Go-ahead given for 48-turbine wind farm at Waverley

Posted on July 11, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Laurel Stowell Source: nzherald.co.nz Independent commissioners have given consent for a wind farm of 48 massive turbines on the Waverley coast. The decision was released on Friday, after a four-day hearing in May at the South Taranaki District Council by commissioners Paul Rogers, Gina Sweetman and Shannon Bray. They said renewable energy was important… Read more »

NZ govt acknowledges Pacific climate change statement

Posted on July 10, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: radionz.co.nz The New Zealand government has acknowledged, but not endorsed, a statement on climate change made by Pacific Small Island Developing States. The States called for G20 members at this weekend’s summitt in Germany to reaffirm the Paris Agreement. Pacific states also called on G20 members to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius… Read more »

Redback lands in New Zealand

Posted on July 07, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: David Swan Source: theaustralian.com.au Queensland-based renewable energy firm Redback has landed a deal in New Zealand, participating in a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) trial with energy retailer Contact Energy. Redback executive Tim Latimer said the two year trial will involve solar and battery technologies, and was designed to support Wellingtonians in the event of… Read more »

Sonnen wants to take 2,000 Australian customers away from big utilities this year

Posted on July 07, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Andy Colthorpe Source: energy-storage.news Sonnen is looking to sign up 2,000 Australian customers this year for SonnenFlat, where households sign up to pay a monthly ‘flat rate’ for power while their batteries are used to benefit the local grid. Sonnen, Germany’s leading energy storage system maker for private households, announced this week a partnership… Read more »

CQ island resort transforms with $1m solar investment

Posted on July 06, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Tegan Annett  Source: gladstoneobserver.com.au A MORE than $1 million investment has been “worth its weight in gold” for a Great Barrier Reef island resort that’s leading the charge in renewable power. Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is on track to being 100% renewable powered, recently adding 42 solar panels to its current supply. General… Read more »

Queensland urged to create state renewable energy agency

Posted on July 06, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: energymatters.com.au A cross-factional Labor group is urging the Queensland Government to create a Queensland Renewable Energy Agency. The Labor Energy Action Network (LEAN) wants the Palaszczuk Government to commit to publicly-owned, large-scale renewable energy infrastructure. “The Labor Environment Action Network believes the Queensland Government should plan, build and retain ownership of at least 3… Read more »

Kidston hydro and solar project awarded critical infrastructure status

Posted on July 05, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: australianmanufacturing.com.au Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that Genex’s $1.05 billion Kidston hydro and solar project had been granted ‘critical infrastructure status’. According to the Premier, the move was aimed at reducing “red tape” road blocks and giving the project even greater certainty. “Kidston’s 50MW first stage solar farm is already under construction and has… Read more »

Are electric trucks and buses the key to a greener New Zealand?

Posted on July 04, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Jacques-Pierre Dumas Source: futurefive.co.nz Electric cars and motorcycles all do their bit for a cleaner New Zealand, however a major issue remains in the form of heavy machinery and trucks. Electric trucks and buses are slowly making their way to New Zealand and they promise to bring major emission cuts with them. Ken Shirley,… Read more »