Australia’s Snowy Hydro approves $2.9 billion power expansion project

Posted on December 21, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The board of Australian state-owned power generator Snowy Hydro on Wednesday approved a roughly A$4 billion ($2.9 billion) expansion project, though it still needs approval from the federal government. The expansion will shore up Australia’s power supply as aging coal-fired plants are shut. The plan was pushed last year by then-prime… Read more »

First Australian university to sign 100% renewable electricity contract

Posted on December 17, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: The move was in response to feedback from students, staff and stakeholders who want to see the University do its bit to tackle climate change through increased investment in renewable energy. The University of Newcastle is the first university in Australia to sign up to Red Energy’s new 100% renewable product. Its contract commences… Read more »

New South Wales approves 492MW of solar and 100MWh of battery storage

Posted on December 17, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: The New South Wales Department of Planning & Environment has approved three separate solar projects amounting to 492MW capacity, including one project with 100MWh of battery storage. Wagga Wagga It has approved the construction of a new 47MW solar farm in Gregadoo, Wagga Wagga, providing more than 150 construction jobs over the coming year…. Read more »

BayWa feeding power from 112-MW Aussie PV park

Posted on December 13, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: Germany-based BayWa re GmbH said on Monday that its 112-MW Karadoc solar park in the Australian state of Victoria is now fully operational and is feeding all of its electricity to the grid. Located near the city of Mildura, the plant consists of 330,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels mounted on solar tracking systems. Its output… Read more »

Fremantle residents to trade solar energy using blockchain

Posted on December 13, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: Around 40 residential properties across the port city of Fremantle, Western Australia, will be able to trade solar power using a blockchain-enabled platform. The trial is even open for residents who do not have solar PV on their rooftops. A trial in solar energy trading enabled by blockchain has officially kicked off in the… Read more »

Opal Aged Care rolls out 3.5 MW of rooftop solar

Posted on December 06, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: The Australia aged care specialist has embarked on an energy efficiency program, which will see over 10,600 solar panels and more than 28,000 LED lights installed at 54 of its properties. Opal Aged Care has launched an energy efficiency program with the goal to cut onsite grid electricity use by about 42% and reduce… Read more »

John Laing buys into 112-MW wind project in Tasmania

Posted on December 06, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: UK infrastructure investor John Laing Group Plc (LON:JLG)  has acquired a 49.8% stake in a 112-MW wind project in Tasmania, its first wind investment on the Australian island. The interest was purchased from Palisade Investment Partners for an undisclosed sum. The remaining share of the project’s equity funding will come from Palisade’s renewable energy… Read more »

Kiwi virtual power plant planned via home solar and battery systems

Posted on December 03, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: A virtual power plant is to be created with the connection of more than 3000 existing home solar and battery systems to the national grid. The project was formally announced today by Climate Change Minister James Shaw at solarcity’s Gig for Good event in Auckland. Solarcity founder and chief executive Andrew Booth, whose company… Read more »

UQ takes ownership of 64 MW Warwick Solar Farm

Posted on December 03, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: The University of Queensland has completed the purchase of the $125 Warwick Solar Farm in the Southern Downs region, making it the largest solar asset in ownership of an Australian university. Lendlease will act as developer on the project. The University of Queensland has officially taken ownership of the 64 MW Warwick Solar… Read more »

Sonnen factory and Tesla VPP success celebrated by South Australia’s state government

Posted on November 30, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: Tesla has delivered some of the biggest battery storage facilities in Australia – indeed in the world – in the state, including the 129MWh Hornsdale project, famously completed in 100 days from the signing of grid connection contracts. Sonnen meanwhile is mostly targeting the home solar-plus-storage market in a country where high electricity prices,… Read more »