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Disney World to Be Solar Powered

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Walt Disney Solar

Duke Energy has announced a 5MW solar power system to be installed by the Epcot Centre to run Disney World by the end of the year.

The solar system will consist of 48 000 solar panels and is to be arrange in the shape of a ‘disney-inspired’ design

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REC Increases Warranty on Solar Panels

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REC Extends Warranty on Solar Panels

Solar panel giant, REC Solar, has announced that it is extending its product warranty on its solar panels from 10 years to 12 years at no additional cost.

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Solar Fuel Cell Powers Telstra’s Network

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Telstra says it has been testing a hydrogen fuel cell with solar power and energy storage to help power the network at times when the power from the grid is out. The system was installed around a year ago about 90kms east of Melbourne.

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Google Invests in Utah’s Largest Solar System

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Google, Norwegian power company Scatec Solar and Prudential Capital Group have joined together to build an 80MW facility in Utah.

The solar facility will be Utah’s largest solar system on record. Google is the tax equity investor in the project which means it will pay a portion of the project’s cost (reported to be about $157 million) in return for tax incentives and a share of the facility’s income. Prudential Capital Group is said to be the debt financer for the remaining amount.

Scatec Utah Red HillThe US $188 million project will see around 325 000 solar panels connected to an existing transmission line. The facility, known as The Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park, is expected to generate 210 million kW hours of electricity a year – enough to power around 18 500 homes. The electricity will be exported to PacifiCorp’s Rocky Mountain Power under a 20 year power purchase agreement (PPA). The project is expected to be completed at the end of the year.

“When complete, the Red Hills solar plant will be Scatec Solar’s largest developed and constructed project in North America,” says CEO Raymond Carlsen.

Scatec has vast experience with the company indicating that it has 219MW of solar capacity currently operational worldwide together with a project backlog of 214MW and a pipeline of 680MW.

This marks Google’s 18th investment in renewable energy projects – they have now invested over $1.5 billion in solar and wind projects. Their investments have a total of 2.5GW’s and produce more than 6 billion kWh each year. Google says that the amount its investments produce is far more than the company consumes.

“We’re helping create a clean energy future that’s better for our business and the environment,” says Google.


Scotland Solar Capacity Soars

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Lang Banks WWF Scotland

Scotland solar capacity has increase by 32% since the end of 2013 taking their grand total to 140MW’s of solar power installed. Over 35 000 Scottish homes and 600 business now have solar power installed.

“The total installed solar capacity may be small when compared to wind energy, but together these solar panels are helping to prevent thousands of tonnes of climate-damaging emissions being emitted every year,” said Lang Banks; director of WWF Scotland. “The great thing about solar is that it can deployed easily and quickly in towns and cities or in places not suitable for wind turbines. Solar is also complimentary to wind and can share sites and grid connections,”

According to WWF Scotland, Lightsource Renewable Energy and the Solar Trade Association, Scotland has seen a 6900% increase in solar power capacity since 2010 – and they believe more can still be done. The organisations are encouraging the Scottish Government to throw their weight behind solar as they have behind other renewables.

“Alongside energy saving measures, renewable energy technologies like solar and wind will be important to enabling Scotland meet its climate change targets. We call upon the Scottish Government to do all that it can to help ensure Scotland switches on to the full potential of solar power,” said Mr. Banks. “With 2015 being a critical year for addressing climate change internationally, it’s vital that Scotland continues to press ahead with plans to harness even greater amounts of clean energy.”

Leonie Greene from the Solar Trade Association has said the same as Mr Banks. She said: “Nearly 600,000 households have gone solar across the UK of which 5% are in Scotland. But, we’d like to see Scotland fully share in the many benefits solar can provide. The Scottish government has provided world class leadership on renewable energy so we urge them to throw their weight behind solar too. No other energy technology has delivered the scale of cost reductions seen in solar and no other technology has empowered such vast numbers of everyday people to take control of their power supply. It is vital to retain this momentum.”

Wind energy also had a great year in Scotland with wind energy alone providing enough clean energy to power 98% of Scottish homes – equivalent to 2.36 million households.



First Fully Electric Car Enters Dakar Rally

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Acciona is the first team to enter a zero emission, fully electric car into the prestigious Dakar Rally. Starting of the 4th January 2015 in Buenos Aires, the electric car driven by Albert Bosch and Agustín Payá will be pushed through 9 000kms across three countries – Argentina, Chile and Bolivia – ending on the 17th of January.

In the 27 year history of the Dakar, the toughest race for man and machine, a 100% electric vehicle has never been registered before. Normally, the average participant uses 2 250lts of fuel and emits 22 000 metric tonnes of carbon – the Acciona vehicle will not need a drop and will emit absolutely nothing.

ACCIONA Vehicle DetailsAcciona’s 100% EcoPowered passed the technical and administrative checks made by rally organisers.

100% EcoPowered took two years of R&D to plan and 20 people to design. The synchronous electric motor, which is 200kW engine – equivalent to a 300hp, weighs only 80kgs as opposed to 280kgs. It has a set of 4 removable lithium-ion battery packs capable of storing 140kWhrs. The new innovation – a quick release sliding battery to allow for possible changes during the race.

Its chassis is constructed from chrome-moly tubing – which is far lighter but much stronger than steel and the bodywork is made of carbon-fibre composite.

In addition, it uses a hundred watts of solar panels to power telemetry and security systems within the vehicle.

The Dakar Rally is definitely not a race to be messed with or laughed at. As many as 60 people (including 27 competitors) have died during the race. There is actually a 2 day stint where competitors do not have access to their service vehicles at all.

Acciona is not untested in the renewable department with this vehicle completing their ‘eco-friendly trifecta’ so to speak. The first was a sled that reached the South Pole powered by a system of kites in 2011 and the second was a yacht that participated in the Vendeé Globe without using any fossil fuels at all in 2012.

Their progress can be monitored here.


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T1 – “NRJ-Alternative Energy Challenge”

range of 350km in race conditions

domestic charging port (220V), industrial connection (400V) and fast recharging system (50kW)

5.05m / total width: 2.18m/ Distance between axles: 3.16m

1.90m (variable according to shock absorber compression)

2,550kg (at maximum energy capacity)

2,100kg (at 75% energy capacity)

1,250kg (at 25% energy capacity)

Chrome-moly tubing

Extremely strong, light carbon-fibre composite

Synchronous electric, producing 220kW (300hp) at 6,000rpm

700 Nm

140kW/h lithium-ion batteries in 4 removable packs

High-performance panel producing 100Wh

150km/h, self-limited electronically

from 20 to 45kWh/ 100Km (according to type of terrain)

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The World’s Biggest Solar Powered Mall Unveiled

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A 1.5MW system in the Philippines on the SM North Edsa in Quezon City is now the largest solar power system installed on a shopping mall in the world.

Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III turned the system on in a ceremony at the beginning of this week at the mall’s multi-level car park. The system consists of 5 760 solar panels and will offset around 1200 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. It cost around P$100 – P$120 million (AU$3 million) to complete. It is also the largest commercial solar power system in the Philippines.

The solar system was installed by Solar Philippines which was founded by Leandro L. Leviste last year. The company has around 70 staff and 4MW’s worth of solar under its belt already. Interestingly, Leandro is only 21 years of age.

SM North Edsa is owned by SM Prime Holdings who have many malls, housings, offices, hotels and more. SM Prime has said that this is part of a bigger operation to achieve sustainability in its operations.

Anna Maria S. Garcia, president of Shopping Center Management Corp. (SM Supermalls – part of the SM Group) said that, “With a capacity of 1.5 MW, all 16,000 lighting fixtures, 59 escalators and 20 elevators of the mall can be powered up.” The project could also save the mall P$20 million in electricity.

“The use of renewable energy sources represents a long-term investment,” said President Benigno S. C. Aquino III in his speech. “It plays to our country’s strengths, provides insulation from fluctuations in the international oil market and thus allows us to be more self-sufficient, generates savings in terms of electricity costs, and also contributes to the preservation of the environment and mitigates the effects of climate change.”

“In the long term, our goal remains the same: to ensure a reliable, preferably clean and reasonably priced, power supply. We are on our way towards achieving that goal.”




Yingli Powers Bolivia’s Largest Solar Plant

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Yingli Green Energy Spain has supplied solar panels for Bolivia’s first and only hybrid diesel solar power plant.

The solar panel giant has supplied more than 17 000 solar panels to the remote city of Cobija in the state of Pando. They were heavily reliant on expensive diesel as they were not connect to Bolivia’s national grid.

EGSA (Empresa Electrica de Guaracachi S.A), a subsidiary of ENDE (Empresa Nacional de Electricidad),  carried out preliminary studies and basic engineering for the project while Project developer, Isotron (a company belonging to the ISASTUR Group) installed the system.

The 5MW system is expected to deliver clean energy to 49 000 people by producing around 7 500MW’s each year. It will provide for about 50% of the regional demand. The system itself will cover around 15 hectares and offset approximately 1.9 million litres of diesel.

“We are pleased to complete this project in partnership with Isotron of Bolivia, one of our long-term strategic partners. We believe this is a landmark reference project in Bolivia and globally due to its large scale, the combination of traditional power generation and energy storage with PV, and the number of connected consumers,” commented Mr. Fernando Calisalvo, Managing Director of Yingli Spain.

“Yingli proved to be a committed partner at every stage of this innovative project, which promises to be one of Latin America’s most influential and forward-looking energy facilities. We look forward to working with the Yingli team in the future, especially as PV becomes an increasingly important element of the energy mix in Bolivia and beyond,” noted Mr. Jose Antonio Alvarez, an ISASTUR Group Board Member.

“As Bolivia’s first large-scale solar power system, we expect that this project will have a transformative impact in the region. Thanks to the combination of solar PV, energy storage, and diesel fuel generation in a single large-scale power plant, thousands of individuals in Bolivia now have access to reliable, clean electricity, which opens up dramatic possibilities for business development, education, and community empowerment,” commented Mr. Liansheng Miao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yingli Green Energy.



REC Guarantees its Solar Panels

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REC Solar are now one of the only panel manufacturers in the world that guarantee that their solar panels are 100% PID free in all climate conditions. REC solar panels have passed (and exceeded) independent, intense PID, LID  and degradation testing.

The testing was done by the Solar Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS). Two REC panels as well as panels from other Tier 1 Chinese competitors were all put through the same tests. Light Induced Degradation (LID) and Potential Induced Degradation (PID) test the panels’ ability to perform under serious light conditions and weather conditions respectively.

LID Test Results



All the panels tested were polycrystalline panels between 245Ws and 255Ws that are current models, randomly selected. They underwent LID testing first followed by PID testing. REC solar panels came out with the best results out of all the panels tested in LID with 1.7% and 1.8% power loss in the flash testing. The LID testing was carried out over 12 days with actual radiation of 40kWh/m². Most other competing panels lost between 3.2% and 4.9% of power production.


PID Test Results




PID is a voltage-driven leak of current between the solar cells and the front glass. It alters the solar panels performance and severely affects the longevity of the panel. The PID testing was carried out over 96 hours at 60°C and 85% humidity with a negative voltage of 1000V. REC solar panels experienced no PID degradation while some competitors lost over 50% of its power output.




“While many solar companies have claimed that some of their panels do not have PID issues under certain conditions, REC guarantees that each and every one of our panels coming is 100 per cent PID-free in all climate conditions,” said Cemil Seber, Director of Product Marketing and Global Expansion for REC. “The test results from SERIS, as well as real-world field data, confirm that REC panels can be counted on for high-performance output over the life of the system.”

REC has also just revealed their new PID-free TwinPeak Series solar panel. Stay tuned for more on that to come.





Choosing Which Solar Products to Buy

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Solar Power is a long term investment so the products you choose are important. Evolution Solar Sunshine Coast recommends and sells the following products:-

Solar Panels

REC Solar

  • Undoubtedly have one of the most modern solar panel manufacturing plants in the world.
  • Have been rated by Photon in Europe as the best panel in the world.
  • One of the only solar manufacturers to guarantee no loss of power from PID in any climate conditions.
  • Come out on top in independent LID testing (reduced power output from high light conditions).
  • Has a white backsheet allowing for absorption of reflected sun.


  • Floated on the NY stock exchange in 2006.
  • Has around 7.5GW’s of solar panels shipped worldwide.
  • Has a modern, highly automated manufacturing plant.
  • Passed all PID and LID (degradation and loss of power output due to the elements) with flying colours.

Both REC and Trina are both

  • Tier One manufactured
  • Imported into Australia by Energy Matters, a large country wide company, owned by American organisation SunEdison.
  • Proven quality and reliability


  • Founded in 2002 and launched on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 2010.
  • Is a dynamic, fast growing solar company that is known all over the world.
  • High quality control with automated factories in China, German and Hong Kong.
  • Was the first Chinese manufacturer that promised positive tolerances for its modules.



SMA Sunny Boy

  • German manufactured since early 1980’s.
  • Employ over 2500 in their R & D department
  • Proven quality and reliability

ABB Aurora

  • Started in early 1970’s
  • Owned by ABB – a huge multi-national company – with turnover in excess of 20 billion per annum
  • Italian manufactured

Between SMA and ABB

  • They manufacture over 40% of the world’s inverters.
  • They have a proven track record of quality and reliability.
  • They have an Australian office backing up their warranty


  • Named 2nd in the world for global shipments behind only SMA – they have nearly 4GW’s of yearly shipments.
  • Over 30% of their employees are devoted to R&D ensuring continual growth and development.
  • Floated on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 2010.


  • Evolution Solar Sunshine Coast only use one team – Peter Hinz our electrician and Dene Adcock – who have been working together for many years and do a good job.
  • Use quality railing with a 10 year warranty.
  • We are a local solar company – back-up service is important to us all.