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Monthly News Roundup - April 2023

30 April 2023

  • Key role of solar thermal power in decarbonising Australia
  • Shell adds 400 MWh Rangebank battery to expanding energy storage portfolio

Monthly News Roundup - March 2023

31 March 2023

  • MPower teams with Ampyr to accelerate mid-scale solar strategy
  • New England Solar project: Largest solar farm in NSW opens
  • NSW commits $1.5 billion in concessions for green hydrogen projects
  • NSW paves way for 17 GW of renewables with declaration of final REZ

Monthly News Roundup - February 2023

28 February 2023

  • Renewable energy generation hits record levels in Australia
  • Investment in Australian large-scale renewables jumped 50% in 2022
  • Council turns to solar and storage to cut energy costs

Monthly News Roundup - January 2023

31 January 2023

  • Shell acquires ‘mature’ 500 MW / 1000 MWh battery in former NSW coal power station
  • NSW targets circular economy to create new clean energy value
  • Australia’s biggest wind turbine erected at what will be largest wind farm in NSW


Monthly News Roundup - December 2022

31 December 2022

  • 162 MW Queensland solar farm begins commercial operations
  • Independent tool providing answers to complexities of home solar, storage launched
  • Research team takes on lithium-ion tech with sodium-sulphur battery
  • Works begin on WA’s first pumped hydro solution

Monthly News Roundup - November 2022

30 November 2022

  • Proposed 330 MW Victorian solar farm opts for 500 MWh Swiss battery
  • Flow Power enters Queensland market with Clermont Solar Farm PPA
  • Australian-first green hydrogen microgrid powers up in WA
  • NSW seeks proposals for renewables rollout across 2,200 public schools

Monthly News Roundup - October 2022

31 October 2022

  • Queensland to leverage position as public customer to ignite renewables manufacturing sector
  • Victoria green lights six solar farms and four big batteries
  • Victorian university opens ‘advanced’ battery hub for testing and manufacture

Monthly News Roundup - September 2022

30 September 2022

  • State’s first ‘big battery’ project enters construction phase in Australia’s Northern Territory
  • UNSW engineers build high-speed motor to boost EV range
  • Shift in energy system helps Victoria smash emissions targets

Monthly News Roundup - May 2022

31 May 2022

  • WA town to be powered by pumped-hydro microgrid
  • Massive big battery and solar farm proposed for NSW coal country
  • Fortescue urges joint “Green Pilbara” vision of giga-scale wind, solar and hydrogen
  • Deakin secures $50 million funding for clean energy hub

Monthly News Roundup - April 2022

30 April 2022

  • 2.8GW green hydrogen project in the NT gains key approvals, expands solar potential by a third
  • Octopus Australia and CEFC partner again with colocated solar and storage project in NSW
  • New program to deliver renewable energy to Indigenous communities
  • Queensland company promises to turn noxious weeds into ‘green coal’
  • $140 million bipartisan support for WA hydrogen projects

Monthly News Roundup - March 2022

31 March 2022

  • Genex reaches financial close on 100MWh Bouldercombe battery project
  • Australian mining billionaire to invest $2.2 bln in renewable energy project
  • Australia funding renewable-hydrogen-battery microgrid in Queensland rainforest community
  • Floating solar, locally made batteries, share in grants for Latrobe Valley ventures
  • Solar project for Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation
  • Sydney port to provide 100% renewable power to docked ships
  • Australia grants $22.8m for next-gen hydrogen service station

Monthly News Roundup - February 2022

28 February 2022

  • MCC and EnergyAustralia join forces to turn the ‘G green
  • Stunning solar milestone as Australia passes 25GW mark
  • First poles erected in $2.4bn transmission link to create “renewables superpower”
  • NSW flooded with $100bn in renewable and storage projects for Hunter renewable zone
  • Construction begins on mining giant BHP’s first off-grid solar-storage project
  • Major renewable energy project at Mornington Peninsula a step closer
  • NSW tips $5m into Australian hydrogen storage tech to accelerate commercialisation
  • One of Australia’s biggest solar farms opens at Melbourne Airport
  • International partnership pushes Western Australian vanadium electrolyte plant toward reality
  • Hexagon teams up with FRV to add solar to hydrogen and ammonia hubs

Monthly News Roundup - January 2022

31 January 2022

  • Pacific Energy unveils ‘world first’ hybrid power solution at mine site
  • The long road ahead to EV-grid integration
  • Smart inverters to boost solar power generation
  • UGL secures $296 million in renewables and utilities contracts
  • Sun Metals taps gravity energy storage tech in shift to “green zinc”
  • Getting real about the hydrogen economy
  • Rystad: Residential solar soars past C&I in 2021


Monthly News Roundup - December 2021

31 December 2021

  • Community solar farm becomes first grid scale PV project on Endeavour network
  • NSW gives $3 billion hydrogen strategy the green light

Monthly News Roundup - November 2021

30 November 2021

  • Gas industry proposes big solar to halve LNG emissions, with support of Sun Cable
  • NSW first as Western Sydney green hydrogen plant starts up
  • NSW, ACT and South Australia in cross party push to speed transition to net zero
  • “Transformational:” Australia passes 3 million-mark for rooftop solar systems
  • APA to build 88 MW solar farm in central Queensland
  • Rooftop solar installations increase 40% from 2020
  • Australia’s oldest open cut coal mine to be transformed into major renewables hub
  • Plastic for solar panels?

Monthly News Roundup - September 2021

30 September 2021

  • NSW is about to overtake the Sunshine State on large scale solar production
  • UNSW study: channelling rooftop PV into water heating is a residential super saver
  • Solar carpark now powering Wollongong’s council

Monthly News Roundup - August 2021

31 August 2021

  • Clean energy interest soars in NSW as states resist rules to prop up coal
  • Study finds green roofs make solar panels more efficient
  • NSW’s largest electricity user plans to go green, abandoning AGL’s coal
  • Two new solar farms commissioned in NSW Riverina
  • NSW eyes treated wastewater as key source for green hydrogen

Monthly News Roundup - July 2021

31 July 2021

  • Wollongong Uni to host renewable energy focused training centre
  • 600 MW solar+battery project gets NSW government go-ahead
  • NSW offers grants to secure 3GW of pumped hydro to replace coal

Monthly News Roundup - June 2021

30 June 2021

  • NSW waives stamp duty on EVs and spends $171m on chargers throughout the state
  • NSW launches $50m grant program for pumped hydro projects
  • Registrations of interest open for Australia’s biggest REZ
  • Yurika launches seamless Internet of Things platform
  • Microgrid research project aims to help farmers and the network

Monthly News Roundup - May 2021

31 May 2021

  • Solar saves NSW City Council $46,000, prompts plans for a third system quadruple the size
  • Shell and Edify in landmark big battery storage deal in NSW
  • Hydrogen Valley: Plan unveiled to turn Hunter into a renewables hydrogen hub
  • Lightsource bp to create 600MW solar hub that will be one of biggest on grid
  • NSW takes lead on rooftop solar as CSIRO maps record 2020 data
  • Australian hydrogen expert launches advisory firm to accelerate hydrogen economy
  • First green hydrogen + gas plant to be built in NSW, ‘kick starting’ hydrogen industry to coincide with loss of major dispatchable asset
  • Energy Next: inaugural clean energy sector industry event
  • Tweed Shire Council revs up solar installations

Monthly News Roundup - April 2021

30 April 2021

  • UNSW’s Prof Martin Green ups PV yield by cooling solar modules
  • Second community battery unveiled in NSW trial
  • Australian aerospace firm to launch into space race with green hydrogen
  • NSW renewables co-op offers shares in Orange solar and battery park
  • NSW coal region councils join forces for huge renewable energy mandate
  • Retail property major makes solar PV move
  • $1.3B initiative backs recycling and clean energy
  • Sydney factory to share excess rooftop solar power with employees
  • Neoen’s ambitious $636m solar and battery project in NSW gets planning green light

Monthly News Roundup - March 2021

31 March 2021

  • NSW puts $750 million on the table to help clean up big emitters 
  • Neoen adds huge Thunderbolt project to massive wind and solar pipeline in New England
  • Hunter hydrogen hub to drive jobs, investment and a net zero future
  • NSW to go it alone on vehicle emissions standards to avoid becoming 'dumping ground' 
  • Australia’s biggest coal state could reach 100 pct renewables by 2030
  • Small-scale solar becomes second biggest player in Australia’s renewable energy mix, as CEC reveals slate of overhauled records 

Monthly News Roundup - January 2021

29 January 2021

  • Neoen plans massive 500MW big battery west of Sydney
  • Largest battery in Australia to be built at ageing NSW coal-fired power plant
  • Real Energy signs JV to develop large-scale hydrogen hubs
  • Chemical researchers develop "green" ammonia
  • NSW coal country gets a big grid-balancing battery
  • Finance secured Metz Solar Farm in New South Wales
  • VivoPower completes 39MW Molong Solar Farm in New South Wales

Monthly News Roundup - December 2020

8 January 2021

  • Queensland renewable energy zones “flooded” with 60,000MW of project proposals
  • NSW to fast-track network approvals for first renewable energy zone
  • Tasmania is now powered entirely by renewable energy
  • Singapore investor injects $3 million into 500 MW Queensland PV project
  • ARENA backs vanadium flow battery project in outback SA
  • South Australia set sights on stunning new target of 500 pct renewables


Monthly News Roundup - November 2020

30 November 2020

  • NSW and WA post record rooftop solar installations
  • Officeworks pledges to go 100 per cent renewable by 2025
  • Australia hits 50pct renewables again, despite shut down of seven solar farms
  •  NSW government unveils $32 billion investment plan for new electricity infrastructure
  • Woolworths pledges to source 100 per cent renewables by 2025
  • Production for new wind and solar farms have begun production


Monthly News Roundup - October 2020

30 October 2020

  • Blacktown City Council Solar Panel Installation Complete
  • World’s biggest power producer buys $750 million wind project in NSW
  • NSW to get a new big battery as renewable power surges
  • University wins $2.5m in federal funding for solar energy research
  • Cannon-Brookes backs UNSW solar cell start-up, founded in a Maroubra garage
  • $1 billion pumped hydro scheme would open up NSW grid
  • Goulburn community solar investment round raises $500,000+

Monthly News Roundup - September 2020

30 September 2020

  • CSIRO signs up for 100 per cent solar power with Garnaut’s Zen Energy
  • Coles signs 10-year PPA with CleanCo
  • Australia’s biggest renewable energy hub to deliver low-cost power for ACT
  • 'Renewable revolution': Queensland to put $500m into clean energy fund
  • The University of Sydney commits to 100% renewables

Monthly News Roundup - August 2020

3 September 2020

  • NSW to fund four new big battery projects 
  • Queensland Government announces investment in three renewable energy ‘corridors’ 
  • Western Sydney green hydrogen plant gets accelerated planning tick 
  • PPA-linked 120 MW solar park goes online in Australia 
  • FRV’s Goonumbla solar farm completed in NSW, to supply Snowy Hydro 
  • Goldwind considers green fuels for hybrid gas-battery plant
  • Solar panel and battery system recycling targeted in NSW grant round
  • New England big battery awarded $12.5 million state government grant 

Monthly News Roundup - June 2020

30 June 2020

  • NSW first renewable energy zone attracts 27 GW of solar, wind and battery proposals
  • New 3.6 GW PV-powered hydrogen project announced in Australia
  • First section of massive Moorabool wind farm completed in Victoria
  • Australia approves 720 MW solar farm with massive battery
  • Queensland adds $23m renewables training centre to Covid-19 stimulus
  • Huge 720MW solar farm and very big battery approved for connection to NSW grid

Monthly News Roundup - May 2020

29 May 2020

  • Suntech’s 9.4MW Robinvale solar farm completed in Victoria
  • Huge Uungula wind project edges closer in NSW renewable energy zone
  • Victoria’s Cohuna solar farm complete, joins queue for commissioning
  • Juwi to build renewable energy hub in regional Western Australia
  • Gransolar Group to build Molong Solar Farm in NSW
  • NSW seeks expressions of interest for 3 GW renewable energy zone

Monthly News Roundup - April 2020

5 May 2020

  • ARENA backs New England pumped hydro study
  • Renewable energy jobs in Australia surge to record levels
  • Australia renewables hit 50% of main grid’s net demand on Easter Saturday
  • NSW amends planning laws to pave way for standalone big battery projects
  • First turbines installed at 110MW Biala wind farm in NSW

Monthly News Roundup - March 2020

30 March 2020

  • Acciona to build huge 1GW wind farm in Queensland after landing CleanCo deal
  • Climate policy done right: Tasmania sets 200% RE target by 2040
  • Canadian Solar inks new Australian PPA with Amazon for output of NSW solar farm
  • ARENA funds QLD hydrogen demonstration plant

Monthly News Roundup - February 2020

29 February 2020

  • UNSW receives $3 million towards energy storage research
  • City of Adelaide inks deal to go 100% renewable from July 2020
  • Tasmania’s Granville Harbour wind farm now sending power to the grid
  • University of Queensland team makes solar technology breakthrough
  • Solar and battery “community renewables park” planned for Orange, NSW
  • Wagga Wagga goes solar
  • Clean Energy Council awards Women in Renewables grant
  • Energy storage research hub launched at UNSW
  • Blacktown City Council commits to 100% renewable energy

Monthly News Roundup - January 2020

31 January 2020

  • The world will add 142 GW of new solar this year
  • Yarranlea solar farm joins the grid in Queensland
  • The ACT is now running on 100 renewable electricity
  • Australia poised for record large-scale PV rollout in 2020
  • Renewable hydrogen costs could halve by 2030, beating “unabated” fossil fuels
  • New giant battery creates base for more renewables in Queensland
Monthly News Roundup - December 2019
6 January 2020
  • The University of Wollongong sets benchmark for sustainable buildings in Australia 
  • ARENA and CEFC to kick-start Australia’s ‘clean’ hydrogen industry  
  • Most consumers want companies to target 100 per cent renewable energy
  • NSW’s first ultra-rapid EV charging station 
  • SolarReserve and Aurora Project acquisition 
  • ARENA boots Sustainable Australia fund, more renewables access for small businesses


Monthly News Roundup - November 2019

26 November 2019

  • Spread the sun: CEC guides benefit sharing of renewable projects
  • Federal Government hands $1 billion to Clean Energy Finance Corporation to boost power grid reliability
  • Free solar system installations for eligible NSW households
  • Highest power prices at night mooted to ease peak-time demand
  • Electric or hydrogen — which will win the clean car race?
  • NSW announces 3,000MW renewable energy zone, and energy security target
  • NSW between a lump of coal and a hard place
  • Business demand is helping drive the energy transition to wind and solar