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Why solar households should learn to love demand tariffs

File this one under Tough Love… Two years ago the Total Environment Centre joined the Australian Energy Regulator in defending the its decision to reject a bid by SA Power Networks to introduce a solar tariff. It would have resulted in solar owners paying more for their grid imports on the basis of what the […]

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Trina Solar announces new efficiency record of 25.04% for large-area IBC mono-crystalline silicon solar cell

The record-breaking n-type mono-crystalline silicon solar cell was fabricated on a large-sized industrial phosphorous-doped Cz Silicon substrate with a low-cost industrial IBC process, featuring conventional tube doping technologies and fully screen-printed metallization.

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Despite Eskom’s Troubles, a Surprise Change in Fortune for South African Renewables

Renewables developers are celebrating after South Africa's Minister of Public Enterprises unexpectedly signed off on power-purchase agreements this month. The decision ended years of uncertainty for Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Program (REIPPPP) winners, which had worsened in recent months as state-owned utility Eskom faced bankruptcy. Bankruptcy concerns were also mollified with news of a R5 billion (USD $400 million) bridge loan for Eskom, provided by the South African …