Solar and storage combine to provide reliable power in Far North Queensland

Construction of Australia’s first co-located large-scale solar and battery project to be connected to the electricity grid is now complete. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the project would provide reliable power to more than 3,000 households living on the grid’s fringe in Cape York. “This is fantastic news for communities in Cape York. There…

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International review of Australia’s energy policies backs Turnbull Government plan

An In-Depth Review of Australia’s Energy Policies by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has found the National Electricity Market (NEM) is “world leading” while also identifying a number of key challenges facing Australia’s energy markets. The Review’s recommendations align with reforms already under way as the Turnbull Government works to deliver an affordable and reliable…

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Electricity industry career shines brighter for Qld women

A record number of women is among Queensland’s next generation of energy professionals joining Ergon Energy as apprentices in 2018. The 76 new apprentices, including 14 women, are being welcomed at inductions in Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Maryborough and Toowoomba as they embark on a career in one of the state’s publicly-owned electricity businesses. Energy Minister…

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Why go solar in 2018?

  There are many reasons to go solar in 2018… here are just some of them! Reduced setup and installation costs It is getting more affordable by the day to install solar in your home!  Advances in manufacturing technologies help reduce the production costs, and these savings can be passed on to you when you…

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How To Maximise Your Solar

Every home solar power system uses an inverter to convert the variable direct current (DC) output created by a solar panel, into a usable alternating current (AC) that can be used as a home electricity source, or be fed back into the grid. Maximising can help you get more out of your home solar power…

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Renewables powers jobs, investment in Western Downs

Large-scale projects are generating new energy, new jobs and new investment in regional Queensland, with the Western Downs Regional Council hosting 10 proposed projects. The 10 solar farms and Cooper’s Gap wind farm combined would support 3120 construction jobs, $5.5 billion in investment and 2.41 gigawatts of installed electricity generation. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the…

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Monocrystalline vs Polycrystalline Solar Panels

Solar panels are available in 2 varieties, Monocrystalline or Polycrystalline.  The type best suited to your needs depends on your application and budget. Monocrystalline panels are made using single crystal silicone, which are typically larger crystals than found in Polycrystalline panels. Monocystalline is made up of a purer form of silicone making the crystal continuous…

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UNSW Sydney signs worldwide University sector’s first solar energy agreement of its kind.

UNSW Sydney has announced a tripartite arrangement with contract partners Maoneng Australia (Maoneng) and Origin Energy (Origin) for an offsite Solar PV Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (Solar PPA). The 15-year solar supply agreement with Maoneng is the first of its kind in Australia – bringing together a retailer, developer and corporate – and will allow…

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Energy Industry Set To Soar in 2018

As Australian companies welcome the New Year, IBISWorld’s business information analysts have revealed the top five industries expected to grow – and shrink – in 2017-18. The top predicted performer for 2017-18 is the Wind and Other Electricity Generation industry with a bumper year of 35.3% growth anticipated. IBISWorld anticipates that Sports and Recreation Facilities…

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NSW power workers industrial action

Thousands of union members employed by the largest electricity distributor in New South Wales have voted overwhelmingly to take part in a range of work stoppages, bans and other industrial action from as soon as next month unless an agreement covering wage increases and career progression opportunities can be reached. Employees at Ausgrid, which is…

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Key Milestone achieved in Development of SA’s First Solar Thermal Power Station

150 megawatt Aurora Solar Energy Project with 1,100 megawatt-hours of energy storage secures Development Approval SolarReserve has received Development Approval for its Aurora Solar Energy Project, a key milestone required to build the landmark 150 megawatt solar thermal power station 30 kilometers north of Port Augusta. The approval process examined a range of critical elements including…

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