Australian news, and some related international items

On solar energy – Victoria, wind power -New South Wales

5MW Solar Farm Constructed In 6 Weeks, Energy Matters, Renewable Energy News, 20 July 11,.Last week, the UK’s largest solar farm was fully commissioned and connected to the mains grid. The 4.9MW station was developed by Lark Energy and is located at Hawton in Nottinghamshire.  The project consisted of 21,000 solar panels situated on 30 acres of former quarry land and will provide enough energy for the electricity needs of 1,300 homes. As Australia finally begins the journey towards a low-carbon economy in earnest, it’s reassuring to know that solar power can quickly replace a substantial amount of coal-fired capacity. While a 4.9MW solar farm is by no means enough to make up the shortfall created by an early closure of Hazelwood, Environment Victoria recently pointed out there is currently 3,000 megawatts of renewable energy projects approved in Victoria, along with thousands of megawatts of gas projects that could be constructed in two to four years.

 With these new projects will come an abundance of jobs. Additionally, Victoria has an abundance of rooftops in its towns and cities that could be utilised for harvesting the sun.

How fast Victoria will be able to make the switch away from coal will be largely dependent on the political will to make it happen….


Acciona’s third wind farm in Australia, reve, july 20, 2011The Gunning Wind Farm, 46,5 MW, is located in New South Wales and represents a 107 million € investment. Acciona’s Chairman, José Manuel Entrecanales, congratulates the Government of Australia for its initiatives to increase the development of renewable sources of energy.

The Gunning Wind Farm is a 46.5 MW wind power plant consisting of 31 Windpower AW-1500 wind turbines. The wind energy project represents an AUD $147 million investment (107 million euros)…..

July 20, 2011 - Posted by | energy, New South Wales

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