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The Secret to Cost Effective Energy Storage

“Battery costs to reach $230 kWh by 2017/18″ the headline reads. Cue – phones running of their hooks with consumers wanting these cheap batteries that have just been announced.Collective solar industry groan.Now you all know I am as optimistic...

Posted March 27, 2015    

What Do Solar Anti-Dumping Tariffs Mean for Australia?

A little over a year ago, Australia’s only PV module manufacturer initiated an Anti-Dumping claim over the importation of Chinese PV products.In the simplest of terms, the claim is based on the allegation that damage was caused to...

Posted March 14, 2015    

Is This the Key to Australia's Economic and Environmental Success?

The nice thing about weekend’s is you get a bit of downtime to read detailed reports and ponder the state of the world.This weekend I stumbled across an annual report called the Global Energy Architecture Performance Index, produced by the...

Posted March 11, 2015    

What Happens When a Solar Eclipse Takes 30GW of Solar Off-Line?

The world is about to experience a fascinating experiment, when a solar eclipse hits Europe on March 20th 2015.The managers of Europe’s power networks are well aware  and I stumbled across a fascinating paper today that models what’s...

Posted March 3, 2015    

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