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November/December 2012

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A new concept in express panel boards

NHP, a provider of industrial electrical and automation product and systems, recently launched ‘NHP Concept Express’ to improve the way distribution boards are ordered and manufactured.

Tackling industry changes head-on

The past 12 months have brought both challenges and opportunities to solar product provider Suntech Power. The company’s founder, Dr Zhengrong Shi, explains what’s next for Suntech and the future role it hopes to play in the global solar industry.

Harmonious hot water

Solar hot water company Solar Lord have entered a submission for the 2012 Banksia Awards, under the Built Environment – Harmonious Manmade Landscapes award category.

A solar attachment solution for standing seam metal roofs

S-5!®, mounting expert for the metal roofing industry, has announced a new innovation – the S-5-N attachment clamp – designed specifically for distinctive 1 inch nail strip metal roof profiles.

ReneSola launches new poly products at All-Energy

Chinese solar module manufacturer and photovoltaic product provider ReneSola has launched new polycrystalline module technologies, microinverters, product guarantees and re-insurance at the All-Energy Australia Exhibition and Conference 2012 in Melbourne.

Giving value to solar customers

The cost of customer acquisition is increasing, competition is fierce and most are marketing on price.How can you differentiate your value proposition? Solar360 provides some insight.

Energy efficiency: stuck between neutral and reverse

by Phil Harrington, Principal Consultant – Climate Change, pitt&sherry

Together with renewable generation, energy efficiency is the key plank of a holistic solution to fossil fuel problems and network regulation issues in Australia. Why are government-led attempts to promote energy efficiency stalling?

Reviewing the Renewable Energy Target

As the current review of the Federal Government’s Renewable Energy Target draws to a close, key industry players who provided their perspectives on the Target await final word on the shape of its future, due to be delivered in December 2012.

Help customers avoid long-term solar nightmares

Solar Inception Pty Ltd General Manager Doug Fletcher outlines the importance of keeping informed and up-to-date on solar performance issues, and provides a checklist for solar companies and their customers which highlights the knowledge needed to avoid a nightmare.

Lighting the way with solar in Queensland

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads has certified the Carmanah EG series outdoor solar lighting system for roadway lighting across the state, and has selected the authorised Carmanah distributor for Australia, Orion Solar, as supplier.

Solar tales from the great outdoors

OutBack Power shares the stories behind some of its most remote, challenging and interesting solar installations from around the globe.

Cleaning up Bolivar with cogeneration

Clarke Energy has been contracted to improve energy utilisation at the site of the Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant by way of a cogeneration installation, which will provide a clean and efficient source of heat and power that will significantly reduce the project’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Powering the Pacific

Tokelau, one of the world’s most remote nations, will be the world’s first fully solar-powered country thanks to an innovative project that has trialled and succeeded with new techniques for tropical installations.

Rob Stokes on clean energy in New South Wales

The New South Wales Government recently released a draft of its Renewable Energy Action Plan, which outlines 28 actions to help the state achieve its target of 20 per cent clean energy by 2020. New South Wales Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy Rob Stokes spoke with EcoGeneration’s Melanie Ryan about the development of the plan, its implementation and general activities for attracting clean energy investment to the state.

Linking the Australian carbon price to Europe’s scheme: an analysis

By Kirsty Campbell, Senior Associate, and Michael Voros, Special Counsel, Freehills

Soon after the carbon pricing mechanism commenced on 1 July 2012, the Federal Government announced that the mechanism would be linked with Europe’s emissions trading scheme. This will have long-term implications for carbon pricing and trading in Australia.

On the ground at Carbon Expo Australasia 2012

Carbon Expo Australasia 2012, to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 7–9 November, will incorporate free trade entry to its exhibition – now the largest carbon market show in Australia.

End the boom-and-bust FiT cycle for solar

Rob Grant, Chief Executive, Mark Group Australia

Recent reductions in government-sponsored feed-in tariffs for solar energy have been a step in the right direction. The economics of a solar-powered home or business are so compelling that feed-in tariffs should be removed altogether to prevent boom-and-bust cycles in the solar industry.

The outlook for listed equities in the global clean energy industry

Nanuk Asset Management Portfolio Manager Christian Jensen discusses predictions for financing and investment in clean energy.

In conversation with First Solar’s Jack Curtis

Jack Curtis, First Solar’s Asia-Pacific Vice-President of Business Development and Sales, spoke with EcoGeneration’s Lucy Rochlin earlier this year about drawing on both local and international experiences to deploy commercial-scale solar projects in Australia.

Streamlining development approvals: critical to clean energy success

by Gregoria Todaro, Director, Integrated Planning Solutions

Obtaining approvals for major renewable energy projects in a timely fashion is critical to the commercial success of a project – and indeed, the reduction of emissions more broadly. Why are so many developers getting it wrong?

Solar field testing launches in the Southern Hemisphere

The Renewable Energy Testing Initiative has opened in Australia to test and monitor the performance of solar panels, and will soon commence testing other clean energy technologies. Solar Australia magazine, EcoGeneration’s sister publication, will be providing regular updates on testing results from the facility.

Pointing businesses in the right direction on energy efficiency

A number of new studies and industry initiatives have highlighted the importance of energy efficiency for businesses. Information from industry, combined with government funding, is providing greater support for energy efficiency in business – and helping to grow the energy efficiency sector itself.

Using bioenergy to become energy self-sufficient

Recent field studies on projects in Europe showed World Bioenergy Association Board Member Andrew Lang the huge potential of mature biofuel technologies. In the first of a two-part series, Mr Lang shares key lessons learned in Austria that could be applied in Australia to help communities become self-sufficient in energy.

The road to recuperating energy

A profile of the recent gains made by clean technology developer Green Distillation Technologies demonstrates that innovative approaches to efficient fuel production can open up new markets in Australia.

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