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WA to target 2 GWh of dispatchable capacity with first CIS tender

Applications for the first West Australian tender under the Commonwealth government’s recently expanded Capacity Investment Scheme will open mid-year with an initial target of 2 GWh of renewable energy storage projects.

Access applications ‘officially open’ for Central-West Orana REZ

The first access rights for up to 6 GW of new solar, wind and storage capacity in the Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone are now on offer as the New South Wales government continues to progress Australia’s first coordinated renewable energy zone to reality.

Queensland commits $2.5 million for solar panel recycling scheme

The Queensland government has committed $2.5 million to progress the development of an “Australian first” solar panel recycling scheme in preparation for the “thousands” of PV panels installed on rooftops and across large-scale solar farms in the state that are approaching end of life.

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Weekend read: Solar through the looking glass

The Silicon to Solar report, partly funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, outlines ways to restore solar manufacturing to the nation with a little help from the country’s major trading partner – China.

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.

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Australia joins global clean energy race with new subsidy policy

The federal government has unveiled plans for a Future Made in Australia Act, proposing taxpayer-funded incentives to advance renewable energy industries, manufacturing, and infrastructure to stake Australia’s place in the global clean energy race.

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Rooftop subsidies and rising costs present roadblocks for large-scale renewables

The head of one of Australia’s largest energy generators, retailers and developers has pointed to rising costs and uncertainty about recovering those costs as the cause of a drop in investment for large-scale renewables that threatens Australia’s clean energy goals.

Lawler talks of ray of sunshine for idle NT solar farms

Three sleeping solar farm beauties in the Top End may receive the kiss of life with Northern Territory Chief Minister Eva Lawler indicating the government could buy them from their owner, but questions remain about grid stability.

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Idemitsu grabs stake in Graphinex battery materials bid

Australian miner Graphinex’s ambition to establish an integrated graphite mining and battery anode manufacturing business in Queensland has attracted the support of Japanese oil and gas giant Idemitsu Kosan.

Budget to bankroll phase two of clean energy transition

Former federal energy minister Greg Combet has indicated the May Budget will unleash big bucks for the next stage of Australia’s renewable energy transition, underwriting the nation’s charge to become a global wind, solar and green hydrogen superpower.

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