Renewables flow for Queensland

Posted on May 21, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the 130 megawatt (MW) Clare Solar Farm near Ayr had started supplying electricity to the grid. “This is further progress towards reaching our 50 per cent by 2030 renewable energy target – when our five-millionth Queenslander hits high school age,” Dr Lynham said. “We have 890MW of… Read more »

NZ utility buys stake in wind developer Tilt

Posted on May 21, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: NEW ZEALAND: Local power firm Mercury has acquired a 19.99% stake in wind and solar project developer Tilt Renewables for $100 million. Mercury agreed a fee of NZ$143.9 million (US$100 million) or NZ$2.30 (US$1.58) per share to acquire 19.99% in Tilt from utility Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust (TECT). It also has an option to… Read more »

46% of Australia’s big businesses are transitioning to renewables

Posted on May 18, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: According to a new report released by the Climate Council, 46% of the largest businesses in Australia are making an effort to move towards renewable energy. Many of the firms are even building their own renewable energy projects will battery storage, allowing them to steer away from the grid and increasing energy prices,… Read more »

Why Narrabri should choose wind, solar over CSG

Posted on May 18, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: Mining the New South Wales town of Narrabri for its solar and wind resources, instead of for its coal seam gas, would create hundreds more jobs, use a fraction of the land, and prevent the removal of 35 billion litres of ground water, a new report has found. The report, based on modelling by… Read more »

Construction begins on Bulgana Green Power Hub

Posted on May 16, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: The Victorian government today announced commencement of construction on Bulgana Green Power Hub, a major new wind farm with battery storage in Stawell in western Victoria. The Green Power Hub is being delivered as part of a 15-year Support Agreement between the Victoria government and Neon Australia and will comprise a 194 MW wind farm with Siemens-Gamesa wind turbines, combined… Read more »

Springdale Solar Farm’s environmental impact statement submitted to NSW Government

Posted on May 14, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: The 120 megawatt (MW) Springdale Solar Farm near Sutton is a step closer to reality after developer Renew Estate submitted its environment impact statement (EIS) to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE). The submission will be a sufficiency check and, if passed, Renew Estate will formally lodge the EIS. DPE would then notify Renew Estate about the date for… Read more »

Remote communities and Australian mines to benefit from energy storage

Posted on May 14, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: Power disruptions for those working and living in remote parts of Australia can be reduced through investments in energy storage technologies and microgrids. As the push towards renewable energy increases, so too does the need to ensure the power supply is reliable and consistent in these communities. Power disruptions are both costly and inconvenient,… Read more »

Infigen looks to add big battery to Lake Bonney wind farm

Posted on May 11, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: Infigen Energy has joined the rush from renewable energy developers to add storage to existing and proposed wind and solar projects. Infigen is planning a 25MW/52MWh battery storage facility at its Lake Bonney wind farm, citing the success of the new Tesla big battery, and the ability of storage to make its wind farms more… Read more »

SolarReserve may add 70MW solar farm to Port Augusta solar tower

Posted on May 11, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: US solar company SolarReserve has sought approval to add a 70MW solar PV farm to the world leading solar tower and molten salt storage facility proposed for Port Augusta in South Australia. The plans for the additional solar PV are revealed in a development application to the South Australia Planning Commission, submitted in… Read more »