Phoenix Solar: First project in Australia

Posted on July 28, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd has received an order for a 39.5 MWp photovoltaic power plant in Australia. The plant released it’s schedule for August. The Singapore-based subsidiary of Phoenix Solar AG was commissioned to plan a photovoltaic power plant with a nominal output of 39.5 MWp near Perth, Western Australia. Partner of the… Read more »

Wellington to become home to 550 hectare solar farm in 2019

Posted on July 27, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: First Solar Australia will deliver the 180 megawatt capacity photovoltaic solar power project two kilometres north east of the town on Goolma Road. The project would connect to an existing substation south of the site which was identified by the company as an excellent solar resource. Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) administrator Michael Kneipp welcomed the proposal. He… Read more »

Report: Gas could be sidelined by renewables in parts of Australia

Posted on July 27, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Daniel J. Graeber Source: With Australia monitoring natural gas demand, a consultant group found gas-fired power could get squeezed out in parts of the country as renewables get cheaper. A research project from Wood Mackenzie, in coordination with GTM Research, found that wind, solar and battery costs might decline enough to the point that, by… Read more »

NT remote communities receive solar sites

Posted on July 26, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Lucy Hughes Jones Source: The Northern Territory government has installed more than 10,000 solar panels across 10 remote Aboriginal communities in a bid to provide a more secure energy supply and combat climate change. Labor says greenhouse gas emissions from over one million litres of diesel fuel will be saved each year following… Read more »

New Zealand plans to power remote Pacific communities with renewable technology

Posted on July 26, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Jacques-Pierre Dumas Source: Hundreds of remote communities around the Pacific have little access to electricity and must rely on small diesel generators, which are noisy, polluting, and have ongoing cost and supply issues for fuel. In response to these issues, a coalition was formed of NZ based clean energy companies, Caritas Aotearoa and… Read more »

Deluge misses southern hydro lakes

Posted on July 25, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: Last weekend may have been Oamaru’s wettest since daily rainfall records began in 1950, but the deluge that hit eastern coastal parts of the South Island over the weekend all but missed the southern hydro lakes, which remain at critically low levels for the time of year. The managers of the southern catchments,… Read more »

ZEN Energy, Sonnen plot solar/battery power project for rural NSW

Posted on July 25, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Angela Macdonald-Smith Source: Local battery developer ZEN Energy has joined Europe’s leading storage system supplier Sonnen to hatch a plan to cut power bills for rural Australia consumers who are being hit hardest by rising prices. ZEN chairman Ross Garnaut said the project would be revealed within the next few months. “We’ve got a… Read more »

Offshore renewable investment soars amid clean energy debate

Posted on July 24, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Bridget Carter and Scott Murdoch Source: Debate over the Clean Energy Target is tearing the federal Coalition apart, but a growing number of European firms in the renewable space are moving into Australia and are active buyers of land in Queensland and northern NSW. Dealmakers in the renewable energy sector say the activity… Read more »

NZ electric car start-up Mevo looks to Australia

Posted on July 24, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Yolanda Redrup Source: Wellington-based electric car-sharing start-up Mevo has its sights set on expanding to Australia and is in discussions with the City of Sydney and will be meeting with local councils and governments in Melbourne and Brisbane in August. The company, which is building up a fleet of hybrid electric Audis and offers people in Wellington a… Read more »

EnergyAustralia signs PPA for 150MW Neoen solar farm in NSW

Posted on July 21, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Sophie Vorrath Source: Major utility EnergyAustralia has signed a long-term deal to buy 100MW of the output from a yet to be built solar farm in New South Wales, marking the gen-tailer’s fifth renewable energy PPA in just seven months. The deal is yet another coup for French renewables developer Neoen, which is… Read more »