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Santos taps solar to pump gas in Cooper Basin

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Australian oil and gas giant announces its first beam pump converted to solar, in SA’s Cooper Basin, replacing crude oil motors.

Communities

Community retailer Enova eyes expansion with new crowd-funding campaign

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Community energy retailer aims to raise at least $3m to finance its extension across NSW, including Sydney CBD, followed by south-east Queensland, Victoria and SA.

Businesses

Queensland cotton farmer makes shift to solar

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Southern hemisphere’s largest irrigator plans to develop 7.2MW of solar to power its operations in Queensland, starting with 3.2MW PV farm.

Businesses

Apple, Etsy, Swiss Re partner to develop 290MW of wind, solar

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Each company has committed to sourcing 100% of their electricity needs for their global operations from renewable energy.

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Communities

A shining example for microgrids, or a cautionary tale?

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A community microgrid development in the works for nearly two years in southern California faces a battle against the local city council, which is urging a vote to reject the project.

Communities

US tribal community seeks energy sovereignty with solar microgrid and utility

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The Mashpee Wampanoag Community Development Corp is on a path to establish energy self-sufficiency that supports its sustainability goals and provides a model for other communities.

Off-Grid

Redflow ships “biggest” battery order, to help power Fiji digital TV roll-out

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Australia’s Redflow has shipped its largest-ever order of zinc-bromine flow batteries, to provide energy storage for Fiji’s new digital television network.

Households

Victoria networks ask if solar households should pay for grid upgrades. This was the response…

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Powercor and CityPower ask: “Should investment in power quality be paid for by a) All customers or b) Customers with solar panels who export?” Customers say…

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Solar Insiders Podcast August 16

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The future of solar rebates is up in the air as the ACCC pushes for government to adopt its “complete package.” We talk with Sunwiz’ Warwick Johnston about the implications and state of commercial solar.

Households

Is AGL’s ‘solar savers’ 20c feed-in tariff a good deal?

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There are plenty of people who’d be glad to snag themselves a 20c solar feed-in tariff. But beware! Retail electricity plans with high solar FiTs come at a high price – literally!

Ask our Expert

Solar Insiders Podcast August 2

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Canadian Solar CEO Shawn Qu talks to Solar Insiders, while Nigel Morris gives a Zero to the new Harley electric bike, and we celebrate his award for outstanding contribution to the solar industry.

Businesses

Three key factors behind a successful commercial rooftop solar install

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As long-term investments of 25 years, a commercial solar system must have quality, durability, and reliability actively designed into every stage of its life cycle.

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