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WA’s community owned VPP in the making

The Dunsborough Community Energy Project is announced as Australia’s first privately funded virtual power plant.

Synergy posts profit despite revenue loss from solar PV uptake

Despite economic hardship caused by record numbers of solar PV installs that have led to a fall in residential demand, Western Australian state-owned retailer Synergy has posted an after-tax profit of $24.3 million for 2017-18.

ClearVue to integrate CIGS solar glass into yStop bus shelters, street signs

WA-based solar glass developer has signed an MoU with smart street sign and ‘furniture’ producer yStop to integrate its thin film solar glass into bus shelters and illuminated street signs. The MoU, signed with yStop parent Global Smart Cities, is for an exclusive distribution agreement in WA for the integration of ClearVue’s solar glass in bus shelters, and nationally in its LED-illuminated street signs.

Vicinity ups the ante with another $50 million investment in shopping center solar

The ASX-listed retail asset manager is set to roll out a massive commercial solar project, which will see an accumulated 31.8 MW of solar PV installed on shopping centers across Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

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Solar with battery back-up tops Aussie farmer wish list

A new report from Commonwealth Bank shows that 76% of Australian farmers would like to invest in solar with battery storage, and more than nine in ten farmers surveyed said they had some level of interest in energy efficiency investment.

WA apartments use blockchain to reduce energy bills by 30%

Yolk Property Group has partnered with Power Ledger to implement blockchain technology at their Evermore development – powered by solar PV and battery storage technology – allowing residents of the 24 apartments to buy and sell solar power amongst themselves, thus ensuring considerable saving on residents’ electricity bills.

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Australia to get first solar-powered crypto mining farm

A data center, which will be used for crypto and Bitcoin mining, will be powered by a combination of solar power generated at an adjacent 20 MW solar PV farm and coal-fired generator.

WA energy minister shifts focus from solar subsidies to battery incentives

The Western Australia government has signaled scrapping or winding back subsidies for rooftop solar, while looking for ways to boost battery uptake.

Solar and battery hydrogen innovation hub to be built in Western Australia

Canadian-owned gas network operator ATCO is developing a micro grid at its Jandakot facility, which will use solar power to produce hydrogen fuel. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has committed $1.5 million to the project.

WA’s Granny Smith mine adds solar, storage under ‘as-a-service’ model

A 7.3 MW solar array and 2 MW/1 MWh battery will be added to the Granny Smith gold mine in Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields region. The system will be provided by Aggreko and Younicos, under a ‘microgrid-as-a-service’ business model.

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