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    This Week in Solar: Australia’s main grid reaches 25 pct renewables over last year

    This Week in Solar: Australia’s main grid reaches 25 pct renewables over last year

    1. Do Solar Panels Lose Efficiency?

    Whether solar panels lose efficiency can be partially affected by the way the panels are treated. But that’s not the only thing that could cause a lack of efficiency.

    Understand the potential factors affecting the efficiency of the solar panels and how to reduce its effects in our recent blog post.

    2. Milestone: Australia’s main grid reaches 25 pct renewables over last year

    Australia has reached a new milestone – a 25 per cent share of renewable energy on its main grid – despite all the carefully constructed political and regulatory road-blocks, a powerful and entrenched fossil fuel lobby, and a global pandemic.

    3. Delivering Australia’s largest airport solar energy installation

    Leading professional services company GHD is providing technical advice for Melbourne Airport’s solar energy project, which is set to produce enough clean energy to provide power to all four passenger terminals.

    4. Keeping PV panels honest — ACT innovation fund pumps up testing capacity

    The ACT Government has awarded a $220,000 grant from its Renewable Energy Innovation Fund (REIF), to expand the solar panel testing carried out by PV Lab, which currently works out of a laboratory of the Australian National University in Canberra.

    5. Solar panel orientation to east and west could save homeowners and the grid, SA researcher says

    Facing rooftop solar panels east and west instead of north may save homeowners money and help with electricity grid stability, new research suggests.

    6. Clean Energy Regulator promises crackdown on solar inverter installations

    The push for strict and uniform solar inverter standards that will allow rooftop PV systems to be controlled and switched off remotely has gained new muscle this week, with the Clean Energy Regulator adding checks of inverter settings to its inspection program.

    7. Google to create easier renewable power purchase pathways

    The tech giant has eliminated its entire carbon legacy and is moving toward running entirely on renewables, 24/7. More importantly, it’s looking to create pathways for other renewable purchasers to follow in its wake.

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    Do Solar Panels Lose Efficiency?

    Do Solar Panels Lose Efficiency?

    Whether solar panels lose efficiency can be partially affected by the way the panels are treated. But that’s not the only thing that could cause a lack of efficiency. The best thing you can do for your solar panels is gain knowledge about what problems to look for, so you can catch issues early. You may not be able to reverse problems, but you can stop more from happening and reduce the effects of them to increase efficiency. Don’t settle for solar panels that aren’t going to give you what you want, when you can have something far better than that by caring for your panels the right way, from the very beginning.

    How to Minimize a Loss of Efficiency

    The location and placement of solar system panels can make a big difference in whether they’re efficient or not. Even a system that looks like it’s in the sun all the time might not be as efficient as it could be. Part of that comes from the angle of the sun, which is different during various times of the year. But another reason for a lack of efficiency is damage that can happen to the panels over time. That can lead to a slow loss of efficiency, which might not be noticed right away. Then once it’s gotten bad enough, it’s seen as a problem and there isn’t anything that can be done about it. It’s better to catch it earlier.

    Can Extreme Weather Conditions Damage Solar Panels?

    Extreme weather conditions like hail and cyclones can certainly do harm to solar panels. The same is true with severe dust storms and other kinds of weather that’s outside the normal and expected things like rainfall and sunshine. While most typical types of storms won’t cause a big problem, it’s important to check solar systems after any major storm or weather event. That can help you catch problems quickly, and make any needed adjustments to the solar system so you can keep it working at the highest possible level for the long term.

    What is Degradation?

    One issue that can reduce efficiency is Potential Induced Degradation, or PID. This can be caused by heat, voltage, and humidity. Because most solar systems are exposed to a combination of these, that combination can take its toll over time. Fortunately, most solar system models don’t have this problem. It’s important to buy a make and model that’s not known for having this issue, to reduce the chances of experiencing it. Another degradation issue, Light Induced Degradation (LID), occurs in the first days after system installation, when a system degrades based on its exposure to sunlight. It’s rare, but important to watch out for.

    What is Delamination and What Causes It?

    When delamination occurs, the glass on the front and plastic on the back of a solar panel separate. That means moisture and air can get inside the panel and start to corrode and damage it. This can happen when the plastic and glass aren’t perfectly clean or properly bonded, and often creates an imminent failure in the panels. When it’s noticed, it should be handled right away. By taking good care of your system and watching out for problems, it can provide you with energy for a long time to come.

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    This Week in Solar: Australia can be a ‘renewable energy superpower

    This Week in Solar: Australia can be a 'renewable energy superpower

    1. How Lighting Conditions Affect Solar Panel Efficiency

    Understanding the ways you can make the system more efficient and make the most of the lighting conditions you have is a very important part of a quality solar system.

    Learn more about lighting conditions and how it can affect your solar system’s efficiency in our recent blog post.

    2. ‘Enormous opportunities’: NSW’s green economic recovery from COVID-19

    Environment Minister Matt Kean is calling for a green-led recovery from the coronavirus crisis.

    NSW will pursue large-scale hydrogen production as part of its attempt to tackle the COVID-19 economic crisis, with Newcastle and Port Kembla identified as critical hubs for tens of thousands of new export jobs.

    3. From cottage industry to $7bn powerhouse: How Australian solar grew 100-fold in a decade

    Falling technology prices and high electricity costs helped Australia’s solar industry rise to new records in 2019, according to new analysis, capping off a decade which saw Australian solar capacity grow by almost 100-fold in just ten years.

    4. Windbreak walls for solar farms

    Iasol has developed a new way to protect solar plants in windy conditions. The Spanish developer said the solution barely has an impact on project costs or output, while preventing expensive damages.

    5. South Australia’s biggest solar farm finally moves to full production

    The biggest solar farm in South Australia, and what would have been the biggest solar complex in Australia had it been completed earlier, is finally moving towards full production – nearly two years after its original plans.

    6. ‘Electrify everything’: Cannon-Brookes calls for east-west solar cables to power Australia

    Tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes says massive investments in renewable energy initiatives like the $22 billion Sun Cable project could lift Australia out of recession by creating jobs, lowering power prices and generating new export revenue streams.

    7. Australia can be a ‘renewable energy superpower’, Anthony Albanese declares

    The federal Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, says the resources sector has been the backbone of the Australian economy for decades, but the nation’s “long-term future lies in renewable energy sources”.

    Labor leader Anthony Albanese says Australia must position itself to be a major player in renewable energy

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    How Lighting Conditions Affect Solar Panel Efficiency

    How Lighting Conditions Affect Solar Panel Efficiency

    When you’re thinking of getting solar panels for your home, or you’re not sure whether you need to make adjustments to the solar system you already have, you probably have a lot of questions. One of those is often about lighting conditions, and how they’re going to affect the efficiency of your solar system. Understanding the ways you can make the system more efficient and make the most of the lighting conditions you have is a very important part of a quality solar system. Here’s what to consider.

    Does Shading Prevent a Good Solar Outcome?

    In some cases, too much shade can mean that your solar system lacks efficiency. But a little bit of shading for a short time during the day isn’t necessarily going to mean that your system doesn’t work as planned. It’s always better to position it where there’s more sun to get the maximum benefit, but there are times when that’s just not realistic. If that’s the reality where you live, it’s important to take full advantage of the non-shady areas and times. That way you make your solar system as efficient as possible, and you can still have your panels located where you want them to be.

    How Does Shading of Trees and Buildings Affect System Performance?

    A system that’s getting maximum levels of sunlight will generally always perform better than a system that’s not getting as much sunlight. But the shading of trees may not be as significant of a problem as the shading caused by a building. Trees generally provide a more broken or dappled level of shade, where buildings provide more solid levels of shading that are closer to complete blockages of the sunlight. Some trees can also provide this, but it’s not as common. System performance can definitely be affected by anything that blocks sunlight for a period of time, and the longer the length of the blockage the bigger the overall effect on the system.

    What is a Shading Analysis?

    A shading analysis can help you see how much the shade in a particular area is going to affect the efficiency of your potential solar system. You can also have an analysis done of your current system, to see if there are ways to make it more efficient. Sometimes changing the angle of the panels or cutting down a tree can mean improved efficiency of your solar system and can be well worth doing. Panels can also be moved in some cases, or installed in a location other than the one you were originally thinking of.

    Does the Location and Direction the Panel is Facing Matter?

    The location of the panels and the direction they’re facing can absolutely matter. You may also want to adjust them with the seasons, when the angle of the sun is different. By doing that, you’ll be much more likely to have a good experience with your solar system and be able to use your panels at maximum efficiency. Then you get more quality and value, and you can feel better about the efficiency of your system, as well. Taking care where you place your system can be a very important part of using your solar system for the long term.

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    This Week in Solar: The growing demand for solar.

    This Week in Solar: The growing demand for solar.

    1. Solar System Maintenance and Repairs

    Proper maintenance helps to keep your solar panels working safely and efficiently. It reduces system downtime while minimising repair costs. Clean, well-maintained equipment also cuts electric bills, decreases your environmental impact and enhances the appearance of your home.

    Read our recent blog post on what you need to know.

    2. Australia’s first large scale solar garden – city dwellers of the world, unite!

    Almost a third of Australians are locked behind the solar barrier, they’re renters, tenants, urban apartment-dwellers who don’t have the luxury of installing their own solar PV. However, now city-dwellers can participate in the solar transition too, by becoming members of the Haystacks Solar Garden which operates in much the same way as community garden.

    3. GE-branded solar inverters will be available in the Australian market beginning in September

    “A real game changer.” John Grimes, Smart Energy Council.

    The journey will start in Australia and will see the first products on the market this year, with more countries expected to join the list in 2021 and beyond. There is untapped potential in the Australian solar industry; in 2018, solar energy accounted for just over 5 per cent of Australia’s total power generation despite it having the world’s highest average solar radiation of about 58 million petajoules of energy, or about 10,000 times the nation’s annual energy consumption. 

    4. Tesla battery in South Australia expanded by 50 per cent, energy minister lauds benefits

    A 50 per cent expansion of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia is now fully operational, increasing its potential output by 50 megawatts.

    After weeks of testing, the Tesla battery at Hornsdale, near Jamestown in the state’s mid-north, is now capable of delivering 150 megawatts, or 189 megawatt hours.

    5. Solar River solar and battery project still confident, despite loss of Alinta contract

    One of the biggest solar and battery storage projects planned for Australia, the Solar River facility in South Australia, says it is still confident of reaching financial close despite the loss of a long term contract with utility Alinta Energy.

    6. Repositioning Australian rooftop PV

    A University of South Australia study has shown that solar owners selling electricity to the grid should position their panels to minimize the discrepancy between peak use and peak production.

    7. Forget 7-star luxury, Adelaide is now home to a 10-star sustainable home

    South Australia’s first ten-star home was completed last month, a home that consumes twenty times less energy than the average Australian household, in part thanks to its Firmer React 2 solar hybrid system.

    8. BHP turns to wind and solar to help power Queensland coal mines


    Global mining giant BHP has signed a five year contract that will see it source wind and solar to deliver up to half of the power needs for its coal mining operations in Queensland.

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    Solar System Maintenance and Repairs

    Solar system maintenance and reapirs

    Proper maintenance helps to keep your solar panels working safely and efficiently. It reduces system downtime while minimising repair costs. Clean, well-maintained equipment also cuts electric bills, decreases your environmental impact and enhances the appearance of your home.

    Maintenance Needs

    You’ll need to clean the modules from time to time, removing any debris from panel surfaces and vents. Most other upkeep involves inspecting the system. An expert should check the wiring, fittings, switches and other electrical components for defects, according to the Clean Energy Regulator.

    Dust, dirt, residues, leaves, bird feces and twigs can accumulate on panels over time. It’s crucial to remove them because they will decrease the power output of your equipment. This detritus may also cause parts to decay more rapidly. Solar monitoring can help you quickly detect reduced efficiency and other problems.

    Cleaning Techniques

    Photovoltaic panels often need cleaning twice yearly. They might require it more frequently in a drought, construction zone or oceanside location. On the other hand, steeply pitched panels and abundant rainfall reduce the need to clean your equipment.

    It is usually suggested to wash solar modules under a cloudy sky at a cool temperature. Owners are encouraged to use brushes, squeegees, extension arms and hoses to clean panels while standing on the ground. Turn off your equipment beforehand, and avoid using anything abrasive.

    Equipment Repairs

    Even if your system undergoes regular maintenance, it might eventually need professional service. This work involves heights and electrical hazards, so it’s best to call a certified solar installer. The original warranty provided by the retailer or manufacturer may cover repairs if it remains in effect.

    When a storm, fire or other disaster harms your equipment, consider making a home insurance claim. Many of Australia’s insurers cover these systems at no extra cost. Nonetheless, LG Energy urges customers to contact their insurance providers before installing any new equipment.

    Basically, you can maximise the benefits and lifespan of your panels by washing them, visually examining the equipment and periodically scheduling professional inspections. An accredited technician with sufficient experience should perform any necessary repairs.

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    This Week in Solar: The Rise of Renewables

    This Week in Solar: The Rise of Renewables

    1. COVID and the rise of renewables make summer blackouts less likely

    The rapid development of large-scale renewable energy projects and record popularity of rooftop solar panels have boosted the reliability of Australia’s power supply, reducing the likelihood of blackouts this summer.

    2. Electricity provider authorised to switch off rooftop solar in SA in emergencies

    Authorities in South Australia will have the power to deliberately “trip” existing rooftop solar panels in rare circumstances to prevent another statewide blackout, with similar emergency powers being sought for use in Victoria and Queensland.

    The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is urging the change as it grapples with technical challenges posed by rapid growth of solar power.

    3. Polysilicon price spike puts pressure on solar developers in Australia

    In light of the recent events that have caused the polysilicon price to skyrocket, solar developers in Australia are being warned about module supply constraints and price volatility over the coming quarter.

    4. Toowoomba shops get a solar makeover

    Toowoomba’s Grand Central shops are currently getting a solar treatment, over 2,400 panels installed through a partnership between the QLD State Government and Yurika. QLD Energy Minister Anthony Lynham said QLD is behind renewables.

    5. Solar and wind generation break new record in Australia’s National Electricity Market

    A new record for variable renewable energy was set in parts of Australia last week, with solar and wind contributing to 46.5% of the total energy used for 30 minutes on 20 August in the country’s National Electricity Market (NEM).

    Output from renewables reached 11.7GW across the NEM, which interconnects Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. The previous record of 11.3GW was set in November 2019.

    6. Australia’s biggest solar farm registered, with two big spinning machines

    The 275MW Darlington Point solar farm – the biggest solar farm to be built in Australia so far – has finally completed the generator registration process and will now begin to send power to the grid, and to its biggest customer, the owner of a major coal generator in NSW.

    7. Enormous opportunity’: how Australia could become the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy

    The remote Western Australian town of Kalbarri could find itself at the bleeding edge of a renewables revolution

    Kalbarri is now the proposed site for a massive 5,000-megawatt renewable hydrogen export operation. Although construction is still 10 years away from breaking ground, should it go ahead, the project will put the tiny town at the bleeding edge of a pioneering technological development in renewable energy.

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    This Week in Solar: The Future of Solar

    This Week in Solar: The Future of Solar in Australia

    1. Sydney councils are doubling their solar generation

    Blacktown City Council is not here to give dolphins haircuts, the Sydney district is wasting no time meeting its 2040 net zero carbon emissions target by doubling its solar generation in one go. That is, 1,876 solar panels installed across 16 sites, and all by a single installer, Solar Professionals, thought to be an Australian first. 

    2. Are virtual power plants the future of solar power?

    Brian Innes, who runs solar energy company Plico Energy, said battery storage was a crucial piece of the puzzle.

    “If you’ve got a large fleet of dumb solar on roofs, when the cloud hits, the whole grid gets impacted by that one big cloud,” he told 7.30.

    “If you’ve got battery and solar coupled, then it doesn’t impact on the grid in the same way.”

    Mr Innes said the idea is for houses with similar systems installed to join up to form what is called a virtual power plant.

    Earlier this year the Western Australian Government released a five-year plan that includes trialling a virtual power plant in the suburbs of Perth before Christmas.

    3. Renewable Colossus at Worlds End  – Neoen delivers Goyder South Development Application

    Neoen’s proposed Goyder South Hybrid Renewable Energy project is so vast that analogy does it a disservice. The French developer has commenced the project’s notification period with the submission of its Development Application, giving us the first real opportunity to begin to quantify its sheer enormity. 1200 MW of wind, 600 MW of solar, and 900 MW/1,800 MWh of battery storage.

    4. How rooftop solar is eating into Australia’s biggest coal generator

    Australia’s biggest coal generator, the 2.88GW Eraring plant in New South Wales, is being forced to radically modify the way it operates due to the growing impact of rooftop solar.

    In its latest results presentation, Eraring owner Origin Energy highlights how rooftop solar is affecting big assets such as Eraring, which it intends to keep running until 2032, but may close earlier depending on market conditions and policy settings.

    5. DroneDeploy has soared to solar success in the U.S., now it’s Australia’s turn

    DroneDeploy has already proved that drones can provide a whole host of services to the solar industry in the U.S., now the company has opened a Sydney office with an eye to do the same Down Under.

    DroneDeploy helps solar companies generate accurate 3D maps, ensure panels are working at maximum capacity, and spot potential safety and repair issues in a fraction of the time it would take teams through manual inspections. 

    6. Solar panel and battery system recycling targeted in NSW grant round

    A $10 million New South Wales government grant scheme has been launched to tackle the problem looming on the other side of Australia’s booming solar uptake – what to do with hundreds of millions of PV panels when they reach the end of their working lives.

    7. Queensland announces funding for renewable energy zones

    As part of the state’s economic recovery plan, the Palaszczuk Government has committed $145 million for Renewable Energy Zones in north, central and south-west Queensland.

    “We commit $145 million for the creation of three Queensland Renewable Energy Zones located in southern, central and northern Queensland,” the Premier said. “With the right support from governments, these zones will help connect new renewable energy to our power network, and attract industries wanting new energy to a series of connected commercial and industrial power hubs across the state.”

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    This Week in Solar: Australia is back on the radar

    This Week in Solar: Australia is back on the radar

    1. What Needs to Happen With My Metering?

    Once you get a solar system installed, you’ll probably still have questions. Some of those might be related to what kind of metering changes you’ll see, and whether there’s anything else you need to do in order to make sure your system is working correctly and everything’s set up right. You want to get the maximum value from your investment in solar power.

    Read our recent blog post for answers to the most important questions to ask.

    2. Australia “back on radar” as global companies switch to wind and solar supplies

    Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) published its 2H 2020 Corporate Energy Market Outlook: The pandemic edition on Tuesday, diving in on global corporate PPAs signed through July. A total of 8.9GW of new PPAs were signed during the period, 300MW more than was signed during the first half of 2019.

    “Australia is back on the radar,” BNEF said, with corporate clean energy PPA activity already up 50% over 2019 as a whole. Multinational companies such as Amazon and Aldi Foods have announced big clean energy PPAs in 2020, “attracted to the flexibility of Australia’s corporate procurement market, which mirrors the US in many ways.”

    3. PPA-linked 120 MW solar park goes online in Australia

    Electricity network infrastructure owner Spark Infrastructure has announced it has received approvals from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and TransGrid for full commercial operations at its 120 MWDC/100 MWAC Bomen Solar Farm, 10 kilometers northeast of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. The project was successfully completed and connected to the grid despite challenges arising from the outbreak of COVID-19.

    4. CEFC makes first industrial property investment as it seeks to unlock sector’s PV, battery potential

    Charter Hall’s $5.5 billion Prime Industrial Fund (CPIF) has landed a $50 million equity investment from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), which will help implement innovative sustainability solutions across the fund’s industrial and logistics assets. The investment announced on Thursday represents the CEFC’s first foray into the industrial property sector that holds great potential for sustainability improvements.

    “Australia has about 35 million square metres of industrial roof space – a largely untapped resource for energy efficiency improvements, solar PV and batteries that offers significant potential to provide clean energy as well as grid services,” CEFC CEO Ian Learmonth said.

    5. New England big battery awarded $12.5 million state government grant

    New South Wales have received a big boost with the announcement of a $12.5 million State Government grant. The funding provided through the government’s Emerging Energy Program will be used to support the construction of a 50 MWh battery that will be collocated with stage 1 of the UPC/AC Renewables’ 720 MW New England Solar Farm.

    The battery storage system will be built alongside the 400 MW stage 1 solar farm. Construction on the battery is expected to start early next year and will take about 12 months. During peak construction, 40 jobs will be created with three ongoing roles once commissioned. The project details and funding announcement came from Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall on Thursday.

    6. Beer unsold during Australia’s coronavirus lockdown has been turned into renewable energy

    When Australia’s coronavirus lockdown forced bars and restaurants to shut down in March, breweries were left with huge inventories of unsold, stale beer.

    But instead of going to waste, some expired ales and lagers in the state of South Australia have been serving a new purpose: powering a water treatment plant.

    At the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant to the west of the state capital Adelaide, millions of liters of unused beer from local breweries have been converted into renewable energy to power its water treatment process in recent months.

    7. Australia’s renewables pipeline continues to grow at record speed led by solar PV

    The first half of 2020 was a rollercoaster for the Australian utility-scale renewable energy sector as it faced a global pandemic, a series of massive bushfires during the summer, deflated wholesale prices, and severe delays in finalizing grid connection processes. While this has led to the lowest level of new utility PV and wind construction over any six-month period since 2016, the pipeline of renewable projects in the country continued to grow at record speed, Norwegian consultancy Rystad Energy finds.

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    What Needs to Happen With My Metering?

    what-happens-to-my-metering

    Once you get a solar system installed, you’ll probably still have questions. Some of those might be related to what kind of metering changes you’ll see, and whether there’s anything else you need to do in order to make sure your system is working correctly and everything’s set up right. You want to get the maximum value from your investment in solar power. Here are some of the most important questions to ask?

    After Solar System Installation, What Happens With My Electricity Metering?

    It’s not possible to just set up a solar system and start using it right away with the maximum benefits. You’ll need to work with the power company in order to be sure that you’re giving and receiving power correctly. That will reduce the chances that your new system won’t save you money, and also make sure you’re not trying to feed power through a meter that’s not designed for it. That could be harmful, but fortunately it’s also easily avoided.

    Do I Need a New Meter?

    You’ll need a new meter — called a bi-directional meter — after your solar system has been installed. That’s because the standard meters are only designed to send power to your home. The new meter will still be able to do that, but it will also accept power from your home. If your home is one that’s set up with three-phase power, you’ll need a special type of electric meter to handle that properly.

    What Are Metering Arrangements?

    Metering arrangements are the agreements you have with the power company. For example, your arrangement may be that you’ll send power to your house first and then excess power will go back to the grid. That reduces how much energy you’re consuming, so your bill will be lower.

    What is a Gross Metering?

    Gross meters were designed to send all the solar power your system made to the grid, instead of sending it to your house and then comparing how much you were producing with how much was being used. There was a feed-in tariff that was pre-determined, but that’s not in wide use anymore. In most cases, net metering will be a better choice for your needs, and will give you the best financial value.

    What is a Net Metering?

    Net meters are continuously looking at how much energy you’re using versus how much is being produced. Then the data is calculated over the entire billing cycle. That helps you save money, and gives you the opportunity to send some power back to the grid, too. Doing that can give you a feed-in tariff, which can add to the financial benefit of having a solar system.

    Which Metering is the Right One to Use?

    The right meter is the one that works best for your situation. Due to the reduction in feed-in tariffs, though, the vast majority of people use a net metering system. Your installer can help advise you on your options.

    When you understand metering and are using what works best for you, you can continue to harness the sun’s power and use it to your advantage. That will help you save on your energy bills, and even help you give back when it comes to sending power to the grid.

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    This Week in Solar: Solar’s Surge To New Records

    This Week in Solar: Solar's Surge To New Records

    1. Hybrid vs Battery Ready Solar System: Which is Better for Me?

    What Is the Difference Between Hybrid and Battery Ready Systems?
    How Will I Know If My Existing System is Battery Ready?

    We know you want to make sure you’re using the right kind of system for your needs, in order to give yourself the biggest benefit.

    Here are the answers to questions you should ask yourself before choosing a hybrid or battery ready solar system, or making changes to the system you already have.

    2. Solar for parking machines

    New Zealand researchers have proposed a way to assess the technical and economic feasibility of PV-powered parking machines. Solar might be an ideal solution, but the siting of the machines is critical and should be planned in advance, in line with available solar radiation and potential shading.

    3. FRV’s Goonumbla Solar Farm fully operational despite market challenges

    Despite challenges arising from the outbreak of Covid-19 and Australia-specific grid woes, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) has announced that its 69.75 MW Goonumbla Solar Farm in New South Wales has completed construction and started feeding electricity into the grid. The project output has been contracted under a power purchase agreement with Snowy Hydro as part of its Renewable Energy Procurement Program launched to put downward pressure on wholesale energy prices.

    4. How solar is securing rural bushfire ‘last resorts’

    The Hepburn Recreation Reserve has been recently fitted out with a solar installation accompanied by a Tesla Powerwall 2. The combined system is not only a great result for the local sports clubs, it also helps Hepburn Shire on its way to 100% renewables, and what is more, also secures the important facility as a ‘last resort’ for the community during a bushfire.

    5. Chevron to build 500MW wind and solar to power facilities in Australia, elsewhere

    US oil giant Chevron has become the latest fossil fuel production giant to plan significant investments in wind and solar capacity, in what seems initially as a token gesture towards lowering emissions but could involve a more significant commitment down the line.

    It has announced a deal with Canada-based renewable energy developer Algonquin to build 500MW of wind and solar installations to help power its facilities in Western Australia, as well as Argentina, Kazakhstan and in Texas and New Mexico in the US.

    6. Rooftop solar’s stunning surge to new records, as Australia installs reach 2.5 million

    Australia’s rooftop solar market has defied the disruption caused by Covid-19, setting new installation records in the month of July, and pushing Australia past 2.5 million total rooftop solar installs.

    According to an analysis prepared by Sunwiz, growth in rooftop solar systems has continued at record-smashing pace, with 275MW of small-scale rooftop solar capacity (under 100kW) installed in the month of July alone, and new state records set in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

    7. GE Renewable Energy and Walcha to develop hydro storage in Australia

    GE Renewable Energy has signed an agreement with Walcha Energy to develop a 500MW pumped hydro storage project in Australia.

    The Dungowan project would power almost 125,000 households from the New England Renewable Energy Zone, in New South Wales (NSW), Australia.

    8. Australia’s two renewable export mega-projects say there is room for both, and more

    The heads of two of Australia’s largest renewable energy developments, both seeking to establish energy export links into an energy hungry Asian region, say there is room for even more Australian based renewable energy projects to supply energy into the region.

    Together, the Sun Cable and Asia Renewable Energy Hub projects represent 25GW of potential wind and solar capacity, and another 30GWh of storage. That is equivalent to Australia’s entire domestic needs to replace the bulk of the coal fleet that will retire in coming decades, according to some scenarios.

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    Hybrid vs Battery Ready Solar System: Which is Better for Me?

    Hybrid vs Battery Ready Solar System-Which is Better for Me?

    Choosing a solar system for your home can be a great way to reduce your energy bills and harness the power of the sun, instead. But you want to make sure you’re using the right kind of system for your needs, in order to give yourself the biggest benefit. Here are some questions you should ask yourself before choosing a hybrid or battery ready solar system, or making changes to the system you already have.

    How Will I Know If My Existing System is Battery Ready?

    If you have a system marketed as battery ready or hybrid, these are often interchangeable terms. That’s not be confused with battery systems, which operate on a battery only and aren’t listed asbattery ready. In other words, battery systems operate only on battery, and battery ready systems give you options. There’s a lot of confusing terminology out there, so it’s better to have all the facts when choosing a solar system

    What Is the Difference Between Hybrid and Battery Ready Systems?

    Technically, there isn’t a difference between hybrid and battery ready system. It just seems like there should be, and a lot of people get them confused because there’s a difference between battery systems and battery ready systems. The biggest distinction is that the term is battery ready is usually used for systems that can accept batteries at a later time, while the term hybrid is one that’s most commonly used for a system that has both on-grid and off-grid capabilities. But since there’s no formal definition of either one of these kinds of systems, it’s up to the sales person and the purchaser to settle on a term and make sure they’re talking about the same thing.

    Is This Necessary for My Solar System?

    The kind of system that’s best for your needs is the one that works for you and gives you what you’re looking for when it comes to functionality. If a battery ready system that can’t be used off-grid fits your lifestyle, that can be a great choice. Hybrid systems can also work well, if you want to use them off-grid or think you might want that option later. But it’s not necessary to get a certain type of system in order to have good quality. It’s more about the available options and which of those options you’d really like to have.

    What Are the Benefits of a Hybrid System?

    The biggest benefit of a hybrid system is its ability to be used both off-grid and on the grid. Not everyone needs this option, but for those who do or who might want it later, these systems can be the right choice and meet their needs.

    What Are the Benefits of a Battery Ready System?

    For a battery ready system, the biggest benefit is the opportunity to use it with batteries if you want to do so later. That gives you options, even if you don’t use those options right now. It can save you money if you want to make changes later, because you won’t need to switch to an entirely new system to move your system to battery.

    Choosing the right solar system for you doesn’t have to be complicated, when you work with a quality company and know the terminology to help ensure you get a system that will meet your needs and fit your lifestyle.

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