Major solar farm and battery approved for New South Wales coal country

Major solar farm and battery approved for New South Wales coal country

The $431 Wollar solar farm, which would also have a 30MW/30MWh battery storage system, was approved by the NSW planning minister late last month, for construction between the towns of Denman and Mudgee.

UNSW pledges to divest from fossil fuels by 2025

UNSW pledges to divest from fossil fuels by 2025

The University of New South Wales has announced it will divest from fossil fuels by 2025, as part of its net zero emissions goal and in line with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5°C.Environmental group said the commitment was delivered off the back of six years of student-led campaigning UNSW, and as the university – a world leader in solar PV research and development – shifts to zero carbon electricity by the end of this year.

NSW upper house recommends lifting bans on nuclear energy

NSW upper house recommends lifting bans on nuclear energy

The pro-nuclear committee argued that the current prohibitions prevented an accurate assessment of the uranium resources that exist within New South Wales, and asserted that nuclear power would be necessary in a future energy system following the closure of ageing coal-fired power stations.

Solar and battery “community renewables park” planned for Orange, NSW

Solar and battery “community renewables park” planned for Orange, NSW

Plans to build a large-scale solar and battery storage plant in the central western New South Wales city of Orange have been submitted to the local council by the Australian arm of ITP Renewables.

Quid pro coal: Morrison support for NSW renewables contingent on fossil fuel expansion

Quid pro coal: Morrison support for NSW renewables contingent on fossil fuel expansion

The Morrison government has landed its first bilateral agreement on energy policy, securing a commitment from the New South Wales government to ramp up its fossil fuel industries in return for chipping in funds to support “emissions reduction” activities as part of a $2 billion funding deal.

Australia’s bushfires are approaching its capital Canberra

Australia’s bushfires are approaching its capital Canberra

The Rural Fire Service of New South Wales, the state surrounding the capital, warned of severe fire danger for the Australian Capital Territory, with flames and embers projected to spread well inside the region on Saturday.

NSW coal plant dodges bushfires, but Loy Yang A unit hit by gremlins

NSW coal plant dodges bushfires, but Loy Yang A unit hit by gremlins

A spokesperson for the Australian Energy Market Operator told RenewEconomy that it would continue to monitor the bushfire situation, including the approach of fires to the Mount Piper power station.“AEMO is working closely with generators, network service providers and the New South Wales government to monitor and manage the power system during this period of bushfire activity within the state,” an AEMO spokesperson said.

More wind turbines for Barnaby, as White Rock gets approval to double capacity

More wind turbines for Barnaby, as White Rock gets approval to double capacity

Christmas has come early for federal Coalition MP Barnaby Joyce, with Goldwind Australia winning approval to more than double the capacity of the 175MW White Rock wind farm in Joyce’s New South Wales electorate of New England.

Why is pumped hydro in Australia not used very much?

Why is pumped hydro in Australia not used very much?

Corporatisation of the various supply authorities during the 1990s, requiring them to operate like profit maximising businesses, was followed by the establishment of the National Electricity Market, the completion in 2001 of the major inter-connector between Queensland and New South Wales, and the construction of gas fired peaking power stations.

Enough ambition (and hydrogen) could get Australia to 200% renewable energy

Enough ambition (and hydrogen) could get Australia to 200% renewable energy

We also identified potential demonstration projects across Australia, such as: large-scale production of liquid hydrogen and export from the Pilbara in Western Australia hydrogen to support steel manufacturing in South Australia injecting hydrogen into the gas networks in Victoria and support industry and electricity generation hydrogen to supply transport fuel for major users such as trucks, buses and ferries in New South Wales, and hydrogen to produce ammonia at an existing plant in Queensland.

NSW energy minister says renewables and storage will replace old coal generators

NSW energy minister says renewables and storage will replace old coal generators

Image Credit: AAP Image/Peter Rae. The NSW energy minister Matt Kean has urged Australia’s investment community to support new energy projects and drive the energy transition in the state, and predicts that renewables, coupled with storage or fast-start gas generators, will replace the state’s ageing coal plants.“Here in New South Wales, we have a government that is pro-business and pro-investment,” Kean told the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) summit in Sydney on Monday.

FRV lands finance for Goonumbla solar farm, to deliver cheap power to Snowy

FRV lands finance for Goonumbla solar farm, to deliver cheap power to Snowy

International renewable energy company FRV says it has secured finance for the Goonumbla solar farm in New South Wales, one of eight wind and solar projects that formed part of the landmark deal for cheap and “firmed” renewables for government-owned retailer Snowy Hydro.

Tony Abbott a no-show at solar industry meeting in Warringah

Tony Abbott a no-show at solar industry meeting in Warringah

A Tuesday night meeting between New South Wales solar industry representatives and candidates for the federal seat of Warringah was missing a key figure – the sitting member and former PM himself, Liberal candidate Tony Abbott.

NSW green-lights 100MW solar farm plus battery for Riverina region

NSW green-lights 100MW solar farm plus battery for Riverina region

Plans to build a 100MW solar and battery power station near West Wyalong in the New South Wales Riverina region have won approval from the state government.

International Award for Australian PV Leader

International Award for Australian PV Leader

Dr Shi, who is an Australian citizen and is currently a senior tenure professor at the University of New South Wales, has this week been recognized for his vision, innovation and contribution to the world’s future through solar energy.

Westpac taps NSW solar farm in shift to 100% renewables

Westpac taps NSW solar farm in shift to 100% renewables

Westpac has become the fourth Australian company – and the third major bank – to sign up to the global RE100 movement, with a commitment to source the equivalent of 100 per cent of its global electricity consumption through renewable sources by 2025.The pledge was delivered on Wednesday, alongside news of the first phase of the bank’s renewables transition – a power purchase agreement with the Bomen Solar Farm, planned for construction in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.

Hazelwood market analysis stacks up – consumers were well and truly “done over”

Hazelwood market analysis stacks up – consumers were well and truly “done over”

The paper concluded that the exercise of market power by AGL at its New South Wales generators explains much higher wholesale prices and the extraordinary increases in profit by AGL (and Energy Australia and Origin Energy) after Hazelwood Power Station closed.

AECOM appointed to project manager and technical advisor role on the Darlington Point Solar Farm in New South Wales

AECOM appointed to project manager and technical advisor role on the Darlington Point Solar Farm in New South Wales

SYDNEY (April 11, 2019) – AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, has been appointed by Octopus Investments and Edify Energy as their project manager and technical advisor for the $450 million 333MWp Darlington Point Solar Farm, one of the largest solar projects under construction in Australia.

Ausgrid and Reposit unveil 1MW virtual power plant

Ausgrid and Reposit unveil 1MW virtual power plant

Electricity distribution company Ausgrid and distributed energy leader Reposit Power have launched a trial 1MW virtual power plant (VPP) with 233 customers across 170 suburbs across Sydney, the Central Coast, and the Hunter region of New South Wales.

NSW merges energy and environment portfolios, puts Matt Kean in charge

NSW merges energy and environment portfolios, puts Matt Kean in charge

The re-elected New South Wales Coalition government unveiled a fresh cabinet line-up over the weekend, including the appointment of former innovation minister Matt Kean as minister for the newly combined energy and environment portfolio.

UNSW tops lists of global champions of solar module efficiency

UNSW tops lists of global champions of solar module efficiency

And – as you can see in the inaugural Champion Module Efficiencies chart below, Australia’s own University of New South Wales is a star performer.

NSW goes to the polls as major parties go quiet on climate, renewables

NSW goes to the polls as major parties go quiet on climate, renewables

As New South Wales prepares to vote in what promises to be a state election on Saturday that is too close to call, voters could be excused for wondering exactly what the major parties stand for the issues that they appear to care most about – climate and energy.

UNSW says home hydrogen storage for rooftop solar could be real by 2020

UNSW says home hydrogen storage for rooftop solar could be real by 2020

A New South Wales-based effort to develop renewable hydrogen storage solutions – including a 5kWh home solar storage system – has received $3.5 million in backing from green investment outfit Providence Asset Group.

Telstra flags plans to underwrite 300MW of new solar, wind

Telstra flags plans to underwrite 300MW of new solar, wind

Telstra is reportedly preparing to issue a request for tenders to develop 300MW of new solar and/or wind power in the New South Wales market, to boost its renewables portfolio and cut its exposure to volatile grid prices.

Wind, solar farms to be blacked out for up to 100 days due to grid upgrade

Wind, solar farms to be blacked out for up to 100 days due to grid upgrade

Wind and solar farms in north west Victoria and south-west New South Wales have been warned that they face up to 100 days or more of zero output over the next year because of the need to upgrade the local transmission and distribution networks.

New South Wales energy sector is “ageing and unprepared”

New South Wales energy sector is “ageing and unprepared”

A new report from Australia’s Climate Council has revealed how, years on from once being a world leader on climate action, the state of New South Wales is now lagging far behind the rest of the country and is responsible for more greenhouse gas pollution than any other state or territory as it continues to rely heavily on coal and gas power generation.

Labor supporting community renewables in the South Coast

Labor supporting community renewables in the South Coast

PRESS RELEASE People living on the Far South Coast of New South Wales will benefit from cleaner and cheaper renewable energy that will help cut the cost of power bills, with Labor’s plan to establish a Community Power Hub in the region.

Australia Fears Blackouts as Heatwave Takes Toll on Grid

Australia Fears Blackouts as Heatwave Takes Toll on Grid

As of Thursday Jan. 24, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) had issued at least 35 lack-of-reserve (LOR) forecasts in January, compared to just two in December. On Jan. 17 in New South Wales, the actual capacity reserve fell to 1,148 megawatts against a forecast requirement of 1,320 megawatts.

NSW waves through 900MW solar farm for construction in Riverina

NSW waves through 900MW solar farm for construction in Riverina

“The project will significantly increase our energy capacity while contributing to a cleaner energy future for our state – a win win.” New South Wales currently has nine major operating large-scale solar farms, with a total capacity of around 500MW – and six of which were commissioned in 2018 alone, Harwin said.

Solar-powered car breaks world record in efficiency during 4,100 km Australian trip

Solar-powered car breaks world record in efficiency during 4,100 km Australian trip

A team from the University of NSW just obliterated the previous solar-powered car efficiency record. UNSW (University of New South Wales) students on the Sunswift team built the solar-powered electric car with the goal of breaking the previous 5.5 kWh/100 km record.