Monthly News Roundup - May 2021

31 May 2021

Here is the Energy Next news round up for May 2021

Solar saves NSW City Council $46,000, prompts plans for a third system quadruple the size

Last year the city council for Wagga Wagga, a town in New South Wales’ Riverina region, installed solar systems with a collective capacity of 130 kW at its Civic Centre and Livestock Marketing Centre. Combined, the systems have generated 182 MWh of electricity for the Council, saving it over $46,000.

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Shell and Edify in landmark big battery storage deal in NSW

Shell Energy and Edify Energy are to build big 100MW, two hour battery storage facility in the Riverina region of NSW in a landmark electricity supply agreement with the state government.

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Hydrogen Valley: Plan unveiled to turn Hunter into a renewables hydrogen hub

A consortium of Australian energy industry heavyweights has unveiled plans to develop a large-scale renewable hydrogen production, transportation and export hub in the New South Wales Hunter region that could give rise to the nation’s first hydrogen electrolyser “gigafactory.”

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Lightsource bp to create 600MW solar hub that will be one of biggest on grid

Lightsource bp says it plans to create a 600MW solar hub in New South Wales that would be the biggest in the state and one of the biggest in the country.

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NSW takes lead on rooftop solar as CSIRO maps record 2020 data

A new report put together by CSIRO's Australian Housing Data Portal, using solar data from a range of sources including the Clean Energy Regulator, has drilled down into how many panels where installed in which states and suburbs, and come up with some interesting results.

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Australian hydrogen expert launches advisory firm to accelerate hydrogen economy

UNSW's Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou, who heads the Hydrogen Energy Research Centre, has launched H2Potential, a hydrogen advisory firm that seeks to incubate and accelerate some of the world’s most promising hydrogen companies as well as advising prominent companies and industry how to join the hydrogen revolution.

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First green hydrogen + gas plant to be built in NSW, ‘kick starting’ hydrogen industry to coincide with loss of major dispatchable asset

EnergyAustralia is set to build a 316 MW green hydrogen + gas peaking power plant in New South Wales by 2023, in time for the closure of Liddell coal-powered plant, which is one of the country’s biggest dispatchable electricity generators.

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Energy Next: inaugural clean energy sector industry event

"With NSW’s exciting plans to shift to renewables, Energy Next’s inaugural edition arrives on the industry’s calendar at an important time and is well positioned to cater to the NSW clean energy market.."

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Tweed Shire Council revs up solar installations

NSW's Tweed Shire Council is revving up its #RenewableEnergy Action Plan (REAP) after a unanimous vote to install 10 #solar projects worth more than $1 million as part of the next phase of its REAP program launched in 2017.

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