US Solar Installs Fall to Their Lowest Level Since 2015, as Uncertainty Swirls and Prices Rise

America’s solar industry had its toughest quarter in two years.  Faced with political uncertainty, rising equipment prices, a slowdown in maturing markets, and a churn within residential installer rankings, deployments in the third quarter of the year are down on both a quarterly and annual basis.  According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries … Read more

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Wärtsilä builds 52 MWp solar PV power plant in Jordan

The technology group Wärtsilä today announced it has signed an EPC contract to supply a 52 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant to AM Solar BV/ Jordan, a joint venture between energy provider AES Jordan and Japanese conglomerate Mitsui Co., Ltd. The order was booked in November 2017. This is the first Utility Scale PV … Read more

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Wirsol to develop two PPA-backed, subsidy-free solar parks in Q1 2018

Wirsol has a long-established UK operation, building a number of solar farms in the country. Image: Wirsol. Solar EPC Wirsol Energy has acquired development rights for two UK-based, subsidy-free solar farms that it intends to develop in Q1 2018. However the company has been quick to point out that while the two projects will be … Read more

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Tesla big battery goes the full discharge – 100MW – for first time

The Tesla big battery remains the most watched aspect of Australia’s National Electricity Market – apart from the spate of Lack of Reserve notices in the current heatwave – and on Wednesday for the first time it discharged at its maximum capacity. The injection of 100MW into the grid from what is known to the market … Read more

Driving an electric vehicle across the Nullarbor is now routine

Electric vehicles are on the verge of being mainstream in most other countries. Importantly, these are countries that ship passenger vehicles to the Australian market, which means Australian buyers will soon have a clear choice: purchase a financially viable electric vehicle or purchase the old tech petrol guzzler that no one else wants. Unfortunately, though, … Read more

Coal comfort as Origin vows to halve emissions by 2032

Origin Energy’s commitment to “science based” climate action has been reaffirmed this week, with the announcement of targets for a 50 per cent reduction in emissions from its coal and gas operations by 2032, and a 25 per cent cut in emissions from traded gas and electricity in that same timeframe. Origin, which in October … Read more

7:30 Report asks: Is Australia’s electricity grid up to the summer challenge?

ABC TV’s 7:30 Report put the spotlight on the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) last night, asking whether Australia’s electricity grid overseer is prepared for another long, hot summer. Electricity demand response is one technique that AEMO will be using to battle the risk of blackouts in this coming year. The program revisited the South … Read more