Monthly Archives October 2019

‘For Investors, the Main Game is Solar’: MacroBusiness

Fossil fuels have a limited time as viable sources of energy, purely in economic terms. That’s the finding of a report from Australian macroeconomic source MacroBusiness. Analysing current global market conditions, the report says coal, gas and oil are on a “scarcity curve”. The more we use the less there is, and the more expensive it becomes. In contrast, “Solar and battery power is on a technology curve: the more the world produces, the cheaper it becomes.” The economic realities of electricity production The report compared the prices in US dollars per kilowatt hour of wholesale energy from common generation
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Queensland Solar Power Generation Now Double Biggest Power Station Output

It’s official: Queensland’s combined solar panel generation now produces twice as much electricity as its biggest coal-fired power station. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said rooftops and solar farms together had just passed the 4,000MW milestone for generating capacity. The state has eight coal-fired power stations, the biggest being in Gladstone. Its 1,680MW of capacity is due to be retired from the energy grid in 2032. Sunshine State weathers solar cloud The news comes after the Sunshine State weathered a solar cloud earlier this year. In May, the Queensland Government was at loggerheads with the solar industry as it tried
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September Solar Installations Equal Record 180MW

Rooftop solar installations in September equalled the monthly record, with 180MW added across Australia. That’s according to the latest SunWiz data reported by RenewEconomy. And in an upset for the books, NSW beat out Queensland for line honours as the country’s strongest market. Small-scale solar means any installation up to 100 kW. So far in 2019, installations are up 40% on last year. Total rooftop solar installed across Australia in 2018 was 1,550 MW. The amount of rooftop solar installations under 100 kW in Australia is now 9.5G W, across 2.2 million dwellings and business rooftops. NSW leads solar installations
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Solar Systems Replace Electricity Network in Australian First

In an Australian first, a WA power company has removed part of its network to install solar panels and battery storage instead. State-owned Horizon Power installed a 10.8kW solar array and 25kWh of battery storage on one property, rather than connect it to the network. Horizon Power will install 17 independent solar power systems in the Esperance region. As part of the project, 64km of poles and wires will be removed. This makes Horizon Australia’s first electricity utility to remove part of its poles and wires network. Solar power and batteries more reliable: minister The move got the thumbs up
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Enphase Ships Over a Million Microinverters to Australia/NZ

Enphase, a leading manufacturer of microinverters, has imported over one million units into Australia and New Zealand. Pete Thorne, director of Solaray Energy Australia, said the milestone was a huge achievement for both Enphase and Solaray. “We are proud to be installers of Enphase microinverters and wouldn’t dream of using any other microinverters as the building blocks for our business, as we pride ourselves on using premium quality products,” he said. Enphase’s software-defined microinverter architecture allows it to quickly configure new products for release with a single hardware design. The company has a reputation for high standards in reliability, safety
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Victorian Solar Homes Rebate: Delays Could Mean Big Summer Power Bills 

Yesterday’s Victorian Solar Homes Program rebate quota was snapped up in less than two hours. Despite increasing the monthly quota to 6,500 in October (up from 3,333 in August) the government rebate program is still forcing people to delay their rooftop solar installations. This is effectively putting a cap on Victoria’s solar industry at the busiest time of the year. That’s because disappointed Victorians who miss out on a rebate are putting solar power installations on hold until the next quota window — even as summer’s big power bills approach. Meanwhile, reports of exhausting red tape and unreliable facial recognition
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Australia is World’s Fastest Adopter of Renewable Energy

Australia is installing renewable energy generation sources faster than any other country on the planet. That’s according to an analysis from researchers at ANU, who say record renewable energy installation rates in 2018 will continue through 2019 and 2020. They claim that between 2018 and 2020, Australia will install more than 16 GW of wind and solar. This gives an average rate of 220 watts per person per year — 2.5 times faster than Germany, our closest competitor. Regulator clinches renewable target The decisive moment came when Australia reached its large-scale renewable energy goal of 33,000 GWh by 2020. The
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