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Queensland Utilities Extend an Olive Branch to Solar Energy Innovators

Whilst I often call a spade a spade and generally suffer from immense frustration with utility attitudes to solar, I have to give credit where credit is due.The next time you bump into the CEO’s of Queensland’s Ergon Energy or Energex, shout them a...

Posted February 21, 2015    

Something Astounding Just Happened in the Solar Energy World

Wow.You probably already read the Hawaiian announcement last week about micro inverter manufacturer Enphase. It alluded to a big thing but I couldn’t quite work out what had happened so I called some friends and dug a little deeper. The...

Posted February 12, 2015    

Solar Business: A Renovators Dream?

There seem to be a lot of milestones being reached recently in the solar industry down under.We are in the next phase of solar business evolution as belts tighten, businesses downsize and the market adjusts. 2014’s lack of growth over previous years...

Posted February 5, 2015    

Why Deutsche Bank's Solar Projections Don't Fit Australia

I read with great interest that Deutsche Bank is projecting a potential reduction in solar costs of around 40% in the next two years.I’m excited to hear about this and don’t want to rain on anyone's optimism parade (because I’m an eternal...

Posted January 22, 2015    

Update from Canberra on the RET

Having just come back from another trip to Canberra to meet with a number of MP’s, I thought I’d offer my take on what we did and where we are up to on the RET issue.Team SolarThe visit was organised by the tireless team at SolarCitizens who...

Posted December 6, 2014    

Renewable Business Acquisitions Continue in Australia

One thing I love about this industry is that it’s so persistent, it just won’t give up.Despite the ups and downs, market crashes and company collapses there are some people and companies who just keep battling on and here’s a delightful bit of news...

Posted November 20, 2014    

Will New Emission Targets From China & US Change the Game?

I usually leave emissions reductions commentary to others, but I can’t help wondering if we have just experienced a catalyst event.China and the US announced new targets for emissions reductions in their countries. The US has announced it will...

Posted November 14, 2014    

Let's Get Technical: Talking PV Innovation with WINAICO

As most people who know me will attest, I thrive on trying to interpret highly technical details of solar technology into a language that regular folks (like me) can get their head around.Thus, it was with a great deal of anticipation that I spent a...

Posted November 8, 2014    

How the Electricity Industry is Blocking Solar Energy in Australia, Part 2

In Part 1 of our story on how utilities are subtly but actively engaged in slowing the uptake of solar, we listed just four of the issues we have found around the country. We’ve been back on the phone, talking to more installers and customers...

Posted October 24, 2014    

How the Electricity Industry is Blocking Solar Energy in Australia, Part 1

The “green rhetoric” from electricity utilities has slowed in recent years with most utility website’s telling you how solar is great and they can offer a solution, but only if you really want it. One I read today had gems like “But before you...

Posted October 15, 2014    

Off the Grid with Solar Energy for Twenty Years and Still Going Strong

If you really want to understand how solar can change lives, you need to go to a remote area and Barkala Farm out past Coonabarabran is a long way from home.Going bush is a tradition that we all too often neglect and thanks to my in-laws, we headed...

Posted October 3, 2014    

Australian Solar Energy Businesses Restructuring for Survival

Notwithstanding the farcical goings on around the RET review, solar businesses in Australia continue to move and shake.Its seems the last few months have been all about mergers and acquisitions which is either a sign of industry maturity...

Posted September 13, 2014