This Week in Solar: Solar Boom

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

This Week in Solar: Solar Boom

1. What Are Micro-Inverters, and Do I Need One?

Whether you need micro-inverters or string inverters in your solar system, and which of those would be the best choice, has to be considered carefully when you are purchasing a system for your home.

In order to make the right choice you need an understanding of both of these inverters, what they do, and how they are different from one another.

Read Solar Trust Centre’s latest blog post on what you need to know.

2. Renewables confidence rises as solar boom shows no sign of fading

Investor confidence in clean energy is rising strongly, led by interest in NSW’s new renewables zones, while the boom in solar rooftop installations shows little sign of tapering.

3. New renewable energy zone to almost match NSW’s coal-fired capacity

The new zone would “attract $12.7 billion in investment, support 2000 construction jobs and 1300 ongoing jobs – all while lowering energy prices and future-proofing the regions,” Mr Barilaro said.

4. Solar exceeds all expectations in NSW coal-country

The City of Newcastle, home to the world’s busiest coal harbour, has seen its 5 MW solar farm generate double its projected revenue in the first six months of operation. The profits are a resounding endorsement and vindication of the Council’s audacious 100% renewable generation achievement.

5. Renewable Hotspots Planned to Wean Australia State Off Coal

Australia’s most populous state plans to fast-track its transition away from fossil fuels by encouraging investment in renewable-energy clusters.

The state seeks to build as much as 8 gigawatts of solar and wind generation, almost equivalent to its coal-fired capacity, in the New England region.

6. Atlassian’s Mike Cannon-Brookes says clean energy ‘best opportunity’ for COVID-19 rebound

Tech billionaire and climate warrior Mike Cannon-Brookes says there has never been a more compelling time for Australia to adopt clean energy and he believes Canberra is starting to listen.

7. Printed solar panels a shining light for saving energy

An Australian breakthrough in wafer-thin, lightweight solar panels that can be stuck on to any surface is set to deliver Australia a new source of local manufacturing, the researcher whose team developed it says.

Printed solar panels last for only two years and deliver just 2 per cent of the efficiency of rooftop panels, which are built to last about 20 years.

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