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    This Week in Solar: Solar Cells from Space and Green Home Loan

    This Week in Solar

    1. Climate Change and the Need for Renewable Energy

    There are many scientific studies that indicate the reality and significance of climate change. One of the ways to reduce the drain on resources currently being experienced by the planet is to shift to systems that utilise renewable energy, such as solar power.

    2. This Material Could Squeeze More Energy from Solar Panels

    The key lies with perovskite, a crystalline structure first discovered in Russia in the mid-1800s. Engineers want to use the material to build cheaper and more efficient solar panels—potentially in tandem with silicon-based panels, which are popular and more durable.

    3. ‘Snowball effect’: Bushfire smoke reduces solar panel efficiency, increases load on coal-fired power

    Solar monitoring company Solar Analytics said on New Year’s Day, solar panels in Canberra were only operating at 55 per cent capacity because of the oppressive haze.

    4. CEFC, Bank of Australia launch first green home loan program

    The federal government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is investing up to $60 million in a green home loan program launched in partnership with Bank of Australia.

    5. Solar cells from space are on the way

    In separate announcements it has emerged Chinese module manufacturer Jinko Solar and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are both exploring the production of PV technologies used in space to improve solar power returns back on Earth.

    6. Australia installs 2.13 GW of rooftop solar in 2019

    The final tally was 2.13 GW of sub-100kW systems registered in 2019 following a record installation surge in December, according to solar analyst SunWiz. This represents a jump of a 35% year-on-year and puts the grand total at 10 GW.

    7. Australia’s biggest steel city, Wollongong, targets net zero emissions by 2050

    The Council voted unanimously in favour of the 2030 target on Monday night, and for the much more significant and ambitious target of zero emissions by 2050 for the entire local government area.

    8. The three key actions that might shift the global climate change crisis

    A primary part of solving this challenge is the obvious action of replacing fossil fuels, which are currently responsible for more than 73 per cent of global emissions. We must move to capture and utilise energy from both the sun and wind – something Australia has had a keen eye on for a number of years now.

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    Climate Change and the Need for Renewable Energy

    Climate Change and the Need for Renewable Energy

    There are many scientific studies that indicate the reality and significance of climate change. One of the ways to reduce the drain on resources currently being experienced by the planet is to shift to systems that utilise renewable energy, such as solar power. By making this energy shift, the environment will have a chance to begin to heal. When used properly, solar power and other forms of renewable energy will be enough to eliminate oil, gas, and coal consumption before the year 2050. But that will only happen if changes are made now, instead of waiting.

    Climate Change and the Australian Environment

    Climate change is having massive and significant effects on the Australian environment. The bushfire season of late 2019 and early 2020 is evidence of this, but they are not the only problems being seen. The year 2019 was the hottest and driest year on record for all of Australia, and the trends are showing that these kinds of problems are likely to continue getting worse. Rather than allow that to happen any longer, there are changes that can be made to stop the decline in the environment. Reducing pollution is a big part of the solution, and that can be done by using renewable energy sources — most notably solar energy.

    Millions of animals are dying in bushfires, and there have been massive numbers of homes and businesses destroyed, as well as human injuries and fatalities, too. It’s time to do something more, and protect the planet in ways that might not have been considered as seriously in the past. With a Green New Deal for Australia and other countries, the opportunity exists to move many of the world’s developed countries over to solar and other renewable energy sources before climate change goes so far that reversing it is simply not possible. Much needs to be done quickly, to cool Australia down and protect its climate.

    The Economic Impact of Climate Change

    Climate change and ecological disasters have had billions of dollars of impact on the economy of Australia. While it will cost money to move everything over to renewable energy, it will cost much more in the long run if the continent fails to do so. A Renewable Energy Agency has been established and the Solar Towns Programme has also been created, in an effort to move more people toward solar energy. By understanding why this is so important and educating the public on the value of renewable energy, billions of dollars can be invested in the right things and saved over time due to a reduced need for fossil fuels.

    Millions of dollars have already been set aside for solar communities, allowing Australians who want to engage with others on topics like solar energy and climate change the opportunity to do so. By reaching out to those who already have solar power at their homes — along with those who are considering it — the opportunity to protect the environment and reverse climate change grows stronger. Right now, solar energy options are being installed at a rate that will allow Australia to meet its target of 50 percent renewable electricity by the year 2024. That will make a difference, but more can still be done to help.

    Australia’s Renewable Energy Options

    There are several popular renewable energy options for Australia, which include solar farms, wind farms, and rooftop solar panels that are used for households and communities. All three of these can be excellent choices, and all three can provide Australia with the help and hope it needs to improve its climate health and protect its people, animals, and natural resources. Wind farms can be put to excellent use over time, but it is the solar farms and rooftop solar panels that provide the continent with the most hope. Solar panels for individuals and businesses are ready now, and can be installed quickly in large numbers.

    By putting solar energy to good use, and by getting more people involved in working to solve climate change, Australia has the opportunity to be a world leader in protecting the environment and saving the planet. The continent can reduce its costs, stop more damage from occurring for its people and animals, and focus on ways to help the entire planet breathe a little bit easier. Solar power and other renewable energy sources are the answer to climate change, and that answer must be implemented now.

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    This Week in Solar: Bushfire damage to energy infrastructure

    This Week in Solar: Bushfire damage to energy infrastructure

    1. Understanding Bushfires and their effect on Solar Output

    During bushfires, will your solar panels still perform well? Here’s what you need to know.

    2. NSW to Victoria interconnector disconnected as bushfires threaten transmission

    Australia’s bushfire crisis is beginning to expose a National Energy Market over-reliant on vulnerable individual elements. Does Australia’s changing environment necessitate a localised energy future?

    3. A Green New Deal for Australia?

    Australia’s thinking on climate change and the energy transition must surely forever be informed by the inferno being suffered this summer.

    4. Rooftop solar a shining light in Australia’s renewable revolution

    David Green, who installed solar panels on the roof of his Burwood, Melbourne home a year ago, has sliced $470 off his annual electricity bill and earned another $800 for the excess power he sends back into the grid.

    5. New microgrid tech brings solar energy to Melbourne renters

    Ovida has launched the first site of its $2.3million Community Energy Hubs project – a 52-resident community housing apartment building in the Melbourne suburb of Preston, with a solar and battery storage system.

    6. New Year, new robotic broom for Australian solar farms

    “In Sydney, I did a demo on a rooftop. It was a 1 MW solar installation and the cleaners told me it takes them a week to clean it. With the robot, it took three hours,” says Romain Gourmet, SolarCleano International Business Development Executive.

    7. Parking on Sunshine, Brimbank Council switches on new solar-powered carpark

    The City of Brimbank continues to intensify its high penetration of rooftop solar PV with the addition of a new array and accompanying electric vehicle charging station atop a multi-deck in the solar-friendly suburb of Sunshine.

    8. How smoke could be impacting your solar panel performance

    As locals cough and splutter through the dust and smokey conditions, those with solar panels are reminded of the impact this may have on their electricity generation.

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    Understanding Bushfires and their Effect on Solar Output

    Understanding Bushfires and their Effect on Solar Output

    With bushfires currently spreading over much of Australia, many homeowners are finding themselves with questions that they’ve never encountered before. Some of these questions have to do with the maintenance of solar panels. During bushfires, will your solar panels still perform well? Do they have the same output, and do they need additional maintenance? Here’s what you need to know.

    Smoke Can Hamper the Productivity of Your Solar Panels

    While solar panels can function during bad weather, smoke can actually reduce solar output — and ash is even worse. You can expect that your solar energy output could be reduced if there is ash accumulating on your solar panels, or if the smoke has filled the air. During this time, you may need additional energy from the grid. There is little that can be done about smoke in the air, besides waiting until the smoke has reduced.

    Presently, it’s believed that ash and smoke from bushfires is reducing solar system output by about 30%. This can be a problem for those who rely almost completely on their solar power, but there are things that you can do to mitigate some of the efficiency loss.

    Having Solar Panels Cleaned

    Dirt normally accounts for about a 5% reduction in solar energy output, but ash can change the situation considerably. As ash builds up on your solar panels, the efficiency will decrease accordingly.

    After a bushfire, solar panels can be cleaned to improve efficiency. Usually rain and other weather conditions will clean solar panels for a homeowner or business owner, but because of the out-of-the-ordinary levels of dust and ash, this isn’t happening with the usual regularity.

    You shouldn’t try to clean panels yourself. You should contact an expert, such as your installer. Cleaning panels yourself could cause damage to them, and you may not notice damage that has to be repaired. You can inspect your solar panels to see if there has been considerable dust and ash build up on them.

    Conserving Solar Energy

    If your solar panel productivity is currently volatile, getting a battery installed could help. A battery will store electricity when your system produces too much, to tide you over during times of poor production. But this is usually a solution for those who have good production days and bad production days: If you’re in an area with consistent fire and smoke, a battery will be of limited usefulness.

    It’s more useful for homeowners with solar panels to reduce their energy usage during times of low efficiency. Those who are in areas with high smoke and ash production can limit the amount of electricity they use by turning off lights, switching to energy-efficient appliances, and limiting the use of entertainment devices. While inconvenient, it’s unfortunately a situation of national emergency — and something that the solar panels themselves cannot counter.

    Getting Solar Panels Installed

    With all that in mind, is this still a good time to get solar panels installed? A push towards solar is incredibly important, especially as Australia continues to move away from unsustainable energy sources. While solar panels may experience reduced efficiency during the bushfires, it’s a temporary situation that occurs only when smoke and ash fill the air.

    If you have solar panels that need to be cleaned, it’s time to call your installer. Ash build up on your solar panels will reduce efficiency. Unfortunately, as far as the smoke in the air, there is little that can be done except to wait until it clears. Once the air has cleared and the bushfires have died out, solar panel systems should resume their previous levels of production.

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    This Week in Solar: Australia’s first states to run on 100% solar!

    This Week in Solar: Australia's first states to run on 100% solar!

    1. LG’s Top 6 FAQs about Solar Panels – Warranties

    When it comes to considering solar as an option for your home, many people want to make sure they’re getting their money’s worth.

    2. The ACT is now running on 100 renewable electricity

    From 1 January 2020, the Australian Capital Territory “will officially be powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity”, the territory’s climate change minister Shane Rattenbury. That makes Canberra only the world’s eighth major city – and first outside Europe – to make the switch.

    3. Shared solar switched on at Melbourne apartment block

    A microgrid installed on an apartment block in Melbourne will provide clean and affordable electricity to 52 low-income households. It will deliver shared solar PV and batteries to more multi-tenanted buildings in the city.

    4. Power Ledger enables solar P2P trading in new Perth development

    Peer-to-peer energy trading (P2P) is set to be installed into nine apartments in Perth’s eastern suburbs. The development’s integration with smart energy trading technology will allow the space to share a solar PV system and SENEC battery.

    5. Western Sydney shopping centre taps solar to slash power bills by 25%

    An impressive 1MW rooftop solar array has been installed across a shopping centre in western Sydney that is expected to shave an estimated 25% off its annual electricity bill.

    6. Unique hybrid solar PV installation now powering WA mine

    The6.7 MW solar PV array was integrated with an existing diesel power station to become the country’s first fully-integrated commercial hybrid diesel/solar facility.

    7. Western Australia’s first big battery delivered to Kalbarri microgrid

    Western Australia’s very own Big Battery – at least, the first and largest yet to be installed on the state’s grid – has been dispatched to its destination in Kalbarri, where it will become the centrepiece of a solar and wind microgrid that promises to deliver much improved reliability than the local grid.

    8. Australia’s rooftop solar sector reeling in a renewable revolution

    Experts in the field say a fresh take on distributed energy grids is needed. They suggest a model where electricity is generated from houses, businesses and large-scale renewable developments could decrease bills for those able to install bot batteries and panels, and for those who remain heavily dependent on the grid.

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    LG’s Top 6 FAQs about Solar Panels – Warranties

    LG’s Top 6 FAQs about Solar Panels - Warranties

    When it comes to considering solar as an option for your home, many people want to make sure they’re getting their money’s worth.

    This isn’t as simple as looking for the cheapest option. In fact, low price listings are often an indication that the manufacturer or installer has cut corners. This is a dangerous way to operate. 

    Usually the more expensive solar units will be manufactured and installed to high in quality. Such solar installers are more likely to be clear about their warranties, products, and services. 

    Warranties are an important consideration in your commitment to going solar. LG Energy has provided answers to six common questions buyers have about the warranties of their solar products.

     

    1. What are the positives of LG Solar Panel Warranty?

    The LG warranty is one of the most solid warranties offered for solar panels in Australia. Consumers get a 25 year Manufacturer’s Warranty on the NeON2 and NeON R modules against any manufacturing fault, as well as a 25 year Output Warranty to ensure the solar power panels will still produce at least 90.08% of their nominated output in 25 years for the NeON 2 and 90.8% for the NeON R. LG also covers the labour and transport in areas within 80kms to capital cities; please read the LG warranty conditions for details.

    LG panels are also ensured to not generate fewer watts than rated on the name plate; as the LG output tolerance is up to 3%, a new 350W module will always give you an output of more than 350W*, such as 352 or 354W. This means you get what you pay for. In the case of some cheaper panels some have a +/- 3% output tolerance, meaning a 326W panel can still be called a 330W panel.

     *under test conditions at 25C ambient.

    Lastly, LG’s warranty is transferable, meaning that if you sell your house the new owners gain the benefits of the remaining warranty period. Some other manufacturers’ warranties are not transferable.

    2. What happens to the solar system and the LG warranty when I sell the house?

    If you received a rebate when buying your solar power system, then the solar rebate conditions usually require that the solar system must remain at the installed location. This means you cannot simply unscrew the solar panels and mounting system, disconnect the solar inverter and take the whole system with you. The panels have to remain with your old home.

    The warranties provided in the LG Manufacturer’s warranty are transferable when the module remains installed in its original location. This means, when a customer sells their home with LG Modules installed, the new owners of the property will continue to enjoy the LG manufacturer’s warranty protection. The warranty period runs from the original date of purchase.

     

    3. What types of warranties are available on solar panels?

    Solar panels generally come with an Output or Performance Warranty (in LG’s case it is 25 years) and a Manufacturing Warranty (in LG’s case also 25 years).

    It is important to know who is providing the warranty – the manufacturer or the importer. In brands like LG the manufacturer and importer is LG Electronics, so if anything goes wrong LG Electronics will be the party responsible. In cases where a manufacturer has no representation in Australia, the importer is responsible for the warranty. If the importer changes their business name, sells or ceases to be in business, their Manufacturer’s Warranty obligations towards you stops. Also in case the importer only has a small number of staff and operates out of a virtual office, how strong is the warranty really? LG with it’s close to 1 billion Annual business has real skin in the game in Australia and New Zealand, via our existing business investments.

    Because the warranties are for a long period of time and the solar industry is volatile, it is almost always better to choose a solar panel from a manufacturer that is diversified (meaning makes a range of products and therefore has multiple income streams) rather than a single solar manufacturer who you have never heard of. Ask the company supplying your system to give you in writing the details of who will provide and uphold the warranty, as well as asking them to back the warranty themselves should the manufacturer go out of business.

    A system manual that provides operation, maintenance and safety information should be provided by your installer upon completion. This should also include the warranty conditions and a system energy output (kWh) estimate specific for your system in its installed location.

    It is important you obtain written confirmation of statements made by your installer, including performance claims, guarantees, country of manufacture of panels and warranties. For example, sometimes inferior panels are sold with names that mislead the customer on the country of manufacture. Insist on written information at the time of the quote and also as part of the hand over documents. Documentation will be essential if you need to make consumer, warranty or insurance claims. The LG solar warranty information can be found here.

     

    4. What happens to the warranty if I move the panels?

    For residential and commercial solar systems most solar panel manufacturers specify that aspects of the Warranty is void if the module(s) are moved from their original install location. LG also insists that the solar panels remain on their original installation location in order to receive the full warranty coverage. 

    Please also note that the Federal Government STC rebate relies on the solar power system to remain on the original install location for many years. Therefore it is very unlikely for solar systems to be uninstalled and to be moved. If you sell your house and want solar at the new property, it is better from a rebate and warranty point of view to leave the solar system at their original installation location and then purchase a new system for the new home.

     

    5. Why should I insure my solar system, if it has a very long warranty?

    The attitudes and polices of insurers towards solar needs to be considered on a company by company basis as policies do vary, however, as a general rule the majority of insurers see solar systems as just another fixture to your home and are usually perfectly happy to cover them, often at no or little additional cost to existing household policies.

    Make sure you confirm in writing that your solar system is covered on your policy and what, if any, specific requirements your insurer has. Always make sure the products and services you select are capable of withstanding scrutiny, in case of future problems.

    In the event of a claim for damage to your solar system, your insurer might request evidence that the solar equipment is made by a reputable manufacturer and installed by a qualified installer following all the relevant Australian Standards. They might want to assure themselves that the use and installation of the solar system has not caused the problems.

     

    6.What does the Linear Warranty on LG panels mean?

    The Linear Warranty allows the purchaser of LG solar modules to establish the baseline performance of the solar panels at any point in 25 years. Actual performance of panels can be compared to this to establish eligibility for a warranty claim. LG has the confidence in its panels to last 25 years that it does not put unnecessary hurdles in the way of a legitimate warranty claim. 

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    This week in solar: solar to decarbonise steel, solar garden, and more

    This week in solar: solar to decarbonise steel, solar glass, and more

    1. Steel yourselves, Swinburne researcher utilises solar to decarbonise steel

    Swinburne PhD candidate Suneeti Purohit’s remarkable double innovation utilises solar power to decarbonise the steel industry and save iron ore miners money.

    2. Australia’s first “solar garden” bears fruit for NSW community housing tenants

    Australia’s first “solar garden,” a 35kW communal solar PV array in Lismore, New South Wales, has been completed and is delivering energy savings to 19 social housing tenants, four community organisations and North Coast Community Housing.

    3. ClearVue clears way to sell Australian solar glass technology in Europe

    ClearVue’s nano-technology, developed in conjunction with the Electron Science Research Institute (ESRI) at Edith Cowan University, generates electricity from a flat, clear sheet of glass while maintaining transparency.

    4. Neural networks improving solar power forecasting

    An international research team has developed a new approach for solar power forecasting that combines neural networks and pattern sequences.

    5. Power prices forecast to slide in next three years, with increasing supplies of renewable energy a primary driver

    Power prices are forecast to fall in most Australian states and territories over the next three years, with energy users in Queensland set to see the biggest benefit.

    6. Which parts of Australia deliver the cheapest wind and solar?

    Wind and solar are clearly the cheapest form of new electricity generation in Australia. But where in Australia is wind and solar the cheapest to produce – taking into account the actual resource, the transmission costs, and the installation costs.

    7. Australia needs to triple renewable energy plants by 2040 to replace coal power plants set to close

    Australia needs dozens more renewable energy projects to offset the loss of more than 60 per cent of Australian coal power plants that will close over the next two decades, the energy market operator has forecast.

    8. ARENA targets solar panel recycling in new $15m funding round

    The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has launched a $15 million funding round to support projects aimed at cutting the cost and amount of waste created by solar panels that have reached the end of their working lives.

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    This Week in Solar: Flexible solar panels, grid relief, and more

    1. Huge influx of solar will reduce risk of power outages this summer, says AEMO

    Australian consumers face the risk of power outages this summer because of the threat of bushfires, heatwaves and increasingly unreliable coal generators, but the Australian Energy Market Operator says the surge in solar installations in the past 12 months will lessen the risks.

    2. SunMan’s flexible solar panels installed on Noosaville Library

    The 72.5 kW curved-roof solar installation will generate almost half of the Noosaville Library’s electricity needs. The flexible panels used for the installation are manufactured by Dr Shi Zhengrong’ firm SunMan.

    3. NSW notches up new national record for rooftop solar installations

    A record total of 60MW of new rooftop solar capacity was installed in New South Wales in November – a new monthly high for any state in Australia, according to the latest market update from industry statistician SunWiz.

    4. Australia’s biggest businesses could deliver “a Yallourn” of new wind and solar

    Australian companies that have committed to source 100 per cent of their electricity from renewable energy now represent almost one quarter of the value of the Australia Stock Exchange, a new report has shown – but there is plenty of room for improvement.

    5. Australia’s rooftop solar boom can be good news for networks: study

    A new study has demonstrated the key role that distributed solar and storage could play in managing the shift to renewables, transforming Australia’s world-leading uptake of rooftop PV into a major asset to networks, rather than the liability it is often portrayed.

    6. APA officially opens new 20MW solar plant next to W.A. wind farm

    Western Australia’s revived large-scale solar market has delivered another finished product to the grid this week, with the completion of the 19.25MW Badgingarra solar farm in the state’s wheatbelt region, north of Perth.

    7. W.A. community virtual power plant confirms $50m Swiss investment

    Swiss investment firm SUSI Partners last week confirmed it would invest $A50 million into a residential solar-plus-battery storage project being developed by Perth-based Starling Energy Group, which it boasts will be the world’s largest Virtual Power Plant (VPP).

    8. Aquarius, Let the Sunshine In – Aquatic research facilities turn to solar

    Three NSW government facilities for aquatic and agricultural research and development are reducing their grid-dependence by utilising solar PV.

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    LG Solar Panel Products

    LG Electronics embarked on a solar energy research programme in 1985, using their vast experience in semi-conductors, chemistry and electronics. LG Solar modules are now available in 32 countries. In 2013, 2015 and 2016 the LG NeON® range won the acclaimed Intersolar Award in Germany, which demonstrates LG Solar’s lead in innovation and commitment to the renewable energy industry. Additionally, LG Solar™ won the Australian Top Brand award in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. By 2019 LG sold more than one million panels in Australia and close to 250,000 modules will be shipped in 2019 to Australian and New Zealand customers.

    With over 70 lesser known brand panels selling in Australia, LG solar panels offer a peace of mind solution, as they are backed by an established global brand. LG is now the largest consumer brand in the solar space.

    Great Visual Appearance

    LG NeON® 2 panels have been designed with appearance in mind. Their black cells, black frames and thinner wire busbars give an aesthetically pleasing uniform black appearance. Your home deserves the LG NeON® 2.

    More Power per Square Metre

    LG NeON® 2’s 350W are a similar physical size to many competing 320W panels. This means with the LG NeON® 2 350W you get 8.5% more electricity per square metre than a standard 320W panel. So you can install more kW of solar on your roof with the LG NeON® 2.

    25 Years Product Warranty (Parts & Labour)

    The LG product warranty is more than double many competitor’s standard 10 and 12 year product warranty and covers 25 years. The Warranty is provided by LG Electronics Australia and New Zealand, who have been operating locally for more than 25 years. The warranty includes replacement labour and transport. Overall LG Energy has been in existence since 1958.

    Improved 25 Year Performance Warranty

    The initial degradation of the module has been improved from -3% to -2%, in the 1st year and the annual rate of degradation has fallen from -0.7%/year to -0.33%/ year thereafter. This brings an 90.08% warranted output after 25 years, compared to 83% for many competing panels.

    LG RESIDENTIAL SOLAR PANELS

    THE LG NEON® 2 350W

    LG Neon Solar Panel
    LG Neon Solar Panel
    LG Neon Solar Panel

    The LG NeON®2 range has been sold in Australia since 2015 and more than 500,000 modules have been shipped, with very low warranty returns. As per September 2019 the LG NeON® is currently sitting at 350W and is expected to move to 360W by early 2020.

    The NeON® 2 produces more electricity than standard panels per watt because it has a lower annual degradation, the N-type silicon is more sensitive in low light, the double sided CELLO technology absorbs spillover from the back, and the LG panels also have a better heat tolerance than standard panels and still produce well in very hot weather. The NeON® 2 also adopts LG’s unique CELLO technology with 12 multi wire busbars to reduce current resistance, enhancing power output and panel reliability.

    THE NEW LG NEON® 2 BIFACIAL CLEAR

    LG Neon Solar Panel
    LG Neon Solar Panel
    LG Neon Solar Panel

    The new LG NeON®2 BiFacial has seen many improvements to earlier LG panels, with longer warranties, higher efficiency and lower degradation.

    The LG NeON® 2 BiFacial module combines the NeON® 2 double sided CELLO cell with a clear backsheet. This enables the panel to generate power from both the front and rear of the module. Additional power is generated from the light that is reflected off the roof or ground surface underneath being absorbed by the rear side of the cells of the module. The NeON® 2 BiFacial also adopts LG’s unique CELLO technology with 12 multi wire busbars to reduce current resistance, enhancing power output and panel reliability.

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    This week in Solar: Solar cars, solar at night, and more

    This week in Solar: Solar cars, solar at night, and more

    1. Solar breakthrough in Bill Gates-back technology innovation

    Tech startup Heliogen reveals their secret success: combining mirrors and AI to concentrate solar energy.

    2. How can landlords use solar power to help generate better long term rental returns?

    If you’re a landlord, consider using solar power to make your rental more profitable. A long-term strategy, solar power can both make your property more appealing to tenants and improve its property value.

    3. Solar farm helps balance UK grid – at night. And Australia could do the same

    The BP-backed renewable energy developer behind a 200MW solar farm planned for inland New South Wales has used one of its UK grid-connected PV projects to help balance Britain’s electricity network – at night.

    4. 7 Companies That Are Leading the Way for Solar-Powered Cars

    While solar cars might not be on the verge of overturning the auto industry, it’s the promise of forming part of a wider network of self-sufficient energy consumption that makes them such a tantalizing proposition.

    5. NSW’s first renewable energy zone to unlock 3 GW of new generation

    Under the Electricity Strategy released on Friday, the NSW Government has unveiled a plan to deliver Australia’s first coordinated Renewable Energy Zone in the Central-West, seeking to support the new generation needed to get energy bills down.

    6. UNSW students provide solar solutions to remote Fijian communities

    University of New South Wales students have travelled to remote communities in Fiji in order to troubleshoot the challenges of renewable energy integration and come up with technical and design-based solutions to community needs.

    7. Clean energy must be rolled out six times faster

    To have any hope of restricting global heating to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius, the renewables success story which saw 108 GW of solar deployed last year needs to be cranked up to the next level – and fast.

    8. Solar and battery microgrid achieves 90% renewables for W.A. gas hub

    Horizon Power’s poster child for the shift to a distributed renewable grid, the Western Australia Pilbara town of Onslow, says its solar and battery microgrid is already helping to deliver “more reliable” and cleaner power – at levels of up to 90 per cent renewables.

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    How can landlords use solar power to help generate better long term rental returns?

    How can landlords use solar power to help generate better long term rental returns?

    If you’re a landlord, consider using solar power to make your rental more profitable. A long-term strategy, solar power can both make your property more appealing to tenants and improve its property value. Here’s what you need to know.

    1. There Are More Homes With Solar Power

    Solar Power is trending across the globe, and the number of households in Australia with solar power systems is steadily increasing. With that in mind, more tenants are starting to look towards solar power as an advantage, and there are newer solar systems coming to the market that are easier to install, more affordable, and more effective.

    2. Solar Energy is a Selling Point

    If you’re in a competitive real estate market, you need to do what you can to set your property off. Solar energy is a selling point, and will draw in tenants that you otherwise might struggle to bring in. You can keep your properties filled easier, and with tenants who are looking for more than “just a home.” A responsible tenant is a good tenant.

    Increase the Value of Your Property

    3. Increase the Value of Your Property

    Solar panels are a direct improvement to your property, and will consequently increase the value of your property. Whether you’re interested in eventually pulling out home equity, or you just want to know that your resale value is high, increasing the value of your property is never a bad thing.

    4. Deduct Taxes for Solar Energy

    For homeowners, solar energy is tax-deductible, which means any solar energy produced by your grid is going to be saving you money long-term. While there will be an upfront cost, there’s always an upfront cost to any property. Most properties are purchased with the idea of being a long-term investment rather than short-term gains.

    5. Get Increasing Returns

    It may take some time for a solar unit to start making money. But once it does break even, everything else will be profit to the landlord. The more properties a landlord has, the more solar power will help with long term rental returns. And this is apart from being able to charge more for the property for it being more desirable, and being more likely to be able to get tenants in.

    5. Get Increasing Returns

    6. You Can Protect Your Property

    Solar units also come with warranties to protect your properties, so you don’t need to worry about issues such as the solar power damaging your home. Work with a reputable vendor, and you’ll be ensured that the solar installation is safe and up to code.

    7. You Can Improve the Environment

    Apart from the savings involved with having a solar system, it’s also important to note the largest benefit: you will be helping to save the environment. Not only does that make you more environmentally-conscious, but it’s also a long-term investment in the environment around you and your properties. In Australia, almost 50% of energy will soon be generated through renewable resources. That’s an incredible advancement, and something that many people are interested in being part of.

    You Can Improve the Environment

    As more landlords begin to install solar power, it will become expected for properties to have solar power. By providing solar power to tenants, you’ll be able to generate greater interest in your properties, while also providing a bonus to them (and being able to charge higher rents). As your solar panel system ages, you will only be making more money from it, and experiencing greater returns.

    If you only have a single property, the benefits from a solar panel system may take a little while to show. But if you have a multitude of properties, you will be able to make substantially more money, while also helping the environment. You can get a quote for a solar panel system today to get stated.

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    This Week in Solar: Solar Islands, Microgrids to Mines, and more

    This week in Solar

    1. Our Top 6 FAQs for solar unit usage

    LG Energy has a lot of great information on solar panels, batteries, inverters, and other components. Moreover, LG frequently answers the questions customers and businesses have regarding operation of solar units. Here are answers to six frequently asked questions about solar system usage.

    2. Giant Floating Solar Farms Could Make Fuel and Help Solve the Climate Crisis, Says Study

    Millions of solar panels clustered together to form an island could convert carbon dioxide in seawater into methanol, which can fuel airplanes and trucks, according to new research from Norway and Switzerland and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, PNAS, as NBC News reported. The floating islands could drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuels.

    3. Strategic partnership to bring microgrids to the mines

    In a deal that can only improve the appeal of renewable energy to the mining industry, Siemens and renewable energy developer juwi have joined forces in a strategic technology partnership set to bring renewable microgrids to the off-grid mine sites.

    4. Power to the people: how suburban solar could become the Uber of the energy grid

    Australians are embracing the ‘virtual power plant’, which advocates say can protect the grid, save money and combat the climate crisis

    5. Islands continue to turn to solar PV

    It’s a rather astounding thought, tropical islands bathed in copious sunshine and yet these isolated landmasses the world over still primarily rely on expensively transported diesel fuel. However, it seems people are finally beginning to see the light, and crucially, putting a solar panel in front of it.   

    6. South Australia: The nation’s renewable energy superstar

    Very few grids in the world have decarbonized as rapidly as South Australia. According to a report by The Australia Institute (TAI), for nine of the 18 months until September, half of all electricity supplied in the state has been from solar and wind generators.

    7. Photon Energy to build Lord Howe Island solar and battery microgrid

    Photon Energy Australia has been officially named as the company chosen to install a solar and battery storage microgrid on Lord Howe Island, just weeks after the project was rebooted with a new grant from ARENA.

    8. Billionaires invest in ‘massive’ solar farm to supply power to Singapore

    Australian billionaires Mike Cannon-Brookes and Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest have joined a capital raising of “tens of millions of dollars” to build a huge solar farm in Australia to supply electricity to Singapore.

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