1MW community-owned solar farm planned for Goulburn

A NSW community renewable energy group has won a $50,000 state government grant to investigate the feasibility of building what would be Australia’s largest community-owned solar project – a 1MW solar farm in the southern tablelands city of Goulburn. One of 19 recipients to share in a $846,000 round of funding from the NSW Office […]

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Lend Lease to pioneer large scale battery storage for new Perth suburb

Development groups Lend Lease and LandCorp are to pioneer a major community-level battery storage pilot that could change the way that residential communities source energy, including not being connected to the grid. The pilot project at Alkimos Beach, a sustainable community develop in the northern suburbs of Perth, will include 1.1MWh of lithium ion battery […]

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Byron shire to be first in Australia to pilot virtual net metering

Byron shire is to become the first council in Australia to trial “virtual net metering” in what could presage a dramatic change in the way electricity is produced, but also in the role that networks play in the distribution of that electricity. Virtual net metering – also known as peer-to-peer trading – allows the excess […]

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Coffs Harbour City Council commits to 100% renewables by 2030

Yet another local government group has taken Australia’s renewable energy task into its own hands, with the mid-north coast NSW Coffs Harbour City Council committing to a renewable energy target of 100 per cent by 2030. The move puts Coffs Harbour City on the same page as fellow NSW local governments, like Lismore, which last […]

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Solar mini-grid powers through cyclone as WA grids black out

In the wake of Tropical Cyclones Olwyn and Pam – the devastating 250km/h winds of the latter resulting in Vanuatu’s ‘worst natural disaster in living memory’ – we are reminded of how vulnerable centralised electricity grids are to increasingly intense extreme weather events. In Australia, the category three Cyclone Olwyn tore through the WA towns […]

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Flinders Island to go 60% renewable with portable storage system

Another Bass Strait island is set to begin the shift to renewables, with Hydro Tasmania confirming it would soon start developing a “hybrid energy hub” combining wind, solar and storage on Flinders Island – an off-grid community 54 kilometres off Tasmania’s north east coast. Hydro Tasmania, which has had great success with a similar project […]

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How an outback town proposes to switch off fossil fuels

The outback town Coober Pedy in remote South Australia will be able to turn off its fossil fuel generators for at least half of the year under a proposed solar-wind-battery hybrid model to be built by the town’s main electricity supplier. Coober Pedy – known as the Opal Capital of Australia – was last year […]

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Developers to use storage to keep new housing estates off grid

The rapid change in the way electricity is delivered to customers is about to be highlighted by a new project that will see a new housing estate built without being connected to the grid. The idea has the support of the government of South Australia, a state which already sources 40 per cent of its […]

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Byron shire aims to lead Australia on zero emissions community plan

Byron Shire – in the northern rivers region of New South Wales – is aiming to become the first region in Australia to become “net zero emissions”, with a goal to reduce emissions from energy, transport, buildings, waste and land use to zero within 10 years. The push by Byron mayor Simon Richardson means that […]

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Solar for renters: Prepaid meter technology targets untapped PV market

One of Australia’s largest untapped solar PV markets – the 1.8 million vacant rooftops estimated to belong to the residential rental market – is being targeted by a Sydney-based solar group, which says the time is right for property investors to start benefiting from solar savings. Prepaid Solar, whose Prepaid Meter utility technology is already […]

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