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Renewable Energy Target in Australia: 33,000 gigawatt hours which equates to about 24 per cent of wind power and solar energy

Under the new deal, the RET – which was a bipartisan commitment of five  per cent clean energy by 2020 – will be cut from 41,000 gigawatt hours to 33,000 gigawatt hours which equates to about 24 per cent of wind power and solar energy by the end of the decade.   After more than … Continue reading Renewable Energy Target in Australia: 33,000 gigawatt hours which equates to about 24 per cent of wind power and solar energy

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Queensland targeting 50% renewable energy by 2030

Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark Bailey said Queensland is open for business and keen to capitalise on the state’s world class solar resources. Mr Bailey told the Australian Solar Council in Melbourne this week the government had a vision to see projects of the future become a reality – like the Mount Emerald … Continue reading Queensland targeting 50% renewable energy by 2030

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Government of dinosaurs will give Australia a ‘fossilised economy’

Following a recent meeting of federal and state ministers with the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figures, the federal government announced that it will publish by mid-year the emissions target it will take to the Paris Climate Summit in November. However, even if all the world’s governments agree … Continue reading Government of dinosaurs will give Australia a ‘fossilised economy’

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Australia could reach 100% renewables by 2040 with solar energy and wind power

Australia could reach 100 per cent renewables as early as 2040 by adding 1.9GW of solar photovoltaic PV and 1.9GW of wind power capacity a year, according to one of Australia’s top renewable energy experts.   Andrew Blakers, who is the director for Sustainable Energy Systems at the Australian National University, told the Australian Solar … Continue reading Australia could reach 100% renewables by 2040 with solar energy and wind power

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Australia falls behind in renewable energy

Australia has fallen behind similar economies around the world in the generation of renewable energy, a new report has found. The Climate Council’s new report, The global renewable energy boom: How Australia is missing out, says that despite having enough renewable energy resources to power the country 500 times over, jobs and investment in the … Continue reading Australia falls behind in renewable energy

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Wind power in Australia: Vestas wind turbines for a 20 MW wind farm

In Australia, Vestas installed the first wind turbine in 1993, and has installed around 50 percent of all wind turbines since then. Vestas has received a 19.8 MW order for six of its V117-3.3 MW wind turbines for the Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm in Australia.    The order has been placed by Coonooer Bridge Wind … Continue reading Wind power in Australia: Vestas wind turbines for a 20 MW wind farm

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Australian wind energy company Windlab will begin building a $50m, 19.4MW wind farm northwest of Bendigo

A new wind farm, approved in the Buloke Shire and due to begin construction soon, has a footprint of just 4.5ha (11 acres) with just six wind towers approved. It’s expected to have an output of up to 19.4 Megawatts.   “Reducing the buffer zone from 2km to 1km means a lot of smaller projects … Continue reading Australian wind energy company Windlab will begin building a $50m, 19.4MW wind farm northwest of Bendigo

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Wind power and solar energy could help Australia generate 100 percent of its power by renewable energy by 2050

The falling costs of carbon-free technologies such as wind energy and solar power could help Australia generate 100 percent of its power by renewable energy resources by 2050, a new report revealed on Tuesday.   Research by the Australian National University (ANU) said a fully green-powered society was possible if there were clear and stable … Continue reading Wind power and solar energy could help Australia generate 100 percent of its power by renewable energy by 2050

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Vestas urges Australian parliament to support Clean Energy Council’s compromise proposal on Renewable Energy Target

Australia now one step away from a return to bipartisan renewable energy policy. After more than a year of uncertainty, the Australian Government can act quickly to secure jobs and investment in rural and regional Australia by accepting the Renewable Energy Target (RET) compromise proposed by the Clean Energy Council (CEC) to break the current … Continue reading Vestas urges Australian parliament to support Clean Energy Council’s compromise proposal on Renewable Energy Target

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Spain’s Banco Santander to sell Australian wind farm

Spain’s Banco Santander SA , Europe’s biggest bank, plans to sell its only Australian wind farm partly because of uncertainty about the country’s support for renewable energy, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.   Banco Santander is looking for a buyer for the 106.8-megawatt Taralga wind farm it is developing in … Continue reading Spain’s Banco Santander to sell Australian wind farm

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Wind power overtakes hydro for first time in Australia

The Australian wind energy industry achieved a milestone in January, with wind generation exceeding hydro generation for the first time. According to data compiled by Green Energy Markets, the wind industry boosted production to its highest level in six months -thanks to good wind speeds – while hydro generation fell sharply from previous years, mostly … Continue reading Wind power overtakes hydro for first time in Australia

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Plan for Australia’s largest solar power (2,000 MW) approved

Australian local government authorities this week approved a plan to build the nation’s biggest solar energy plant at a cost of more than 1 billion U.S. dollars.   The Toowoomba Regional Council approved the staged construction of a 5,000 hectare site at Bulli Creek in southwest Queensland and developer Solar Choice plans to start construction … Continue reading Plan for Australia’s largest solar power (2,000 MW) approved

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Australia faces a $13.3 billion exodus of investment from its wind energy industry

Some 44 Australian wind energy projects, about half overseas-funded, have been shelved since a new conservative government said it wanted to cut state support for the industry a year ago, with investors and operators saying they are considering either downscaling or leaving the country altogether if it succeeds.                            Australia faces a $13.3 billion exodus … Continue reading Australia faces a $13.3 billion exodus of investment from its wind energy industry

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Uncertain future for wind energy in Australia

There are two things you notice as you travel through the vast expanses of South Australia: wheat and wind. The former sustains the economy. The latter provides the power. There are huge golden wheat farms stretching for hundreds of kilometres. Sprouting out of many of these fields are huge wind turbines, 21st Century windmills relentlessly … Continue reading Uncertain future for wind energy in Australia

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Australian researchers make solar power breakthrough

Solar power is set to become a stronger competitor with fossil fuels thanks to the efforts of Australian researchers who have set a world record for the highest levels of solar-power efficiency ever achieved.   A team from the University of New South Wales has achieved a world-first 40.4 percent conversion efficiency by using standard … Continue reading Australian researchers make solar power breakthrough

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Sundrop system uses concentrated solar power (CSP) in Australia

The greenhouse concentrated solar power (CSP) complex will grow more than $50 million worth of produce a year. About 100 jobs will be created in the construction phase, which will take about 18 months, with a further 200 positions being created once the greenhouse is operational. The brainchild of English banker Philipp Saumweber, the Sundrop … Continue reading Sundrop system uses concentrated solar power (CSP) in Australia

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Electric buses for Sydney Airport in Australia

Carbridge Pty. Ltd., Australia’s leading airport ground transportation provider has begun a six-month Electric Bus pilot program at Sydney International Airport. The bus selected for the pilot was made by BYD Company Ltd, which has been recognized over the past few months for its industry leading operational range. The bus will be used as an … Continue reading Electric buses for Sydney Airport in Australia

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Chinese wind turbines to be tested in Australia wind farm

China will be testing wind farm technology in Australia as one of the continent’s states, Tasmania, bolsters the economic relationship it has with the Asian giant. Shenhua Group, a Chinese energy and mining company leader, will be installing and testing wind turbines in a 10- to 30-megawatt wind farm with one of Woolnorth Wind Farm … Continue reading Chinese wind turbines to be tested in Australia wind farm

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Trustpower Cements Kiwi Place on Australian Wind Energy Landscape

Tauranga based Trustpower, New Zealand fifth largest electricity retailer and generator, is celebrating the completion of its largest single asset, the Snowtown Wind Farm in South Australia. The Snowtown Wind Farm spans 32km of the Hummocks and Barunga ranges in South Australia’s Mid-North region, 150km north of Adelaide. The site, which is home to a … Continue reading Trustpower Cements Kiwi Place on Australian Wind Energy Landscape

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Wind power surge as South Australia govt flicks switch

Largest South Australia wind farm now operating. The opening of the second stage of the Snowtown wind farm will triple its capacity of operation, which in a year is enough to power the Sydney Opera House for 55 years. South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill switched on the second stage of the operation on Sunday, enough … Continue reading Wind power surge as South Australia govt flicks switch

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