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Solar Insiders - a RenewEconomy Podcast

Join RenewEconomy founder and editor Giles Parkinson and solar industry veteran Nigel Morris, from Solar Analyatics on the ins & outs of the solar industry and what it means for consumers.

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Australia and the art of the stop-start solar policy

Australia’s suite of stop-start solar policies is driving some parts of the industry crazy with frustration, as the phone stops ringing in Victoria and strict new workplace rules are imposed in Queensland.

33mins

26 Apr 2019

Rank #1

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Has the battery storage market gone flat?

Battery storage put in too hard basket by installers; and is there an alternative to current crop of DC Isolators?

40mins

6 Jun 2019

Rank #2

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Rooftop solar: Asset or liability?

Rooftop solar installations continue at record rate, but new technologies - and new thinking - ensure that this turns out to be a major asset to the grid, rather than the liability it is sometimes portrayed.

48mins

5 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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The best and worst from 2019

We look back at the highlights and the lowlights of the solar industry in 2019, and take a vox-pop of industry folk from the recent Sundowners.

40mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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Big trouble for big solar

Big contractor quits the solar market, spelling big trouble for the big solar sector, even as rooftop continues its boom.

34mins

13 Feb 2020

Rank #5

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Is Australia now un-investible for big solar?

The shock-waves from the Coalition election win are being felt beyond Australia’s shores. Nigel Morris reports back from Intersolar in Munich and why some big developers are changing their plans, and abandoning Queensland altogether.

40mins

22 May 2019

Rank #6

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A gigawatt of rooftop PV

Australia headed for one GW of rooftop solar installs this year, regulator cracks down on solar rorts, and making sense of volatile certificate prices.

26mins

4 Oct 2017

Rank #7

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Bushfires and backlogs - Solar’s New Year

Sunwiz director Warwick Johnston on the past year and 2020 forecasts, and what we learned from the bushfires.

43mins

31 Jan 2020

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Rooftop PV’s big milestone

Solar jumps 6GW benchmark; and why, some solar mea-culpas, and some crazy stories that illustrate why consumers struggle to understand their energy needs.

24mins

6 Sep 2017

Rank #9

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Tesla Powerwall delays slows storage market

The difficulty in getting hold of Tesla Powerwall stock is keeping a lid on household battery storage sales in Australia. The Solar Insiders podcast takes a look at the market.

22mins

22 Sep 2017

Rank #10

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Victoria’s big solar and storage plan

Victoria outlines plan for rooftop solar and battery storage scheme, while the regulator cracks down on dodgy trading in certificates.

31mins

19 Jun 2019

Rank #11

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Record installations, phantom sales, and the demise of the roof monkey

Australian rooftop solar installations surge to new records, but as we reveal on this podcast some big retailers are making significant sales without the means to install the panels.

39mins

11 Apr 2019

Rank #12

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What is going on in Queensland?

Confusion and frustration in the Sunshine state as the government seeks to justify new rules that will add costs to solar farms and make some installations impossible.

45mins

8 May 2019

Rank #13

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How the solar industry is adjusting to Covid world

Sean Guzzi from Clenergy joins Solar Insiders to discuss how the industry his coping with the changes imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, while the regulator cracks down on poor behaviour.

46mins

21 May 2020

Rank #14

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Longi’s launch, and AEMO’s big solar switch

Leading solar manufacturer Longi launches new product on Australian market, while AEMO pushes for new inverter standards and ability to “switch off” rooftop solar when needed.

39mins

7 May 2020

Rank #15

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What drives Australians to install battery storage?

Sunwiz director Warwick Johnston on the uptake of battery storage by Australian homes. And we ask the question: Has Covid-19 killed crap solar?

39mins

22 Apr 2020

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Tindo’s shining light in solar market

Rooftop solar on a Covid-coaster, the last of the one-for-one tariffs, and Tindo Solar’s Glenn Morelli on battery storage boom and plans to expand module factory.

44mins

9 Apr 2020

Rank #17

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Can solar isolate itself from Covid-19 pandemic?

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought great uncertainty to solar industry. Demand is up in some quarters, and down in others. But there is real fear of a brutal slowdown.

52mins

25 Mar 2020

Rank #18

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Tesla, IKEA eye Australia solar market

Tesla gauging interest in its solar modules and solar tile products, while IKEA brings its flat pack solar package to Australia. Plus: Suspensions in regulator crackdown.

59mins

28 Feb 2020

Rank #19

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Solar changes shape of grid, and brings down prices

New reports from market operator and the market regulator point to changing shape of the grid, lower emissions and falling costs - partly driven by growth of rooftop solar.

35mins

20 Nov 2019

Rank #20