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  • Solar energy | Business Spectator
    latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Solar energy Solar giant in deal doubt Suntech restructuring takes new twist with probe into sale of main unit 1 20pm December 12 China enforces solar payments Grid companies told to purchase all solar power in boost to PV industry 1 03pm December 12 Who s doing well in commercial and residential There are some solar PV businesses having repeated large scale success but overall market share figures reveal a surprise by Warwick Johnston 12 36pm December 12 3 comments Why solar systems are growing The average size of Australian solar systems has steadily grown even though feed in tariffs have been cut back What s behind this trend is it the emergence of a commercial market or something else by Warwick Johnston 12 00pm December 11 Solar PV s high noon numbers SunWiz has found that September s Solar Sunday was not an anomaly with midday contributions from PV strong throughout the year by John Conroy 12 10pm December 10 Solar soaring in Japan Cell module sales skyrocket in quarter as subsidy hits 11 58am December 09 A solar anti grid rebellion led by apathy Solar batteries smart appliances and smart grids could fuel an energy revolution but do households really want to be prosumers by Tristan Edis 11 44am December 09 21 comments State of solar More diversification than consolidation The PV industry is fragmenting in terms of supply and downstream business models with the trend likely to continue next year by Finlay Colville 10 45am December 09 When outsourced solar sells Almost one third of c Si modules being shipped by c Si module suppliers are using third party suppliers as foreign brands start excercising market muscle by Finlay Colville 11 03am December 06 Solar utility to offer Tesla batteries for business storage SolarCity to price

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  • Solar energy | Business Spectator
    Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Solar energy Large scale PV exceeded 26 GW in year Three quarters of global PV growth to come from large scale projects in 2014 9 01am January 13 Solar and wind competitive with fossil fuels Gov t economist Bureau of Resource and Energy Economics updates power costings suggesting wind and solar competitive without carbon price by 2030 11 46am January 10 2 comments China s new flirt with mega solar Could an ambitious 1000 MW solar project in China s stark western region signify a resurgence for the global PV market or will it fail the financing step by Emily Aitken 11 31am January 09 Aust hits 2 million solar Nation hits new mark as falling costs and RET incentive make solar and heat pumps more and more affordable 10 26am January 09 8 comments The evolution of Australian solar businesses The last 10 years has seen rapid change and competitive growth in Australia s PV industry and no doubt businesses will need to continue to innovate to ensure survival by Nigel Morris 12 12pm January 08 1 comment Small scale solar PV market trends in 2013 Aside from Japan and Europe only the US and Australia provided any appreciable levels of demand to the small scale segment during 2013 by Finlay Colville 11 42am January 07 1 comment Beijing pledges further support for solar industry Ministry pledges to support consolidation in the industry back off grid and battery technologies 12 28pm January 06 Rising silicon prices to push up solar costs Analyst sees prices for key solar PV input rising to highest level for last two years 11 54am January 06 Rising silicon prices to push up solar costs Analyst sees prices for key solar PV input rising to highest level for last two years 11 54am January 06 Solar cheaper than gas US court Minnesota court becomes first in US to rule unsubsidised solar more cost effective than natural gas 11 41am January 06 Data centre array to offer green cloud NextDC launches solar power service via

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  • TrustPower redraws SA wind farm | Business Spectator
    One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu TrustPower redraws SA wind farm 7 Jan 10 09 AM Climate Wind power Palmer site undergoes alterations in wake of community feedback You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter Plans for a wind farm at Palmer in South Australia have been reshuffled and a planning application pushed back to February The Murray Valley Standard reports According to the newspaper 86 of the 126 turbines in the proposed TrustPower wind farm have been relocated in the wake of community feedback with six removed while sites for associated infrastructure including transmission lines have also been revised TrustPower development manager Rodney Ahern told the newspaper said the company had commissioned further investigations from our expert consultants on a range of issues including visual impact and that the two month planning delay would allow the company to

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  • Crudine Ridge wind project facing battle | Business Spectator
    is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Crudine Ridge wind project facing battle 6 Jan 12 41 PM Climate Wind power Criticisms of transport routes in submissions on Bathurst area wind proposal You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter A 106 turbine wind farm proposal for Crudine Ridge near Bathurst is still facing a mixed reaction from local communities with the latest development seeing residents objecting to transport routes proposed to truck the turbines in ABC Online reports According to the website the Wind Prospect CWP wind farm between Mudgee and Bathurst has received nearly 40 responses to its two routes through Mudgee and Gulgong adding to the 212 letters from general objectors to the wind farm which is also being opposed by the Mid Western Regional Council However ABC Online says many residents have made submissions in support saying the project

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  • Vestas enjoys record month | Business Spectator
    2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Vestas enjoys record month 6 Jan 12 08 PM Climate Wind power Wind turbine maker books 1346 MW as US market rushes to quality for credit You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Reuters Turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems has received its highest ever monthly total of orders in December as wind farm developers in the United States rushed to meet a year end deadline to qualify for a tax credit The Danish company booked orders for capacity of 1346 megawatts MW in December and is set for its second best sales ever in the United States this year according to Nordea Markets analysts The United States has been offering a Production Tax Credit PTC to help finance wind farm projects to promote renewable energy Last January the U S Congress extended the credit for one more year While the wind energy sector is seeking a further extension many developers are keen to ensure they qualify now for the credit which is worth US23 for every megawatt hour of electricity a wind farm produces over its first 10 years In previous years projects had to be in commercial operation by Dec 31 This year they need only to have begun Vestas has had a terrific year which also means that the share price has increased explosively Nordea Markets wrote in a note to clients on Friday On Dec 23 the wind turbine maker signed a contract to deliver 150 megawatts to the Route 66 project near Amarillo Texas with potential for up to 568 MW more On Dec 24 the company announced an order of 110 MW for another project in the United States but did not reveal the name of the customer or the new project s name and location Those two deals came on top of a 350 MW order from Enel Green Power North America announced Dec 18 and a 220 MW order from EDF Renewable Energy announced Dec 20 Wind turbines cost around 1 million euros US1 4 million per megawatt In 2013 announced orders have totalled 5

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  • First Gullen Range turbines start producing | Business Spectator
    to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu First Gullen Range turbines start producing 20 Dec 2013 11 14 AM Climate Wind power Goldwind project to be one of NSW s largest wind farms when fully operational You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter Thirty one of 73 wind farms have been installed at Goldwin s Gullen Range Wind Farm in NSW with the farm generating the first of its power this week Crookwell Gazette reports MORE TO COME Print this page Related articles 10 Jan Solar and wind competitive with fossil fuels Gov t economist 10 Jan Why not do it again

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  • Top court casts doubt over French wind tariffs | Business Spectator
    Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Top court casts doubt over French wind tariffs 20 Dec 2013 10 38 AM Climate Policy Politics Wind power Case before EU Court of Justice threatens to fuel continent wide debate on energy subsidies You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Reuters Europe s highest court said on Thursday subsidies to encourage wind power in France had not been properly flagged to the European Union as state funding prompting calls from the French wind industry for a new more legally sound funding system The case also has implications for an EU wide debate on renewable energy subsidies a fiercely contested political issue as governments and consumers blame them for pushing up fuel costs Under EU rules government help known as state aid should be notified to the European Commission the EU executive which is responsible for ensuring there is no market distortion France s failure to follow this procedure provided a basis for a pressure group opposing onshore wind power Vent de Colere Wind of Anger to challenge France s preferential tariffs for wind energy in 2011 in a French court The French court turned to Europe s top court for advice The Court of Justice of the European Union ECJ based in Luxembourg found on Thursday that the obligation to purchase the electricity generated by wind turbines falls within the concept of an intervention by the State through State resources It is now up to the French court the Conseil d Etat to make the final judgment It is widely expected to annul the 2008 tariff decree The court s decision started a race against the clock said Frederic Lanoe head of French wind power lobby France Energie Eolienne Lanoe said the Conseil d Etat s decision was not expected before two or three months and urged the French government and the European Commission to set up a sustainable system in the meantime The 11 000 workers of the French wind sector are holding their breath he said The European Commission said later on Thursday it was in contact with French authorities over a new tariff decree notified by the government last October which would pave the way for a new funding regime compatible with EU regulations Good progress is being made in the contacts with the French authorities which are very constructive Commission spokesman Antoine Colombani said in a

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  • Trustpower offers payments to wind farm neighbours | Business Spectator
    Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Trustpower offers payments to wind farm neighbours 19 Dec 2013 10 54 AM Climate Wind power Neighbours within 2km of SA wind farm offered minimum annual payment of 2000 You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter Trustpower has announced that for its proposed Palmer wind farm in South Australia it will offer annual payments of at least 2000 to residents within two kilometres of the wind farm who won t host turbines Wind farms in Australia typically pay several thousand dollars per annum to farmers for each wind turbine located on their land In addition they usually establish funds to support community groups and projects such as the local fire authority or sporting groups But this is the first time that a wind farm developer has made an explicit offer of direct financial payments to people that neighbour the wind farm Annual payments will be based on a sliding scale with a minimum of 2000 per annum depending on the number of turbines ultimately constructed within 1km of a property boundary or 2km of a residence should the project go ahead The payments would be attached to each property and continue through any change in ownership this providing a permanent income and increased land value for the properties affected Trustpower s Business Development Manager Rodney Ahern said that such payments are a good way to spread the benefits of the wind farm across the local community The scheme is intended to engage the community in situations in where they may feel they may be affected in some way by the presence of the wind farm and should be included in the benefits generated by the project

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