Geothermal contributes US$2 bn worth of electricity generation in New Zealand

Posted on April 28, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Alexander Richter Source: In a release today, Statistic New Zealand (Stats NZ) published data on the economic role of water resources and other renewables for electricity generation from 2007 to 2015. Strong growth in wind and geothermal electricity generation has led to significant economic impacts, according to a Stats NZ report published today…. Read more »

Monash Uni tenders for new wind or solar farm in Australian first

Posted on April 27, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Giles Parkinson Source: Monash University in Melbourne has announced a tender for 55GWh of solar or wind energy in a new project that is believed to be the largest corporate tender for large-scale renewable energy in Australia. The tender, released on Wednesday, calls for a long-term contract to meet 55 per cent of… Read more »

SPC opens renewable energy centre in Tonga

Posted on April 27, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: Increased access in the region to modern, affordable and reliable energy is the aim of a Pacific Community office launched in Tonga. The Pacific Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency was opened in Nuku’alofa today and will eventually house ten staff. The CEO for Tonga’s Energy Ministry, Paula Ma’u, said… Read more »

Solar Q reveals plan to install 350 MW in Australia

Posted on April 26, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Brian Publicover Source: The company aims to build what would be one of the country’s largest PV arrays near a high-voltage substation in Queensland’s Lower Wonga region. Via the substation, the project would supply electricity to cities and towns such as Gympie, Gin Gin, Teebar Creek, Mungar, Kilkivan and Brisbane. It said in… Read more »

IFM fund boss Garry Weaven pleads for energy policy stability

Posted on April 26, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Glenda Korporaal Source: The chairman of the $80 billion IFM Investors fund, Garry Weaven, has called on the federal government to come up with a long-term energy policy to provide more confidence for big investors. Mr Weaven said IFM was prepared to look at potential investments in energy in Australia — including plans… Read more »

Substation works commence to help deliver one of Australia’s largest solar farms

Posted on April 24, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: Powerlink has commenced work to expand its Clare South substation to help deliver one of Australia’s largest solar farms. The Clare Solar Farm near Ayr will generate 100 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy when complete. Energy Minister Mark Bailey said project owners Fotowatio Renewables Ventures (FRV) were on track to deliver the project… Read more »

Turnbull says Tasmania wind, hydro can become “energy battery” for Australia

Posted on April 21, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: Giles Parkinson Source: Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has extended his vision of large-scale pumped hydro and storage to Tasmania, outlining plans to expand the island’s existing hydropower system, and possibly add 2,500MW in pumped hydro, and describing the possibility that the state could become the “renewable energy battery” for Australia. The announcement comes… Read more »

Climate group calls for green building standards

Posted on April 21, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Emile Donovan Source: A report released today by the Climate Action Tracker group said the increase was mainly because of increased electricity use. New Zealand was lagging behind other developed countries in cutting greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and construction, and the report’s findings showed the government needed to step in, the group… Read more »

Construction underway on Victoria’s 132MW Mt Gellibrand wind farm

Posted on April 20, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Giles Parkinson Source: Acciona Energy has broken ground on its 132MW Mt Gellibrand wind farm, a $258 million project in Victoria’s western plains that was fast-tracked after winning a state government tender designed to reboot renewables investment in the state, and side-step a capital strike by major utilities. At a turning of the… Read more »