Finance

Batteries to help Alice Springs secure its renewable energy future

An ARENA-backed project will focus on addressing barriers to further renewable energy penetration in the Alice Springs local electricity network.

AGL unveils multi-site gigawatt-scale battery storage plan

In addition to 330 MW of batteries already announced, Australia’s biggest power producer has unveiled a plan for another 850 MW of grid-scale storage, the bulk of which will be installed alongside its Liddell coal-fired power plant.

“Capacity deferral is the primary source of storage value”

Big batteries derive most their value from replacing gas peaker plants and averting the installation of excessive amounts of transmission and generation infrastructure. However, batteries cannot replace all gas plants, MIT researchers found. From a holistic economics perspective, there is a certain share of storage that is considered cost-efficient. With battery costs declining, that share is constantly increasing.

CEFC makes first industrial property investment as it seeks to unlock sector’s PV, battery potential

The Australian government’s green bank has announced its $50 million investment in the green strategy of one of Australia’s largest industrial and logistics funds managed by Charter Hall Group.

New England big battery awarded $12.5 million state government grant

The 50 MWh battery will be colocated with stage 1 of the UPC/AC Renewables’ 720 MW New England Solar Farm.

Genex raises funding to fast-track Queensland battery project

After demand under the share placement significantly exceeded the company’s capacity, the Sydney-based developer has decided to undertake an additional share purchase plan to secure funding for the development of its 50 MW/75 MWh Como battery project in central Queensland.

CEFC to shift focus from renewables to grid, hydrogen projects

The Australian government’s green bank intends to move beyond solar and wind investment over the coming year and put its capital to work in the nascent green hydrogen industry and grid projects.

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Shareholders call on AGL to accelerate coal station closures

The Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCA), a shareholder advocacy group, has filed a Shareholder Resolution to AGL Energy calling for the expedited closure of its Bayswater and Loy Yang A coal-fired power stations. ACCA says that AGL’s own modelling contradicts both its climate commitment and its fiduciary responsibility.

Enphase Q2 micro-inverter revenue falls despite demand ‘rebound’

Coming off a strong, profitable first quarter, Enphase sees the second-quarter results of Covid-19 in compressed revenue and a swing to a loss. Gross margins remain strong.

CEFC takes stock of the future, backs Australian Climate Transition Index

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is set to become the cornerstone investor in a BNP Paribas’ issuance $140 million in new Australian green bonds through its Australian Climate Transition Index, an index for investors to parse the companies that will survive and thrive into a decarbonised future from those who will decay and die.

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