Visit a Solar Farm!

By: Soleira If you have always wanted to take a look around a solar farm, towards the end of October may offer you an opportunity to do so! Clean Energy Open Day on Sunday 27th October will see public accessed permitted to 16 wind and solar farms across Australia. The areas where PV facilities will …

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Hobsons Bay Council Headed For Carbon Neutrality

Victoria’s Hobsons Bay City Council appears confident to reach its goal of attaining “carbon neutrality” in terms of its own operations in 2020. The City of Hobsons Bay is a local government area in Melbourne covering 65 km² that incorporates suburbs including Altona, Williamstown and Newport. Back in 2008, the Council developed a Greenhouse Action …

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Hydrogen Action Plan

By: Soleira The Marshall Government wants to see SA leveraging its wind, solar energy and land resources, infrastructure and skills to be a world-class renewable hydrogen supplier. South Australia’s Marshall Government has taken the wraps off its plan for making the state a major green hydrogen producer and exporter. To be formally launched on September …

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Canberra’s New Zero Emissions School To Open In 2021

By Soleira: The ACT Government has announced the builder of the Territory’s second zero-emissions school, and says detailed design work for construction has already begun. Construction of the new school in Molonglo Valley is expected to start  this year to be ready for operation for the start of the 2021 school year. Molonglo Valley is …

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Australia’s Solar Panel Validation Initiative (SPVI)

By: Soleira The Clean Energy Regulator’s Solar Panel Validation program ensures modules used in an installation are genuine, are backed by warranty, meet standards and are eligible for Australia’s “solar rebate”. It also expedites claims for small scale technology certificates (STCs), on which the solar rebate is based. Validation is achieved through a mobile app …

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Gippsland Water adds more Solar panels!

By: Soleira 675kW of solar capacity in total was recently installed at Gippsland Water’s office in Traralgon and water/wastewater treatment plants at Warragul Victoria’s Gippsland Water announced last week it had installed more than 1,800 solar panels as part of its quest to slash the corporation’s carbon emissions. The utility says the systems will collectively …

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New renewable energy park proposed in South Australia

By: Soleira The Adelaide Advertiser reports (paywall) French company Neoen will announce “Goyder South”, which is to be constructed in the Burra region. The Advertiser states the total project involves 1200MW of wind power, 600MW of solar energy capacity and 900MW of battery storage. The first stage will be one-third the capacity of each, with …

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Climate change and Energy in Western Australia (issues paper)

By: Soleira Last week, the Government released its ‘Climate change in Western Australia – issues paper’, which covers 11 focus areas including transforming energy generation. WA’s McGowan Government is calling on Western Australians to have their say on climate change policy, including issues related to energy. Around 28% of dwellings in Western Australia have solar …

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Solar Power takes the water

Utilities Watercare and Vector yesterday announced a megawatt-scale system to be constructed atop a wastewater treatment pond at Watercare’s Rosedale facility in Auckland’s North Shore. PV project in New Zealand will not just be the nation’s largest solar power installation, but also its first floating solar farm. “It’s the first time floating solar will be …

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