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Australia’s green bank to sharpen focus on storage following record investment in renewables

After it deployed a record $1.3 billion into the clean energy sector in a 12-month period, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation said it will sharpen its focus on energy storage and other technologies to support the stability of the national grid.

Megapack marks Tesla’s new play for utility scale storage

The Palo Alto company says it has improved its large scale battery offering with the new product in the wake of the success of its Powerpack-driven big battery in Australia. The Megapack can be deployed at a 250 MW/1 GWh clean energy plant four times faster than a fossil fuel alternative, claimed the business in a blogpost.

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Solar sabres are drawn as Victoria & NSW fight for most-new-renewables title

The Australia Institute’s ‘National Energy Emissions Audit Electricity Update’ for July shows solar and wind generation is growing fastest in New South Wales, closely followed by Victoria; and it offers an historical twist on the country’s energy transition.

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South Australia’s Tesla virtual power plant powers ahead, delivering cheaper energy

South Australia’s virtual power plant is nearing the potential Phase 3, which could see 50,000 homes connected becoming the equivalent of a 250 MW network of decentralized power generating units.

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Blueprint for Australia’s new two-way energy system confers $1 billion in consumer benefits

A joint report released today by AEMO and Energy Networks Australia confirms that managing Australia’s growing distributed energy resources presents an extraordinary opportunity, which could result in $100 billion in savings in network infrastructure and $1 billion in benefits across the energy-consumer landscape.

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Vicinity sets net zero carbon target by 2030, as $73 million solar program nears completion

On the back of a combination of its industry-leading solar program and energy efficiencies, Vicinity Centers has announced a zero net carbon target by 2030 for its 34 shopping centers.

AEMO: Australia will need 15 GW of utility-scale storage by early 2040s

Increased storage and strategic transmission development will be needed to ensure the lowest cost and risk transition of Australia’s energy system, the Australian Energy Market Operator states in its latest study. In 20 years time, the need for storage will be at a scale not seen before in the NEM, and both pumped hydro storage and distributed storage are set to play major roles in lowering wholesale electricity prices and building a reliable and resilient power system.

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EnergyAustralia integrates solar PV into its C&I offering

EnergyAustralia has acquired a 49% stake in the Echo Group of companies which tailors energy efficiency solutions and solar installations for commercial and industrial energy consumers.

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EY blog warns grid operators ‘the clock is ticking’

The energy transition is accelerating, Ernst & Young global energy leader Benoit Laclau has warned grid operators, thanks to the confluence of digitization, decentralization and decarbonization. Traditional utilities must get with the program or be swept aside.

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ZEN Energy readies to build 2.3 MW rooftop solar array at Tonsley

The first phase of a 6 MW solar array planned to power a former car manufacturing site at Tonsley in Adelaide will be delivered by ZEN Energy. The solar installation will ultimately work in conjunction with on-site battery storage and smart technologies as part of Enwave Australia’s Tonsley District Energy Scheme.

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