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This Week in Solar: Australia’s 8222 Islands Could Help Make It a Solar Superpower, Epuron bumps NSW wind farm up to 600MW

This Week in Solar: Australia’s 8222 Islands Could Help Make It a Solar Superpower, Epuron bumps NSW wind farm up to 600MW

1. How Using Australia’s 8222 Islands Could Help Make It a Solar Superpower

An obvious element that arises when first considering the possibility of placing solar installations on remote islands surrounds need. After all, Australia has lots of space on the mainland, and the national solar power capacity is indeed growing well across the country each year.

2. Epuron bumps NSW wind farm up to 600MW in possible dam land deal

Plans for the 400MW Burrendong wind farm in New South Wales’ central west region have been boosted to a potential 650MW, after WaterNSW expressed interest in developing its own renewables project on government land. The wind farm’s developer, Epuron, said late last week that WaterNSW had launched a Renewable Energy and Storage Program (Stage 2) seeking partners for projects, including on land around the Burrendong Dam.

3. Chinchilla Big Battery To Deliver Cleaner, Cheaper and More Reliable Energy

The Queensland government announced today that CS Energy, a publicly-owned generator, will be installing a grid-scale battery near Chinchilla to deliver cleaner, cheaper and more reliable energy to Queenslanders. Tesla Megapacks will be used to make up the 100-megawatt/200-megawatt hour battery, which will form part of CS Energy’s energy hub at Kogan Creek.

4. Solar farm purchase advances renewable hydrogen in WA

Infinite Blue Energy purchased the 10MW solar farm, which will become part of its MEG HP1 project. The project aims to produce up to 4.4t per day of renewable hydrogen from a Northam plant for use in the heavy transport sector. Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food, Hydrogen Industry, Alannah MacTiernan, welcomed the purchase as another positive step forward for renewable hydrogen production in Western Australia.

5. What tomorrow’s SRES changes mean for Australia’s solar industry

From April 1, new rules for solar retailers, installers and manufacturers will come into effect. While these will require minor modifications from both installers and manufacturers, the biggest impacts will be felt among retailers.

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