Latest Renewable Energy News

  •  Australia's insatiable appetite for renewable energy cannot be ignored.  As we are about to see the latest incarnation of the renewable energy target hit the senate, we ask why this is all so difficult? The global renewable energy industry is on steroids but our government is on renewable sedatives, why? Our observations are explained in Australia's Renewable Switch.

 

  • Return on Investment, the Key Term.  One size does certainly not kit all. The amount of power you export has a huge effect on clawing back the money you have spent on your PV investment. Buying from a considerate Solar Designer/Installer could mean you get your money back faster with better equiment. Check it out here Return on Investment, the Key Term

 

  • Another One Bites the Dust! I was reminded about the pitfalls of buying solar from big companies again this week and thought i would share an Athelstone couples issues here.

 

  • Summer Perils. The Australian summer weather is warming up and the with sweltering temperatures expected, save a thought for the people affected. Read more here (Jan 2015)

 

  • How to Save Energy Over Summer : The weather is warming up and the Australian summer is fast approaching. With sweltering temperatures expected, you might be dreading those increased utility bills over the next few months. As you well know, constantly running the air-conditioner has never been the most energy-efficient habit. Fortunately, there are ways to cool your home and save energy despite the hotter conditions. Read more here (Dec 2014)

 

  • Other Utilities will need to follow - Germany's largest utility E.ON is to stake its future on renewable energy in a major corporate restructuring.It no longer makes sense to back dirty polluting coal and gas when the global market is moving quickly towards clean wind and solar power and smart responsive grids: Read more here (Dec 2014)

 

  • Heres a long term investment tip for you to consider: Don't put all your eggs in the coal basket! Citigroup says the impact of the China-US climate deal signed earlier this month could total $US3.9 trillion ($A4.5 trillion) – that’s the loss in revenue for Big Oil and Big Coal over the next 15 years from the joint undertaking on greenhouse gas emissions by the world’s two biggest economies. Companies that are over exposed to Coal will start to struggle: Read more here (Nov 2014)

 

  • AGL are at it again! “AGL’s report is the latest attack on solar from the big power companies who stand to make a $70 billion windfall if the Renewable Energy Target is scrapped,” O’Rourke said. Showing their true colours? You be the judge: They don't get it, as many will leave the grid once cost come down of smart storage solutions. Why would you want to be dealing with a company like this if you don't have to in the future? Read more here (Nov 2014)

 

  • Top Ten panel manufacturers of 2014 : Yingli tops the list. Solarspot has always specified Yingli panels as they are of high quality and performance. Read more here (Nov 2014)

 

  • Australia’s major utilities are being advised they need to give fair treatment to local energy generationsuch as rooftop solar and battery storage – if they are to avoid the so-called death spiral that threatens their business models. Will this mean that they actually will? many of our customers are chomping at the bit for prices to come down with storage so they can give their retailers and the utilities the flick. Read more here (Nov 2014)

 

  • Exposing the power grids lobbys 5 mistakes on grid disconnection : The power network lobby has moved into defensive mode with a new report titled, 'Value of a Grid Connection to Distributed Generation Customers' as it dawns on its members that millions of customers might choose stand-alone solar and storage over a grid connection in the near future (collectively reducing our dependence on the grid). See what you think! Read more here (Nov 2014 )

 

  • Solar and Storage : How Australian Utilities are preparing or are they? Or are the AGL'S of the world just playing lip service to us so they keep their customers a little bit longer?? It’s the big question facing energy utilities around the world: How quickly will rooftop solar and battery storage change the nature of the energy market, and how long can those who currently dominate the market hold on to the their incumbent business models? Read more here ( Nov 2014)

 

  • Trina sets new records for panel efficiencies: New conversion efficiency world records for high-efficiency p-type and n-type silicon solar cells were recently set by researchers at Trina Solar’s State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology of China, according to recent reports. Read more here ( Nov 2014)

 

  • As pricing has become cheaper ( please keep in mind , there is cheaper and then theres just cheap and nasty, take our word for it, we do alot of maintenance to other solar companies systems and the standard of cheap in some what dangerous) Solar marches on! Read more here ( Nov 2014)

 

  • Abbott is a fool, we answered our own question from the last post below! Coal is not the saviour of of world. India, China and America are going great guns to cut coal burning as fast as they can. Abbott take note what the rest of the world is doing for you can be that simple surely, you are leading a country. Read more here ( Nov 2014)

 

  • Is Abbott a complete fool? Are his policies all 'hot air, so to speak' ? well two of the most powerful leaders in the world seem to think so! America and China agree, Abbott does not, what a complete moron huh? Read more here ( Nov 2014)

 

  • Yingli kicking goals in Bolivia. Solarspot specifies Yingli panels on many a solar energy system design. Our customers are very happy with the Yingli product. Read more here ( Nov 2014 )

 

  • Solar Energy tops the list as most popular energy source: Solarspot can help you investigate the advantages of solar pv energy system to reduce your energy costs: Read more here ( Nov 2104)

 

  • Sunpower Boss predicts that the solar industry will grow to a 5 trillion dollar market very quickly: Solarspot uses Sunpower products in designs of high performing solar energy systems here in Adelaide: Read more here (Nov 2014)

 

  • Residential solar energy systems and battery storage market to grow 10 fold in the next couple of years. Investing in a quality solar energy system from Solarspot makes great finacial sense over the short term and long term. : Read more ( Nov 2014)

 

  • Not only are some solar companies systems not that good as with their customer service also being questionable , their advertising also gets taken off the air, we all have moral responsibilities for the information that we put out : Read more here ( Nov 2014)

 

  • WAKE UP Abbott - The IPCC’s latest synthesis report – described as the most important yet made – says the world needs to act quickly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions dramatically; it needs to decarbonise its energy systems; it needs to stop burning coal, and it needs to shift investment from fossil fuels to clean energy. Read more here ( Nov 2014)

 

  • Sunpower , another high quality product that Solarspot uses in high end solar energy designs performing strongly in the financial year: Read more here ( Nov 2014)

 

  • Latest Yingli news - Quality company with Quality products investing in the long term, thats why Solarspot uses Yingli products in the design of high quality solar energy systems: Read more here ( Nov 2014)

 

  • Arena to help fund study by AGL in relation to battery storage and the grid: Wow....its about time as more and more customers are just chomping at the bit to get off the grid with battery storage. It may just save AGL some customers in the future.who knows?? Read more here ( Nov 2014)

 

  • Customers will walk away from the grid if Networks don't stop putting up barriers against solar: It was important for the network businesses to embrace the changes underway in the energy sector. “If the networks attempt to create barriers to new, competing technologies by limiting access to their ‘platform’, there is a risk that a significant number of consumers will ‘walk away’ from the network. Read more here ( Oct 2014)

 

  • New report says asset value of NSW networks needs to be written down by nearly half so they can compete with rooftop solar. Interesting article as solar becomes more competitive with fossil fuels more and more customers will leave the grid to store there own energy and leave the utilities assets stranded. Read more here ( Oct 2014)

 

  • Australia's incredible shrinking coal industry - Big players selling off their coal assets as fast as they can - is it shrinking fast enough to stop this dirty polluting fossil fuel before we have reached the point on no return? A good question to ask - is the transformation out of coal and into clean, renewable energy alternatives taking place quick enough to avoid passing a point of no return with global warming? Read more here ( Oct 2014)

 

  • Nine out of Ten households are considering switching to solar energy to reduce their huge electricity bills - and it makes sense as the technology works. Get a Solar Energy System properly specified to your needs by SolarSpot. Dont be conned by some of the cheap fly by nighter solar companies offering too good to be true deals - they dont respond to your phone calls when you ring them to tell them your system doesn't work : Read more here ( Oct 2014)

 

  • Ergon to use battery storage options to reduce the need to invest millions on poles and wires and thus save the customer money in the Long run - unlike many other Utilities and Retailers , Ergon are moving towards the future. Read more here ( Oct 2014)

 

  • Looking for the highest quality panels? We have been selling and installing Yingli for years now. Dont be fooled in to buying second rate panels that you have never really heard of. Read more here ( Oct 2014)

 

  • Tech giants turn on lying organisations who still deny climate change is happening: Sounds like some of the people who have been engaged by our Government here in Australia to deny the way forward for clean technologies and the sustainable energy industry..wake up people : If you are going to pin your hat to the " Climate change is not happening lie , then be prepared to be isolated by many) Read more here ( Sept 2014)

 

  • Barclays Bank pledges One Billion pounds : “The participation of strategic investors such as Barclays in the Green Bond market will continue to bring scale and diversity to the market and help mobilize more capital for climate-friendly projects,” Read more here: ( Sept 2014)

 

  • Worlds largest coal miner to invest $1.2 billion in renewable energy: Is our government and our mining industry missing something here in Australia? Read more here: ( Sept 2014)

 

  • Citigroup predicts a 14GW Australian market by 2020: But....theres always a but....with our current government - However, at the rooftop level, the industry faces major hurdles with the government potentially removing the last price incentives, regulatory and pricing hurdles at state level – particularly the move towards higher fixed charges. Is it time to get in now and invest in solar energy system before things change? Read more here: ( Sept 2014)

 

  • Intelligent inverters are stealing the show! Central DC inverters , Micro inverters or Optimisers? The question is which is the best for your particular system install? We can help you to decide with a high yielding solar energy system design. Read more here: (Sept 2014)

 

  • Yesterday the South Australian Government announced a target to achieve 50 per cent renewable energy in its electricity mix by 2025. And what exactly will the SA Government be doing, itself, to achieve this ambitious target? Precisely nothing. Dont be fooled by clever political rhetoric: Read more here ( Sept 2014)

 

  • Even the Rockefellers are dumping fossil fuels in favour of renewables. As Frank Pegan, the CEO of Catholic Super, a $5 billion fund, told a media conference in New York: “Investors are looking for opportunities. Carbon pricing will open up a completely new market for investors. It could be trillions of dollars.” So why is our Government so backwards about going forwards??? Get with the global program Liberal party! Read more here: ( Sept 2014)

 

  • Subsidies still exist across the globe to lower the cost of fossil fuels: Thats why solar can appear to be to expensive when directly compared to fossil fuels which have massive subsidies attached. The International Energy Agency has railed against the provision of subsidies to fossil fuels, describing it as a massive distortion to the market. It estimates that more $550 billion are paid out in subsidies to lower the cost of fossil fuels across the world. Read more here ( Sept 2014) Don't be fooled by misleading Abbott government rhetoric on these numbers, do your own research. Solar is clean renewable energy.

 

  • Battery ready hybrid inverters can be your first step then add batteries in years to come: Combined PV and storage makes sense if it was cost effective: For many households though, their need for power is typically late afternoon and night, when PV output is dropping or zero. During the day, when PV output is strong, demand might be low, especially if no-one is home. many households selling excess solar power back to the retailer is a poor deal for the household. If the home’s electricity use has morning and evening peaks, with low use during the day it makes sense to store the excess so it can be used when charges are high, which is typically after sunset. Read more here ( Sept 2014) more and more of Solarspot customers are looking at this as an option.

 

  • Solar Microinverters and Optimiser markets continue to grow. Depending on your installation locations on your roof ( multiple roof area with some with some of shading at certain parts of the day, these technologies may be for you. Using module-level power electronics (MLPE) can increase your yield by up to 25%. Read more here ( Sept 2014) We will recommend the best yielding system for your needs.

 

  • Coal industry needs to take a good long hard look at its future: Finally, buried behind the Chinese policy announcement is a confronting message for coal exporting nations: ‘We don’t want your dirty coal because it is killing and harming our people’. Invest in clean solar energy and stop burning dirty coal. Read more here: ( Sept 2014)

 

  • To lease or not to lease a system? Now more than ever, it makes sense to own a solar power system instead of leasing one. The savings are significant, since purchasing a system presently pencils out to about 50 percent less than leasing over the long term and the payback period is now as low as three to five years in most cases dependant on the equipment scoped. The trends coming out of America tend to see that leasing is not the way to go for most people. Read more here: ( Sept 2014) financing and leasing adds costs , remorgage and add solar to your home loan seems to be the most cost effective way at present.

 

  • Panel prices set to rise - two factors to keep an eye on. 1. Australian dollar going down meaning imported panels go up and there is also the push in China by the Chinese Government to complete huge amounts of projects. The Chinese Government has made it clear that the 8GW target of solar projects needs to get back on track. If this occurs then panels shortages and price rises will occur in Australia. Read more here ( Sept 2014)

 

  • Solar is being installed at roughly eight times the rate and one-third the cost of four years ago. Have you got your system installed yet? Battery storage systems will become more and more popular as electricity prices keep going up. Read more here : ( Sept 2014)

 

  • AGL has been starting to look at Battery Storage ( solar energy storage for residential systems) and are in discussions with suppliers of this technology as they are aware that this is the future. Both for growth for them and more so to retain customers. Read more here (August 2014)

 

  • Who is responsible for the overcapacity and high charges from Utilities? Not renewables: Utilities ignored the warning signs on energy efficiency and the imminent rise of solar PV. As the red line shows, demand peaked five years ago and has been falling dramatically ever since. Read more here ( July 2014)

 

  • Utilities, Fossil Fuel and petrol cars to become oboslete in the next 10 years: Its a shame our politicians ( protecting their own self interests) are to stupid to see this and continue with the RET is bad rubbish that is on at the moment: Read more here: ( July 2014)

 

  • Clive Palmer and his political amateur hour circus: This is the guy and party we are putting are hope on for the growth of solar energy in the future: Don't kid yourself: He will make deals to suit himself. Read more here ( July 2014)

 

  • Fossil fuels , Utilities, Petrol Cars to be obsolete by 2030 or even sooner then that! “The conventional energy model is about Big Banks financing Big Energy to build Big Power Plants or refineries in a few selected places. The new architecture is about everyone financing everyone to build smaller, distributed power plants everywhere.” Read more here ( June 2014)

 

  • Age of entitlements and $ support has not ended for fossil fuels: Lets give the sustainable energy industry the same support with $$ ??? Read more here: ( June 2014)

 

 

  • Wake up and smell the roses in relation to diluting the RET -RENEWABLE ENERGY TARGET: That should be an interesting sell for the government: “We are completely stuffing up a $20 billion renewable energy industry, and protecting billions of dollars of revenue to dirty coal and gas fired generators, just so we can save households 80c a month.” Read more here: ( June 2014)

 

  • Don't be a fossil fool, join the renewable revolution: Low emissions, low water consumption, no waste, 100% renewable and increasingly affordable… Interested? Here’s what you need to know to go solar. Read more here: ( June 2014)

 

  • Whats your energy retailer really up too? They don’t want you to know it, but AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin Energy are trying to wreck renewable energy. Read more here: ( June 2014)

 

  • Renewable energy myths busted: Don't believe all you hear in the mass media: Read more here: ( June 2014)

 

  • South Australia could be the 1st mainland state with 100% renewables: South Australia could become the first mainland state to become 100% renewable. And while that might not transpire as early as 2020, it could happen within a decade, and certainly by 2030. Read more here: ( June 2014)

 

  • Fiddling with Tariffs could be the death of Utilities: The general consumer cant wait for battery storage technology to become more price point friendly, then they will start to ditch the Utilities as quick as they can, unless Utilities change their marketing and customer focus. Read more here: (June 2014)

 

  • Google aims to change the world of power and solar energy: According to sources close to the company, Google plans to develop software tools to help control electrons because as we are aware the Utilities are NOT stepping up to the plate: Read more here: ( June 2014)

 

  • Gas prices to rise in NSW and other states will follow: Gas prices will rise which makes gas boosted solar hot water systems more attractable or solar PV systems to off set your energy costs: Call us : Read more here: ( June 2014)

 

  • Working class and retirees embracing solar energy which is consistent with what we see at Solarspot: Figures from energy network company Energex show working class suburbs, retirees and young families are taking up rooftop solar, contradicting Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholl's recent claims that it was the wealthy 'latte set and champagne sippers' benefiting from subsidies, Brisbane Times reports. Read more here: ( June 2014)

 

  • Buffett to double investment in solar energy: If one of the smartest investment guru's of our time is investing in renewable energy , it begs the question of our current government and the lack of direction and lack of foresight being shown in renewable energy investments for the future: Read more here ( June 2014)

 

  • ACCC Solar Energy Crackdown on untrustworthy companies: Gotta Getta Group fined due to their false advertising on TV and Radio: That's why is a good idea to stick with an honest and trustworthy family owned business like Solarspot - we wont mislead you: Read more here (June 2014)

 

  • 13 Reasons why slashing solar incentives is DUMB politics: The future: Think about it: Clean air to breath or dirty air to breath for future generations: Global pressure to reduce emissions is mounting. Ultimately, every nation will be required to play its part. Solar is inevitable. Be on the right side of history, support solar, because ultimately a solar victory is assured. Today’s opposition is simply holding back the tide as much as they want to prop up the fossil fuel corporations......they cant mislead us all for ever: Read more here: (June 2014)

 

  • Origin says that renewables were not supposed to displace fossil fuels and of course their profits: Lets be honest here, if they couldn't see that advancements in clean technology was going to be the way to go for the future and not burning dirty fossil fuels then they are as stupid as they are now appearing to be: Read more here: ( May 2014)

 

  • US Plots a path to 6c /kWh by 2020: If it makes 6c/kWh – some projects already are with the help of tax credits – then the game is pretty much over for fossil fuel generation. What do we hear in Australia? Nothing like that. Climate policy is off the agenda. This Australian Government is so far off track with the rest of the World it makes you wonder where they have been living in recent years??? Read more here: ( May 2014)

 

  • Why owning your own power plant may not be so crazy - It will be more cost effective in the years to follow: The detailed investigation of these systems and the likely opportunities for new business models, technology innovation, and regulatory reform will be the focus our forthcoming second report on solar-plus-battery systems.

Read more here: ( May 2014)

 

  • COALition Government - who's really running the country: Just imagine if Australia elected a government owned and operated by the coal industry and other fossil fuel interests – a COALition, if you will – and gave it carte blanche to implement the policies that would best service its interests. WOW -is this article accurate? you certainly would think so with what the Government is doing!! Read more here: (May 2014)

 

  • Testing Ground for New Energy storage and to re-think the electricity gird - Australian Utilities and Energy companies would be best to keep an eye on this major development -article states : don’t think of that as the sole outcome of the broader program to revamp the grid,” he added. “This is part of New York state’s efforts to really rethink the electricity system in the state,” including the recently announced plan to overhaul utility regulations and grid operations to reward distributed and customer-owned energy resources. Read more here: ( May 2014)

 

  • Solar Industry Battle - Australian Energy Utilities pushing to end all Solar Energy subsidies and help: They just don't see the future and they will lose thousands of customers as newer technologies make is simpler to get off the grid totally. Read more here: (May 2014)

 

  • Solar Wars - Utilities take on households over rooftop solar PV: The technology works and its cutting into their shareholders profits - so the games and the war is beginning. Invest in PV solar to reduce your costs. Read more here: (May 2014)

 

  • Inside the Worlds largest Solar Company - Yingli Solar: The factory spreads over hectares , complimented by its international hotel and conference hall: Read more here: ( May 2014)

 

  • What will a solar system cost without the RET? Should i buy now or wait for the review to be completed? It seems the answer is buy now as prices will go up!! Read more here: ( May 2014)

 

  • Facts about Solar and the Small Scale Renewable Energy Scheme: Solar contributes in meeting some of peak demand: Read more here: ( May 2014)

 

  • Joe Hockey: reveals true colours on renewables : Seriously begs the question, does this government really understand the difference from clean energy as compared to dirty poisonous coal by products billowing into the air? Read more here: May 2014

 

  • Ergon leading by the front: Embracing solar energy and battery storage for the future: Others should take their lead: Read more here: ( May 2014)

 

  • Abbott should stop pretending he is acting on climate change: As Climate Change Authority chairman Bernie Fraser lamented this week, the attack on renewable energy is merely motivated to protect the interests of big business, not the consumer or the nation as a whole. Read more here: ( May 2014)

 

  • Is potential induced degradation (PID) an issue with your panels? Cheap and nasty panels will suffer this fate! Read more here: ( April 2014)

 

  • Do you wash your solar panels often and get them checked for their working capabilities? Dirty, dusty panels can cost you: Read more here: ( April 2014)

 

  • House windows that will double as solar energy panels? Shiny Quantum dots brighten the future of solar cells: Interesting article: Read more here: ( April 2014)

 

  • Scary choices for Utilities to face with the onslaught of Solar Energy: To continue to increase the cost of electricity to counteract the impact of solar energy is not an option. The big tip is for them to admit defeat and become a roof-top solar developer, join the solar revolution and not resist it. (German energy giants RWE and E.ON appear to have realised this, as have US companies such as NRG) Read more here: ( April 2014)

 

  • IPCC Report - John Kerry champions exisiting clean energy technologies to combat climate change: The report used 31 modelling teams analysing 1,200 scenarios from a wealth of scientific literature. The climate science is “unambiguous” said Kerry. Shame our Liberal government cant grasp this valuable information: Read more here: ( April 2014)

 

  • The World should urgently invest in Renewable Energy: a major UN scientific report released [yesterday] that the world should more than triple investments in sustainable, safe low-carbon energy sources as the main measure to mitigate climate change. Read more here: ( April 2014)

 

  • World Solar Power capacity increases by 35% in 2013: Read more here: ( April 2014)

 

  • Schneider Study finds that boosting renewables will cut energy costs and not the other way around: extending or expanding Australia’s renewable energy target would lead to lower electricity prices, lower carbon emissions and increased competition. Read more here: ( April 2014)

 

  • Setting the Solar Record Straight: Finding key facts about solar in Australia is set to be made easier with the launch of the REC Agents Association (RAA) 'Solar Facts' portal. Read More Here: ( April 2014)

 

  • Australias Gold Medal in soaring Electricity prices: Australia is a clear winner, causing average costs up more than US15c/kWh – almost 50 per cent more than its nearest rival, Spain, and three times more than the supposed “dens of renewable iniquity”, Germany and Denmark. Read more here: ( April 2014)

 

  • Solar's dramatic cost fall may herald energy price deflation globally: the cost of solar PV has come from – quite literally – off the charts less than a decade ago to a point where Bernstein says solar PV is now cheaper than oil and Asian LNG (liquefied natural gas) Read more here: ( April 2014)

 

  • Clean Energy Trends 2014: Some interesting trends to come :

 

  1. Enlightened utilities begin to embrace distributed energy assets
  2. Cities lead climate charge by focusing on regional carbon reduction
  3. Net zero energy buildings gain ground
  4. Internet-enabled clean-tech start ups define a new sector
  5. Vertical farming sprouts in cities around the world Read more here: ( April 2014)

 

  • Top Ten inverter manufacturers 2013: SMA and ABB Powerone lead the way: Solarspot stick with these two when designing solar energy systems due to the efficiency and reliability standards being so high: Read more here: ( April 2014)

 

  • First Solar point the finger at the Australian Government as it reconsiders $100 mill of projects due to the Governments lack of direction on its polices relating to Sustainable Energy: Read more here: ( April 2014)

 

  • Global solar dominance in sight as science trumps fossil fuels : Solar power will slowly squeeze the revenues of perto- rentier regimes in Russia, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. They will have to find a new business model, or fade into decline: Read more here:( April 2014)

     

  • German Renewable Electricity Consumption hits record high 25.4 percent in 2013: Read more here: ( April 2014)

 

  • The Future of Solar: Solar Power to Surge in 2014: Read more here: ( April 2014)

 

  • Australian network operators ready to ditch the pole and wires: The falling cost of solar, and the anticipated falls in the cost of storage is making this possible. Read more here: ( April 2014)

 

  • Margaret River Winery Taps into solar power with Sunpower Panels: We sell and support Sunpower panels: Read more here: ( April 2014)

 

  • Rooftop solar may be the sleeping giant of Australian politics: The Greens have launched a new campaign to make rooftop solar a key election issue in the Victorian state poll later this year, describing it as a potential “sleeping giant” in Australian politics: Read more here: ( April 2014)

 

 

  • Yingli retains top spot: Yingli Green Energy, the global leader in crystalline module manufacturing in 2012, has retained its top position in 2013 after producing 9.4% of the world’s crystalline modules in the same year, according to new figures released by research and consulting firm GlobalData. Read more here: (April 2014)

 

 

  • UK Solar strategy favours Commercial roof tops instead of solar farms: Is it a strategy that could work for Australia? Read more here: ( April 10th 2014)

 

  • RWE, the German utility known for its reliance on large lignite, coal and nuclear power stations, and its high CO2 emissions, is undergoing a fundamental transformation. RWE will put solar panels on your roof, a battery in your shed, a heat pump in your cellar, and we will also manage this complex energy system for you. Read more here: ( April 2014)

 

  • Arvizu: Why the current energy system is unsustainable: But he notes, it is important that the new model be integrated with the old, in other words, the best of distributed generation must be merged with the best bits of the old centralized model. Read more here: (April 2014)

 

  • Japan launched new campaign to fight climate change: Reports said the IPCC will stress that the Earths warming trend is almost certainly caused by humans, but that it can still be eased if steps are taken by all of us: Do your part, invest in a solar energy system to reduce your carbon footprint. Read more here: (April 2014)

 

  • Apple, Facebook, Google Web Data Centers getting Greener: Read more here: (April 2014)

 

  • Energy Efficiency Programs a big factor in reduction of electricity consumption: “The hypothesis is that the political attention being paid to electricity prices led consumers to pay more attention than they had previously done to their expenditure on electricity: Read more here: (April 2014)

 

  • Ex White house Advisor rebukes Australia on climate policy: One of the US President Barack Obama’s key advisors on climate change has lambasted Australia for its backflip on climate change policies and its decision to not send a minister to key international climate talks last year. Read more here: (April 2014)

 

  • Australia's lousy energy production: Why is lags the world: He says that much of the $45 billion invested in network infrastructure over the last five years could have been avoided if utilities had “properly understood” customer needs. This would have resulted in lower consumer energy bills. Read more here: (April 2014)

 

  • Climate Programs do work: Starting to pay off in California: Read more here: (April 2014)

 

  • Solar Energy is the Mother Load: The Sun is the Mother of our gigantic energy supplies: Read more here: (April 2014)

 

  • Solar Power Advantages: Investing in solar will save you lots of money: Read more here: (April 2014)

 

  • The New 400ppm World:The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached 400 parts per million for the first time in human history at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii in May last year. That same level has been reached again in the last few days. Carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in air is very very real: Read more here: ( March 2014)


  • Why the fossil fuel industry wants us to ignore the risks:The report, released in Japan today following years of work and review by several thousand scientists, and a huge influx – a near doubling – of new evidence, introduces a new element to the way the issues is addressed: the management of risk. Read more here: ( March 2014)

 

  • The Great Australian Electricity Rip Off: The Australian public is being duped and constantly lied to on a monumental scale when it come to electricity: Read more here: ( March 2014)

 

  • Latest news flash: Important: Beware of discount companies with rock bottom pricing: they wont be around for the long term: Read more here: ( March 2014)

 

  • Panel reliability more important than cost say solar customers: Beware of buying cheap and nasty as they will have reliability issues: Choose wisely: Ask us about quality products. Read more here: ( March 2014)

 

  • Citigroup says " The Age of Renewables Has Begun" :saying that solar and wind energy are getting competitive with natural gas peaking and baseload plants : Read more here: ( March 2014)

 

  • Honda Smart home , the way of the future:Honda has built a demonstration smart home in California that promises to generate more energy than its occupants will use. Read more here: ( March 2014)

 

  • ExxonMobil acknowledges climate change to shareholders:“The largest companies in the world are taking a more active, aggressive role than ever in wanting to profit from clean energy,” said Dallas Kachan in an interview earlier this year. Maybe sometime not too far away, we will all be taking our EVs to the ExxonMobil solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations. Do your part to reduce climate warming, invest in solar energy ,talk to us now: Read more here: ( March 2014)

 

  • Building the electricity system of the future: Innovative energy solutions will proliferate: Read more here: (March 2014)

 

  • Are Australian solar households getting ripped off by the Utilities and Retailers? Households in Australia adding solar PV arrays to their rooftops have an important question to ask themselves: Are they getting a fair deal from their local utility for the solar power that they export back to the grid? Read more here: ( March 2014)

 

  • Its about an energy reduction strategy and not about feed in tariffs now for new entrants into the solar market: Get used to that. Almost five million Australians have benefited from policies that support solar energy. They responded in droves to incentives, installed 3GW of rooftop solar and invested billions of dollars in an unprecedented public investment in distributed generation. Read more here: ( March 2014)

 

  • Google launches worlds largest solar energy project: Ivanpah Solar Electric: Google has invested more than $1 billion in renewable energy, including $400 million in the last year alone, with a particular focus on solar. Their latest effort is a $168 million investment in the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station. Read more here: ( March 2014)

 

  • Network Operator in South Australia says solar systems helped shift peak demand during the hot weather: Solar Energy systems are the best investment to reduce your costs. The operator of South Australia’s electricity distribution network says rooftop solar PV played important role in protecting networks in recent heatwave and has shifted the peak of demand by several hours into the early evening. Read more here: ( March 2014)

 

  • Yingli completes 1MW World Cup Solar installation:Chinese solar giants Yingli Green Energy has supplied 1 MW of solar panels for a PV installation at the Arena Pernambuco in Brazil, site of at least five 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer matches this summer. Read more: ( March 2014)

 

  • Minister says solar has a strong outlook: “Solar technology is providing households with greater autonomy in managing their energy needs and is helping reduce our State’s reliance on traditional energy sources. Read more here: ( March 2014)

 

  • Climate risks as certain as smoking causes lung cancer: US scientists say evidence the world is warming is as conclusive as the link between smoking and lung cancer - marking an unusual policy intervention from academia. Read more here: ( March 2014)

 

  • Market Decides Bigger Solar is better: Based on falling equipment costs and the rising costs of electricity bills: Shrinking cost differentials have made bigger systems more tempting for customers, meaning the fall away of feed-in tariffs is not translating to a system size retreat. In fact the average system is up almost a kilowatt on last year. Read more here: ( March 2014)


  • Carbon Crash - Solar Dawn - its coming so don't be fooled: I think it’s time to call it. Renewables and associated storage, transport and digital technologies are so rapidly disrupting whole industries’ business models they are pushing the fossil fuel industry towards inevitable collapse. Read more here: ( March 2014)

 

  • Yingli - We support and sell Yingli - Financial results released today reveal the solar company increased its shipments by 40.8% last year, cementing its place as the world's leading module supplier. Read more here: ( March 2014)

 

  • When will Utilities admit the game is up: History is littered with companies and business strategies who refused to embrace technologies and thus are no longer with us: As an essential service, a death-spiral seems implausible. However, there is clearly a need to move on from the old game of simply selling more electrons. Get with the program, clean energy, solar energy, reduce burning fossil fuels: Read more here: ( March 2014)

 

  • Japan has followed in the footsteps of Germany and the US and launched a new subsidy program designed to support the installation of lithium-ion battery-based stationary storage systems. Read more here: (March 2014)

 

  • Second Chinese company has shares suspended: Trading in panel maker Baoding Tianwei Baobian Electrical's shares has been suspended after the company reported back-to-back annual losses. A domino effect could be about to kick in in the Chinese solar sector. Read more here:

 

  • Utility increasingly turning to renewables in WA: (March 2014)WA utility Horizon Power, which supplies the cities and towns outside of the South West Interconnected System (SWIS), is currently in the process of restructuring its operations to reduce the subsidy it is paid by the state government and is turning to distributed generation and storage as one of the key ways in doing so. Read more here:

 

  • 14 Things we have learned but the Abbott Government refuses to understand: (March 2014)Read more here:

 

  • Enel to shift to renewables, emerging markets : Very clever move: (March 2014)

Enel, Italy's biggest utility, said on Wednesday it will slash costs at home and focus new investments on emerging markets and renewable energy as its earnings are weighed down by ongoing weakness on its core European markets. Read more here:

 

  • E.ON cuts dividend, closes plants: This is a sign of the changing landscape for Utilities globally: When the old Utility business model does not work anymore it may pay to look at changing it and quickly: (March 2014)E.ON, Germany's biggest utility, on Wednesday proposed nearly halving its dividend for 2013 and said it would shut more than a quarter of its power plants in Europe in response to a rise in renewables that has rattled utilities across the continent. Read more here: ( March 2014)

 

  • Don't hold your breath for a coherent energy policy: Whats a given is energy prices will keep rising: Call us to discuss a solar energy system to beat your rising costs now: (March 2014) Read more here:

 

  • Utilities be warned - Silicon Valley is coming after you: (March 2014) Nahi’s message was simple – the power companies can either jump on board the household solar revolution or get blown away, just as Silicon Valley has vanquished plenty of other previously dominant but too slow incumbents. Read more here:

 

  • Poll: 75% of US Homeowners Say Utilities Shouldn’t Block Solar (March 2014): The survey found that 75 percent of U.S. homeowners opposed utilities limiting their access to alternative sources of electricity. It also showed that 73 percent of homeowners will buy solar from utilities that sell it -- but they will buy it from other energy providers as well: Read more here:

 

  • Will Google and Nest Make Power Companies More Innovative ? : ( March 2014) Read more here:Google’s move combines the world’s most powerful marketing company with some of the world’s best product designers -- Nest’s co-founders are former Apple iGeniuses -- to shake up an industry that’s long struggled with marketing, consumer trust and user-friendly design. For utilities, the Google/Nest combination represents a promising inflection point on multiple levels.

 

  • Solar Panels Used Most By Lower-Than-Average-Income Households In Western Australia: Reducing your energy costs makes sense: ( March 2014) Read more here:

 

  • Solar’s Impact & Energy Demand Reductions Continuously Shock Australian Energy Experts: ( March 2014) What is shocking to us is that these experts don't quite understand that if you continually put prices up on electricity and also deny that Solar Energy Technologies actually work then people will look for alternatives, like Solar Energy solutions and reducing their consumption...go figure: The South Australian network distributor recently reported, for instance, that household consumption had fallen 5.7 per cent in the latest year, despite an increase in population. EnergyAustralia reported an “unprecedented” fall in demand as it reported massive losses and the write downs in the valuations of several key generation assets. Read more here :
 
  • Recent European Solar Announcements Are Good News for the Solar Industry: ( March 2014) To say that the European solar manufacturing industry has suffered some setbacks over the past few years would be an understatement. A glut of Chinese-made panels flooded the market in 2010, driving solar module prices to record lows and driving dozens of European and North American solar PV manufacturers out of business. Read more here:

 

  • Google Reaps Tax Breaks in $1.4 Billion Renewable Energy Bet: ( March 2014)Google has funded since 2010 as part of a more than $1.4 billion investment in clean power production. That makes the Internet search giant the biggest backer of U.S. alternative energy projects over that stretch, excluding financial institutions and utilities, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Read more here:

 

  • Richard Branson tells businesses to make a stand against climate change deniers: ( March 2014) Branson said that businesses should take a stand against climate scepticism. "More businesses should be following Apple's stance in encouraging more investment in sustainability. While Tim [Cook] told sustainability sceptics to 'get out of our stock', I would urge climate change deniers to get out of our way," he said. Read more here:

 

 

  • Google investing more than $1 billion in alternative energy:Around one-third of Google’s operations are made possible by renewable power, but the Silicon Valley giant is gunning to become completely reliant on resources like wind and the sun. Now that's a smart company, we should all be following Google's lead : ( March 2014) Read more here:

 

  • Solar power booms as cranky customers choose change: ''People have twigged that electricity bills are going to keep going up for some time, and they've also worked out that the sun is going to come up tomorrow,'' ( March 2014)Read more here:

 

  • Global solar installs 'hit 37GW' World solar installations in 2013 hit 37GW, according to the latest data from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association, PV-Tech reports. ( March 2014)Read more here:

 

 

  • The slow death of Europe’s utility icon: ( March 2014)Read more here: Perhaps surprisingly, RWE’s downfall is not all its own fault. To a large degree, the company has fallen victim to Germany’s dramatic energy policy shifts of the past decade. With its arsenal of fossil fuel and nuclear power stations, RWE simply cannot compete against politically favoured renewable energies.

 

  • The Future of Large German Utilities: It’s Already Here : will our Utilities get with the program: ( March 2014) Read more here:

 

  • Three million sleep under solar rooftops: Control your household power bills, call us now: solar's popularity growing despite recent cuts to feed-in tariffs, with the study finding the main driver for people to go solar was "wanting to control their household power costs, followed by wanting to do something for the environment". ( March 2014) Read more here:

 

  • Canadian Solar, Chaori Cast Cloud On Solar Shares: Be mindful of which equipment you buy as 2014 will be a consolidation of the global solar industry with many smaller players going bankrupt: ( March 2014) Read more here: Bottom line: Shares of major solar panel makers are set for a correction this year after a 2013 rally and as their growth slows, while smaller players are likely to face a growing cash crunch.

 

  • US Solar Market Grew 41%, Had Record Year in 2013 - If its good enough for America, what about Australia? “Today, solar is the fastest-growing source of renewable energy in America, generating enough clean, reliable and affordable electricity to power more than 2.2 million homes -- and we’re just beginning to scratch the surface of our industry’s enormous potential,” said Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Rhone Resch. ( March 2014) Read more here:

 

  • Making Hay: More Australians taking a shine to solar panels at home:“With utilities costs tipped to stretch household budgets even further over the next few years, this trend in solar panels ownership is likely to continue. ( March 2014)Read more here:

 

  • Visualising Australia’s carbon emissions ( March 2014) Understanding a global phenomenon progressing at a year-by-year rate is difficult but there are tricks to help illustrate what's actually happening to our atmosphere. Invest in a solar energy system to do your part: Read more here:

 

  • Solar a third of new US power capacity ( March 2014) Solar now represents a major player in the US in terms of newly installed power generation capacity. It was second only to gas in 2013 making up 29% of new capacity installed and Solar now represents a major player in the US in terms of newly installed power generation capacity. : Read more here:

 

  • Australian solar PV deception harms industry: Be careful who you buy from: ( March 2014) In newspapers right around the country, prominent corrective advertising is continuing to appear informing consumers that solar panels advertised and sold as “Australian” were not Australian at all.The advertisements were placed as a result of a ruling by the Federal Court, after a prosecution of the companies behind the Australian Solar Panel and Euro Solar brands, lead by the ACCC. Read more here

 

  • Falling Energy Demand Impacts One Of Australia’s Biggest Utilities ( March 2014) The results put in context the implacable opposition that EnergyAustralia has to the renewable energy target, which it wants halted in its tracks in the current review commissioned by the Abbott government. Read more here:

 

  • Utility Insiders See Major Changes Coming:Utility insiders see the industry changing considerably over the coming decade, with a particular focus on greening the grid. ( March 2014)Read more here:

 

  • Facebook eyes solar-powered drones ( March 2014) Effort could help advance Facebook's Internet.org effort, aimed at connecting billions of people in developing countries. Read more here:

 

  • ACT plans vast expansion in renewable energy ( March 2014) The ACT government will vastly expand its commitment to solar, wind and other renewable energy projects, building on solar farms already in train near Tuggeranong, Uriarra and Mugga Lane. Read more here:

 

  • Tesla’s Giga Battery Factory Threatens the Auto, Utility and Building Controls Markets ( March 2014)Tesla’s Giga factory aims to reduce the cost of lithium-ion batteries by 30 percent in three years and 50 percent by 2020. This big, bold move invites historical comparison. Read the full story here:

 

  • This Is What the Utility Death Spiral Looks Like (March 2013) It's a real-world example of the "death spiral" that the industry has so far only considered in theory: as grid maintenance costs go up and the capital cost of renewable energy moves down, more customers will be encouraged to leave the grid. In turn, that pushes grid costs even higher for the remainder of customers, who then have even more incentive to become self-sufficient. Meanwhile, utilities are stuck with a growing pile of stranded assets. Read more here:

 

  • March 2014: The Rise of Distributed Generation Threatens Utilities (March 2014) In the late 1980s, the band R.E.M. achieved pop music fame by claiming, it's the end of the world as we know it. Utilities should heed their warning. Distributed generation (DG) could be the end of utilities as we know them today. Or, as we at Morningstar like to say, DG could destroy utilities' economic moats. Read more here:

 

  • Scientists working on 'next generation' solar energy cells ( March 2014) Welsh scientists are working on developing the 'next generation' of solar energy cells which will be cheaper and much more environmentally friendly than current versions. See full story here:

 

 

  • Power bill reform needs a switch in time (March 2014) Tariffs based on capacity rather than consumption are likely to be the more efficient solutions over the long term. Ultimately, the approach may differ in various parts of the country, depending on variations in climate and availability of alternative energy sources such as reticulated gas.” The Australian Energy Regulator sums up the driver for all this: “reducing the need to build networks to cater for a relatively small number of peak periods per year.” Read full story here:

 

  • 5 reasons solar's win over gas is only the start (March 2014) Solar advocates were popping corks when a New Year’s Eve ruling by an administrative law judge in the US state of Minnesota said that distributed solar arrays were a more cost-effective resource than natural gas to meet Xcel Energy’s peak power needs. Read full story here:

 

 

  • EU utilities 'paying the price' for renewables snub ( Feb 2014) Analysts estimate the utilities need to shut down about 50 GW of fossil fuel capacity by 2017 if they want to maintain even their diminished 2012 profit levels. "Utilities have invested large amounts," the report said. "But instead of using these resources to fund a genuine change of business model, they have done the opposite."Read more here
  • That's what the debate over the Renewable Energy Target :really boils down to: a choice over our energy and economic future. Either we keep developing clean energy sources, where the fuel is free, or we switch to controversial sources like coal seam gas that divide communities and pitch manufacturers against local and international consumers in a bidding war for the fuel. Read more here

 

  • Survival of the Fittest in China's Renewable Energy Market ( Feb 2014) “The weaker companies are being weeded out,” said Charles Yonts, a Hong Kong-based analyst at CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets. “The government is going to pick the winners and could force them to take the assets of the others.”So be very wary of who and what you are buying in relation to imported equipment. Check out the rest of the article here

 

  • RET Review: Solar industry experts are united in lobbying the federal government and the RET review panel when it comes to illustrating the true positive value solar PV has had on the electricity supply network and any move to remove or alter the RET will be counter productive in reducing energy bills. The incumbent utilities have to change their business models and get used to lower revenues not lobby the government to protect their own bottom lines. Check out: The Australian Solar Council