Solar Strategy Needed In WA To Avoid ‘Death Spiral’

The author of a new study into Western Australia’s electricity future says the falling cost of solar panel systems could drive a tenfold increase in privately owned solar capacity in WA by 2025. Adjunct Professor Bill Grace is an urban sustainability specialist at the University of Western Australia’s (UWA) Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC). […]

World’s Largest Shopping Mall Solar Array Unveiled

SM North Edsa in Quezon City in the Philippines now boasts what is claimed to be the largest solar array on a shopping mall in the world – and it was installed by a company led by a 21 year-old. Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III flicked on the ceremonial switch of the solar powered […]

SolarCity And NREL Team Up On Voltage Regulation

SolarCity and the USA’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have partnered to solve the growing challenge of voltage regulation on the Hawaiian electricity network caused by the proliferation of grid-connected rooftop solar systems. Scientists and engineers from SolarCity and Hawaiian Electric Company, the island state’s utility provider, are utilising NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) […]

ARENA Annual Report 2013-2014

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has released its second annual report. The organisation says it has managed $1.2 billion in support of more than 200 renewable projects, fellowships and scholarships with a total project value of around $3.5 billion. Among those were several world-first and Australia-first projects; including the hottest pressurised supercritical steam ever […]

Walmart Selects SunEdison For Solar Expansion

The world’s largest retailer, Walmart, has announced SunEdison to be one of two firms to install up to 400 new solar power systems at Walmart facilities across the USA. The project works towards Walmart’s ultimate goal of being supplied by 100 percent renewable energy and a 2020 target of sourcing or producing seven billion kWh […]

Panasonic HIT Solar Cells And Batteries Power Car To Victory

A team from Tokai University in Japan has won the Carrera Solar Atacama 2014 in a car powered by Panasonic’s HIT solar cells and lithium-ion batteries. South America’s biggest solar car race runs over 1,400-kilometres; from the desert to the Andes. Tokai University’s solar car team covered the distance in 15 hours and 20 minutes. […]

UK Large Scale Solar Cheaper Than Gas By 2018

A report from the UK Solar Trade Association (STA) says assuming the nation’s Government provides stable policy support, it will be cheaper to generate electricity from large scale solar plants than by burning gas as soon as 2018. The Association says the cost of building large scale solar farms will drop faster than current Government […]

Renewable Energy Important To Victorian Voters

Political parties’ stances on renewable energy may be given careful consideration when Victorians go to the polls on the 29th of November. According to BusinessSpectator, a recent survey commissioned by GetUp!, found 53 per cent of respondents considered it was “very important” for the state government to invest in renewable energy and a further 25 […]

96 MW Jasper Solar Farm Completed

SolarReserve has announced the completion of South Africa’s 96 MW Jasper solar power plant, the final link in a 246 MW chain of grid-connected PV projects designed to solve intermittency problems in the country’s Northern Cape electricity network. The Jasper plant came online two months ahead of schedule and joins sister solar farms Lesedi and […]

Wind To Power New Google Datacenter

Google has announced its new Eemshaven datacenter will be 100% powered by renewable energy from its first day of operation. Google says it has struck an agreement to buy all the output of a new Eneco wind farm currently under construction at Delfzijl, near Eemshaven in the Netherlands for the next decade. “By entering into […]