Clean energy on the rise in Australia: CEFC report

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation Annual Report 2016-17 reflects an increase in the scale and value of the organisation. The report shows the CEFC delivered more than $2 billion in new commitments to 35 individual transactions. It also states that CEFC investments signal a strong business and investor appetite for clean energy assets. Corporation Chair […]

Gympie solar farm gets Council approval for $2 billion project

Gympie Regional Council green-lighted the $2 billion Lower Wonga solar farm project this week, adding to Queensland’s superiority in solar uptake nationally. Built over the next four years, the Gympie solar farm will create 450 construction jobs, 12 permanent operational positions and major business opportunities, council says. Councillors unanimously backed the project, which is expected to […]

Clean Energy Regulator takes action against solar installer

The Clean Energy Regulator has taken enforcement action against a solar installation business for not complying with Australian regulations. The CER found Green and Gold Solar Australia improperly created small-scale technology certificates (STCs) for solar installations without Victorian Certificates of Electrical Safety. STCs are issued by the CER for eligible solar installations, which means using […]

Queensland renewable power surges to new heights

Investment in the Queensland renewable power sector has surged to $1.6 billion, with 14 new projects currently under construction across the state. These projects are set to create more than 1,300 new construction jobs in the energy sector, according to a milestone report from the Climate Council. It finds Queensland leads the nation in residential solar […]

Biggest solar farm in the world gets green light from Federal Government

The world’s biggest solar farm will be built in Queensland after earning an environmental green tick from the Federal Government. The Bulli Creek Solar Farm near Millmerran south of Toowoomba is expected to cost $1 billion. The 2,000MW project is designed for construction over four stages and over three adjoining properties. These are cleared and used […]

Non-profit retailer could unlock low-income solar power

The South Australian government should establish a not-for-profit, public-interest retailer to ensure low-income solar power access for households that need it. That’s the recommendation of the upcoming ‘Repowering South Australia’ report, written for Solar Citizens by Nicky Ison from the Community Power Agency. The imagined retailer, dubbed PowerAccess in the report, would operate as a […]

Interactive maps show the way to clean energy future via demand management

New interactive grid maps will assist demand management and support clean energy uptake in a decentralised distribution network. The Network Opportunity Maps include up-to-date data relating to network investment and load forecast data. They also show where new solar battery, wind and renewable generation can best be placed to assist a decentralised electricity grid. For […]

Western Sydney solar uptake through the roof

Western Sydney solar uptake is enjoying a boom, figures from the Australian PV Institute show. The area includes six of the top 10 spots for solar panel installations in NSW. Top of the NSW list is Blacktown boasting 18,459 installations, with Penrith and the Hills Shire following not far behind. And Western Sydney now makes […]

Demand response solar solution for summer blackouts

A solar energy demand response solution will relieve pressure on the national grid this summer. The low-cost scheme called Powershop also allows consumers to control power use during times of peak load. Demand response has been successful overseas and will undergo a three-year trial in Victoria, NSW and South Australia. The $35.7 million program is funded […]