South Australia

$40 million in ARENA funding for South Australia’s first pumped hydro plant

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced last week that it would provide up to $40 million in funding to fast-track a Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (PHES) project in South Australia. ARENA is conscious of the need to store South Australia’s fast-growing renewable generation fleet.

UPC/AC Renewables invest in 550 MW of pumped hydro and solar in South Australia

AC Renewables, the energy arm of Philippines’ Ayala Corp, and Australia’s UPC Renewables have agreed to buy 51% in a 250 MW pumped hydro project and a neighboring 300 MW solar project, both located in South Australia.

Solar-powered furniture offers off-grid connection

South Australian outdoor furniture brand Sedi has developed bespoke benches and shelter options for smart cities and regional areas.


Neoen gets green light for PV-wind-battery hub in South Australia

French renewables developer Neoen has won development approval from the South Australian government for a major renewable energy project, comprising 125 MW of wind generation, 150 MW of solar PV generation and 130MW/400MWh of lithium-ion battery storage. The project could also integrate up to 50 MW of on-site hydrogen production capability.


Lightsource BP proposes 100 MW solar farm near Mannum

U.K. solar developer Lightsource BP will host a community information event in Mannum, to outline its proposal to fund, build and operate a 100 MW solar project.

100 MW Playford battery gets go-ahead to complement Cultana Solar Farm

Simec Zen Energy’s landmark 1 GW dispatchable renewable energy initiative has moved forward with the development approval for the 100MW/100MWh Playford Utility Battery project located near Port Augusta. The facility will provide the necessary frequency control and grid stability requirements for the 280 MW Cultana Solar Farm


Grid-scale thermal energy storage to power SmartFarm development

Adelaide-based energy storage specialist 1414 Degrees has partnered with technical, agribusiness and finance partners including sustainable horticulture company, Nectar Farms to identify and develop projects using its thermal energy storage solution.


South Australia’s Tesla virtual power plant powers ahead, delivering cheaper energy

South Australia’s virtual power plant is nearing the potential Phase 3, which could see 50,000 homes connected becoming the equivalent of a 250 MW network of decentralized power generating units.


New renewable energy planning policies for South Australia proposed

As it transitions from a wind-dominated renewable energy mix to include a wider range of energy options such as large-scale PV, pumped hydro and battery storage projects, South Australia is considering new planning policies.


SA government looking to expand Home Battery Scheme

The South Australian government is looking to extend its Home Battery Scheme subsidy of up to $6000 and low interest loans to rental properties, property developers and aged care facilities.


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