Labour lifts Greens’ zero-carbon emissions policy

Posted on September 11, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Dene Mackenzie Source: odt.co.nz Labour has lifted another policy from another party, a day after taking a policy already announced by New Zealand First and the Green Party. Labour leader Jacinda Ardern announced in Christchurch yesterday  a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and the necessary steps to achieve it.‘‘Climate change is my… Read more »

Shortlist narrows for Gladstone renewable energy hub

Posted on September 11, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Chris Lees Source: gladstoneobserver.com.au A “USE it or lose it” policy could help drive Australia’s largest solar energy farm to the Gladstone region. Five “highly reputable companies” are in the running to develop a renewable energy hub at Aldoga, at the base of Mt Larcom. Member for Gladstone, Glenn Butcher said Aldoga could become… Read more »

Energy storage gains momentum in Australia

Posted on September 08, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: petroleum-economist.com Canberra is ahead of the game when it comes to the biggest challenge for new energies Energy storage is widely acknowledged as critical to the effective deployment of intermittent renewable energy, especially solar power. In Australia, the government of the ACT (Australian Capital Territory—the country’s federal district) is undertaking the second-largest roll-out of… Read more »

Flow Power inks PPA with Ararat wind farm in Australia

Posted on September 08, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Veselina Petrova Source: renewablesnow.com Electricity retailer Flow Power this week said it has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a portion of the 240-MW Ararat wind park in the Australian state of Victoria. According to the company, this is the first renewable corporate PPA in the country, enabling Australian businesses to “tap into… Read more »

Rush to renewable energy as coal cools

Posted on September 07, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Andrew White Source: theaustralian.com.au   Coal-fired power generation is on a slow march to extinction by 2058, but a multi-billion-dollar boom is under way in wind and solar farm development as companies rush to cash in on high retail prices and incentives and make up ground lost during an investment drought in 2014-15 when… Read more »

Christchurch City Council starts electric-powered car share service

Posted on September 07, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: cio.co.nz Canterbury organisations and residents will soon have access to a pool of 100 pure electric vehicles, only one of a few cities internationally to offer a 100 per cent electric-powered car share service. The Christchurch City Council has selected Kiwi fleet management company, Yoogo, to implement the service. Yoogo will initially launch 70 electric… Read more »

Brewongle Solar Farm planned for Bathurst’s outskirts

Posted on September 06, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Nadine Morton Source: westernadvocate.com.au BATHURST is the ideal location for a new solar power plant, the owners of the prospective facility say. The 190 hectare solar farm could be constructed just seven kilometres south-east of Bathurst at Brewongle if plans are approved by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. Within the next fortnight Photon Energy Australia… Read more »

EnergyAustralia revs up solar-battery drive with Redback system

Posted on September 06, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Angela Macdonald-Smith Source: afr.com EnergyAustralia is promising to “put the customer in the driving seat” of their home energy use with the launch of its “next generation” Redback smart solar-plus-storage system which it says should pay for itself within about seven years. The system, developed through collaboration with Queensland-based Redback Technologies, uses technology that optimises… Read more »

Waste centre to get 5MW solar farm in Newcastle, Australia

Posted on September 05, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Tom Kenning Source: pv-tech.org A 5MW solar farm has been planned for the Summerhill Waste Management Centre in Newcastle City, New South Wales, Australia. The capped landfill site was once part of the Wallsend Borehole Colliery and the aim of the farm is to help reduce the city’s AU$4 million (US$3.18 million) electricity costs… Read more »

NZ electricity firms switch up tech efforts

Posted on September 05, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Eric Frykberg Source: radionz.co.nz Electricity companies are scrambling to smarten up their methods for fear that technology could put them on the sidelines of a booming but vulnerable business. They want to avoid the fate of sunset industries like the VCR, and the newspaper, by adopting cutting-edge technology themselves, before their competitors beat them… Read more »