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  • Reliability of solar panels matter
    Reliability of solar panels matter

    I’ve just finished a technical and commercial review of a solar plant in Spain that was suffering from reliability issues. The plant has had a long period of under-performance, reducing investor returns and culminating in replacement of 75% of the panels due to manufacturing defects. Financial difficulties of the original panel supplier retarded prompt replacement…

  • Energy tariff costs reduced by 15%

    We’ve been working for a while now with a large agribusiness, who have extensive pumped irrigation operations on a series of properties in northern Victoria. Previously we looked at the viability of solar PV and pumping, but during the analysis we noticed there were several weeks where the pumps were being operated during peak cost tariff hours…

  • ARENA solar – now what?

    ARENA’s announcement today of the twelve successful bidders under their $100M solar grant process reveals some interesting information about the state of large-scale solar projects in Australia. An investment of $92M by ARENA to enable over $1B in power generation investment is an outstanding result, and one that is far better than was initially expected….

  • A solar and battery system for demand cost control

    While solar photovoltaic power is well-known, there has been a lot of media coverage given to batteries as “the next biggest thing”. But are there any opportunities here and now for them, particularly in commercial operations? We recently worked with a manufacturing client where they DO check out – both technically and financially. The client is located…

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