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Solar panel reliability testing: More relevant than tier ranking for solar homes & businesses?

September 6, 2017
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Deciding whether you’re happy with a solar installers’ panel offering can be tricky business in a market flooded with different options (as is the case in Australia). Fortunately, DNV GL puts together an annual report based on physical stress testing of a wide range of popular panels brands & models that is probably a better […]

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Diamond Energy helps ‘The Block’ to go green with solar & storage

September 19, 2016
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The Block’s ninety year old soap factory is now a leading light in the renewable renovation revolution, and Diamond Energy is proud to be part of it. The Logie-winning channel 9 renovation and design show, “The Block”, has chosen Diamond Energy to support renewable energy and move towards greener living. Julian Cress, Co-Creator and Executive […]

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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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Metal plating as a pathway to cheaper high-efficiency solar cells

March 27, 2015
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The first instalment of this series outlined the technology developments which have kept screen printed solar cells on top of global PV sales. Despite its dominant position amongst most PV manufacturers, the classic screen printed cell looks set to be replaced by PERC cells within the coming decade. Past that, recent world records set by […]

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Will thin film solar cells ever overtake crystalline silicon?

October 6, 2014
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“Do people think that crystalline silicon technology headed the way of the dinosaurs?” This is a question that SunPower co-founder Dr Dick Swanson asked the audience at the 40th annual Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) this year. With crystalline silicon cells coming into mass production at the beginning of this century for the first time, costs have fallen […]

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South Australia, meeting 33% target early, ups state renewable energy target to 50% by 2020

September 25, 2014
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South Australia’s Labor government has boosted its renewable energy target to 50 per cent by 2025, up from the 33 per cent target it has already met, six years ahead of the 2020 schedule. SA Premier Jay Weatherill made the announcement on Tuesday, describing the decision as essential for the state reach its target of $10 billion […]

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SunPower to trial solar leasing program in Australia

August 21, 2014
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America’s second-largest PV manufacturer, SunPower, is set to test its rooftop solar leasing program in Australia, with the launched this week of a pilot program in Melbourne. The Nasdaq-listed solar company announced on Tuesday it would install its panels on suitable Melbourne metropolitan rooftops at no upfront cost, for a predetermined monthly payment for 25 years. The […]

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SunPower to offer commercial energy storage solution in Australia in 2015

August 6, 2014
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Commercial energy storage systems could hit the Australian market as soon as next year, according to leading US solar company SunPower. SunPower, one of the world’s biggest PV module manufacturers and developers of rooftop and utility-scale solar, has flagged the introduction of battery storage into Australia’s commercial market in 2015, as it looks to rapidly […]

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Sunpower and KB Homes partnership offers PV with battery storage

July 8, 2014
Energy storage for homes

Sunpower is offering fully integrated solar PV and battery storage solutions for new energy efficient homes in Southern California, in partnership with US home builder KB Homes. The pilot program initially aims to provide back-up electricity for homes in the event of power disruptions, citing natural disasters as a major concern. However, Sunpower has made it clear […]

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Aussie investors Southern Cross Ventures back US solar-plus-storage startup

June 20, 2014
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A leading US developer of battery storage and energy management systems has gained backing from Australian cleantech investment fund Southern Cross Venture Partners. Southern Cross led a $15 million fundraising round in Sunverge Energy, a California-based start-up that is working to roll out energy management systems combining solar, storage, and smart controls, in markets around […]

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SunPower CEO: Australia could be a world leader in distributed energy & solar PV

April 30, 2014
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Australia has been named as a potential leader in the global shift towards decentralised renewable energy generation by the head of one of the world’s biggest solar manufacturers – provided it can establish a stable policy base. Tom Werner, the CEO of US-based SunPower, says the combination of good sun, open spaces, and high electricity […]

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USA’s SunPower realises falling costs through improved manufacturing efficiencies

February 18, 2014
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Top solar PV manufacturers are still reporting large gains in efficiency and manufacturing processes that are delivering cost reductions of 20 per cent or more a year. It is widely thought that the dramatic cost declines in the solar PV industry over the last 5 years were a result only of surplus capacity. But even […]

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Diamond Energy, Australia’s solar-friendly energy retailer, secures investment from SunPower Corporation

October 31, 2012
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Australian owned energy retailer Diamond Energy has recently announced that Amercian solar manufacturer SunPower has bought a ‘cornerstone shareholding’ in the company. The investment will allow Diamond Energy to expand the products and services it delivers to the Australian market and place the company in a stronger position to support commercial opportunities for larger scale generation […]

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Monocrystalline vs Polycrystalline Solar Panels: Busting Myths

March 27, 2012

One of the most common comments that the Solar Choice Energy Brokering team hear from our customers relates to the issue of monocrystalline vs polycrystalline (or ‘multicrystalline’) solar panels. Although monocrystalline panels had the initial advantage of being seen as the superior technology in the Australian market, as time goes on and both technologies improve, […]

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SunPower Solar Panels in Australia

October 6, 2011
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    The world record for solar panel efficiency goes to SunPower‘s solar panels: 24% cell efficiency (sunlight  –> usable electricity in laboratory conditions) and 19.6% conversion efficiency (sunlight –> usable electricity in real-life conditions) with the SunPower E19 / 320W solar modules. SunPower prides itself in its hard-earned reputation for world-leading technology and excellent […]

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Ford and SunPower: Solar Power and Electric Vehicles made affordable

August 18, 2011
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Automobile manufacturer Ford and the US solar panel producer SunPower have teamed up in a strategic partnership to encourage both renewable energy and electric vehicles (EVs). The program, given the somewhat to-the-point moniker “Drive Green for Life”, aims to set up homes with solar panels on their roofs (or solar car ports) and Ford Focus […]

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