Things you need to know about the Australian Solar Council

Firstly, what is the Australian Solar Council? It’s Australia’s peak solar industry body. They represent companies of all sizes in a variety of solar industries, from hot water to thermal concentrating plants, and even those that design materials to be energy-efficient. They don’t just represent companies, though. They also represent the consumer and offer professional…

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Opinion: It’s time to accelerate a system wide grid plan as the basis for energy market reform

This last week saw two significant milestones achieved in the energy sector. Firstly, the commitment at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Minister’s meeting in Hobart on 24 November 2017 to progress the design of the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) could be a policy turning point for the nation. There finally appears willingness to…

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GENEX ACHIEVES FIRST REVENUE FOR KIDSTON SOLAR STAGE 1

Genex Power Limited (ASX: GNX) has now generated its first revenue from KS1 following successful transformer energisation of the Kidston Solar Stage 1 Project (KS1 or Project). Electricity produced from the Project is now being transmitted into the National Electricity Market (NEM). As commissioning for the Project is completed over the coming months, electricity generationwill…

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Milestone agreement to boost domestic gas

Domestic gas supply is set for a boost with Arrow Energy’s announcement of their sales agreement with Shell’s QCLNG for Queensland gas. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Arrow will unlock significant gas reserves in the Surat Basin which will increase supply into the domestic market. “Today’s announcement brings the scale and…

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Hedland station powering the Pilbara

One of the most efficient power plants in Western Australia was opened in an event that welcomed a new era of energy for the Pilbara. Using combined-cycle natural gas, South Hedland Power Station will deliver a safe and reliable energy supply to Pilbara residents well into the future while generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions. The…

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Qld gas agreement announced

Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham has noted Arrow Energy’s announcement about their sales agreement with Shell-owned QGC for Queensland gas. Arrow announced that it had a 27-year agreement with the QCLNG joint venture, which includes use of QGC-operated existing gas pipeline and related infrastructure. “A reliable, accessible gas supply is critical as an energy and…

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New Report on Electricity Generation by Urban Infrastructure

Although the national grid is the preferred source of electricity in most countries, and the aspiration in others, there are now powerful forces pushing the other way. With an increase in extreme weather events, houses and businesses were grateful to have diesel gensets or solar with battery to fall back on.  This has become more of the selling proposition, though increasingly there are…

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Qld gas agreement announced

Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today noted Arrow Energy’s announcement about their sales agreement with Shell-owned QGC for Queensland gas. Arrow today announced that it had a 27-year agreement with the QCLNG joint venture, which includes use of QGC-operated existing gas pipeline and related infrastructure. “A reliable, accessible gas supply is critical as an energy…

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How Do Solar Farms Work?

With solar consumption rising steadily, more and more solar farms are coming into play. Just this year alone, there have been numerous announcements for solar farms set to open, or be developed, throughout Australia – particularly in Queensland. If you’ve always wondered how solar farms actually work – here’s some information to help inform. Each…

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Hedland station powering the Pilbara

One of the most efficient power plants in Western Australia was opened in an event that welcomed a new era of energy for the Pilbara. Using combined-cycle natural gas, South Hedland Power Station will deliver a safe and reliable energy supply to Pilbara residents well into the future while generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions. The…

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Trial of State’s first utility-grade energy storage battery underway

Energy Minister Ben Wyatt travelled to Carnarvon last week to inspect Horizon Power’s first multi-function utility-grade energy storage system, which is being trialled at Mungullah Power Station. The batteries, which are capable of delivering up to two megawatts of power for one hour, arrived in Carnarvon earlier this year and after undergoing months of extensive testing…

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COAG Energy Council agrees to examine mine clean-up rules

The McGowan Government’s proposal to examine better rules to ensure energy and mineral companies deliver on their rehabilitation and decommissioning obligations was endorsed today by the Council of Australian Government Energy Council. The Council consists of petroleum, energy and mining ministers from all States and Territories, and the Australian Government. Ministers noted the issues Western…

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