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Endeavour goes live with community battery on NSW south coast

Endeavour Energy has activated the first community battery on its network in the New South Wales South Coast as part of a broader program the electricity distributor says will support a higher uptake of renewables and allow more households to access the benefits of rooftop solar.

Ballarat community group looks at ‘microgrid model on steroids’ to power city

The Ballarat Energy Network is on track to decentralise the regional city’s electricity network with a long-term view to supply the Victorian community’s 120,000 residents with 100% renewable energy generated by local distributed energy resources.

South Australia rolls out first community batteries in new program

The South Australian government has announced the locations for two community batteries that are to maximise the local use of cheap solar, reduce pressure on solar-heavy grids and pave the way for more rooftop PV.

Report says rooftop solar key to cutting climate pollution

A new report puts electricity generation, storage, transmission and electrification from renewable sources on Australia’s front line to combat climate pollution.

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.

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Newstead powers towards 100% renewables with 3 MW solar farm

The central Victorian community of Newstead is one step closer to seeing its solar farm dream realised with gen-tailer Flow Power announcing that it has reached mechanical completion of a 3 MW PV power plant that will generate clean energy to supply the local community,

Remote community microgrids reach design and build stage

The Queensland government has announced plans to deliver the key infrastructure and support microgrid feasibility studies in five remote townships as it seeks to promote energy sovereignty for communities on the edge of the electricity grid.

New body appointed to oversee solar installer accreditation scheme

The Clean Energy Regulator has announced that the newly launched Solar Accreditation Australia is the new accreditation scheme operator for the nation’s solar workforce – more than 9,000 installers and designers.

Report finds community solar flourishing in the United States

The future is bright for community solar finds Arcadia, a utility data technology provider, in a new report. The report says the success of community solar is a result of US states strengthening support programs, federal legislation increasingly being implemented, and that billions of dollars are being invested in solar projects for all income levels.

Ausgrid turns to microgrid technology to support energy system into future

New South Wales electricity distributor Ausgrid is exploring the potential of solar-powered microgrids to enhance energy security for communities during extreme weather events and extended outages with construction having started on what will be the company’s first microgrid.

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