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14th December 17 Cameron Quin

Solar Trackers: Pros and Cons

Solar panels are more productive when they face the sun directly, and their output is diminished when sunlight reaches them at an angle. Solar trackers are mechanisms that can adjust the direction of photovoltaic panels to maximise their output during the day. Although the rated power of the solar array stays the same, it can operate near peak output
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23rd October 17 Cameron Quin

Turnbull Government Unveils New Energy Policy: The National Energy Guarantee

Australia’s chief scientist Adam Finkel recently published a comprehensive report about the national energy sector. One of the key points was recommending a Clean Energy Target (CET) for the country, which would require all energy retailers to obtain a minimum percentage of their electricity from renewable sources. However, the Turnbull government
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23rd October 17 Cameron Quin

South Australia Will Deploy a Second Utility-Scale Battery

Electricity prices are reaching record high levels throughout Australia. However, the case of South Australia is unique: while power network operation represents the largest fraction of power bills elsewhere, generation and network costs are evenly matched in SA. Coal has been phased out in the state, and natural gas is now the main fossil fuel used
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23rd October 17 Cameron Quin

The Australian Military are Deploying Solar Power and Energy Storage

Modern defence technology depends on electricity, so it makes sense to power it with the most reliable generation system available. The Department of Defence is upgrading its bases in West Australia with photovoltaic systems, to benefit from the local abundance of sunshine. It is also important to note that the Department of Defence is the top energy
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20th October 17 Cameron Quin

GMA Garnet Deploying a 3 MW Solar, Wind and Battery System in West Australia

GMA Garnet Group are the world’s largest garnet mining company, and they have a major operation in West Australia. Energy security has been a key concern, since they are 120 km away from the nearest electrical substation, relying on a long transmission line to meet their energy needs. In addition, GMA Garnet depend on the South West Interconnected
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19th October 17 James Doyle

Australian Energy is not overly expensive: It’s the Network and Retail Costs

In countries with expensive electricity like Australia, it’s easy to think that high generation costs are the main cause. However, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) carried out a detailed study of electricity prices, and the numbers tell a different story: wholesale energy prices paid to generating companies only account for
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17th October 17 Cameron Quin

75% of Australians Trust in Solar Power and Batteries to Solve the Energy Crisis

In 2017, the Climate Council conducted a survey among 2,000 households, where the main goal was to determine the perception Australians have about solar power and energy storage. The results were surprising, and indicate a favorable outlook for the Australian solar industry. Most homeowners do not view batteries as a backup power supply to be used during
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17th October 17 Cameron Quin

Rooftop Solar Sets New Generation Record in South Australia

Rooftop solar power in South Australia has one of the fastest growth rates in the world: one in every four households is equipped with a photovoltaic system. Demand for solar power has been driven in great part by the soaring electricity prices in South Australia, now among the highest in the world. In addition, the Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme
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17th October 17 James Doyle

The Bright Potential of Solar Power in Australia

Australia is in a privileged position to take advantage of solar power: as a continent, it has the highest average solar radiation per square metre in the world. Although there are sunnier locations like the Atacama Desert in other continents, when you count the total sunlight reaching the entire landmass, Australia is the undisputed winner. Solar
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17th October 17 Cameron Quin

You Think Australian Electricity is Getting Cheaper? Think Again…

As an electricity source, coal is characterised by a very low generation cost, unfortunately combined with significant environmental damage. Since coal is very abundant in Australia and is the main electricity source in the country, you may have wondered why we pay some of the highest power bills in the world? The answer is simple - the cost of generating
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