Victorian Government Passes 40% By 2025 Renewable Energy Target

The Andrews Labor Government in Victoria, Australia, has successfully passed through the State’s Legislative Council its ambitious renewable energy target of 25% renewable energy by 2020 and 40% by 2025. The southern Australian state of Victoria announced its plans to introduce the country’s most ambitious renewable energy target back in August. Australian states have had …

Western Australia To Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags, Effective July 1, 2018

The Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, announced yesterday that single-use plastic bags would be banned in the territory, effective July 1, 2018. This follows on bans in South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, and Northern Territory that went into effect in 2009, 2011, and 2011, respectively. So, while no national level ban on single-use …

AEMO Will Trial Ability Of Wind Farms To Stabilize South Australia’s Grid

An Australia-first trial to demonstrate the ability of wind farms to provide crucial grid stabilising services traditionally supplied by “baseload” coal and gas plants, is now set to begin in October. The South Australia-based trial, first flagged in February, and originally scheduled for June, will use the recently completed 100MW Hornsdale 2 wind farm, by …

World’s Largest Solar Thermal Power Plant Approved for Australia

The South Australian state government has approved the construction of a 150-megawatt solar thermal power plant. The AU $650 million (US $510 million) structure will be built in Port Augusta and is slated for completion by 2020. It will be the largest such facility in the world once built. California-based SolarReserve was awarded with the …

In Rooftop Solar’s New Boom, Installing Solar PV Is A No-Brainer

When South Australia Senator Cory Bernardi – committed Conservative and staunch abstainer from drinking “renewable energy Kool-Aid” – confirmed last week he had installed 12kW of rooftop solar at his Adelaide home, he said it was only to stop the lights from going out. But with his state’s retail electricity prices rapidly headed into ludicrous …

Tesla To Install World’s Largest Grid-Scale Battery In South Australia

Tesla has announced that it will install the world’s largest grid-scale battery — 100 MW/129 MWh — in South Australia. The installation will be located in Jamestown in the north of the Australian state and will receive electricity to be stored from a wind farm operated by French energy company Neoen. Tesla broke the news …

Deliveries Of Tesla Powerwall 2 Have Begun In Australia

One of the most commonly asked questions about battery storage is the timing of the first deliveries of the Tesla Powerwall 2. It seems, according to the Tesla Facebook page, that it has finally begun. This first delivery was made in an as-yet unspecified location in NSW, with the customer apparently not wanting any more …