A new record for variable renewable energy was set in parts of Australia last week, with solar and wind contributing to 46.5% of the total energy used for 30 minutes on 20 August in the country's National Electricity Market (NEM).
French renewable energy firm Neoen has started commercial operation at its 189MW Coleambally Solar Farm in New South Wales, Australia, which is said to be producing the highest energy output of any solar farm in the country’s National Electricity Market at present.
Solar PV manufacturers have been flooding into Malaysia, but its domestic solar deployment remains relatively modest. PV Tech caught up with Catherine Ridu, chief executive officer of the Malaysia Sustainable Development Authority (SEDA), to discuss the newly-launched net metering programme and what other policies could encourage solar deployment, as well as how to leverage the manufacturing boom for domestic solar gains.
A company offering solar-plus-storage systems for the residential market has introduced a set of controls that allow consumers in the US to adapt to utility rates and legislative changes with the flick of a switch.