Sir Stephen Tindall: NZ primed to lead charge into clean-energy future

Posted on May 09, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made waves in the lead up to the 2017 election when she labelled climate change her generation’s “nuclear free moment”. She’s right, of course. There’s never been a stronger moral imperative to tackle one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced. However, taking action on climate change also presents… Read more »

Massive 1.5GW solar plant proposed for south-east Queensland

Posted on May 08, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: A 1.5GW solar farm is being proposed for construction in south-east Queensland, as part of a massive new development application that would include two substations and a provision for battery storage. The Somerset Regional Council said on Friday that it had received the application for the solar PV power plant, proposed for a 2,055… Read more »

WA residential solar PPA could be “absolute game changer”

Posted on May 08, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: Buyers of new-build houses and apartments at a property development in Perth’s northern suburbs are being offered an innovative solar power purchase agreement that promises to cut their daytime power costs by 40 per cent. The residential solar scheme, a first of its kind for Western Australia, is being trialled at Yolk Property… Read more »

Pilbara renewables hub adds 3GW wind and solar to $20bn plan

Posted on May 07, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: The consortium behind an ambitious plan to create an Asian Renewable Energy Hub in the Pilbara region of Western Australia have unveiled plans to add another 3GW of wind and solar to the project to help meet domestic as well as international needs. The mooted addition will take the potential cost of the project… Read more »

Council to investigate renewable energy with Meridian

Posted on May 07, 2018. Australasian News.

Source: Whakatāne District Council to investigate renewable energy with Meridian Meridian Energy and Whakatāne District Council will work together to investigate a number of local renewable energy projects to support the Council’s Climate Change Action Plan. Meridian Energy’s General Manager of Strategy & Finance, Paul Chambers, says Meridian has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)… Read more »

Why Z Energy is persisting with its biofuel plant

Posted on May 04, 2018. Australasian News.

Author: Nikki Mandow Source: Z Energy announced in 2014 it would build a biofuel plant to produce 20 million litres of diesel a year from waste animal fats. Newsroom’s business editor Nikki Mandow went to the factory in Manukau to find out what’s holding up production and why Z Energy is still pushing ahead…. Read more »

Super fund launches renewable energy investment option

Posted on May 04, 2018. Australasian News.

Author: Karren Vergara Source: Future Super will launch its new investment option later this month, one which targets a 20% allocation to renewable energy and does not invest in fossil fuels. Future Super co-founder Simon Sheikh said Future Super Growth (Renewables Plus) empowers Australians to bypass political inertia and invest more of their super… Read more »

Delta Electricity in $410m pumped hydro push

Posted on May 03, 2018. Australasian News.

Author: Angela Macdonald-Smith Source: Coal power champion Trevor St Baker’s Delta Electricity is to move swiftly into the pumped hydro sector after securing South Australian government approval for a 230-megawatt project near Port Augusta that is following a fast-tracked development process. The $410 million Goat Hill project, being built by Delta together with Altura… Read more »

Commercial PV boom grips WA, as business wakes up to solar

Posted on May 03, 2018. Australasian News.

Author: Sophie Vorrath Source: The company behind one of Western Australia’s biggest retail solar installations says the state’s commercial PV is booming, as businesses seek to cut their exposure to grid electricity costs. Perdaman Advanced Energy, a recent spin-off from the WA-based Perdaman Group, says it has as least 17 new commercial solar jobs… Read more »