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Wind Farm Builds and Strengthens Community

Posted by Peter, on April 21, 2017

Residents of Daylesford in the Victorian goldfields have found that their local wind farm has helped to build and strengthen their sense of community as well as providing the more obvious benefits of renewable energy.
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Renewables Investment up 50% in 2016

Posted by Peter, on January 20, 2017

Australian clean energy investment was $4.29 billion in 2016 – an increase of almost 50% compared with 2015. However, the level of investment fell short of the over $5 billion levels reached between 2010 and 2013.  Continue reading »

Combined Wind & Solar Project Proposed for Port Augusta

Posted by Peter, on December 16, 2015

DP Energy has lodged a Development Application for a wind and solar power plant near Port Augusta in South Australia.
The application seeks approval for the installation of up to 59 wind turbines and up to 400 hectares of solar
photovoltaic arrays for a combined generation capacity of up to 375 MW.  Continue reading »

Hybrid Renewable Energy for Flinders Island

Posted by Peter, on March 12, 2015

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced $5.5 million support for Hydro Tasmania to develop an innovative off-grid hybrid renewable energy project on Flinders Island. The project would use a combination of solar, wind, diesel and storage together with a sophisticated control system, to displace more than 60% of the island’s diesel generated energy. The […]  Continue reading »

Three Wind Farms to Supply Canberra

Posted by Peter, on February 5, 2015

Three wind farms in Victoria and South Australia have won 20-year contracts with the ACT Government to supply a third of Canberra’s electricity needs within two years. The biggest is a 100 megawatt wind farm, owned by the French company Neoen. It will be located at Hornsdale, 90 kilometres from Port Augusta in South Australia. […]  Continue reading »

ACT receives 18 Wind Farm Proposals

Posted by Peter, on September 7, 2014

The ACT Government has received 18 proposals for its first reverse auction to install 200MW of wind power. The auction process is being conducted using the model, developed for the ACT’s solar plants, under which the successful tenderers will be granted a feed-in tariff at a fixed rate for 20 years. The 200MW of wind […]  Continue reading »

Hybrid Solar & Wind to Supply Coober Pedy

Posted by Peter, on July 18, 2014

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency is investing $18.5 million in a project by Energy Developments to install a solar, wind and storage system that will supply 70% of the electricity for the outback town of Coober Pedy. The company plans to install 2MW of solar PV, 3MW of wind and 750kWh of battery storage. The […]  Continue reading »

Aussie Renewables Are Cheaper Than Coal or Gas

Posted by Peter, on March 4, 2014

A study produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance has found that wind energy in Australia is 14% cheaper than new coal and 18% cheaper than new gas. The analysts expect that large-scale solar photovoltaic will be cheaper than coal by 2020 and that solar thermal will be cheaper than coal by 2030. Since 2011, the […]  Continue reading »

South Australia Approves Largest Wind Farm in the Southern Hemisphere

Posted by Peter, on February 17, 2014

Senvion Australia (formerly REpower) has received approval from the South Australian Government to develop a 197 turbine wind farm south-west of Ardrossan on the Yorke Peninsula. The wind farm will be connected by an undersea cable across Gulf St Vincent to the South Australian transmission network. The project is expected to cost $1.3 billion with […]  Continue reading »

Wind Farm Near Glenn Innes Approved

Posted by Peter, on August 2, 2013

The New South Wales Department of Planning and Infrastructure has approved the Sapphire Wind Farm, to be located 18 kilometres from Glenn Innes in the New England Tablelands, New South Wales. The wind farm, which will have 159 turbines and a capacity of 319 megawatts, is expected to cost $479 million.. Construction is expected to […]  Continue reading »

King Island Wind Farm To Go To Next Stage

Posted by Peter, on June 24, 2013

Hydro Tasmania will proceed with its feasibility study for a 200-turbine wind farm on King Island despite a survey of residents finding only 59% in support. The company had previously said that it would not proceed unless there was 60% support. Andrew Catchpole, a spokesman for Hydro Tasmania siad that "We do feel that the […]  Continue reading »

Vic Council Approves Wind Farm with Community Shares

Posted by Peter, on June 14, 2013

Buloke Shire has approved a planning permit for a five-turbine wind farm spanning 5.t hectares at Coonooer Bridge, west of Bendigo..It is the first wind farm planning permit approved since 2011 when the Victorian Government introduced tough planning laws that prohibit turbines being built within 2 kilometres of homes without the written consent of the […]  Continue reading »

Ausgrid Disposing of Renewables Assets

Posted by Peter, on June 3, 2013

New South Wales State-owned electricity distributor is disposing of its renewable energy generating plants. Ausgrid’s 600 kilowattwind turbine at Kooragang Island in Newcastle is being removed to make way for a coal loader. It was installed in 1997 and was originally planned as the first of several turbines to be installed along the Hunter River. […]  Continue reading »

NSW Community Renewable Energy Grants

Posted by Peter, on May 31, 2013

The New South Wales Environment Minister, Robyn Parker, has announced the nine community groups which will receive grants to fund planning and feasibility studies for renewable energy projects. The funds will go to seven solar and two wind projects: New England Wind – $50,000 to investigate the viability of potential sites in the New England […]  Continue reading »

It’s All Happening in … Dubbo!

Posted by Peter, on April 12, 2013

Dubbo already has the most installed solar PV systems of any postcode in New South Wales. It as recently been proposed that Dubbo could leverage its high concentration of PV installations to become the "electric vehicle capital of Australia". In part, the proposal was based on a Tesla Roadster driving from Sydney to Dubbo on […]  Continue reading »

Radical New Aussie Wind Turbine

Posted by Peter, on April 11, 2013

Researchers at the University of Wollongong’s ICT Research Institute, led by Professor Farzad Safaei, have developed a new form of wind energy harvester that does away with the large rotating blades of traditional wind turbines. The design uses softly rotating paneled windows that resemble venetian blinds, with the blades moving vertically to produce electricity. The unique […]  Continue reading »

Hydro Tasmania in $1.6bn Wind Farm Deal

Posted by Peter, on April 10, 2013

Hydro Tasmania has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with the Chinese energy company Shenhua Group. The parties want to treble their wind farm operations under the $1.6 billion deal. They plan to develop and build 700 megawatts of wind farms across Australia in the next seven years. Hydro Tasmania says that it wants to […]  Continue reading »

Musselroe Wind Farm Update (video)

Posted by Peter, on January 22, 2013

Hydro Tasmania has posted this video update on progress on construction of its Musselroe Wind Farm – up to the lifting of the first turbine. Musselroe Wind Farm is being developed at Cape Portland on the north-east tip of Tasmania. The project is planned to have 56 turbines and a generating capacity of 168 MW. […]  Continue reading »

Wind Farm Proposed for Gunns’ Site

Posted by Peter, on October 25, 2012

Tamar Valley Renewables, a newly established company, has approached the administrators of the collapsed Gunns group with a proposal to establish a 100-turbine wind farm on the site of the proposed Gunns' pulp mill at Bell Bay in Tasmania. Tthe company was set up by conservation lawyer Vanessa Bleyer, who has defended anti-mill protesters, and […]  Continue reading »

CBD Pulling Out of Wind Joint Venture

Posted by Peter, on October 18, 2012

The renewable energy group CBD Energy is ending its involvement in the AusChina wind joint venture. The AusChina venture, with Chinese wind giants Datang Renewables and  Tianwei, aimed to capture one-third of the Australian wind development market, or about $6 billion of contracts. CBD Energy says it will still play a role in serving the […]  Continue reading »

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