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The weekend read: Powerful equation to expand C&I solar

Big rooftop PV systems on factories, warehouses and public buildings need not be limited by ownership issues nor local grid capacity, claims Australian innovator EleXsys Energy. The company is maxing out an Ikea in Adelaide, Australia, with solar and storage. And it claims its smart technology can allow the same to be done elsewhere.

BHP signs supply deal with Australia’s largest wind+solar farm

Mining giant BHP is poised to finalize a “bespoke” renewable energy agreement with the Australian arm of Spanish energy group Iberdrola for the 317 MW Port August Renewable Energy Park in South Australia. The deal will supply up to 50% of the miner’s electricity needs for its Olympic Dam mining operation.

Green light for Australian renewable hydrogen project

The Australian state of Queensland aims to become a leading producer and exporter of green hydrogen. It ambitions continue to gather steam, with the state government recently announcing plans to build a large-scale PV and battery-powered renewable hydrogen electrolyzer.

Australian developers to accelerate solar+storage strategy

Green energy fund CEP.Energy is forging ahead with plans to establish itself as a renewable powerhouse, appointing Adelaide-headquartered contractor Enerven to provide engineering, procurement and construction services as it looks to accelerate its ambition to build 1.5 GW of solar and 2 GW of big battery capacity around Australia.

Fortescue Future Industries to build 2 GW hydrogen electrolyser plant in Australia’s Central Queensland

From iron ore magnate to renewable energy mogul, Dr. Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest intends to produce everything he needs to turn the world away from fossil fuels to green hydrogen. The latest? A renewable energy infrastructure manufacturing facility in Aldoga, near Gladstone in Central Queensland.

Fortescue announces 1 GW solar PV module factory in Australia

Fortescue Future Industries has revealed plans to develop a 1 GW solar PV module manufacturing plant in Australia, after confirming that it has acquired a 60% stake in Netherlands-based renewable energy specialist High yield Energy Technologies Group.

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Australian developer steps up plans for 400 MW pumped hydro project

BE Power will continue to progress plans to construct a 400 MW pumped hydro storage project near Toowoomba in southeast Queensland after the local government authority gave the project its tick of approval.

Tracker Development Solutions that increase reliability and reduce O&M costs

Join this pv magazine Webinar to discover more about how solar tracking technology improves through every generation of products: from optimizations of software to lower failure rates, how R&D and quality control improvements work to reduce costs and downtime, and how plants are designed right from the initial phase to deliver a full life cycle. Also on the webinar agenda, an independent expert looks holistically at understanding industry best preventative maintenance approaches that lead to effective operational performance.

Doping delivers improved performance for perovskite solar cells

Some of the world’s largest solar PV module manufacturers are warning about looming panel shortages, but Australian researchers have declared that the industry is now drawing closer to a new generation of cheap, sustainable and efficient solar cells.

Australia breaks more solar records

On Sunday, Australia set a new record for minimum operational demand, with the national grid dipping below 14 GW. Renewables met 55% of that, while rooftop solar accounted for 34%.