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This Week in Solar: “World first”: South Australia achieves 100pct solar, and lowest prices in Australia

1. “World first”: South Australia achieves 100pct solar, and lowest prices in Australia

South Australia – maligned by conservatives over the world-leading share of wind and solar in its grid – now boasts the cheapest wholesale electricity prices in the country, even as it reaches “world first” levels of 100 per cent solar power.

2. 120 MW agrivoltaic Wallaroo Solar Farm set for 2021 construction

Spanish-Japanese renewable energy company Univergy has announced that it will begin construction, with its Australian partner New Energy Developments, of the agrivoltaic 120 MW Wallaroo Solar Farm in New South Wales (NSW) this year.

The agrivoltaic installation will operate symbiotically as a generator of clean energy, grazing land, and a thriving habitat for native vegetation and pollinators.

3. Australia leading world with record renewable take-up, new data finds

More than two million extra Australian homes were powered by new renewable energy generation last year as wind and solar projects hit record levels, official government data has found, despite the coronavirus-induced economic downturn.

4. Planning deal signed for massive Australia-Singapore solar power link

The government of Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) has signed a key planning agreement for a power link project that will enable electricity exports to Singapore from a 10-GW solar-plus-storage project.

5. Trina Solar launches smaller, lighter, more efficient Vertex S on Australian market

Chinese big-gun Trina Solar has announced that its Vertex S will hit the Australian market in April. Trina hopes the installer-friendly smaller, lighter, and denser Vertex S for residential and SME consumers will capture a significant potion of the booming Australian solar market.

6. Remote Tasmanian island to be powered by ‘blowhole’ energy that harnesses waves

Technology that harnesses wave energy through a “blowhole” is being tested at a remote Tasmanian island in a project backed by federal grants and investors.

7. Australia’s path to zero emissions starts with the power grid

Here’s one thing that’s very clear, for 2021: if we want to get an immediate insight into a political party’s ambitions on climate, we must first look to the grid.

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