Banks turn their back on coal amid emissions concerns

While global coal mining companies are enjoying the highest prices in years on the back of strong Asian demand, banks and financiers are increasingly ending their support for coal power. London-based Standard Chartered the latest to stop financing new coal-fired stations.

Tesla battery installed at UNSW campus

The University of New South Wales has unveiled a 500 kWh Tesla Powerpack battery at its campus as part of a ten-year energy research trial in partnership with NSW’s electricity transmission network operator TransGrid.

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WA researchers use nanocrystals to harvest solar energy for clean fuels

Researchers at Western Australia’s Curtin University have developed a low-cost and environmentally friendly method to capture solar power and produce clean fuels such as hydrogen.

WA’s community owned VPP in the making

The Dunsborough Community Energy Project is announced as Australia’s first privately funded virtual power plant.

AGL fined $3 million over energy efficiency failure

With its license to sell electricity in Victoria still at risk after failing to provide performance data to the state energy regulator, AGL Energy has been hit with a record penalty for breaching its obligations under Victoria’s energy efficiency scheme.

Synergy posts profit despite revenue loss from solar PV uptake

Despite economic hardship caused by record numbers of solar PV installs that have led to a fall in residential demand, Western Australian state-owned retailer Synergy has posted an after-tax profit of $24.3 million for 2017-18.

Genex gets regulatory nod for Kidston pumped hydro

Sydney-based publicly listed Genex Power has announced it has received a development approval for a 250 MW pumped storage hydro project, as part of its landmark renewable energy hub in far-north Queensland.

Manufacturing MoU inked for 150 MW CSP Aurora project in SA

U.S. firm SolarReserve is moving on its massive solar thermal plant project in South Australia having signed a memorandum of understanding with local outfit Heliostat SA.

Energy policy vacuum beyond 2020 officially confirmed

Energy Minister Angus Taylor has announced there will be no replacement for the renewables target beyond the 2020 target, casting a long shadow over investment predictability in the Australian renewable energy sector.

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Emergency power supply vs. full home backup: your questions answered

Solar battery systems should maintain power supply when the grid goes down. Right? Well, it’s not always that simple. A recent pv magazine Australia webinar, hosted in partnership with SMA, was looking into different homeowner needs and ways to install an emergency power or ‘full home backup’ system. Here are the answers to some of the webinar attendee’s questions.

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