Australian government agency ARENA has recently been investigating the opportunities to integrate renewable energy into the grid, and the challenges associated with this. Utility recently spoke to ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht about some of the challenges and opportunities presented by renewable grid integration. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) was established by the Australian Government in 2012 to make renewable […]
Clean Energy Week is the perfect time for a rational discussion about how Australian energy users subsidise Solar Panels, CEO of the Energy Networks Association John Bradley has said. Addressing a Clean Energy Week forum on the future of the electricity grid, Mr Bradley said the Review of the Renewable Energy Target should confront subsidies that were past their use […]
IKEA has positioned itself as a global leader in the field of sustainability, and with a target of being completely energy independent by 2020, it’s hard to argue with their commitment to the cause. Recently, the Swedish furniture giant unveiled plans to generate solar power to run its Australian stores and warehouses – and potentially feed excess power back into […]
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency recently announced $18.5 million of support for a renewable energy, diesel hybrid project at Coober Pedy in South Australia. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said Energy Developments Limited (EDL) is proposing to combine wind, solar and diesel to provide the town with 70 per cent renewable energy over the life of the project. “With ARENA’s support, EDL is […]
The Board of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has endorsed the International Geothermal Expert Group’s report on the barriers and opportunities for geothermal energy in Australia. ARENA Chair Greg Bourne said ARENA convened the group to analyse the geothermal sector in Australia and present the Board with options for realising the potential of goethermal in the coming decades. “We brought together […]
New solar PV standards now allow Ergon Energy customers to connect solar PV systems that do not export to the network and potentially pave the way for them to add battery energy storage systems in future. Chief Executive Ian McLeod said the new standards provided additional options over and above the existing arrangements and were consistent with Ergon’s commitment to […]
Since 2012, the Australian Energy Market Operator has been investigating the potential to integrate excess energy generated by wind turbines around Australia into the National Electricity Market. AEMO has provided Utility with an update on the progress that has been made, and the challenges that lie ahead for the integration of large scale renewable energy into the grid. In December […]
Progress has been made on Alinta Energy’s Port Augusta solar thermal feasibility study. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said Alinta has narrowed down the options for a renewable energy solution for the South Australian community. “Alinta commissioned Parsons Brinkerhoff earlier this year to examine the available solar thermal technologies and potential plant locations,” Mr Frischknecht said. “Parsons Brinckerhoff found that a […]
ARENA has announced $11 million funding to support the next vital step in Carnegie Wave Energy’s ground-breaking CETO technology. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said the funding would help Carnegie progress towards commercialisation of its CETO technology, which is set to significantly advance wave energy in Australia and internationally. “The $46 million CETO 6 project represents the next generation of Carnegie’s […]
The NSW Government is currently seeking suitably qualified contractors for engineering services for the Lord Howe Island hybrid renewable energy project. The contract is to provide a group of individuals from an organisation(s) who are able to provide a range of services at different periods to manage the approval, design and construction of a hybrid renewable energy project on a remote […]
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced a $3.8 million investment in an energy storage solution by Sunverge Energy, through the Southern Cross Renewable Energy Fund. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said Sunverge Energy offered a simple, cost-effective energy storage solution able to deliver solar power when it’s needed. “This investment will help Sunverge Energy establish operations in Australia and […]
Carnegie Wave Energy has announced that its desalination pilot plant, part of the Perth Wave Energy Project, has received a quarterly grant payment of $143,436 as part of a $1.27M AusIndustry grant. The grant will support the design, construction and operation of a CETO wave powered desalination pilot plant. This is the fifth quarterly payment received and takes the total […]
A clever new renewable energy solution combining COLORBOND® pre-painted steel sheet roofing with cutting-edge, thin-film solar panels has been unveiled. The streamlined, aesthetically pleasing rooftop energy system captures the sun’s energy as both electricity and heat and is designed specifically for Australian conditions. ARENA CEO, Ivor Frischknecht, recently joined Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Bob Baldwin, to launch […]
The first session of the Powering Sydney’s Future forum hosted by TransGrid has resulted in the exchange of some bright ideas on the best ways to ensure the reliable future electricity supply for Sydney. Almost 100 representatives and experts from a wide range of stakeholders attended to discuss the pressing issue. The gathering included consumer advocacy groups, academics, government representatives, […]
Magnetic Island will continue to be a solar power hot spot with the vast majority of customers involved in the Townsville Queensland Solar City project opting to purchase Ergon Energy’s solar PV systems. Ergon’s Manager Residential and Small to Medium Enterprises Brian Elmer said the Townsville Solar City project on the island wrapped up in 2013 and Ergon has been […]
Zhenfa is currently seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified contractors for various works for the construction phase of the Mugga Lane Solar Park (MLSP) in Canberra. Project details: On 19th of August 2013, the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate ACT Government announced Zhenfa as being a successful proponent to the ACT Solar Auction for a 13MWAC Solar […]
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will be funding a ground-breaking two-phase project in far north Queensland that will supply renewable energy to Weipa’s bauxite mine, township and port. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said the collaborative $23.4 million project was a first for Australia and a first for ARENA, and would demonstrate the potential for renewable energy to provide reliable and competitively […]
ARENA has announced $450,000 funding for Abengoa to conduct a feasibility study into a solar thermal power station in remote Western Australia. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said the study will look into constructing a 20 MWe plant in Perenjori, connected to the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) electricity grid. “The solar thermal tower and a molten-salt energy storage system could […]
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has congratulated Vast Solar on taking the next step in advancing its Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) power generation technology. The new Australian project will prove the reliable and safe operation of Vast Solar’s concentrating solar thermal system in a fully functioning pilot-scale power generation facility. ARENA is contributing $4.99 million to the $10.06 million project, […]
A number of renewable energy stakeholders have released responses to the changes announced in the recently released Federal Budget. The Australian Government has announced its intention to repeal the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 and abolish ARENA, returning its functions to the Department of Industry and returning $1.3 billion to consolidated revenue. The Government has indicated it will earmark […]
Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar power companies, has announced a partnership with IKEA Australia, to build 3.6MW solar systems. The 3.6MW project will span across seven IKEA sites located in Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland, and will generate enough clean energy to offset approximately 4,000 tonnes of CO2 annually. This is Canadian Solar’s largest commercial PV […]
Union Fenosa Wind Australia is currently seeking tenders from suitably qualified contractors for the supply of PVC pipes for high voltage cables entering into the foundations and trench crossings, PVC plates and signalling tape for cable trenches. The Crookwell 2 Wind Farm Project will involve the construction, commissioning and operation of 46 wind turbines with a total generation capacity of […]
Union Fenosa Wind Australia is currently seeking tenders from suitably qualified contractors for the supply and installation of drainage concrete pipes/culverts at the Crookwell 2 and Crookwell 3 wind farm projects. Quantities will be determined and specified by Head Contractor after the award stage. The Crookwell 2 Wind Farm Project will involve the construction, commissioning and operation of 46 wind […]
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