MONTHLY NEWS ROUNDUP

Stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector.

Monthly News Roundup - February 2021

28 February 2021

  • Australian first with battery approved for Hume hydro station
  • TransGrid secures $600 million debt facility for transmission upgrades supporting REZ No. 1
  • Sod turning marks $20 million investment in future hydrogen workforce
  • Australia’s battery and hydrogen storage pipeline jumped by massive 20GW in 2020
  • UNSW researchers to develop roadmap for using excess renewables to power industry
  • NSW appoints first Renewable Energy Sector Board to guide energy plan
  • Australia’s first hydrogen fuel cell factory

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