Renewables Not To Blame For SA’s Monster Blackout

It wasn’t long after the lights went out in South Australia that some started blaming the state’s reliance on renewable energy – they were pointing their fingers  in the wrong direction. At around 3.48pm yesterday, lights flickered briefly and then went out altogether; right across the state. It was a very dangerous situation, with homes […]

Protected PV – SolarTurtle

Solar’s a wonderful thing – it’s a pity that thieves appreciate it so much too. In some parts of the world solar panel theft is a huge problem, but even more selfish and mindless is vandalism. As we’ve mentioned so often over the years, solar can change the lives of millions of people in countries […]

Battery 2nd Life Project Commences Operations In Hamburg

Last week, the switch was flicked on a joint energy storage project between BMW, Bosch and Vattenfall that utilises used EV battery packs. Located in Hamburg, Germany, the energy storage facility consists of 2,600 battery modules reclaimed from more than 100 BMW electric vehicles. Energy stored by the 2MW/2.8 MWh plant will be sold on […]

Clinton And Trump Clash On Solar

The first presidential debate held yesterday morning Australian time covered whatever Donald Trump felt like talking about at any particular moment – and even solar power got a mention. To be fair, it was Hillary Clinton who initially raised the issue of solar; which in turn raised The Donald’s ire. “Take clean energy. Some country […]

New York City Sets First Energy Storage Target

The Big Apple is thinking big on energy storage – 100 megawatt hours by 2020 – and Mayor Bill de Blasio has also expanded solar power targets. Late last week, Mayor de Blasio announced solar capacity in New York City had nearly quadrupled since the start of his Administration. He also announced an expansion of […]

Solar Remains A Favourite Energy Source Among Australians

A new report from The Climate Institute indicates solar power continues to be a preferred energy source  among Australians – as for coal, not so much. In fact, there’s very little love for the little black rock. Climate of the Nation 2016 includes the results of a survey of more than 2,000 Australians on their […]

Monash Uni’s Transformative Energy Initiative Gains CEFC Support

Victoria’s Government, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Monash University are collaborating on the University’s Transformative Energy Initiative. A Letter of Interest from the CEFC to Monash University was signed on Thursday night supporting the Initiative, which will incorporate new energy technologies including battery storage and smart microgrids. “Microgrids give universities a chance to integrate […]

Nikola Zero – Solar Power Assisted Electric UTV

Farmers and off-roaders in Australia may start drooling over the recently announced Nikola Zero; but they’ll need to be cashed up. The Nikola Zero is a side-by-side four-wheel drive off-road Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) currently being developed by Nikola Motors, the same company building the Nikola One – a hydrogen powered truck. The 400 volt […]

Off-Grid Micro Solar Is Booming

This social enterprise has loosened the grip fossil fuel has on 65 million people, through the use of solar power. Now it’s cashed up and ready to do more. The enterprise is d.light, which was founded in 2006 with a goal to manufacture and distribute solar lighting and power products to the more than 2 […]

The EU’s First Tesla Powerpack Installation

The first commercial Tesla Powerpack project in the European Union is currently being installed in Somerset, UK. A Camborne Energy Storage project, the Powerpack installation will be working with a ground mounted solar PV facility capable of supplying power for more than 500 homes and will provide ancillary services to the UK’s National Grid. “The […]