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High voltage interconnection in place, installation set to get underway at WA’s largest PV project

Chinese PV module maker and project developerRisen Energyis pushing its 132 MW Merredin Solar Farm in WA’s Central Wheatbelt  towards full scale installation. The company is hungry to meet its ambitious goal to develop 2 GW of large-scale solar PV projects in Australia.

Industry Super Investment report warns lack of energy policy thwarting investment

Australian super funds have called out for “comprehensive” and “long term” energy policy to be put in place in order to unlock investment in the electricity sector. The Industry Super Funds (ISA) and the Group Super Fund made the call in its Modernising Electricity Sectors report, released earlier this month.


Smart Energy Council pushes for a NO vote on Battery Standard AS/NZS 5139

Standards Australia has progressed AS/NZS: 5139 draft battery standard to the ballot stage for committee voting. The Smart Energy Council (SEC) believes the draft standard, while required to meet the needs of the fast growing battery segment, is not sufficiently thorough in addressing safety concerns.


Battery sector heeding findings of independent testing

Intensive testing has exposed a range of faults in both lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries and battery management systems. ITP Renewables shares some key findings from its testing program and findings and how its program is providing valuable feedback to suppliers and the wider industry.


Octopus Energy Investments picks a side as the global energy investor rebrands as Octopus Renewables

Octopus Energy Investments, the UK’s largest investor in utility scale solar, which set up an office in Melbourne last year, has rebranded itself as Octopus Renewables as the £3 billion (AU$5.3 billion) global fund manager looks to throw its considerable weight behind the global energy transition to renewables.


Council approval for 81 MW Atherton Solar Farm in Far North Queensland

Far North Queensland is looking set for another large-scale solar farm as the Tablelands Regional Council approved the development of a 81 MW solar PV facility near the town of Tolga in the Atherton Tablelands.

“Transforming Australia from a global laggard to a leader in transport innovation,” Chargefox flexes its EV charging network muscle

Chargefox, Australia’s only public ultra-rapid EV charging network, has demonstrated its rapid growth by opening the most powerful EV charging station in the Southern Hemisphere. At the same time it announced its partnership with Yurika and the Queensland Government to manage the 17 fast charging sites that make up the Queensland Electric Super Highway.


Evie Networks announces partnership with U.S. software provider to build ultra-fast highway of EV charging stations

Evie Networks, largely funded by coal baron Trevor St Baker’s St Baker Energy Innovation Fund to the tune of $28 million, has announced its partnership with U.S. software company EV Connect to help systematise Evie’s proposed ultra-fast highway charging network. The network could enable affordable EV options to pick up speed in Australia. 


ARENA opens admissions for Incubate 2019

Applications for ARENA’s A-Lab Incubate 2019, a three-day innovation lab where teams are invited to develop high-impact projects looking to forward Australia’s transition to renewable energies, officially opened this month. Participants receive intensive expert assistance and access to potential investors including ARENA, CEFC and private investment funds.

Bunjil Energy aims for indigenous empowerment and the “complete decentralisation” of energy

Offgrid installations formed an early training ground for many veterans of Australia’s solar industry – often in particularly tough conditions. Bunjil Energy CEO and Co-founder Isaac Harrison shares this experience and is putting it to work to pursue his vision for Eco Solar Farms and empowering indigenous communities through PV.


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