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Vast Solar to build 30 MW/288 MWh CSP plant in Australia

Renewables developer Vast Solar has signed a key engineering contract as it pushes toward construction of a 30 MW/288 MWh thermal concentrated solar power (CSP) plant with more than eight hours of energy storage capacity near Port Augusta, South Australia.

Australian residential buildings hold 48.5 GW of untapped PV potential

Australia has firmly established its status as a global leader in residential solar deployment, with 35% of all homes already equipped with rooftop systems. However, new figures from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) reveal that there are almost 50 GW of “untapped PV potential” on residential buildings across the country.

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S-5! unveils new mounting systems for rooftop solar

S-5!, a supplier of mounting systems, plans to release two new mounting components for rooftop PV systems, including a new mount that allows for module-level power electronics to be attached directly to solar panel frames.

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Australia announces new subsidy policy for renewable energy manufacturing

The Australian federal government has unveiled plans for a Future Made in Australia Act, proposing taxpayer-funded incentives to advance renewable energy industries, manufacturing, and infrastructure to stake the nation’s place in the global clean energy race.

New report tips 60,000 jobs from Australian PV manufacturing industry

Building a domestic solar panel manufacturing industry based on Australian innovation could generate up to 60,000 jobs and help cement the nation’s future as a renewable energy superpower. However, access to capital and focused policies are essential if manufacturers are to reach scale where they can be internationally cost-competitive.

Big batteries overshadow residential rollout in Australia

Australia’s energy sector is undergoing a notable shift with new data from market analyst Sunwiz showing a record surge in utility-scale battery energy storage projects above 10 MWh in 2023, while residential and commercial installations also reached new highs.

Fortescue opens 2 GW electrolyzer factory

Fortescue has officially opened a 2 GW hydrogen electrolyzer factory in Australia and has followed that by also confirming plans to set up a 50 MW green hydrogen production plant in the state of Queensland.

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Bluetti releases 2.4 kW portable power station

Bluetti has unveiled a new portable, weatherproof power station featuring a lithium iron phosphate battery with 1,536 Wh of power capacity and a rated output of 2,400 W.

Solplanet launches new inverters for rooftop installations

Solplanet, a China-based inverter manufacturer, says its new three-phase hybrid inverter series includes four versions with power ratings of 25 kW to 40 kW. They feature efficiencies of up to 98.4% and a maximum input voltage of 1,100 V.

Tindo Solar backs Australia’s plan to kickstart PV supply chain

Australian PV manufacturer Tindo Solar is expected to be among the first applicants for a grant from the federal government’s AUD 1 billion ($648.7 million) Solar Sunshot program, as it looks to scale up its production capacity to compete in a growing domestic market dominated by imports.

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