Goldwind to deliver the wind farm project at Agnew Mine

Goldwind to deliver the wind farm project at Agnew Mine

Goldwind today announced it has entered an agreement with Energy Developments Pty Ltd (EDL) to deliver the wind farm project at the Gold Fields Agnew Gold Mine hybrid renewable energy project in the northern goldfields region of Western Australia.

W.A. to fund solar farms in six remote indigenous communities

W.A. to fund solar farms in six remote indigenous communities

Up to 4MW of solar will be installed across six remote indigenous communities in Western Australia, as part of an $11.6 million plan to slash the use of heavy-polluting and heavily subsidised diesel fuel.

Rooftop solar kills summer peak in W.A., as renewables nudge 50% share

Rooftop solar kills summer peak in W.A., as renewables nudge 50% share

The growing share of rooftop solar in Western Australia is not just pushing the summer peak well into the evening, it is removing them entirely – so much so that this past summer the peak was no greater than in winter.

WA ditches Collie solar and biomass plans in favor of “trail adventures”

WA ditches Collie solar and biomass plans in favor of “trail adventures”

Plans to develop biomass and utility-scale solar generation facilities in the Western Australian town of Collie have been swept aside, in favour of transforming the state’s coal centre into Australia’s premier “trail adventure town” and underpinning other “future industries.”.

WA’s 130MW Badgingarra wind farm officially opens

WA’s 130MW Badgingarra wind farm officially opens

Energy output from the wind farm could power 115,000 Western Australian homesThe 130 megawatt wind farm will be co-located with the Badgingarra Solar FarmEnergy Minister Bill Johnston today officially opened APA Group’s new Badgingarra Wind Farm in Hill River, 220 kilometres north of Perth.

Decmil awarded $79M Yandid wind farm balance of plant contract

Decmil awarded $79M Yandid wind farm balance of plant contract

Highlights: Second significant wind project award with leading wind energy company VestasIncludes design and construction of the civil and electrical balance of plantCurrent forward order book (contracted and preferred) for the 2020 and 2021financial years stands at ~$750 million on a combined basisDecmil Group Limited (ASX:DCG) (“Decmil” or “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a ~$79 million contract for balance of plant works at the Yandin Wind Farm in Western Australia.

Tesla driver clocks almost 1000km in Australian outback in one day

Tesla driver clocks almost 1000km in Australian outback in one day

Richard Smith (aka @outbacktesla) tweeted the impressive achievement on Thursday after reaching the Western Australian capital, completing the long drive from hometown Darwin. It is the first leg in a mission to travel to all Australian states and capital cities to prove the point that electric cars can travel long distances across the wide expanses of Australia.

WA battery research hub wins $25m funding boost from federal government

WA battery research hub wins $25m funding boost from federal government

Western Australia’s bid to become a global leader in the manufacture and supply of batteries – and tap in to what will be a multi-trillion-dollar market – has won federal backing, with $25 million in funding towards the establishment of a Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC) in the state.

Bad news. Closing coal-fired power stations costs jobs. We need to prepare

Bad news. Closing coal-fired power stations costs jobs. We need to prepare

In a new paper in the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, we use detailed Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4) data to quantify the extent to which local unemployment rates have increased following the closures of twelve coal-fired power stations across Victoria, NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

Senec to provide home batteries for W.A. solar + storage microgrid – Australia’s largest

Senec to provide home batteries for W.A. solar + storage microgrid – Australia’s largest

Western Australia regional utility Horizon Power has tapped energy storage company Senec Australia to supply smart battery systems for its leading-edge microgrid project that aims to run the coastal Pilbara town of Onslow on at least 50 per cent renewables – and likely up to 70 per cent.

Wave power pioneer Carnegie Clean Energy enters administration

Wave power pioneer Carnegie Clean Energy enters administration

“A further update in respect of the funding arrangements and potential recapitalisation proposal will be released to the market in the coming days.” The not entirely unexpected development comes just days after the the Western Australian government terminated a $16 million contract it had signed with Carnegie to build a wave farm off the coast of Albany.

Ignoring carbon “a luxury” says Macquarie, as fallout continues over WA EPA guidelines

Ignoring carbon “a luxury” says Macquarie, as fallout continues over WA EPA guidelines

A Macquarie Group analyst has described the Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority’s proposed new standard for heavy polluting resource projects in the state as “a solid compromise” on the problem of carbon emissions.

Horizon Power swaps poles and wires for solar and storage

Horizon Power swaps poles and wires for solar and storage

One Step Off The Grid Western Australia’s government-owned utility Horizon Power is getting to work on a major grid transformation that is bound to be the envy of network companies all across this wide brown land: replacing 54km of ageing power lines with stand-alone solar and battery systems.

Alinta commits to 212MW wind farm, biggest in Western Australia

Alinta commits to 212MW wind farm, biggest in Western Australia

Yandin has been on the cards for several years, and initially proposed by the development company Wind Prospect, but Alinta has finally given the go-ahead and appointed Vestas – the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturer – to be the engineering, procurement and construction partner.

Is this the day that solar and wind changed the W.A. grid forever?

Is this the day that solar and wind changed the W.A. grid forever?

Wikimedia Commons The Australian Energy Market Operator has been fretting about the increase in the penetration of rooftop solar for some time now, and perhaps most of all in Western Australia, one of the world’s biggest “stand alone” grids, where the solar uptake is accelerating rapidly.

Graph of the Day: How tracking technology killed the solar bell curve

Graph of the Day: How tracking technology killed the solar bell curve

Carnegie Clean Energy’s 10MW Northam Solar Farm has been tracking well, pardon the pun, since the Western Australian solar PV project started sending energy to the grid in November last year.

W.A. unveils plan to lead global lithium-ion battery boom

W.A. unveils plan to lead global lithium-ion battery boom

“Given the growing demand for battery storage systems and clean, green societies, it is pertinent the State Government reforms the energy market to ensure all Western Australians can take advantage of these new technologies.

New wind-solar-battery power plant wins approval in Western Australia

New wind-solar-battery power plant wins approval in Western Australia

A new wind and solar project that will also likely include battery storage has received Federal government approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act and should begin construction later this year.

“Australia first” rooftop solar trading trial kicks off in WA

“Australia first” rooftop solar trading trial kicks off in WA

Western Australia has launched a major – and, it claims, world- and Australia-first – residential solar trading trial that will see around 40 Fremantle households buy and sell their excess rooftop solar power with their neighbours, via the existing network and retailer.

WA backflips, reveals plan to develop new state climate policy

WA backflips, reveals plan to develop new state climate policy

Western Australia’s Labor government has bowed to increasing pressure to develop a new and improved climate change policy for the state, perhaps signalling the end its status as the only state in Australia without a renewable energy target or net zero emissions target.

Ashurst advises on A$409m refinancing of Collgar Wind Farm

Ashurst advises on A$409m refinancing of Collgar Wind Farm

International law firm Ashurst has advised the lenders on the A$409 million refinancing of the Collgar Wind Farm in Western Australia. The Ashurst team was led by project finance partner Chris Redden, assisted by senior associates Douglas Fung and Marina Tinning, and associates Jowa Chan, Wilson Lu and Melany Wilson.

WA govt considers “major” new industry in renewable hydrogen – for export and transport

WA govt considers “major” new industry in renewable hydrogen – for export and transport

“Renewable hydrogen has the potential to be a major new industry for Western Australia that can build on many of our strengths to provide trading partners with clean energy,” said Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan.

Perth’s Scotch College installs 512kW solar, cuts grid power usage by 25%

Perth’s Scotch College installs 512kW solar, cuts grid power usage by 25%

A 120-year old private school in Western Australia is expecting to save around $235,000 a year on its energy costs after installing an impressive 512kW of rooftop solar.

WA buy-back of taxi plates exempts electric vehicles

WA buy-back of taxi plates exempts electric vehicles

Electric vehicle drivers using their vehicles for on-demand transport services such as Uber will be exempt from a buy-back levy that the Western Australian government is considering imposing on taxi and rideshare fares to fund a taxi plate “buy back” scheme.

Tesla grid battery to be tested in WA’s top solar postcode

Tesla grid battery to be tested in WA’s top solar postcode

In a week that saw Western Australia marked well behind the rest of the nation on renewables – apart from its rooftop solar uptake – the state set the ball rolling on a “shared storage” trial that will install a Tesla battery on the grid, south of Perth.

States and territories lead way on renewables, climate

States and territories lead way on renewables, climate

– Western Australia’s share of renewable energy is low, however the state has the third highest proportion of households with rooftop solar.

Carnegie told to get finances in order for Albany Wave Energy Project

Carnegie told to get finances in order for Albany Wave Energy Project

The Western Australian government has given ASX listed renewables developer Carnegie Clean Energy nine weeks to clarify the finances for its Albany Wave Project in the light of proposed changes to federal government tax incentives that “threatened” the company’s bottom line.

Clean energy award finalists shine brightly during unprecedented year for industry

Clean energy award finalists shine brightly during unprecedented year for industry

The world’s biggest battery, a ground-breaking greenhouse project to grow tomatoes in the desert and a solar schools challenge in Western Australia are among the finalists announced in the 2018 Clean Energy Council Awards.