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Weekend read: Shark Lake Renewables Hub cuts Esperance emissions by 50%

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan and Energy Minister Bill Johnston were in attendance yesterday when Horizon Power and Pacific Energy officially opened the Shark Lake Renewables Hub, which features 4 MW of solar alongside wind turbines, battery energy storage and a gas power plant.

Victoria urged to go ‘faster, further’ in race to 100% renewables

A parliamentary committee has recommended the Victorian government explore options to allow greater integration of distributed energy resources, including rooftop solar PV into the grid as climate activists urge the state to ramp up its renewable energy ambitions.

Laggard to leader? Labor could repair Australia’s tattered reputation on climate change, if it gets these things right

For much of the past three decades, Australia has been viewed internationally as a laggard on climate change – and with good reason. Australia was the last of the G20 economies that ratified the Kyoto Protocol and the first to dismantle a national carbon pricing scheme, and often sits near the bottom on global rankings of climate action.

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Bendigo council inks deal to deliver major solar deployment program

One of Australia’s largest regional cities has signed a long-term power purchase agreement with Victorian network operator AusNet Services’ independent subsidiary Mondo Power as part of plans to install solar PV arrays on 90% of city-owned buildings in less than four years.

Frontier pushes ahead with green hydrogen production plans

Australian renewable energy project developer Frontier Energy has identified its preferred electrolysis technology as it advances plans to produce green hydrogen powered by renewable energy sourced from the potential 500MW Bristol Springs Solar project it is developing in Western Australia.

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VSUN strikes deal to explore redox flow battery technology

Western Australian energy storage company VSUN Energy has inked a deal with aspiring renewables developer North Harbour Clean Energy which will see the two companies collaborate on the development and installation of vanadium redox flow battery projects and vanadium electrolyte supply.

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Dan Murphy’s drinks in success of rooftop rollout

Australian liquor supermarket chain Dan Murphy’s has continued its deployment of rooftop solar PV as parent company Endeavour Group pursues its ambition to power all the of retailer’s more than 250 stores across the country with 100% renewable electricity by 2030.

ACEN commences construction of New England big battery

The Australian arm of Philippines-based clean energy company AC Energy has commenced construction of a 50MW/50MWh battery energy storage system that will be connected to its 720MW New England Solar Farm being developed near Uralla in northern New South Wales.

Green investors eyeing up Australia following election results

The remarkable results of what is already being called a ‘historic’ 2022 Federal Election have put Australia “back on the map” in the eyes of big low-carbon investors.

Mine shaft gravity storage startup completes capital raise as it preps for demonstration

Green Gravity, a startup proposing to use old mine shafts for gravitational energy storage, has raised $1.4 million in its first formal capital raise. The company, headed up by former BHP executive Mark Swinnerton, is now finalising its concept engineering in preparation for its demonstration plant. “I think we’re going to get the ‘and’ here,” Swinnerton told pv magazine Australia, referring to the technology’s potential to provide low cost firming (and more) by using yesterday’s infrastructure to solve today’s problem.

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