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From the Editor

The spotlight is on energy retailers AGL and Origin in this edition – are they really serious about renewables, or has their recent talk been a matter of public image...

News in brief

The latest industry-related updates.

The time has come for Australia’s states and territories to take centrestage

With bipartisanship restored to Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET), it is time for the country’s states and territories to look at policies that will attract...

Industry readies for action at Australian Clean Energy Summit 2015

ACT’s second large-scale wind auction and the release of a report outlining innovative benefit sharing mechanisms in the wind industry were a few of the exciting developments to come out...

State energy efficiency schemes: The quiet achievers in reducing carbon emissions

State-based energy efficiency schemes are making a material contribution to reducing energy consumption and lowering Australia’s greenhouse emissions.

International climate policy - what's it got to do with us?

Australia’s recently announced post-2020 target to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent by 2030 based on 2005...

Looking ahead: The road to Paris

When delegates gather for the UN climate conference in Paris at the end of the year, it will have been six years since the feverish...

Local PV software gains currency with global manufacturers

In the world of solar cells, manufacturing efficiency counts for everything.

What does it take to be a solar PV researcher?

Having worked in the industry for nearly 20 years, researcher Rhett Evans has seen solar PV grow from a niche technology into one of the world’s leading renewable energy technologies.

Generators of change

The big energy retailers like to promote their eco credentials but just how serious are they about clean energy? EcoGeneration’s Anthony Holden speaks to Australia’s two biggest generator/retailers, AGL and...

Community solar projects the new frontier in solar PV financing

The solar PV market has developed dramatically in recent years with extensive coverage of the declining cost curve. Like any nascent industry, there have been dramatic swings in fortunes for...

How do financiers decide whether to bank a large-scale renewables project?

While there were only a handful of greenfield large-scale solar and wind farm project financings in FY2014, the outlook for 2015 and 2016 looks much stronger.

Why TransGrid's iDemand project is unlike anything before it

It’s no mean feat to design an electricity demand management system that incorporates battery storage, solar panels, energy efficient lighting and research capabilities. EcoGeneration profiles the hybrid iDemand project and...

Solar gets smart

The world’s largest supplier of solar inverters, Silicon Valley startup-cum-tech giant Enphase Energy, will use Australia as a global launchpad for its energy management system. Enphase Co-Founder Raghu Belur talks...

Community renewables: the next megatrend

Community renewables projects are delivering tangible benefits. Energy industry veteran Volker Beckers outlines why this model has worked in Europe, and why it will in Australia.

The problem with DC isolators

After a spate of rooftop fires, some in the industry are claiming DC isolator switches are dangerous and should be banned. Should we be worried? EcoGeneration's Senior Journalist Anthony...

Clean energy market wrap

Marco Stella is Senior Broker, Environmental Markets at TFS Green Australia. The TFS Green Australia team provides project and transactional environmental market brokerage and data services across...

Solar accreditation update

In a new regular column for The Solar Installer, Clean Energy Council Accreditation Manager Sandy Atkins gives us a rundown of the latest news from the world of solar accreditation.

Project profile: Hillington Close Solar Installation

This 100 kW solar installation near Melbourne was completed by the award-winning team at iEnergytech, and has drawn widespread praise for its precision and attention to detail.

Bulli Creek marks a new era in Australian solar

The multi-staged 2 GW Bulli Creek Solar Farm will be almost 20 times bigger than Australia’s current largest solar farm, paving the way for future investments in the Australian large-scale...

Cooking with solar

Building on its sustainable operations, Stamps Restaurant in Mitcham, Adelaide has installed a 10.2 kW PV system on its roof.

Which way forward for the Australian wind industry?

Despite continuing political uncertainty, wind farm projects have surged ahead in the aftermath of the RET resolution. EcoGeneration Associate Editor Sonia Nair talks to key players in the wind sector...

Obtaining the social licence to operate

Recent attacks on the wind sector from the most senior levels of government mean that effective community engagement is more important than ever. EcoGeneration Associate Editor Sonia Nair finds out...

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