Solar eclipses coal at council waste centre 1 September A 5MW solar farm at the Summerhill Waste Management Centre will increase Newcastle City Council’s renewable energy generation capacity tenfold. The proposed solar farm will cover an area of around five football fields on a capped landfill site that was once part of the Wallsend Borehole…

Australia’s first Renewable Energy Index launched 28 August The new Australian Renewable Energy Index, launched on Monday by market analysts Green Energy Markets and advocacy group GetUp, will track each month the amount of renewable energy Australia relies on, the jobs it creates and the environmental benefits. Key findings from the 2016-17 Report Renewable energy…

Western Downs attracts multi-national energy giant 22 August Western Downs Regional Council announced on Friday that Shell Australia, subsidiary of multi-national oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, has set its sights on our region for the development of a 250MW solar farm at Woleebee, near Wandoan. Council has approved the development of ‘Delga Solar Farm’, located…

Port Augusta Solar Thermal to boost competition and create jobs 14 August SolarReserve has been awarded the contract to supply all of the Government’s power needs, with the project set to boost market competition and put downward pressure on power prices. A key part of the State Government’s Energy Plan, the 150MW solar thermal power…

Queensland recharges efforts to boost local energy security and jobs 7 August The Palaszczuk Government’s focus on boosting energy security and jobs for Queenslanders is stepping up, with progress on a key plank of its Powering Queensland Plan announced today. Launching ‘Renewables 400’, Treasurer and Acting Energy Minister Curtis Pitt said the Palaszczuk Government was…

Funding for new electricity grid technology development 31 July The Turnbull Government through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is providing $5 million to NOJA Power, a Brisbane-based energy technology company, to develop smart switchgear that will help maintain stability of the electricity grid. NOJA’s new switchgear technology will be deployed at 100 locations across…

Sunshine Coast Solar Farm goes live in Australian first 24 July The Sunshine Coast Solar Farm is now live and feeding electricity into the power grid, making Sunshine Coast Council the first local government in Australia to offset 100% of its electricity consumption with energy from a renewable source. Mayor Mark Jamieson said the 15…

COAG Energy Council agrees to significant reforms to the electricity sector 14 July The COAG Energy Council has today agreed to a significant set of reforms which will deliver a more affordable and reliable electricity system as we transition to a lower emissions future. At the meeting in Brisbane the Energy Council agreed to immediately…

Council approval for Waverley Wind Farm 7 July The South Taranaki District Council granted land use consents for Tilt Renewables’ proposed 48-turbine, 130 MW capacity Waverley Wind Farm on the east coast of South Island, New Zealand. Land use consents were granted for the construction, operation and maintenance of the wind farm and a single…

FRV confirms Development Approval for two further Queensland solar farms 3 July Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), a leading global utility-scale solar developer, has received development approval to deliver two further, utility-scale solar projects located in Clare and Tieri, Queensland. Combined, the two projects will add an additional 141 MW dc to FRV’s existing 281 MW…