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

Solar Trust Centre Team
Solar Trust Centre Team
November 25, 2019

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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