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The future is bright with solar-powered beer

Forget the beer goggles, settle into the spectacles of a sunny disposition and thank whatever gods may be for beer, solar panels and sunshine. That’s what Melbourne’s Moon Dog Brewing has done with the installation of a near 100 kW solar system atop their brewpub. Inspired by the savings made on emissions and electricity bills, the brewers have released a limited edition solar-powered IPA.

VIC Govt funds experiment to test benefits of solar in orchard farming

Unlike other nations with more limited land and faster growing populations, Australia has not yet understood the symbiotic benefits which accrue when solar PV and agriculture are combined. This week, the Victorian Government announced its Horticulture Solar Energy program and $5 million in funding for the Tatura SmartFarm to experiment with solar atop a pear orchard.

A duck for coal generators in VIC as twin outages failed to register through strong solar

Two outages at coal fired power generators in Victoria last weekend failed to faze the energy market as strong solar uptake ensured wholesale prices actually fell into the negative despite major units going offline at the height of summer.

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510,000+ Victorian homes now saving with solar

After a rocky start the Victorian Labor Government’s ambitious Solar Homes program gets the rebate recipe right and celebrates a major milestone in the push to have 50% renewable energy in its grid by 2030.

AGL continues march towards 850 MW of large-scale battery storage

AGL remains on track to add at least 850 MW of new large-scale battery storage to its portfolio by 2024 after securing energy storage technology companies Fluence and Wärtsilä to supply up to 1 GW of grid-scale battery storage.

One Stop agrees to extensive remediation program after 49,400 STCs improperly created

One Stop Warehouse Finance has been disciplined by the Clean Energy Regular after it was found responsible for the creation of 49,400 improper small-scale technology certificates between 2017 and 2020.

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Stockland studies rooftop solar in residential setting

Australian property developer Stockland has teamed with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to launch a research project studying the effects of rooftop solar and associated battery storage on the liveability and affordability of the home.

Victorian 30 MW solar farm acquired by startup, securing future

Commercial rooftop solar startup CleanPeak Energy has acquired the 30 MW project location just outside the northern Victorian town of Wangaratta, its first foray into utility-scale solar.

Battery of the nation + hydrogen export: Can they do both?

In light of the Morrison Government committing another $94 million to Marinus Link, Cornwall Insight Australia Senior Analyst, Jake Dunstan, asks whether Tasmania can do both; support the mainland and develop a renewable hydrogen industry locally.

Melbourne Water takes plunge with 19 MW solar farm

Construction is set to commence on one of the largest behind-the-meter solar power installations in Australia with Beon Energy Solutions to begin work next month on a 19 MW solar farm at Melbourne Water’s Eastern Treatment Plant (ETP).

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