Powershop Australia inks PPA deals for 200 MW solar, 189 MW wind projects

In addition to entering an agreement to purchase three hydro power stations in Australia, New Zealand’s energy retailer has signed three PPAs for wind and solar projects in Victoria and New South Wales. 

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Solar-powered classrooms pilot in NSW

Children at two New South Wales schools have started the new school year this week in modular classrooms powered by renewable energy.

Australia’s largest floating solar farm launched in Lismore NSW

A 100 kW solar PV plant has taken to the water in the northern New South Wales city of Lismore. The project was realized based on a unique community ownership model.

Builder entices home buyers with free solar+storage packages

Victorian homebuilder Porter Davis has announced its plans to equip 50 new knockdown rebuild homes in Victoria with the Bradford Solar ChargePack, which comes with free solar panels and a Tesla Powerwall 2 battery, offering a chance to new home owners to insulate their households against rising power prices.

Northern Territory poised to host up to 45 MW battery storage

As part of an ambitious plan to replace its gas power fleet with large-scale battery storage, the Northern Territory government has invited expressions of interest for a 25 to 45 MW energy storage system intended to support the grid in Darwin and Katherine.

CRC-P awards $8.34 million for three green projects

Under the Cooperative Research Center Program 4th Selection Round, the Australian Federal Government will extend a grant for a smart home energy management system. Other awarded green projects involve an energy storage technology alternative for lithium-ion batteries and innovative generation of low cost, zero-emission, reliable electricity.

ARENA grants $6 million to Greatcell to advance perovskites

A funding agreement has been signed between Australian solar cell producer Greatcell and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, which pledged to allocate $6 million to underpin commercial development of perovskite solar cells.

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Australia welcomes formal creation of International Solar Alliance

As it officially came into force on Wednesday, the International Solar Alliance was welcomed by Australia, one of its 19 founding members.

Decmil, Maoneng sign MOU for 250MW PV project in NSW

Based on an exclusive memorandum of understanding, Australian EPC Decmil is poised to design and construct one of the largest solar projects in New South Wales. The company is in line for a $275 million engineering contract with Chinese group Maoneng in March next year.

Australia’s carbon emissions target within reach at zero net cost

Given the current pace of installation of new wind and solar power facilities, Australia’s commitments to carbon reduction made at the COP21 climate conference in Paris can be met at zero net cost, shows a new study by Australian National University.

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