World’s largest solar energy project to begin construction in Australia

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Lyon Group will be developing a massive solar energy project in Australia Construction on what may be the world’s largest solar energy project has begun in Australia. The project is being developed by the Lyon Group and several partners and cost approximately $1 billion. Called Riverland Solar Storage, the project will combine the use of solar panels with battery systems. The batteries will store the electrical power produced by the solar panels for use when it is most needed. Project will feature 3.4 million solar panels and 1.1 million batteries…

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Cost of solar energy falls below fossil-fuels in Australia

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Solar energy is now less expensive than fossil-fuels A new report from Climate Council suggests that solar energy is now less expensive than fossil-fuels in most major Australian cities. Over the past five years, the cost of solar power has dropped significantly. According to the report, this cost has fallen by 58% over that time period. The falling price of solar energy has made it more attractive, encouraging more businesses and consumers to embrace this form of clean power and distance themselves from fossil-fuels. Costs continue to fall for the…

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New solar energy digital marketplace launches in Australia

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Decentralized Energy Exchange aims to expose more homeowners to solar energy Australia has become the first country to launch a digital marketplace for solar energy. Called the Decentralized Energy Exchange, the marketplace is designed to provide homeowners with a way to access solar power. Currently 16% of all clean power generated in Australia comes from rooftop solar panels. An estimated 1.6 million rooftops throughout the country have been equipped with photovoltaic systems. The new marketplace is expected to help more homeowners enter into the solar energy market. Australia is focusing…

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Hydrogen fuel could become a prominent energy export in Australia

Energy developers show strong interest in using solar energy to produce hydrogen fuel Australian energy developers are looking to tap into the growing demand for renewable energy coming from large countries in north Asia by harnessing the power of solar fuels. These fuels, specifically hydrogen fuel, are generated through the use of solar energy, which Australia typically has an abundance of. If developers can be successful in this endeavor, solar fuels may become one of Australia’s largest and most profitable energy exports. Solar fuels may become a significant energy export…

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Solar energy is finding support among homeowners in Australia

Australian homeowners and businesses are showing strong interest in solar energy Solar energy is gaining ground in Australia, despite lacking support from the nation’s government. In Australia, the large-scale renewable energy industry has come to a standstill, with government support being decreased and investors showing a lack of confidence in the sector as a result. Small-scale energy projects, such as household energy systems and those used by businesses, are beginning to gain significant momentum, however. In the coming years, small-scale solar energy systems are expected to become more popular throughout…

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Solar energy may be very important to Australia’s future

Solar energy has a major role to play in the expansion of Australia’s energy infrastructure Solar energy is becoming a very important part of Australia’s energy infrastructure, according to Oliver Yates, CEO of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. Yates recently spoke at the Australian Solar Council event in Melbourne, noting that solar power has a major role to play in Australia’s future. This is despite the fact that the Australian government has been pulling back support of solar power, as well as other forms of clean energy. Supporting commercial solar…

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Small-scale solar energy continues to grow in Australia

800 MW of small-scale solar capacity added in Australia throughout 2014 Green Energy Markets has released a report showing that small-scale solar energy capacity reached 800 megawatts of capacity in Australia last year. The country had been a strong supporter of solar power in the past, but recent changes in government policy have reduced this support by a considerable margin. The Australian government sees solar power as a risky investment, which may not be able to accommodate the country’s energy needs in an efficient manner. Government support for solar power…

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Impressive solar energy system sets world record

Australian researchers have developed an ultra efficient photovoltaic (PV) system. According to a report from Live Science, researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have managed to convert over 40% of the sunlight that hits the solar energy system they developed into electricity, which is record-breaking efficiency for a commercial PV system. More than one test proved the technology produced the highest commercial efficiency ever reported. The first time that the solar energy technology was tested outdoors and achieved its record-breaking efficiency status, was during an outdoor test…

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New solar energy record set in Australia

Research team breaks world record in solar energy production efficiency Researchers from the University of New South Wales in Australia have set a new record solar energy efficiency. The research team made use of solar cells that are commercially available, but opted to use these cells in a new way. This allowed the team to improve the efficiency of solar panels by a significant degree, meaning that these energy systems were able to generate electrical power more effectively than their conventional counterparts. 40% of sunlight converted to electrical power by…

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Largest solar energy project in Australia receives solar panels from First Solar

Large-scale solar power project is beginning to take shape in Australia Australia’s largest solar energy project is beginning to take shape after years of planning and development. The project has received funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and has begun receiving shipments of photovoltaic systems from First Solar. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has invested $167 million into the project so far. The project is estimated to cost a total of $440 million and will require more than 250 hectares of land. First Solar has successfully delivered the first…

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Solar energy may soon be less expensive than wind power in Australia

FirstSolar predicts that Australia’s solar power sector will continue to see price drops in the coming years Solar energy may become less expensive than wind power in Australia in the coming years, according to First Solar, a developer of solar power systems. Australia is currently a very attractive market when it comes to solar power, largely due to the country’s near constant exposure to solar radiation. The Australian government has recently reduced its support of solar power, but investments in new energy projects from the private sector have remained somewhat…

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Solar energy is becoming more affordable in Australia

The cost of solar power is falling throughout Australia Solar energy has become a relatively controversial issue in Australia, due to the government withdrawing its support for this type of renewable energy in some parts of the country. The Australian government has begun to show more favor for fossil-fuels this year, citing the high costs associated with the adoption of clean energy. Solar power has long been an expensive investment, but that may soon not be the case. Report shows that solar energy could soon cost as much as fossil-fuels,…

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Solar energy is making progress in Australia

Report highlights the growing role that solar power is playing in the Australian energy mix The International Energy Agency has released its annual Photovoltaic Systems Program report, highlighting the growth of residential solar energy systems. The report shows that Australia is finding significant success in terms of solar power adoption, especially in the residential sector. This success was mostly seen over the past year. This year, the Australian government has been pulling back on its support of solar power, focusing more heavily on other forms of energy and distancing itself…

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Breakthrough in concentrated solar energy made in Australia

Breakthrough from CSIRO may eventually find its way to the United States A breakthrough in concentrated solar power made in Australia may be coming to the United States. Researchers from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) have developed a “supercritical” steam system for concentrated solar power facilities. This system utilized concentrated sunlight to generate super hot, highly pressurized steam. CSIRO is one of the partners of Abengoa, which is a leading clean technology organization with operations in the U.S. This partnership may bring CSIRO’s breakthrough to the U.S.…

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Alternative energy news is made by Australian solar plant

A solar energy facility in Australia has proved that solar power could replace fossil fuels at power stations. A CSIRO solar thermal test plant located in Newcastle, Australia is the first in the world to generate “supercritical” steam, and made alternative energy news by proving that power produced from the sun’s heat could be an efficient fossil fuel replacement. CSIRO claims that the solar-generated supercritical steam it has achieved a world record. The facility has produced supercritical steam at 1,058 degrees Fahrenheit (570 degrees Celsius) and at a pressure of…

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Solar energy hits turbulence in Australia

Australian utilities are coming together to oppose the expansion of solar power Solar energy may be in for some turbulence in Australia. The country has become one of the most attractive markets for solar power, largely due to its abundant exposure to solar radiation and the interest that consumers have in clean energy, but the solar sector is beginning to see a great deal of opposition come from the country’s utilities and government. Australia’s major energy utilities have banded together in order to petition the government to end all subsidies…

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