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Queensland Company Launches Second-Gen Hybrid Solar Inverters

Some 1.4 million of Australia’s 7.8 million homes — around one in five — currently have solar power. During the day, solar panels generate large volumes of power that go unused in the home. This unused energy is exported to utilities who pay around 7c per kilowatt hour. At night, when families are home, power usage increases, and families purchase energy at four times their generation rate, with basic flat tariffs ranging between 25 to 28c per kilowatt hour.

Brisbane-based Redback Technologies is launching a second generation version of their smart hybrid inverter and a new family of grid tied inverters that the solar energy specialist says will help households and commercial users increase the percentage of solar power they self-consume, improving the pay back from solar panels and helping to reduce reliance on fossil based fuels.


The Government's Smart Cities Plan For Australia: Uber, Driverless Cars, And Clean Energy

The Turnbull government’s newly announced Smart Cities Plan name-checks the “sharing economy” and hints at a vision of the future where Australia’s major cities are dragging kicking and screaming into the 21st century with ride-sharing services like Uber and GoGet, the proliferation of autonomous vehicles and buildings that use energy more efficiently.


ACCC Investigates Solar Power Retailer Giving Incentives For Positive Reviews

Online reviews can make or break a business, especially in a competitive field like solar power installations. While asking customers to review your business is fine, giving them incentives to make them positive definitely is not.

Following an investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), solar retailer True Value Solar has ceased offering its customers incentives for publishing positive online reviews.


CSIRO's Solar Hackathon Brings 100 Aussies Together To Create Clean Energy Startups

With hackathons proving their worth as a way to nurture creativity and spur innovation, CSIRO is getting in on the action, inviting potential clean energy innovators to #hackthesun for $10k in prize money. This will be Australia’s first solar hackathon, with the same model internationally already having produced a number of successful solar startups.


China's Wind And Solar Energy Capacity Is Soaring

Smog-filled days may be a part of life in Beijing for now, but China is cutting coal and growing its wind and solar energy capacity fast, according to figures released yesterday by the country’s National Bureau of Statistics.


New AGL App Monitors Real-Time Solar Energy Production And Consumption

AGL has launched a new version of its mobile app which aims to give customers access to real-time analytics of energy production from their solar panels, as well as electricity and gas consumption.


BioLite's New Camping Accessories Make Roughing It Not So Rough

Unless required by your reality TV series, you don’t always need to completely disconnect from civilisation when you venture into the great outdoors. And BioLite is introducing three new ways to make camping a little more comfortable.


Australia's Chief Scientist Talks Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, And Robots Taking Our Jobs

Dr Alan Finkel took over as Australia’s new Chief Scientist on January 25 this year. He is a respected neuroscientist, engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, and was the Chancellor of Monash University from 2008 to 2015 and President of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE). He also established Axon Instruments, a supplier of electronic and robotic instruments and software for use in cellular neuroscience, genomics and drug discovery.

The Conversation asked Dr Finkel about his views on topics ranging from “techno-optimism” to renewable energy to encouraging young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


Morocco Switches On First Phase Of The World's Largest Solar Plant

This week, Morocco switched on the first section of its new Ouarzazate solar power plant. The new installation already creates 160 megawatts of power and is expected to grow to cover 6000 acres by 2018 — making it the largest in the world.


Is This Alice In Mirrorland? Nope, It's How You Test A Solar Mirror

This dreamy photo, which looks like a modern take on Through the Looking-Glass, actually shows how German researchers are testing mirrors for solar power plants at DLR, the German Aerospace Center.


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