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This Week in Solar: Solar System’s Output When Cloudy, Bifacial solar panels, Energy Policy Overhaul, Increase in Solar Installs

Here are some solar news stories you may have missed from this week. Click on the links to read these stories in more detail.

  1. Do Solar Panels Work When it is Cloudy or Raining?

Even when it’s cloudy or raining, solar modules still generate electricity, however there will be less output than on a bright sunny day.

  1. Bifacial solar panels enter the commercial shopping basket

Vicinity Centres’ bifacial solar trial is testing Trina Solar Duomax Twin panels in different configurations around Australia.

  1. Solar Panel Direction: North Doesn’t Always Give Most Energy

While facing north is not a bad direction for solar panels, it is often possible to get a very small boost by having them face slightly away from due north.

  1. Australian-designed solar panel firm looks to shake-up booming sector

A start up company has developed a new way of mounting solar panels on the roofs of commercial and industrial buildings that address some of the barriers businesses have faced in switching to solar photovoltaic power.

  1. Almost $30 billion invested in renewable energy in past two years

Almost $30 billion has been ploughed into clean energy in the past two years as renewables now comprise almost one-fifth of Australia’s electricity generation, a News Corp Australia investigation has found.

  1. Farmers want a Govt overhaul of energy policy

FARM groups have made a pre-election pitch for an overhaul of energy policy to help the farm sector overcome some of the “most expensive power prices in the world”.

  1. ‘Blown away’: rooftop solar PV installations surge by almost half

Australian rooftops added a record of almost 500 megawatts of new solar photovoltaic capacity in the March quarter, as Victoria’s incentive scheme stoked a 90 per cent increase in that state’s installations.

  1. Majority of South Australians want 100% renewable energy by 2030: TAI poll

Nearly 70 per cent of South Australian voters want their state to adopt 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

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