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

Solar Trust Centre Team
Solar Trust Centre Team
September 21, 2020

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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