Australian news, and some related international items

A plethora of renewable energy news in Australia

I strongly recommend viewers to read where Giles Parkinson ,Sophie Vorrath, and other mighty pens will give you all the news on renewable energy. The ABC is good, too.

For this website – the avalanche of renewable energy news is overwhelming. It IS all happening in Australia, even if our government is blind to that fact.
But, as this site is dedicated to nuclear issues, from now on, we’ll be providing only brief notes on renewables. I am grateful to Jim Green, Beyond Nuclear (Australia) and Maelor Himbury, for their daily dedication to collecting these headlines.

Solar PV could provide 30% of power needs by 2030, ARENA says
ARENA says solar PV could account for 30% of Australia’s power needs by 2030, as it unveils its new investment priorities – storage and reliability, solar innovation, energy productivity and renewable energy exports. Also, expect an announcement on solar thermal soon.

Why every Australian town should have its own wind or solar farm
Imagining an Australia where every town is running off its own renewable energy projects is becoming a reality. Victoria is on the case.

The solar panel and battery revolution: how will your state measure up?
Paul Graham, CSIRO
A new report predicts a boom in household solar and batteries as Australia’s electricity networks move to a more sustainable footing, with some states poised for a 500% boost in rooftop solar.

Five-fold increase in clean energy investment

Solar panel and battery revolution: how will your state measure up?
A new roadmap for Australia’s electricity networks outlines a national plan to keep the lights on, make sure bills are affordable, and decarbonise our electricity industry by mid-century.

New South Wales
NSW rooftop solar export tariffs could double from July
Recommended feed in tariff for NSW solar households more than doubles to range of 11.6c/kWh to 14.6c/kWh, reflecting jump in wholesale prices that will affect
Another 47MW of solar farms reach financial close in Queensland
Canadian Solar’s Oakey and Longreach projects to begin construction this month, after reaching financial close with help from CEFC.

Construction set to begin on 148MW Ross River Solar Farm
Construction is set to begin on one of the largest solar projects in Australia’s development pipeline, after the 148MW Ross River Solar Farm this week achieved financial close.

Western Australia
WA solar car park to power shopping centre
A solar-panelled shopping centre car park in WA will produce 40 per cent of the electricity needed by the complex and is the first in the state.
Northern Territory
Battery storage tender for Alice Springs to be decided by N.T. soon
A tender for 5MW battery storage tender to help reduce gas generation and integrate high levels of solar power to be decided soon.
Vic says renewables + batteries cheaper than peaking gas
Victorian government documents detailing state’s $25m battery storage tender say renewables + storage have surpassed gas as cheapest source of new peaking power.

May 3, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, energy

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