NZ helps define climate leadership, India breaks another solar record

Solar hydropanels that can produce clean drinking water from the air are to be trialled across Australia. Credit: ARENA

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Solar and batteries

India installed a record amount of solar power in the first three months of this year, reports Solar Love. With solar power is growing faster than any other renewable energy Power Technology looks at what’s happening in India and around the world.

Australia’s biggest solar farm is about to be commissioned and will provide one third of the power for a zinc refinery near Townsville in north Queensland, reports Renew Economy.

The global solar PV market will add over 100 gigawatts of capacity for the first time in 2018. After that, annual installations will easily exceed the 100-gigawatt milestone through to at least 2022, reports GTM Research.

New distributed energy resources like residential solar and batteries will help bring down emissions, improve resilience and reinforce security of supply, according to the head of Vector, reports Energy News (paywall).

Solar hydropanels that can produce clean drinking water from the air alone, using a combination of solar PV and solar thermal technology, are to be trialled across Australia, reports PV Tech.

Renewables and fossil fuels

For the first time in history, the production cost of renewables is lower than that of fossil fuels, according to a Germany-based energy asset management company, reports Forbes.

China continues to be the leading nation when it comes to clean energy attractiveness, reports PV Tech.

Rod Oram, writing for Newsroom, reviews the Productivity Commission's landmark report on moving to a carbon-neutral economy. He finds a wealth of insight on the task ahead, but no analysis of what happens if we fail or what a radical disruption might look like. The shift to a low carbon economy is one of the most important transitions we will make, and it has to be done well, writes National Secretary of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Sam Huggard for Pure Advantage.

Z Energy has built a biofuel plant in Manukau. Newsroom investigates why it hasn't yet produced a single litre of saleable fuel. 

Energy Minister Megan Woods has put all fuel companies on notice that they will come under closer scrutiny on what they charge at the pump, reports the NZ Herald. And Stuff reviews the issues around the government bringing more competition into the NZ petrol industry.

Climate change

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's ban on new offshore oil and gas exploration in the world’s fourth largest Exclusive Economic Zone has helped to define what climate leadership means today, says the executive director of Greenpeace International.

The head of NZ's Interim Climate Change Committee, Dr David Prentice, says work began this week as one of the key steps towards establishing an independent Climate Change Commission next year. 

The Australian government will allocate $500m to mitigate the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef, reports the Guardian.

Eighteen American states have sued US President Donald Trump's Administration over its push to "reconsider" greenhouse-gas-emission rules for the nation's auto fleet, reports the NZ Herald. And a Finnish climate change activist group is raising money to fund a 35 metre tall carving of United States President Donald Trump into a glacier, reports Newshub

Electric vehicles

Volvo says that all-electric cars will make up 50 percent of its sales by 2025, reports The Drive.

Buying an EV, either new or used, comes with some unique risks - and some equally unique rewards - but that is the challenge (and the thrill) for the early adopter, reports Stuff.