Queensland’s CleanCo calls for clean energy: 5 solar farms make shortlist for 400 MW reverse auction

CleanCo, Queensland’s state-owned clean electricity generating and trading company, wants clean energy projects to bid for contracts in regional investment. Ten renewable projects are short-listed. These include wind farms, commercial solar installations,  as well as hydroelectric power stations in Far North Queensland (FNQ). CleanCo will provide up to 400 MW of new generation and storage […]

Lobby group wants energy giant AGL to come clean on emissions policy

A lobby group that promotes corporate responsibility is urging AGL Energy to disclose its plans to cut emissions in line with Paris Agreement obligations. The call is the latest in a series of proposals from the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) pressuring AGL to clean up its coal-fired power stations and reduce its carbon […]

Solar installers to rally at Parliament House for changes to Victoria’s Solar Homes program

Solar installers will rally in Melbourne this Thursday against the “stop-start” nature of Victoria’s popular Solar Homes program. The innovative, state government program sets a national benchmark for state-funded solar rebates and has helped many Victorian households install solar panels and battery storage. However, its sheer popularity is working against it since the government placed a limit […]

Melbourne’s trams to run on 100 per cent solar power

Melbourne’s trams will soon be fuelled by 100 per cent solar power thanks to the largest operating solar farm in Victoria, making them green powered trams. At least, that’s the amount of power the 128 MW Numurkah Solar Farm, north of Shepparton, will create. Its array of more than 300,000 solar panels produces enough power […]

Demand response: Biggest energy users paid to curb consumption under new draft rules

A new category of electricity traders would see Australia’s biggest users of electricity paid to reduce consumption during peak demand periods using the demand response energy approach . The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) today released for consultation its wholesale demand response mechanism draft rule. This would allow large commercial and industrial electricity users to […]