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Solar in Australia: Large-scale solar industry takes off as 12 new plants secure finance

Australia’s large-scale solar industry now appears to be on solid ground, with all 12 plants recently awarded grant funding by the Australian Renewable EnergyAgency reaching “financial close” this month. That means they are fully financed and have locked in engineering, construction and grid connection agreements, as well as council and environmental approvals. Construction has already begun […]

Equis Energy to invest $300 mln in two solar plants in Australia

Equis Energy said on Wednesday it plans to build two solar power plants for A$400 million ($303 million) in Australia, marking the Singapore-based renewable energy developer’s first investments in the country. The two 100-megawatt solar plants would be in South Australia and Queensland, moving the country a step closer toward the federal government’s target for at least 20 […]

Adani, India’s biggest solar power producer and top coal-fired generator, secures milestone in planned $16 billion Australian coal project

India’s Adani Enterprises Ltd reached a milestone on Monday in its bid to build a controversial $16 billion coal project in northern Australia, winning approval for part of a rail link to service the planned mine. The mine has now secured all major state and federal government approvals, said the Queensland state government, whose premier […]

Solar Innovation: Perovskite solar cells from UNSW hit new world 12.1% cell efficiency record

They’re flexible, cheap to produce and simple to make — which is why perovskites are the hottest new material in solar cell design. And now, engineers at Australia’s University of New South Wales in Sydney have smashed the trendy new compound’s world efficiency record. Speaking at the Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference in Canberra on Friday […]

DP Energy receives approval for 375MW wind/solar hybrid power project in Australia

Ireland’s DP Energy has secured approval from the South Australian government for the development of 375MW Port Augusta wind/solar hybrid facility in the region. Located near the former Northern Power Station, the Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park will feature 59 wind turbines and almost 400ha of photovoltaic panels. Expected to cost about A$680m ($517.8m), the […]

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) committed $837 million to new investments in the Australian clean energy sector in the 2015–16 financial year

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) committed a record $837 million to new investments in the Australian clean energy sector in the 2015-16 financial year, contributing to projects with a total value of $2.5 billion. The CEFC’s investment commitments since its inception in 2013 have now reached $2.3 billion, contributing to projects with a total […]

FLEX to buy SunEdison Australia

The Australian business of SunEdison has been sold to US-based manufacturing company FLEX continuing that company’s growing interest in the solar and battery storage space. FLEX, which already manufacturers solar modules for SunEdison and is also manufacturing battery storage devices for Australian company Redflow, will pay $US8.7 million  ($A11.6 million) for the SunEdison assets, according to […]

New World Record: 34.5%, a milestone in solar cell efficiency by UNSW engineers

Australian engineers have edged closer to the theoretical limits of sunlight-to-electricity conversion by photovoltaic cells with a device that sets a new world efficiency record.   A new solar cell configuration developed by engineers at the University of New South Wales has pushed sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiency to 34.5% – establishing a new world record for […]

Sydney to go for 100% renewables – Exclusive interview with Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney

SolarPV.TV speaks exclusively to Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney. Sydney is the capitol of New South Wales and the most populated city in Australia, with approximately 4,627,345 inhabitants. Australia has been one of the countries to feel the negative impacts of climate change earliest and most severely, with extreme drought and flooding cycles, damage […]