Australian solar rebate figures released

In spite of the Australian Federal Government’s recent $100,000 annual income means test on solar power rebates, figures recently released relating to the Solar Homes & Communities Plan show an average of 522 applications have been lodged each week since May’s budget.

SunPower Extends its Global Reach into Australian Market

SunPower Acquires Solar Sales, a Leading Australian Distributor SAN JOSE, Calif., July 24, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ — SunPower Corporation (Nasdaq: SPWR), a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar systems, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Australian integrator and distributor, Solar Sales Pty Ltd. With […]

Sahara sun to provide green energy to Europe?

While the thought of transmitting electricity from thousands of kilometres away may sound inefficient, scientists in the European Union are proposing just that as a way of ensuring the energy needs of a growing population are met while reducing electricity generated greenhouse gas emissions.

Ask Dr Solar: Heat Pumps Explained

A solar heat pump is a different way to use renewable energy to heat water – that doesn’t need solar panels! Solar heat pumps can save you a bundle of cash onyour hot water bills, as they use approximately one third the energy of an electric water heater.

Ask Dr Solar: Residential Solar Power Basics

Many people are a little wary of hooking up a residential solar power system; much of the hesitation due to the jargon involved which can get a little confusing. Terms like “photovoltaic cells”, “solar cells” pop up – what’s the difference? Then there’s batteries to consider; or is there?

Swiss Adopt aggressive feed in tariff law for Renewable Energy

First Nation with Specific Tariff for Small Wind Turbines   Switzerland recently adopted one of the world’s most aggressive systems of feed in tariffs. The Swiss, normally best known for conservative traditions, stodgy bankers, and trains that run on time, have joined a ever increasing list of countries using feed-in tariffs to promote the rapid […]

French Solar Industry demands higher Feed-in Tariffs

Today representatives of the French solar industry and the European Photovoltaic Industry Association called for France to increase the feed-in tariffs for solar PV systems. They also called for removal of notorious barriers to interconnection. Last year France installed only 35 MW of solar PV in contrast to neighboring Germany that installed 1,100 MW. Currently […]