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Victorian government expands community batteries, reports record hot water rebates

The Victorian state government has reported a record uptake of hot water rebates and has announced an expansion of this program. Meanwhile, six projects have been given funding to deliver 25 neighbourhood batteries across 20 towns.

Coalition of clean energy stakeholders call for “measured and considered” local content in renewable energy projects

A coalition of leading interest groups across Australia has called on the federal government to introduce local content requirements in renewable energy projects. Multiple economic, business and social benefits for the Australian economy would result, according to the groups.


Shelter WA highlights benefits of energy efficient social housing in Western Australia

Social housing advocate group Shelter WA has called on the Western Australian government to invest in the energy efficiency of social housing. With rising temperatures, upgrading energy efficiency in social housing, including solar and energy storage, would alleviate power bills as well as state healthcare costs.

Renewable energy projects to enjoy faster approval in Victoria

Premier Jacinta Allan today announced that the Victorian government will accelerate planning approvals for renewable energy projects. The move is meant to ensure that projects that bring energy prices down can come online with greater speed.


CSIRO achieves record efficiency for roll-to-roll perovskite photovoltaic cells

The new efficiency record for fully roll-to-roll printed perovskite solar cells set by an international team of scientists from Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO unlocks new manufacturing potential. These lightweight and flexible solar cells manufactured on very long, continuous rolls of plastic can dramatically increase the rate of production and scope for deployment.

Weekend Read: Mind the skills gap

Around 800,000 new workers will be required in Europe by 2025 for the battery industry alone and, more broadly, existing workers will need to be retrained as the continent’s industries transition away from fossil fuels. International competition for workers is becoming increasingly fierce. Where are these workers and the required skills supposed to come from?

Breakthrough for producing perovskite solar cells with AI

Researchers at RMIT University’s School of Science, Monash University and Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO, have harnessed artificial intelligence to accelerate the design and production of perovskite solar cells.


Western Power starts works to improve SWIS capacity

Western Australia utility Western Power has commenced the rollout of a $28 million (USD 19 million) works package to manage the capacity of key distribution feeders in the state’s main electricity network and unlock new renewable energy generation opportunities.


Green hydrogen gets big boost with Frontier takeover of Waroona Energy

Australian renewable energy company Frontier Energy has completed its acquisition of Canadian firm Waroona Energy. The companies own neighbouring large-scale solar projects in Western Australia’s southwest and intend to join forces to create the state’s largest vertically integrated renewable energy hub.


World’s largest 8-hour lithium battery wins tender in NSW

Ark Energy’s 275 MW/2,200 MWh lithium-iron phosphate battery to be built in northern New South Wales has been announced as one of the successful projects in the third tender conducted under the state government’s Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap. The Richmond Valley Battery Energy Storage System will likely be the biggest eight-hour lithium battery in the world when it is completed.


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