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Cattle farming WA town recognised for advanced distributed energy resource microgrid

Onslow, a tiny coastal town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia known for its cattle farms and gold mines, has this week been recognised for having one of the world’s most advanced microgrids.

Victorian DER marketplace trial funded as grid integration blueprint

The Australian Energy Market Operator has received funding to develop a major Victorian Distributed Energy Resources marketplace in an Australia first trial.

Regulator develops ledger to combat solar non-compliance and fraud

A new serial number ledger is being developed by the Clean Energy Regulator who will be working with solar industry stakeholders to safeguard the national Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme.

South Australia likely to face ‘solar shutdown,’ but real tragedy is good news has been badly sold

South Australia will likely be the world’s first state to enforce temporary ‘solar shutdowns’ this summer. The real tragedy though, according to solar expert Finn Peacock, is not the curtailment of renewables but rather how poorly the government has managed and communicated its plan.

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How a NSW man’s off-grid system saved his life

It was still daytime when thick smoke plunged the Kangaroo Valley into complete darkness. Inside Nick Turner’s house, pets and neighbours crowded the lounge room, shrill smoke alarms ringing in the background while black ash rained down and coated the landscape.

Rooftop solar capacity may double over 4 years, says regulator

Rooftop solar and investment in large scale renewable energy continues to power, largely unperturbed by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Clean Energy Regulator’s latest Carbon Markets Report.

Clean energy ‘clear winner’ of Victorian state budget with $1.6bn in funding

The Clean Energy Council have called renewable energy the “clear winner” of the Victorian Budget 2020/21, saying the $1.6 billion in allocated in targeted funding represents a landmark for the state.

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Calls for Queensland to follow Victorian lead and extend solar for renters program

Community group Solar Citizens is calling for the Queensland government to expand its solar for renters trial following the release of results which found participating tenants were, on average, $600 a year better off after solar was installed on their rooftops.

‘Renewable energy superhighway’ linking Victoria to NSW kick started by bilateral funding agreement

Work on a new electricity transmission line linking Victoria and New South Wales is going ahead under a joint funding agreement between Victoria’s state government and the federal coalition.

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Generating goodwill: the value driving community solar

Goodwill may be the most under-appreciated resource for renewable project developers and one that is delivered through community ownership. At least, that’s according to Kristy Walters, chairperson of the 1 MW Haystacks Solar Garden project –  which claims to be Australia’s first large scale solar garden cooperative.

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