Oceania

Neoen puts forward gargantuan triple hybrid for South Australia
French developer Neoen wants to build an energy superpark in South Australia that comprises 1.2GW of wind, 600MW of solar and 800MW of battery storage capacity.
Sep 11, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Solar to Fuel, Australia, neoen, hybrid park, hydrogen, solar-plus-wind-plus-storage, Oceania, interconnection, new south wales, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
RES battery prevented complete blackout in the UK
On August 9, a thunderstorm caused 1.5 GW of generation capacity to go offline within seconds in the U.K. The incident caused millions of households to temporarily lose power but the situation could have been considerably worse if not for the country’s battery storage reserves.
Sep 9, 2019 // Storage, TESLA, UK, Australia, Europe, neoen, Oceania, RES battery
Australia’s Clean Energy Council calls for drastic power market reform
Australia needs to drastically overhaul its power market in order to harness and benefit from the country’s skyrocketing rooftop solar and battery market, according to the Clean Energy Council (CEC).
Sep 5, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Rooftop PV, Battery Storage, Australia, Oceania, Clean Energy Council, rooftop solar, LRET, David Parker
Solar to power 7MW ‘water battery’ at Aussie university
Energy use by air conditioning can be both expensive and taxing for the environment, with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Queensland, Australia, set to trial a three-storey ‘water battery’ to reduce both energy demand and cost.
Sep 4, 2019 // Storage, Thermal, Australia, queensland, Oceania, thermal energy storage, air conditioning, water battery, cooling, USC
New Zealand’s floating debut billed as country’s top PV project to date
New Zealand looks set to join the countries tapping into floating solar worldwide via a new, city-based scheme, sponsored by a utility duo.
Sep 4, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Floating PV, New Zealand, solar pv, floating PV, utilities, IRENA, Oceania, vector group, auckland, Simon Mackenzie, watercare
Australia National University hits new perovskite efficiency record
Scientists at the institution have achieved 21.6% efficiency with a perovskite cell measuring 1cm². The landmark has been verified as a new world record for perovskites at this size.
Sep 3, 2019 // Technology, USA, South Korea, Australia, Asia, Oceania, Australia National University, North America, Ulsan National Institute of Science, U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Thomas White
IHS Markit: Trackers to account for a third of PV installations
New analysis predicts more than 150 GW of tracker capacity will be installed in the next five years – around a third of all ground mount projects up to 2024. Rapid growth in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and the better cost structures possible from combining trackers and bifacial modules are singled out as key trends.
Aug 29, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, USA, India, China, Australia, IHS Markit, Europe, Asia, Convert, Oceania, Trina Solar, North America, Soltec, bifacial modules, PV Hardware, Ideematec, Nextracker, Array Technologies
Balancing solar with agriculture in the US Midwest
Today we have heard of farmers in Australia unhappy at the approval given for three solar projects on agricultural land and also learned the benefits PV can bring for fish and shrimp farmers. In this op-ed for pv magazine USA, Stoel Rives LLP attorneys Sara Bergan and Thomas Braun discuss the balancing act to be made between solar and agriculture in the emerging Midwestern PV market.
Aug 29, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Policy, USA, Australia, Oceania, North Dakota, North America, Sara Bergan, Thomas Braun, Stoel Rives LLP
Food and energy tussle as Australian state approves controversial solar farms
The state government of Victoria has approved three projects in the Shepparton region which have a combined generation capacity of 175 MW. However, some residents are upset at the loss of prime agricultural land and now-redundant irrigation equipment which had been upgraded using government grants.
Aug 29, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Victoria, Australia, Daniel Andrews, Oceania, Richard Wynne, Congupna Solar Farm
Sound economics spur Aussie mining giant on to solar and wind
Australian miner Oz Minerals is turning to wind and solar power for operations at what is billed as the largest unexplored nickel-copper deposit in Australia, it order to curb the need for "high cost fossil fuels."
Aug 29, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Australia, Oceania, Oz Minerals, miner, Andrew Cole
Solar hails victory as Victoria u-turns to ramp up rebate support
Victoria’s state government has yielded to industry pressure and increased the frequency and number of rebates available in its rooftop solar subsidy programme.
Aug 29, 2019 // Residential, Markets & Finance News, Policy, Rooftop PV, Victoria, Australia, rooftop, John Grimes, Oceania, subsidies, smart energy council
Contentious 175MW solar trio approved by Victoria state government
Victoria’s state government has given the greenlight to three contentious solar farms that have a total capacity of 175MW.
Aug 29, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Victoria, Australia, solar pv, neoen, Oceania, x-elio, cleangen
Australian Renewable Energy Agency backs ultra-fast EV highway network
ARENA will top up Evie Networks’ ultra-fast battery electric vehicle charging plans for Australia’s highways with AUS$15 million of federal funding.
Aug 27, 2019 // Transport, TESLA, Australia, Oceania, ARENA, electric vehicles, Evie Networks, Darren Miller, Chris Mills
Major solar-plus-storage project greenlit in New South Wales
After a long wait, RES has received state development approval for a major 200MW/10MW solar-plus-storage facility in New South Wales.
Aug 22, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Australia, solar-plus-storage, Oceania, new south wales, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Tarleigh Park farm, Curra Warra farm
Coles signs PPA for three solar farms in Australia
The Australian supermarket giant will purchase more than 70% of the electricity generated by three solar power plants to be built and operated by Metka EGN outside the regional centers of Wagga Wagga, Corowa and Junee, in the state of New South Wales – the equivalent of 10% of the company’s national electricity usage.
Aug 21, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Australia, Oceania, Molycop, Metka EGN, Coles, Terrain Solar, Mytilineos Holdings, Chairman David, Steven Cain, Thinus Keeve, Simec Zen Energy