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South Australian trial provides blueprint for VPP integration

Australia’s record-breaking uptake of small-scale rooftop solar and growing interest in home battery systems almost guarantee virtual power plants (VPP) will play a key role in the nation’s energy system into the future and Energy Networks Australia (ENA) has identified the “blueprint” for their successful integration into the grid.

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Renewable hydrogen projects planned for Victoria, WA

Australian Gas Networks (AGN) has revealed detailed plans to introduce renewable hydrogen into the existing natural gas networks in both Victoria and Western Australia after the first production of green hydrogen at its $11.4 million Hydrogen Park South Australia.

Government pumps $147 million into Kidston hydro project

Sydney-based developer Genex Power has secured a $147 million funding package from the Queensland Government to finance a new transmission network link which will connect the proposed 250 MW Kidston pumped hydro storage project in northern Queensland with the main grid.

Rooftop solar drives Australia to renewable energy record

The rise and rise of rooftop solar PV has established Australia as a renewable energy powerhouse with new figures from the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) revealing the nation achieved a record in renewable capacity in 2020.

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Australian first with battery approved for Hume hydro station

The rush to deliver energy storage solutions to support Australia’s electricity grid continues apace with Meridian Energy Australia receiving approval to install a 20 MW battery energy storage system (BESS) alongside the Hume Hydroelectric Power Station in regional New South Wales.

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Sungrow launches second generation inverter in Australia

Chinese solar inverter giant Sungrow has taken the first step towards increasing its Australian market share in 2021 with the launch of its second generation three-phase residential inverters.

Wind farm contracts prove costly for AGL

Australia’s largest energy retailer, AGL Energy, has revealed a stunning $2.69 billion write-down to its asset value with plunging power prices taking a toll on its renewable energy operations.

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Analyst warns large-scale market could slow record growth

Australia’s embrace of solar PV continues to scale new heights but industry consultancy SunWiz has issued a word of caution, suggesting “increasing headwinds in the industry” could curtail growth in 2021.

Glenrowan West Solar Farm live after first export

Victoria is set to welcome another large-scale solar farm to the grid with the 149 MWp DC Glenrowan West facility moving into the final phase of construction.

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Q Cells Australia extends reach across Tasman

The Australian arm of South Korean solar technology giant Hanwha Q-Cells has extended its reach, launching into the New Zealand energy market.

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