This Week in Solar: Australia – World leader in Renewable Energy

Here are some solar news stories you may have missed from this week:

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1. Should I get an on-site inspection before buying solar panels?

One of the most important things to do before buying solar panels is to have an on-site inspection of your property. An inspection will also make it easier to understand your energy consumption, and to ensure that any needed upgrades can be done to your switchboard.

Read more about the main things to consider with your on-site inspection here.

2. Solar panel recycling: Turning ticking time bombs into opportunities

Australia has certainly demonstrated its appetite for solar power. Now, with the average lifespan of a solar panel being approximately 20 years, many installations from the early 2000’s are set to reach end-of-life. Will they end up in landfill or be recycled?

A potential time bomb could present itself as an opportunity, however, if the global EV industry showed an interest in the recovered solar products.

3. Australia’s 2020 energy statistics show gas and renewables growth

The Federal Government has released its 2020 Australian Energy Statistics, showcasing growth in renewables and gas generation.

Federal Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, said the increase in renewable generation was driven by record levels of new investment, with 6.3GW of new renewable energy capacity delivered in 2019 and a similar level expected to be delivered in 2020.

“Australia continues to be a world-leader in renewable energy, with ongoing increases in renewable capacity and generation”, Mr Taylor said.

4. NSW seeks expressions of interest for 3 GW renewable energy zone

Solar, wind and energy storage companies have until June 5 to express interest in building parts of the 3 GW renewable energy zone in New South Wales.

5. Sun Cable plans Darwin big battery, precursor to world’s biggest solar and storage project

The Sun Cable consortium has unveiled plans for a substantial big battery in Darwin as a precursor to its broader plans to build the world’s large solar and storage project as part of a $20 billion to export Australia’s “sunshine” to Singapore and other south east Asia countries.

6. Amazon Going Solar — Big Time

“The five projects include Amazon’s first renewable energy project in China, second in Australia, second and third in Ohio, and 12th in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Amazon notes in a press release about the news. “Globally, Amazon has 91 renewable energy projects that have the capacity to generate over 2,900 MW and deliver more than 7.6 million MWh of energy annually, further supporting the Company’s Climate Pledge commitment to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early and reach net zero carbon by 2040.”

7. Gransolar Group to build Molong Solar Farm in NSW

Spanish EPC contractor Gransolar Group (GRS) has secured a contract with global renewable energy infrastructure manager AMP Energy to build the Molong Solar Farm in New South Wales and provide operation and maintenance (O&M) services on the project for at least two years. The solar farm, which will generate 39 MW of peak power, is expected to be connected to the grid by the year’s end.

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