Monthly News Roundup - April 2021

30 April 2021

Here is the Energy Next news round up for April 2021

UNSW’s Prof Martin Green ups PV yield by cooling solar modules

In efforts to improve PV performance by helping modules keep their cool, the Martin Green team is going for 10 degrees lower operating temperatures.

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Second community battery unveiled in NSW trial

New South Wales network operator Ausgrid has unveiled its new community battery in Bankstown, south west of Sydney.

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Australian aerospace firm to launch into space race with green hydrogen

Queensland-based Hypersonix Launch Systems has announced a partnership with BOC and its Bulwer Island Renewable Hydrogen Production and Refuelling pilot project.

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NSW renewables co-op offers shares in Orange solar and battery park

Shares in a community solar and battery project in the New South Wales city of Orange are set to go on offer, opening up the benefits of solar and storage to locals of the central western region who don’t have a suitable rooftop or are otherwise unable to access them.

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NSW coal region councils join forces for huge renewable energy mandate

The Lake Macquarie, Central Coast, Upper Hunter, Maitland, Cessnock, Muswellbrook, and Mid-Coast councils have joined forces to procure up to 200GWh a year of renewable electricity supply for their combined operations.

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Retail property major makes solar PV move

The owner of Australia’s largest neighbourhood and convenience-based shopping centre portfolio, SCA Property Group has announced financial approval for an initial $12 million investment into onsite solar PV which will see 7.5 MW of solar installed across six of the group’s 91 shopping centres.

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$1.3B initiative backs recycling and clean energy

The Federal Government is helping maximise opportunities for Australia’s manufacturers while also driving down emissions and protecting the environment, with funding now available for recycling and clean energy projects under the $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative.

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Sydney factory to share excess rooftop solar power with employees

An 800kW solar system installed on the industrial rooftop of a window furnishing company in Sydney will soon supply power to that company’s employees, by offering the PV generated power that is unused by the Sydney factory on weekends to workers’ households.

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Neoen’s ambitious $636m solar and battery project in NSW gets planning green light

Neoen’s plans for a 350MW solar farm and 100MW big battery in southern NSW, each ranking among Australia’s largest, have secured planning approval from NSW planning authorities.

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