New Maps To Help Guide Australian Renewables Investment

The first set of maps developed by the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Sydney indicating opportunities for renewable energy in Australia were made available online yesterday. Part of an Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) supported project, the maps are hosted on the Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI) platform and display […]

California’s 50% Renewable Energy Target Signed Into Law

California’s Governor, Edmund G. Brown Jr., signed legislation earlier today committing the state to generating half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The bill, SB 350, builds on California’s current 33 percent renewables portfolio standard, which was signed into law by Governor Brown in 2011. “California has taken groundbreaking steps to increase the […]

Acciona 100% EcoPowered EV Tackling Morocco Rally

The participation of Acciona’s revamped 100% EcoPowered vehicle in this year’s Morocco Rally represents the first time an EV left the start line in a championship race within the world rally calendar. Currently under way, the race runs over a route over 2,200 kilometres long, divided into five stages. 300 participants from 27 countries are […]

Bill Bullish On Australia’s Solar + Storage Potential

In a speech delivered at the All Energy Australia 2015 conference yesterday, Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten said Australia was an energy superpower with enough renewable resources to power our country “five hundred times over”. Mr Shorten said there were exciting new opportunities for Australians in renewable energy technology, but the country had been […]

Wind And Solar Costs Down – Coal, Gas And Nuclear Up

Onshore wind energy now fully competitive against gas and coal in some parts of the world, while solar power is closing in says Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). BNEF’s Levelised Cost of Electricity Update for the second half of this year states the cost of onshore wind and solar photovoltaics have dropped again this year, […]

Australian Enphase AC Battery Trial Announced

Enphase Energy has partnered with SA Power Networks to trial Enphase’s residential energy storage system in South Australia. The Enphase Storage System includes the Enphase AC Battery, a modular “plug and play” 1.2kWh battery based on Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) chemistry and incorporating the Enphase S275 Microinverter. Another element of the system is the Enphase […]

Australian Solar Panel ‘Dumping’ Investigation Terminated

It’s official – the investigation by the Australian Anti-Dumping Commissioner into the alleged dumping of some solar panels from China has been terminated – and that’s good news for households and businesses considering going solar. It’s been an expensive exercise that has dragged on for over a year; however the Commissioner has determined “the injury […]

Africa Could Boost Renewable Energy 400% By 2030

Africa could generate 22% of all its energy requirements through home-grown renewables by 2030 says the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). IRENA’s latest report, Africa 2030 : Roadmap For A Renewable Energy Future, provides a detail on how the continent could achieve this target; up from just 5% renewables in 2013. “Africa holds some of […]

Facebook’s First Project To Beam Internet From Space

Facebook has announced a partnership with Eutelsat to provide coverage to communities without internet access via a solar powered satellite. “As part of our collaboration with Eutelsat, a new satellite called AMOS-6 is going to provide internet coverage to large parts of Sub-Saharan Africa,” said Facebook co-founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. AMOS-6 is a 5-ton […]

SunEdison Launches World First P-Series Solar Panel in Australia

Global solar leader SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE:SUNE) has today launched its low-cost, high efficiency SE-P265NPB solar panel; available exclusively in Australia. This 265W panel is set to play a significant role in the nation’s solar power revolution and is the first SunEdison panel available in the Australian market. ‚ÄúThis module boasts all the hallmarks of quality […]