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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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2016 was a record-breaking year for Australian solar

February 20, 2017
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At one point, 2016 looked like an abysmal year for Australian solar. But 2016 turned out to be record breaking year for solar, in many regards. You’ll get all the information you need here, but here are some of the highlights. Though the headline utility-scale figures indicate a come-down of mammoth proportions, it was always […]

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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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Newcastle NSW – world’s largest coal port – to get 5MW solar farm

October 19, 2016
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The council of the former “coal city” of Newcastle, NSW, is seeking expressions of interest for a 5MW solar farm to be built on a closed landfill site as part. The tender, released on Tuesday, is part of Newcastle Council’s plan to cut its emissions by 30 per cent by 2020 and source 30 per […]

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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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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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NSW government to support up to 8 solar farms

June 15, 2016
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The NSW government has moved to boost the prospects of eight  large-scale solar projects proposed for the state, by effectively guaranteeing the purchase of a significant proportion of their output. NSW energy minister Anthony Roberts has proposed that 92GWh of solar output be bought by government users – roughly the equivalent of about 40MW of […]

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Another 3GW of capacity required for Aus to meet 2020 renewables target

May 25, 2016

As much as 3000MW of new-build renewable energy capacity – or another 30 Clare Solar Farms – will need to be committed in 2016 alone if Australia is meet its 2020 renewable energy target, a new report has warned. The report, prepared by the Clean Energy Regulator, checks the progress of the RET scheme in […]

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

March 22, 2016
SolarShare Flagship Project

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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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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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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Testing complete, NSW’s Nyngan Soar Farm soon to be fully operational

June 17, 2015
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Australia’s largest solar farm, the 102MW Nyngan Solar Plant in western New South Wales, is set to become fully operational in a matter of weeks after achieving the milestone of full generation last Tuesday, less than two months after construction of the plant was completed in mid-April. The plant’s owner, AGL Energy, said the solar farm […]

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Coalition and Labor to compromise on Renewable Energy Target: 33,000GWh by 2020

May 8, 2015
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A compromise deal may finally have been reached on Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET), according to reporting from the ABC and other sources. The Coalition government and Labor Party have apparently reached an agreement to reduce the nation’s 2020 target from the current 41,000 gigawawatt-hours (GWh) to 33,000GWh. Although not the outcome that renewable energy […]

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AEPOL’s Dustech 2 polymer suppresses dust on solar farm sites

April 13, 2015
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As a developer of large-scale solar PV projects in some of the more arid regions of Australia, Solar Choice is keenly aware of the impact that dust accumulation can have on solar plant maintenance and ROI. AEPOL’s Dustech 2 is one product on the market that seeks to address this challenge. The informative article below […]

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NSW government contributes $50k to support potential community solar farm

March 12, 2015
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The NSW government has awarded $50,000 towards an investigation into the feasibility of building what would be Australia’s largest community-owned renewables project – a 1MW solar farm in the southern tablelands city of Goulburn. Community energy outfit The Goulburn Group (TGG) said on Monday it had won the grant as one of 19 recipients to share in a $846,000 […]

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Business Renewables Center aims to help double US wind & solar capacity by 2025

February 12, 2015
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America’s large-scale solar market is set to get a boost after the launch last week of a new business advisory body aimed at speeding up the shift to renewables by big corporates. Launched on Thursday by the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Business Renewables Center (BRC) hopes to add another 60GW of solar and wind energy capacity to […]

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Solar Choice’s Mount Majura Solar Farm, edging closer to completion, will use QBotix’s sun-tracking robot technology

January 7, 2015
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Solar Choice’s Mount Majura Solar Farm has again been the subject of an article by the Canberra Times‘ John Thistleton. The most recent article provides an update on the progress of the project since the paper first covered it in March of 2013. It also takes note of the innovative and unique tracking technology that will be used in […]

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Bluestream Australia aims to bring affordable, qualified staffing to Australia’s solar industry

January 5, 2015

Bluestream Australia, part of the Bluestream group of companies, is an Australian staffing agency founded with the goal of helping solar industry players find the right workers for whatever job is at hand. The company has three branches, each of which services a particular niche in the solar industry: installations, project-based & long-term recruitment, and […]

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Singleton Solar Farm to be resurrected as a community solar project after 15 years of dormancy

December 5, 2014
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A 407kW solar farm first built by the NSW government more than 15 years ago is set to be switched back on. The Singleton Solar Farm in NSW’s Hunter Valley was originally constructed in 1998/99 as part of the 2000 Olympics, along with the 70kW Sydney Superdome array, and at the time was the biggest […]

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GameChange racking for fast-rollout PV

November 27, 2014
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‘GameChange’ has developed a fast-rollout PV racking system, among the quickest of its kind in the industry. The US-based company offers a ‘pour-in-place’ ballasted ground mounting system, especially suitable for large-scale solar farm installations. GameChange quotes an installation rate of just over 1,400 full size PV panels per week for a five-person team, which is […]

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Giant outback solar farm to electrify SE Asia: an idea so crazy it might just work

September 16, 2014
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Would you believe me if I told you that we could power our nation’s energy use by covering less than 0.01% of Australia with solar panels? It sounds crazy but it’s true. In fact, we could power worldwide energy demand with just 5% of the sunlight reaching our shores. Our sunburnt country is blessed with […]

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FRV suggests energy storage ‘multiplier’ incentive to encourage renewables, reduce peak demand

July 2, 2014
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Spanish renewables group, FRV, has suggested the introduction of a form of banding, or a “multiplier,” to encourage the development of energy storage. FRV suggests a multiplier could be applied to encourage generation when and where it is needed most, such as during peak demand and shoulder periods. This would address concerns that much wind […]

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Solar Choice releases pricing data for commercial-scale solar PV systems (10kW-100kW)

May 9, 2014
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On the back of the success of its monthly Solar PV Price Index articles, which focus mainly on residential solar PV systems, Solar Choice has decided to begin publishing monthly pricing figures for commercial-scale solar systems up to 100kW in capacity on a monthly basis. As with the residential pricing figures, commercial numbers are drawn […]

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Sunny Australia’s solar uptake lags behind dreary UK’s

May 7, 2014
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Queensland continues to remain the hot-spot for rooftop solar installations in Australia, accounting for much of the installs in the month of March, and showing an increase as falls were recorded in other states. According to industry statistician SunWiz, around 71MW of rooftop solar was registered in March across the country. Again it was mostly […]

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Biodiversity plan released for solar farms

May 5, 2014
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Any large scale generation facility has an impact on the land it occupies. However, well managed solar farms have some unique characteristics which make them ideally suited to encouraging biodiversity compared to non-renewable generation. Two of the primary factors are that once operational, solar farms are virtually silent and include no moving parts. This makes […]

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250kW solar systems: Costs, power output, ROI

April 3, 2014
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Solar power has become one of the most popular ways for Australian businesses to cut their power bills and reduce their carbon emissions. This article takes a look at pricing, power output, and potential savings possible with a 250 kilowatt (kW) solar system in Australia. Pricing for 250kW solar systems While many factors are at play in […]

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Yingli Green Energy will return to profitability in third quarter of 2014

March 21, 2014
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Chinese solar giant Yingli Green Energy has announced that it doesn’t expect to return to profitability until the third quarter of 2014 – a year later than some of its rivals and at least three months later than the company’s CFO predicted in January. Shares in the world’s largest solar panel maker slumped by as […]

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