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This Week in Solar: Australia's 2021 Solar Scorecard, Global Warming Risk Through Aluminium Production

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1. Australia's 2021 Solar Scorecard: A Year in Review

The impact of Covid-19’s spread posed challenges for solar businesses and customers alike. More widely, the growth of the national solar capacity. Yet there were certainly a number of positives to be found amidst the adversity of this year and in turn a resilience on show in the solar industry. So let’s now go through Australia’s 2021 Solar Scorecard, and review the year that was!

2. Worldwide demand for solar panels presents global warming risk through aluminium production

As countries around the globe push towards net zero emissions targets, new research has highlighted an area of environmental concern in the production of solar panels. An Australian study has found that to reach net zero milestones, the world will need almost 60 times more solar power, which will cause "concerning" levels of global warming.

3. What’s going on with Australia’s “sun tax”?

It is now five months since the Australian Energy Market Commission published its final determination on three rule change requests relating to access, pricing and incentive arrangements for distributed energy resources. What’s been happening since? Short answer: lots.

4. Pacific Energy unveils ‘world first’ hybrid power solution at mine site

Solar PV is helping power the world’s largest zircon mine with Western Australian-based independent power producer KPS Power Generation announcing it has completed the conversion of miner Iluka Resources’ 10 MW diesel-fuelled power station at the Jacinth-Ambrosia mineral sands operation in South Australia into a hybrid facility.

5. Neoen begins Goyder Renewables Zone wind-solar-storage hybrid project in South Australia

Renewable energy developer and independent power producer (IPP) Neoen begin the early stage construction works to build 412MW of wind turbine generation at the Goyder Renewables Zone, near the town of Burra in South Australia’s mid-north region.

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