These farms use sun and seawater to grow crops in the arid Australian desert

Posted on February 15, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Emma Bryce Source: Part greenhouse, part solar plant, this farm is harvesting food from the Australian desert. Officially launched in October 2016 at Port Augusta in South Australia after a six-year pilot, it’s the first outpost of Sundrop Farms. The company wants to make farming more resilient to climate change by using the desert’s… Read more »

Greens energy spokeswoman Rosalie Woodruff calls for 100 per cent renewable energy in Tasmania

Posted on February 14, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Michelle Wisbey Source: The Greens have renewed calls for a 100-per-cent reliance on renewable energy in Tasmania, following their own calculations that millions of dollars were spent on importing energy into the state last month. But Energy Minister Matthew Groom said Tasmania had exported a significant amount of energy to the mainland during the past few weeks. Mr… Read more »

Korea Zinc Company invests in Australia’s renewable energy sector

Posted on February 14, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: Sun Metals Corporation, a subsidiary of Korea Zinc Company, is developing a 100MW solar farm to supply power to its zinc refinery in Townsville, northern Queensland. In a speech to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, Sun Metals CEO Yun Choi says the solar farm is the first stage of the company’s planned A$460… Read more »

Powershop raises $100,000 for public green energy projects

Posted on February 10, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: Energy retailer Powershop overwhelmingly exceeded its target of raising $20,000 as part of its Your Community Energy initiative, generating over $100,000 in funds for 10 select community organisations. In November 2016 Powershop began offering a new Powerpack which included a a 6.6c/kWh premium. This pool of premiums now totals $116,508. Recipients of these funds include projects such… Read more »

Totally Renewable Yackandandah and AusNet with the game-changer for solar energy in homes

Posted on February 10, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Shana Morgan Source: The next step in plans to make Yackandandah’s energy 100 per cent renewable by 2022 has been revealed as a package for residents to purchase solar and energy monitoring technology. AusNet addressed packed community meetings on Thursday with an “offer” to help residents reach their goal. As revealed in The Border Mail last month, a small… Read more »

Sydney Airport achieves Level 3 carbon accreditation

Posted on February 09, 2017. Australasian News.

Author: Dan Symonds Source: Sydney Airport in Australia has been accredited at Level 3 of the Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program in recognition of its efforts to involve business partners in reducing its carbon footprint. The ACA program accredits airports at four levels of certification including Mapping, Reduction, Optimization and… Read more »

First Solar (FSLR) Awarded 140MW Module Supply Contract in North Queensland, Australia

Posted on February 09, 2017. Australasian News.

Source: First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced it has been awarded the module supply contract for the 140 megawatt (MW)DC Sun Metals Solar Farm in North Queensland (QLD), Australia. It will be Australia’s largest solar project once constructed, and utilize more than 1,167,000 First Solar advanced thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules to produce approximately 270,000… Read more »