Why Australia’s long term energy policy rests on battery storage

Australia has made great strides in terms of investment into renewables, yet despite the spend, we are still faced with an ageing grid and a growing number of coal power plant closures, that lack clear and sustainable replacements.

Horizon Power looks at green hydrogen for WA coastal town of Denham

The small tourist town of Denham in Western Australia’s Shark Bay World Heritage Area could host a renewable hydrogen demonstration project as part of a new energy solution planned for the town.

MPower breaks ground on two solar farms in South Australia

Renewables developer MPower has commenced work on two 5 MW solar farms in South Australia expanding its portfolio of smaller utility-scale projects.

Concern about climate escalates in Australia’s hottest year on record

As the country grapples with devastating bushfires, the number of Australians concerned about climate change has climbed. Almost four-fifths of those surveyed last week said they were concerned about climate change, an increase of five percent from July, according to think-tank The Australia Insitute. The polling comes hot on the heels of the Bureau of Meteorology’s 2019 Annual Climate Statement, showing there is every reason for concern and confirming 2019 was both the warmest and driest year on record for Australia.

REC Group launches triple 25-year warranty, doubles coverage on TwinPeak and N-Peak solar modules

Norwegian solar panel manufacturer REC Group has upped the ante with new warranty deals and reduced the annual power degradation of its products. In addition to a brand new, triple 25-year warranty exclusively offered by certified REC Solar Professional installers, it has extended coverage form 10 to 20 years for its TwinPeak and N-Peak products.

Australia installs 2.13 GW of rooftop solar in 2019

The final tally was 2.13 GW of sub-100kW systems registered in 2019 following a record installation surge in December, according to solar analyst SunWiz. This represents a jump of a 35% year-on-year and puts the grand total at 10 GW.

Port Augusta 320 MW wind-solar project secures finance

Spanish utility Iberdrola is investing $500 million in a massive hybrid renewable energy project in South Australia. The funding will pave the way for the landmark project developed by DP Energy to proceed following a significant delay.

Power Ledger to integrate blockchain-enabled energy auditing in solar assets

The Australian peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading pioneer has purchased a 250kW PV system that will utilize the company’s new energy data management and settlement system to provide greater visibility on renewable energy sold to a consumer under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

CEFC, Bank of Australia launch first green home loan program

Australia’s green bank has partnered with Bank of Australia to deliver discounted interest rates to green home builders and buyers. The green home loan is the first Australian financial instrument to use energy efficiency measurement tools to determine eligibility.

SA Water unveils major solar and storage plans for 2020

South Australia’s largest water and sewerage services supplier is planning to invest more than $300 million in solar and energy storage during the course of this year as it moves closer to its ambitious goal of achieving a zero cost energy future.

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