Australian Solar Owners Short-Changed – CEC

Australian states continue to take a blinkered view of the value of solar power and storage to the electricity network says the Clean Energy Council. The comments came after a recommendation by the New South Wales Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to reduce the state’s feed in tariff. Yesterday, IPART released a Draft Report […]

Projected Costs Of Generating Electricity – IEA

A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows renewables can generate electricity at close to or even below the cost of new fossil fuel-based power stations. “Projected Costs of Generating Electricity: 2015 Edition” shows the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) in several countries for various generation technologies, based on three discount rates. The […]

The Solar Powered Car Turns 60

On August 31, 1955, William G. Cobb from General Motors Corporation unveiled the world’s first solar-powered car. Showcased at the Chicago Powerama convention, the “Sunmobile” used 8 selenium photovoltaic cells and a small Pooley electric motor. It was also just 15 inches long. While the Sunmobile never evolved into a full size vehicle, GM engineers […]

UK’s Proposed Solar Feed In Tariff Cut Faces Backlash

A proposal to cut solar feed in tariffs by 87% in the UK could crush the nation’s solar industry says Friends Of The Earth. The popularity of feed-in tariffs in the UK has exceeded all renewable energy deployment expectations. “…the Feed-in Tariff projected that we would reach 750,000 installations by 2020: by the end of […]

Construction Starts On Vietnam’s First Solar Farm

Work has commenced on a 19.2-megawatt solar plant in the central province of Quang Ngai in Vietnam. The country’s first solar power station, the facility is expected to start generating electricity in July next year. The solar plant, which will cost around US$36.12 million to build, will export approximately 28,000,000 kWh of clean electricity to […]

Keppel Prince To Supply Towers For Ararat Wind Farm

Ararat Wind Farm Consortium last week announced a deal with Keppel Prince in Portland to supply 35 towers for its clean power plant. “This project will now deliver jobs not only to Ararat but to Portland as well,” said Dan Tehan, Member for Wannon. “It is vitally important that renewable energy projects use as much […]

Map Shows New York’s Untapped Solar Power Potential

The launch of a new solar mapping website from Boston start-up, Mapdwell, shows New York City has the potential to host over 11 GW of solar panel capacity in ‘high-yield’ rooftop projects. The solar map provides a bird’s-eye view all five boroughs of the city, enabling homeowners and businesses to assess how much electricity can […]

The Solar Wind Energy Tower (SWET)

This tower of power could generate clean electricity in desert-type environments its creators says – a lot of it. SWET consists of a very tall hollow cylinder with a water injection system near the top and wind tunnels containing turbines near the bottom. Pumps deliver water to the Tower’s injection system and a fine mist […]

UniSA Energy Storage System Wins Eureka Prize

A University of South Australia team that has developed an energy storage system costing a tenth of more traditional batteries has won the 2015 ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology. Associate Professor Frank Bruno, Dr Martin Belusko and Dr Steven Tay are using salt in their novel energy storage system. While this isn’t […]

Solar Putting The Squeeze On WA Electricity Generators

Excess electricity generation capacity in Western Australia is such that power stations will have be to be closed down. “Given the excess capacity on a good day – 42 per cent – and also the growth of solar … and declining demand, we have excess capacity”, the ABC reports Western Australian Energy Minister Mike Nahan […]