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This Week in Solar: 5 Great Documentaries about Sustainability, The Future of Space-based Solar Power

1. 5 Great Documentaries About Sustainability You Can Watch Now

Documentaries about sustainable practices are really terrific. They can provide a compelling insight into the current issues that hinder sustainability, and opportunities to address them. They do so in an easy-to-digest format that every person – whether a rookie or veteran when it comes to sustainable practices – can watch, find entertaining, and informative.

2. The Future of Space-Based Solar Power

Gigantic solar installations in space. It sounds fanciful – something out of Star Wars or Star Trek’s universe – but what if it’s actually possible? What’s more, what if it’s actually sensible? Something that isn’t just simply technologically possible, but also economically justifiable.  

3. Australia already has low-carbon technology and Coalition should embrace it, scientist say

Australia’s leading scientists and engineers have told the Morrison government the technologies needed to make significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions already exist – and the Coalition should immediately implement a national net-zero policy.

4. Austrialia’s Long-Awaited Offshore Wind legislation has landed

Australia could become an offshore wind superpower, with new jobs and economic opportunities, after years of waiting for the federal government to open the door to this booming global industry. 

5. Measuring impacts on solar performance, whatever the weather

Scientists in the United States used machine learning to analyze maintenance reports, performance data, and weather records from more than 800 solar farms located across the country. The analysis allowed them to determine which weather conditions have the biggest impact on PV generation, and to suggest the most effective ways to boost the resilience of PV installations to extreme weather events.

6. Octopus to acquire 181MW Oz project from RES

Octopus Australia is to acquire the 181MW Dulacca Wind Farm in Queensland from RES.

Once constructed the wind project will consist of 43 wind turbines and generate enough electricity to power approximately 124,000 homes.

As well as co-existing alongside the agricultural use of the land, the project will make an active contribution towards the Queensland Government’s target of 50% renewables by 2030 and will provide much-needed generation diversity in this part of the electricity network.

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