Undergoing a complete transformation, the site of the hotly contested Collinsville coal-fired power station and mine is set to become Queensland’s solar hotspot. The state-owned green lender secures financial backing for two more solar farms, bringing some important new investors.
Seeking to hedge against instability in electricity supply and utility price hikes, South Australia is relentlessly increasing its renewable electricity generation capacity, tapping into its abundant sustainable energy potential. This time, the state is set to host a combined solar and methane power plant, believed to be an Australian first.
The massive utility-scale PV plant will be built by the Singapore-based developer in Queensland Western Downs, near Wandoan, for an estimated investment of up to AU$2bn. Storage component likely to be added at later date.
Enel Green Power and the Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF) have selected Spain’s Elecnor to provide EPC services for the 137 MW second phase of the Bungala solar project near Port Augusta, South Australia. The turnkey contract is valued at A$173 million ($137.7 million).
The German PV company has received the order for a 39 MW solar plant in Australia. Meanwhile in the U.S., Phoenix Solar has been negotiating two other projects.
Aimed at phasing out diesel fuel for electricity generation in remote Aboriginal communities, the Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP) has switched on solar PV systems for the first 10 indigenous communities in Australia’s Northern Territory
New data has confirmed the effects of a second rooftop solar boom taking place around Australia – driven by falling technology costs and increasingly volatile electricity prices – with nearly one quarter of all Australian households found to have invested in solar panels.
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