Australia

Community Tesla battery trial launched in Mandurah suburb

Australia’s first community battery trial will see a bulk Tesla battery integrated into existing grid and owned and operated by Western Power and Synergy.

Total Eren seeks to expand Victoria’s biggest solar farm to 450 MWp

After addressing grid connection challenges, the French renewables giant has launched construction on the 256.5 MWp Kiamal Solar Farm. It is now looking to add a second stage of up to 194 MWp, and is exploring commercial options for the approved 380 MWh of energy storage.

Eguana Technologies recruits new executives

Mercedes Benz execs join Eguana Technologies to help drive Calgary-based business’ global expansion plans.

Leaders and laggards in Australia’s renewables race

According to a new scorecard released by the Climate Council, Tasmania, the ACT and SA are leading the nation in renewable energy adoption, while WA and the NT are lagging at the back of the pack.

ARENA backs renewables marketplace for businesses

The goal of the Business Renewables Center initiative is to help Australian businesses and local governments procure 1 GW of installed renewable energy by 2022 and 5 GW by 2030.

ARENA backs Monash University microgrid trial

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency announced it was partnering with Monash University and software provider Indra Australia to trial a microgrid on Monash’s Clayton campus in Melbourne. The microgrid will cover 100% of the campuses’ electricity needs with renewable energy.

Risen acquires 100 MW Merredin Solar Farm

The Chinese PV module maker has expanded its solar portfolio Down Under with the acquisition of what will be Western Australia’s largest solar farm. Construction is slated to begin this year.

SA Water Corporation readies to deploy 4.14 MW coastal PV project

South Australia’s largest water and sewerage services supplier is set to add a utility-scale PV project to its solar fleet, as part of its plan to achieve zero net electricity costs by 2020. The project will feature solar modules provided by Chinese module giant JA Solar.

Victoria approves 68 MW Congupna solar farm, proposes large-scale solar guidelines

The Victorian government has given the green light to a utility-scale solar farm north of Shepparton and released draft planning guidelines for the development of large solar farm projects across the state.

NT government approves 25 MW solar PV plant, announces reforms to back battery uptake

As part of its electricity market reforms, the Northern Territory’s government has announced plans to review its solar feed-in tariffs in order to encourage the existing solar households to add battery storage. It has also greenlit the 25 MW Katherine solar park, the state’s largest solar PV farm to date.

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