Carlton & United Breweries to buy electricity from Victorian solar farm

Australia’s largest brewery has signed a contract with a German-owned Victorian solar farm with the aim of becoming energy self-sufficient through using solar power. Because Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) want to use 100 per cent renewable energy, they have signed a 12-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with BayWa r.e. The German renewable energy developer, […]

Vic govt and ARENA jointly fund energy storage battery at Victorian solar farm

ARENA and the Victorian state government have announced joint funding of two large-scale energy storage battery projects in country Victoria. This includes integration of a Tesla Powerpack into an existing solar farm at Gannawarra near Kerang. The Gannawarra Solar Farm was Victoria’s first large-scale renewable energy project of its kind. The 60 MW plant has […]

Solar energy apartments thanks to panels built-in to new Brisbane block

Property developer Mirvac is planning to incorporate solar energy into one of its new apartment blocks in Brisbane. The company anticipates this will enable residents of these solar energy apartments to save up to 70 per cent on their electricity bills. The nine-storey building known as Ascot Green will have solar panels and batteries installed on […]

Renters can reap the benefits of solar power too – here’s how

Solar power for renters? There’s a lot of talk about Australian house prices along with prices for solar panels and batteries. But what about the people who rent a house or apartment? Is it worth looking into solar panels when you don’t own a property to put them on? The answer is yes. New research […]

Victorian town eyes 100 per cent renewable energy as Coalition changes its tune

A Victorian border town wants 100 per cent renewable energy by 2022 and the federal Coalition is offering surprise support. Plans to build a Yackandandah minigrid, using solar energy stored in homes, were described as “fantasy” by then Resources Minister Matt Canavan back in February 2017. Yet Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg described them as […]

Battery storage grid link more reliable as coal-fired generators fade out: AEMC

Increasing amounts of renewable energy are challenging Australia’s national grid as coal-fired generators fade out. But battery storage grid integration could provide the needed stability. A report by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) released today explores the instability caused by adding solar energy and wind power to the nation’s generator mix. The grid requires a […]

National Energy Guarantee (NEG) must adopt new solar technology: Engineers Australia

Engineering new solar technology will be crucial for Australia’s transition to renewable energy sources. That’s the warning from Engineers Australia in its submission to the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) consultation. The stakeholder consultation, which closed March 8, was conducted by the Energy Security Board (ESB). The board was established by the Federal Government last year […]