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Solar record for Australia, 1988 climate model proves correct

We're all about saving you energy and have rounded up the latest solar, climate and energy news so you don't have to.

Solar and batteries

A record of almost 19,000 rooftop solar PV systems were installed across Australia in May, reports the ABC. By 2020 renewable sources will provide one third of the country's electricity - almost doubling the renewables share compared to 2015. And the roll-out of large-scale solar power in Queensland – and the continuing rapid uptake of rooftop solar by homes and businesses – is starting to have an impact on electricity prices in the state, even sending them into negative territory in the middle of the day, reports Renew Economy.

Solar home systems can help to bridge the electrification gap in developing countries, reports McKinsey. And rural women are becoming the surprise agents of change, convincing coal-reliant communities to switch to solar in India's desert state of Rajasthan, reports the BBC.

Forty London households are having their solar batteries pooled to create the UK capital’s first virtual power station, reports Energy Matters.

Manufacturers are beginning to test and produce bifacial solar panels that generate power from sunlight hitting the front or back of the panel, reports Motley Fool.

Renewables and fossil fuels

NZ and the US are going to collaborate on the research and development of geothermal technologies, reports ThinkGeoEnergy.

The second episode of five-part documentary series that uncovers the untold stories of New Zealand’s electricity inventors and pioneers, will be released on July 13, reports Scoop.

Climate change

Climate modelling by former Nasa scientist James Hansen, back in 1988, has proved to be almost spot on, reports the Guardian.

A US judge has thrown out lawsuits that sought to hold big oil companies liable for the Earth's changing environment, reports the NZ Herald.

New Zealanders born today will live to see their country’s great glaciers shrink into extinction. Stuff takes an in-depth look at what's happening to our glaciers as temperatures rise.

Power prices

The Electricity Authority is standing its ground and pressing on with radical change to the way people pay for transmission of their electricity, reports RNZ.

Electric vehicles

An Australian company is developing concrete that conducts electricity and could be used to charge electric vehicles while driving, reports Renew Economy.

BP has bought the UK’s biggest electric car charging network, in the latest sign of major oil producers addressing the threat that low-carbon vehicles pose to their core business, reports the Guardian.

More details have been revealed about Telsa's plans for its first electric pickup truck, reports Driven.