a California-based developer of an innovative self-power, horizontal single-axis solar tracking system which has been deployed in solar farms across the globe. NEXTracker now has over 500MW of installations across five continents (eight countries), as well as the largest solar tracking system in Australia at Moree Solar Farm, New South Wales (70MW). NEXTracker’s […]

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As India’s large-scale solar costs drop, Australian coal projects may lose lustre

October 28, 2015
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The cost of large scale solar development in India is expected to fall again, further undermining the case for new coal generators, and the economics of importing coal from mega projects such as in Australia’s Galilee Basin. New analysis from researchers at Deutsche Bank suggest that prices for large-scale solar projects are likely to fall […]

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Adani Group could develop large-scale solar project in QLD

October 27, 2015

The Indian company behind plans to develop a mega-coal mining project in Queensland’s Galilee Basin could also have plans to build a large-scale solar plant in the heart of the state’s coal region, the Bowen Basin. RenewEconomy reported that executives from Adani Group have been meeting with landowners in the Isaac Regional Council to find out […]

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Australia to have lowest-cost large-scale wind & solar projects in APAC – and coal can’t compete

October 12, 2015
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Solar projects built in Australia are cheaper than any of its Asian neighbours, according to new research by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, while new Australian coal plants would be 50 per cent more expensive – the most costly in Asia. The findings are important, given how many of Australia’s coal-fired generators are already operating beyond […]

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QLD government to give boost to rooftop & large-scale solar

September 3, 2015
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The Queensland Labor government has pledged to help the Sunshine State live up to its name, by boosting development of large-scale solar projects and encouraging the uptake of rooftop solar. Speaking at a budget estimates hearing on Friday, Queensland energy minister Mark Bailey said his government was determined to grow both the small and large-scale renewable […]

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Utilty-scale solar will soon be competitive with fossil power in USA – even without tax credit

July 31, 2015
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Utility-scale solar in the US is likely to become competitive with fossil fueled energy generation sources in a matter of years, even if current tax credits are removed. That is the assessment of SunPower, one of the biggest solar module manufacturers and project developers in the US, which this week bought out the 1.5GW solar […]

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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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Could the Coalition turn RET towards large-scale solar?

June 22, 2015

In seeking to justify its push against wind energy, the creation of a “wind commissioner” and its dealing with the Senate cross-bench, the Coalition is trying to turn the renewable energy target into a sort of de facto large-scale solar scheme. “What we’re doing there is very significant and we’re increasing the focus on large-scale solar,” environment […]

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RET deal details remain unsettled with questions about wood waste and wind

June 19, 2015

Last-minute wrangling over the inclusion of native wood waste in the Renewable Energy Target is threatening to delay passage of the amended legislation through federal Parliament’s Upper House, as the Coalition and Labor try to avoid a compromise agreement with cross-bench Senators. As part of the political intrigue that has intensified since Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s […]

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Coalition reportedly investigating ways to promote large-scale solar ahead of wind

June 12, 2015
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Solar energy could be favoured under the revised Australian renewable energy target, with Coalition ministers reportedly looking at ways to accelerate the development of large-scale solar projects, ahead of wind farms. It is understood that Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane and Environment Minister Greg Hunt are facing strong party-room resistance to the cut-down 33,000GWh target agreed […]

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ARENA-backed survey says Australia loves solar

May 26, 2015
Renewable energy support survey

A new survey has found that an overwhelming majority of Australians support the installation of solar on the nation’s rooftops and at a utility-scale, but that almost one-quarter of the population still had little understanding about the role solar energy could and would play on the national grid. The survey, conducted by independent market research company […]

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Renewable Energy Target deal struck: 33,000GWh with no 2-yearly reviews

May 18, 2015
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The Abbott government and federal Labor have finally struck a bipartisan agreement on Australia’s renewable energy target, with both parties agreeing to slash it from 41,000GWh to 33,000GWh by 2020. The agreement was reached on Monday morning after a reported intervention from the Prime Minister’s office, encouraging the Coalition to backflip on its backflip about the need for ongoing reviews. […]

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