Could QLD be getting a large scale solar farm?

Could QLD be getting a large scale solar farm?

Indian multinational conglomerate company Adani has apparently been constructing plans to build a large scale solar farm in Bowen Basin, which is a major coal region. Adani has also controversially been looking to construct a huge coal mining project in Galilee Basin, a Permian geological basin in western Queensland. Isaac Regional Council landowners have quietly been having meetings with executives from Adani, in order to determine whether they would be interested in hosting a big solar farm as part of a deal. The actual scale of the project is still unknown, as well as whether it will actually go ahead. State...

Last PV Modules Installed At Broken Hill Solar Plant

Last PV Modules Installed At Broken Hill Solar Plant

The second-largest utility-scale solar power plant in Australia is expected to be fully operating by the end of 2015. The 53MW solar farm in Broken Hill, NSW, installed the project’s final advanced photovoltaic modules successfully. First Solar, the project developer,  recently announced the milestone, just under a month since the plant’s first generation was achieved, when the National Electricity Market was fed an initial 26 MW of renewable energy. AGL Energy is the plant’s owner, who are partnering with First Solar, the NSW Government and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) on the $150 million project. AGL is the largest...

North Queensland Resort Uses Solar Powered Boats for Tourism

North Queensland Resort Uses Solar Powered Boats for Tourism

An eco-friendly resort in far north Queensland is introducing solar powered boats as a part of the sight-seeing attraction of the scenic area. The boats are hoped to not only protect the natural environment of the resort, but increase revenue and educate tourists at the same time. Situated 3,500 kilometres from Brisbane on the Norther Territory  border, The Adel’s Grove Resort has been attracting attention for its innovative project and commitment to a more sustainable approach to business and tourism. The area is a major tourist attraction, being only 10 kilometres from the Lawn Hill Gorge in Boodjamulla National Park....

Australia Selected For First Powerwall Deliveries

Australia Selected For First Powerwall Deliveries

The first markets for the Tesla Powerwall have been named, and Australia is one of them, with deliveries expected in 2015. This highly anticipated and much sought after residential battery storage system has been described by Tesla CEO Elon Musk as changing the “entire energy infrastructure of the world”. The system is aimed to shift the worlds focus from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, and to create a cleaner energy ecosystem. Telsa recently announced that the 7kWh home energy storage units would be launched in Australia alongside North America as well as DACH in Europe. The Powerwall’s will be distributed...

Turnbull Government Pushes Renewable Energy Policy

Turnbull Government Pushes Renewable Energy Policy

Environment Minister Greg Hunt has expressed strong support for Australia’s renewable energy sector. Mr Hunt has stated that Australia has “no excuse” not to move towards renewable energy due to its numerous economic and environmental benefits. Following the Coalition’s renewed enthusiasm for environmental action, Mr Hunt has eluded to a growing Government focus on improving Australia’s renewable energy targets. Under the new Turnbull government, climate action has been a hot topic in political forums due to Turnbull’s well-known moderate political stance compared to Abbott’s more conservative approach. In an attempt to mend hostile relations between the Coalition and the renewables...

Power Grids Revolutionised By Energy Storage

Power Grids Revolutionised By Energy Storage

It is expected that in roughly three years battery storage in Australian households will be ‘the norm’, thanks to it’s cost-effective nature. Enphase Energy, a technology company based in California, says that this change is because of the potential savings made when combining battery storage with rooftop solar systems. Enphase’s chief executive Paul Nahi regards electricity storage in Australia as the primary market for worldwide taking-up of the technology. Mr Nahi feels that in a few years, building a house without battery storage will make about as much sense as building a house without insulation. When visiting Sydney for the Nasdaq-listed Enphase’s “home...

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