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Community solar is fighting the good fight against gas fields in NSW’s Northwest

Of the myriad tensions upon the energy transition to renewables it is perhaps the ability of solar and energy storage to be distributed among the people that has threatened the powers that be most overtly. And so, in NSW’s northwest where the federal government has pushed through Santos’s Narrabri coal seam gas project, perhaps it is community green energy non-profit Geni.Energy that is best able to show just how unnecessary such a project is.

Fimer unveils two new three-phase string inverters

The Italian inverter maker said the two devices were designed to deal with increasing PV module currents. The inverters have a power output ranging from 10 to 33 kW and are claimed to reach an input voltage of 1100 V (DC).

‘Hydrogen a distraction’: WA Professor on why lithium batteries have the upper hand for transport

Examining the situation from an economic and historical perspective, Professor Ray Wills says it’s “unlikely” hydrogen will manage to overtake batteries as the preferred transport fuel.

Cumulative corporate commitments drive demand for 2.8 GW of renewable electricity

Corporate commitments in Australia will drive an estimated 2.8 GW of demand for renewable energy projects, according to a new report from Greenpeace.

La Trobe University now home to solar-powered stadium

La Trobe University is not messing around when it comes to its 2029 ‘net zero’ ambitions. The university, which installed 7,500 solar panels at its Bundoora campus last year, has this month seen the completion of its new sports stadium which will be entirely powered by rooftop solar.

US alternative investment fund backs Social Energy for rapid Australian expansion

UK-based Social Energy launched in Australia with the help of shareholder Shane Warne back in 2019. Now the smart energy firm is being backed with a significant investment from US-based alternative investment fund manager CarVal Investors in order for the company to rapidly grow Down Under.

Victoria’s first ‘solar sponge’ community battery network to be developed

In what is believed to be a Victorian first, CitiPower and Yarra Energy Foundation will parter to create a community battery network in the Melbourne CBD and inner-city suburbs.

Big battery announcements could see storage pricing ‘cannibalise’ itself

In November last year, Cornwall Insight Australia estimated Australia had 7 GW of battery storage projects in the pipeline. Since then, massive amounts of storage capacity have been added.

Global companies win award for Australian VPP grid support program

Enel X, a subsidiary of Italian utility company Enel, has won the Mission Critical Tech Innovation Award at the global Datacenter Dynamic Awards 2020 for its virtual power plant (VPP) grid support program in Australia.

Japanese giant backs QLD green hydrogen plant and Omani grey hydrogen competitor

The Sumitomo Corporation has simultaneously signed a contract with an EPC for a solar-powered green hydrogen production plant in Gladstone, Queensland, while also commencing a feasibility study for a grey-green hybrid hydrogen project in Oman. Considering the relative similarities in distance between the two countries and export markets in East Asia, the Japanese conglomerate looks to be setting the stage for competition in the hydrogen economy.

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