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Wind farm with GE wind turbines will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 123,000 homes

Renewable Energy Systems (“RES”), together with GE (NYSE: GE) and Downer (ASX: DOW), today announced a major contract for the supply of 75 wind turbines to the 240MW Ararat Wind Farm in south-west Victoria.  In what will be the third largest wind farm in Australia, the $450 million project will be financed by shareholders Partners … Continue reading Wind farm with GE wind turbines will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 123,000 homes

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GE invests in $348 mln in wind farm after Australian subsidy deadlock ends

General Electric will help fund a $348 million Australian wind farm, the country’s third largest, after political leaders ended a deadlock over state subsidies that had stalled the $13 billion industry for over a year. GE, Swiss private equity firm Partners Group Holding AG , Canadian pension fund OPTrust and UK-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd … Continue reading GE invests in $348 mln in wind farm after Australian subsidy deadlock ends

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Abbott continues ‘ugly’ attack on wind turbines

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has continued his attack on wind turbines, labelling them ‘ugly’ a day after lamenting he had been unable to restrict clean energy growth further. But the prime minister admitted his only up-close encounter with a wind farm is the partly Howard government-funded sole turbine on Rottnest Island, which saves the island … Continue reading Abbott continues ‘ugly’ attack on wind turbines

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Australians backs solar power

A survey of 1200 people has found solar energy is the most popular electricity in Australia, Fairfax media reported Monday.   The study, funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency investigated the potential public barriers large-solar farms might encounter and how local communities might be won over. The survey found 87 percent of respondents supported … Continue reading Australians backs solar power

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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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