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Tesla launches Powerwall 2, says all solar homes will have storage

Tesla has officially launched its range of second generation home and grid-scale battery storage products in Australia, with installations of the company’s fully integrated, 14kWh residential Powerwall 2 units to begin in homes throughout the country next month.

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Australia: Solar and storage startups pitch to investors, in first Clean Energy Innovators Demo Day

Seven PV and battery storage companies have pitched to investors at the first Clean Energy Innovators Demo Day in Sydney. The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) organized the event and can also finance investments in early-stage companies through its Innovation Fund.

Australian Battery storage held back by ignorance of regulators, ministers

Leading battery storage developers have expressed their frustration that ignorance among regulators and energy ministers is holding the technology back, despite it being cost competitive.

ARENA backs deX project to deliver open-source digital marketplace coupling distributed solar-plus-storage and grid services

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is providing $450,000 (US$346,000) towards the Decentralized Energy Exchange (deX) project, which aims to produce an open-source software platform on which grid services can be provided and monetized by distributed battery storage. A combination of Australian utilities, research bodies, and startups are collaborating on the $930,200 ($715,000) deX project.

Australia has 4.7 GW of large-scale solar in the works, finds new Climate Council report

Key findings of report point to “huge” year for large-scale solar in Australia in 2017, with 20 such plants to come online over the next 12 months. Globally, costs have dropped 58% in five years, with the world now sitting on 300 GW of installed PV capacity.

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Queensland regulators want battery storage out of homes, garages

Two Queensland workplace regulators are recommending that all battery storage units not be placed in either the home or the garage, and should instead be installed in a free standing, weatherproof enclosures.

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Australia: 320 MW of solar farms commence construction in Victoria

Three PV power plants worth a combined 320 MW have begun construction in the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. A joint venture between Overland Sun Farming and the UK’s Island Green Power is behind the AU$500 million (US$384 million) development, which is going ahead despite the projects not having yet signed PPAs.

Foresight purchases first Australian PV power plant, with 25 MW Barcaldine project

Britain’s Foresight Group had made its first investment into large scale PV in Australia. It announced today the acquisition of the 25 MW Barcaldine Remote Community Solar Farm in Queensland.

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EPS, Toshiba to finish 3 MW Tasmania microgrid project in Q1

Paris-based Electro Power Systems (EPS) expects to commission the PV-powered project in the first quarter.

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First Solar signs 63 MW module supply agreement in Australia, also partners with Zorlu Holding

The Australian supply deal sees the U.S. solar company supply 63 MW of thin film modules to the Kidston Solar project, while partnership with Turkish developer Zorlu will bring exposure to 26 selected markets.

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