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New CEO appointed for ARENA

Darren Miller, co-founder of Sydney-based solar focused electricity company Mojo Power, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

A NEG with no emissions ambition

The National Energy Guarantee (NEG) has been stripped of emissions reductions. The unlikely has happened less than one week after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull claimed an overwhelming victory for the policy in the coalition party room.

New South Wales to host major renewable energy hub

Australia’s developer CWP Renewables has announced that its plans to add a 200 MW solar+storage project to the 270 MW Sapphire Wind Farm have been approved by the state government.

Victorian Labor makes $1.24 billion solar pledge

The Victorian government has announced a massive investment in renewable energy that will bring rooftop solar to 650,000 homes over ten years. The systems will help Victorians save around $890 a year on their power bills with half price solar panels at no up-front cost.

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Australia has big hydrogen export opportunity

Low emissions hydrogen offers significant exporting potential for Australia, and could contribute $1.7 billion to domestic economy annually, shows a new report released by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). A separate briefing paper released by the Australian government’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, describes hydrogen as Australia’s next multibillion dollar export opportunity.

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Sun Metals refinery solar farm officially opens

The 125 MW solar PV plant, which will supply the power-intensive zinc refinery near Townsville, is Australia’s largest operational industrial solar project.

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Another big Tesla battery on its way

South Australia readies to welcome another grid-scale Tesla battery – 25 MW / 52 MWh energy storage system to be installed at the Lake Bonney Wind Farm.

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1 GW renewable energy program launched in South Australia

SIMEC Zen Energy, the Australian energy arm of Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance, has officially launched its landmark US$1 billion (AU$1.38 billion) renewable energy initiative, announcing the details of its first project – the 280 MW Cultana Solar Farm.

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States sign off on next steps for the NEG, the rest is pure politics

After passing through the Federal Coalition party room, Australian states and territory governments have agreed to the release an ‘exposure draft’ of the legislation that will enable the National Energy Guarantee (NEG). Whether it will pass House of Representatives is another matter.

Collinsville solar project begins feeding electricity into grid

The first batch of solar panels at the 42.5 MW solar project, located next to the idled Collinsville coal-fired power station, have been switched on. The project is slated to reach full commercial operation in September.

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