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.
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.
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.
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.
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.