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ANU Research Promises Cheaper, More Efficient Solar Cells

Posted by Peter, on January 1, 2019

ANU engineers, in collaboration with researchers from the California Institute of Technology, have developed a way to combine silicon with perovskite to more efficiently convert sunlight into electricity.  Continue reading »

Aussie Researchers Discovery Could Significantly Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

Posted by Peter, on January 24, 2018

Researchers at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science have made a discovery that could lead to significantly boosting solar cell efficiency.  Continue reading »

ANU Breakthrough Technique for Lower Cost Solar Cells

Posted by Peter, on November 15, 2016

Researchers at the Australian National University have found a new way to fabricate high efficiency semi-transparent perovskite solar cells in a breakthrough that could lead to more efficient and cheaper solar cells.  Continue reading »

$92 million Funding for Solar Projects

Posted by Peter, on September 12, 2016

ARENA is to provide a total of $92 million in grants for 12 large-scale solar plants. Between them, the 12 projects will deploy more than 480 megawatts of solar PV energy and represent about $1 billion in total investment.  Continue reading »

ARENA to Fund Solar Farm in Far Noth-west Queensland

Posted by Peter, on March 10, 2016

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced $8.4 million funding support for Canadian Solar and Scouller Energy to construct a 4.5 megawatt solar farm near Normanton in far North-West Queensland.  Continue reading »

Shared Suburban Solar & Storage To Be Trialed in Melbourne

Posted by Peter, on November 30, 2015

The Moreland Energy Foundation Limited, with $112,400 funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, is to investigate a model for shared solar pv generation and energy storage capacity in metropolitan suburbs.  Continue reading »

First Australian Corporate Purchase of Offsite Solar

Posted by Peter, on September 10, 2015

The University of Technology Sydney has signed an agreement to buy the output of the 200 kilowatt Singleton Solar Farm. The Chau Chak Building on the Broadway campus will source 12% of its annual electricity consumption from the solar farm which is located more than 150 kilometres from the University away in the Hunter Valley. […]  Continue reading »

$350 Million for Large-Scale Solar

Posted by Peter, on September 9, 2015

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) have announced $350 million in new funding initiatives which are expected to lead to at least four, and as many as ten, new large-scale solar farms being built across Australia. ARENA has announced a $100 million programme that is seeking bids from […]  Continue reading »

Aussie Scientists Announce “Artificial Leaf” Breakthrough

Posted by Peter, on August 20, 2015

Researches at Monash University, led by Professor Doug MacFarlane, have announced they have succeeded in extracting hydrogen and oxygen from water and sunlight at record efficiency in a process which mimics photosynthesis. Such “artificial leaf” technology is considered to be practically efficient if 10% of the solar energy used is captured and used to produce […]  Continue reading »

2GW Solar Farm Proposed for Queensland

Posted by Peter, on August 7, 2015

The global renewable company, SunEdison, has joined Solar Choice in its proposal to develop a giant solar farm at Bulli Creek in south-east Queensland. The Toowoomba Regional Council has approved the staged construction of a 2 gigawatt solar farm on a 5,000 hectare site near Millmerran south-west of Toowoomba. The proposal is to built multiple […]  Continue reading »

World’s Largest Radio Telescope to Get Solar Power

Posted by Peter, on July 17, 2015

The CSIRO has appointed Perth-based Energy Made Clean Solar Construction to engineer, procure and construct a 1.6 megawatt solar power station at its Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory 370 kilometres from Geraldton in Western Australia. The solar power station will comprise more than 6,000 solar panels and a custom-built inverter room, designed to protect the radio telescopes […]  Continue reading »

Solar Battery Grants for Adelaide Homes & Businesses

Posted by Peter, on July 3, 2015

Homes and businesses in the Adelaide CBD can now get grants of up to $5,000 to install battery systems to store power generated by rooftop solar panels. The Council already offers grants of up to $5,000 toward the cost of rooftop solar panels as well as grants towards electric vehicle charging stations and upgrades which […]  Continue reading »

Australia’s Largest Glasshouse to Be Solar Powered

Posted by Peter, on June 23, 2015

Australia’s largest glasshouse is being constructed at Fullerton Cove in the Hunter Valley. It was originally planned to power the project with coal seam gas but now it will be run solely on clean energy. Dutch investor, Cor Disselkoen, who is developing the project said that “We don’t get any natural gas or coal to […]  Continue reading »

Lord Howe Island to Be 80% Renewable by 2019

Posted by Peter, on May 30, 2015

Lord Howe Island, 600 kilometres east of Port Macquarie, is aiming to source 80% of its electricity from solar and wind by 2019. Until now, the island has relied on fortnightly shipments of diesel fuel to supply power for the island’s 350 residents and up to 400 tourists at any one time. The Lord Howe […]  Continue reading »

Stockland to Install Large Rooftop Solar System

Posted by Peter, on April 11, 2015

Stockland has announced that it will install a 1.22 megawatt rooftop solar system on its 4 Green Star redevelopment of the Shellharbour Shopping Centre south of Wolongong.  When installed, it is expected be the largest single-site rooftop solar installation to in Australia. The installation will comprise 3,991 panels and cover 7,568 square metres.  It is […]  Continue reading »

Hybrid Renewable Energy for Flinders Island

Posted by Peter, on March 12, 2015

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced $5.5 million support for Hydro Tasmania to develop an innovative off-grid hybrid renewable energy project on Flinders Island. The project would use a combination of solar, wind, diesel and storage together with a sophisticated control system, to displace more than 60% of the island’s diesel generated energy. The […]  Continue reading »

Australia’s First Floating Solar Power Plant

Posted by Peter, on March 5, 2015

Construction is about to begin on Australia’s first floating solar power plant. The 3.5 megawatt plant, in Jamestown in mid-north South Australia, is expected to be operational in by early April. The plant is being built by Infratech Industries which has tested floating solar power plants in countries such as France and South Korea. The […]  Continue reading »

Solar Rebates for Melbourne Businesses

Posted by Peter, on March 3, 2015

The City of Melbourne has launched a Commercial Solar Rebate Initiative to help businesses save energy and reduce carbon emissions. Under the scheme, rebates of between $2,000 and $4,000 will be available to businesses installing a minimum 10 kilowatt solar PV system. Applications must be made by June 12th. As well as the rebates, the […]  Continue reading »

Approval for Solar Farm to Eventually Be 2GW

Posted by Peter, on February 16, 2015

Toowoomba Regional Council has approved the staged construction by Solar Choice of a 2 gigawatt solar plant on a 5,000 hectare site at Bulli Creek, near Millmerran. The billion dollar solar farm is planned to be built in multiple 100 to 500 megawatt stages over a period of eight years. The completed project would dwarf […]  Continue reading »

Sundrop Farms to Expand

Posted by Peter, on December 20, 2014

Sundrop Farms, which is using seawater to grow crops in greenhouses on arid land near Port Augusta, has entered into a partnership with the global investment company, KKR. The deal will allow it expand its current pilot greenhouse into a 20 hectare commercial facility able to produce 15,000 tonnes of fresh vegetables annually. The company […]  Continue reading »

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