Queensland cotton farmer makes the shift to solar

US Nasdaq listed company VivoPower said on Monday that its wholly owned Australia subsidiary, Aevitas, had been chosen to build the solar project at Cubbie Station – the largest irrigated cotton farm in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Cubbie Solar Farm will be owned by a subsidiary of Cubbie, and will generate enough electricity to supply 40 percent of the Station’s energy needs during the peak cotton ginning season, running from April to September.

But that is just the beginning of the company’s renewable energy plans. The cotton grower’s longer-term goal is to expand the solar farm to 7.2MW and add battery storage.

And on its website, Cubbie says its ultimate goal is to provide power to the nearby towns of Dirranbandi and St George in south-west Queensland.

As we wrote here almost two years ago, the potential for solar to power energy-intensive farming applications like irrigation around the country is huge – and the need, even greater.

“I see hundreds of irrigation pumps out there, connected to filthy diesel,” said Queensland-based solar installer Matthew Beech at the time.

“We firmly believe that the only reasons there hasn’t been more uptake (of solar) … is that it hasn’t been sold very well to the end user.”

But the transition is happening. In 2105, a cotton farmer in Moree, NSW, added a 70kW ground-mounted solar array with backup battery storage to its diesel engine direct drive pump, with the aim of cutting its diesel consumption by 60 percent.

And just this week, a trial led by business energy retailer Flow Power, with the UTS’ Institute of Sustainable Futures, showed how much a Victorian almond grower could save on energy costs using not just renewables, but demand management technology.Queensland cotton farmer makes the shift to solar

At Cubbie Station, the 80,000 hectare property uses 19,000 for irrigated farming with cotton going to the onsite Ginnery (pictured above), which was upgraded in 2017.

Cubbie also plants cover crops of wheat and chickpeas, when the opportunity arises.

“This important contract is further confirmation of the strong growth outlook for Aevitas from solar and other tailwind drivers in Australia,” said VivoPower CEO Carl Weatherley-White.

“Technical advances continue to drive the competitiveness of solar power generation and battery storage, and we have seen increased interest from our customers for similar solutions,” said Phil Lowbridge, from Aevitas.

Construction of phase one of the project is scheduled to begin in October 2018, and be in operation by the end of the year.

Solar beer: A tour of Australia’s PV powered craft breweries

Solar beer, the best of both worlds!  Of the growing number of global industries shifting their energy supply to renewable energy, the world’s brewers have so far been well represented.

Global heavyweights like Anheuser Bosch In-Bev have committed to purchase electricity renewable sources only by 2025, bringing with it some of Australia’s most iconic brewers, including Carlton & United (CUB), which in March signed a contract to buy the output of the 112MW Karadoc solar farm in Victoria.

But the shift to solar powered beer has perhaps been even more definitive among the nation’s independent “craft” brewers.

And as luck would have it – and to coincide with the 8th annual Good Beer Week (yes, that’s a thing) – the Clean Energy Council has released a shortlist of solar powered craft breweries.

Many of these we have written about on One Step, but in the interest of solar beer sharing, we wanted to share the CEC list, to help readers find their local “pint of sunshine.”

And you know of a brewery that has also gone solar and is not listed here, then please tell us. We can think of Stone & Wood as one example.

But on with the CEC list. Cheers!

Young Henry’s, Sydney, NSW


We last wrote about this brewery – and the great community solar story behind it – a couple of years ago.

The story goes that the Newtown brewer raised a total of $17,500 in just nine minutes through a community investment round led by Pingala Cooperative, to help pay for the installation of a 29.9kW solar array.

Those solar panels now power the Young Henry’s brewing operation, allowing the owners to offset grid consumption and, most importantly, produce solar-powered beer.

As well as partaking of that beer, the 56 investors were expected to achieve returns of more than 5 per cent p.a. over the term of the project.

Bright Brewery, Victoria


Another subject of a One Step story back in February 2016, this craft brewery in Bright, in Victoria’s north east, installed a 50kW rooftop solar system to supply all of its electricity needs. At the time, the owners said it would save them around $18,000 a year on grid electricity costs. At the launch of the PV system, brewery owner Scott Brandon called on Australia’s craft brewing industry to put sustainable operations on the its national agenda.

“We believe that sustainability should be an underpinning value of what defines a craft brewer. For us, craft brewing means really caring about how you make beer, why you’re making beer and the impact that the process and product has on your customers and surrounds. And that includes caring about your impact on the environment and the sustainable nature of your business,” he said.

He also said the company’s next focus would be on the energy required to heat the brewery boiler, which was powered by natural gas and required around 12MWh of power each month.

“Although solar was a relatively simple first step to reducing our carbon footprint, the next thing we have to tackle is gas,” said Brandon. “It’s a major component of all brewery operations like ours, and there’s no simple answer like rooftop solar.”

Stomping Ground, Melbourne, Victoria


This craft brewery in the inner Melbourne suburb of Collingwood has installed just under 100kW of PV panels that installed, Beon Energy Solutions, said would generate enough power to supply 20 homes, and cover around 60 percent of the brewer’s sizeable energy needs.

As we reported here, that project was guided by the Yarra Energy Foundation (YEF), an independent Melbourne organisation that helps households, businesses, community groups and governments make the transition to solar.

Helios Brewing, Brisbane, Queensland


Named after the Greek sun God tasked by Zeus to tow the sun across the sky each day, this brewery not only uses rooftop solar for power, but has installed an “innovative solar thermal system” heats water to over 90°C and then stores it in tanks before being using it to heat its “mash tun” – which the website tells us means no power is required for the first half of the brewing process.

The brewery also has plans to install battery storage, and cuts its waste to landfill by given its spent grain to local pig farmers.

Grand Ridge Brewery, Gippsland, Victoria


This south-eastern Victorian brewer installed its 100kW rooftop PV system more than four years ago, in February 2014 – back when 100kW commercial solar systems weren’t a dime a dozen. According to the CEC, it was also making craft beer back in 1989, so it’s a trailblazer across the board. The Gippsland Solar installed PV system means the brewery generates the majority of its own power. (And has dozens of different types of beers to offer!)

The Grove Distillary, Busselton, WA


According to this article from the local paper, Wilyabrup’s The Grove Distillery, Café and Brewery went “off the grid” completely early this year, with solar and battery storage. Perhaps more a distillery than a brewery (good organic gin, apparently), the company began the shift to solar in mid-2017, installing 220 solar panels, and “four and a half tonnes of batteries” housed in a shed.

Owner Val Hughes said the business took advantage of a federal government rebate and expected to recoup the money spent by the savings made from using solar power.

Van Dieman Brewing, White Hills, Tasmania


In the interests of fair national representation, here’s one we could add to the CEC list. The brewery installed a 48-kilowatt solar array at their White Hills farm in northern Tasmania in December 2016. Founder and head rrewer Will Tatchell said at the time that the on-site generation “should see us satisfy up to 80 per cent of the brewery’s total electric demand annually.”

Beer Garden Brewing, Port Lincoln, South Australia


And finally, this brewery on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula installed a 20kW rooftop solar system in October last year, with the help of local outfit Lincoln Electrical. According to its website, Beer Garden Brewing holds sustainability as a “key value,” including solar power, rainwater for brewing, recycling of wastewater, an edible beer garden “and spent grain from the brewing process feeding cows that later return to our menu to close the loop.” And they have 10 of their own beers on tap.

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Melbourne’s Crown complex has installed a 300kW rooftop solar system

The system, designed and installed by Beon Energy Solutions and switched on in January, is being claimed as the largest in the Melbourne CBD, but One Step notes that a 400kW array was installed on the Port Melbourne roof of NextDC’s HQ in December 2013.

And given that was nearly five years ago – and in light of our own experience in publishing claims of “biggests” and “firsts” – there are bound to be others of a similar size we aren’t aware of (please comment below if you happen to know of any).

That said, the new Crown system – a total of 923 photovoltaic panels installed on top of the Southbank venue’s administration building on north-orientated 10-degree tilt frames – is nonetheless impressive.

And it adds to a growing number of commercial scale PV projects being installed in the Melbourne CBD – which according to a recent report, still holds a significant amount of untapped rooftop solar potential.

The report, published by the Australian Photovoltaic Institute (APVI) in conjunction with the University of NSW, identified enough suitable rooftop space in the Melbourne local government area to install a total of 461MW of PV.

And it said businesses in Melbourne’s CBD could meet more than 12 percent of their own electricity needs – and cut their collective power costs by more than $100 million – just by tapping the city’s true rooftop solar potential.

Ironically, Crown Casino was named in that same report – alongside the MCG and Flinders Street Station – as one of the city’s landmark buildings that had the potential to go solar.

“Crown has been looking at solar options for a while, and the business case for a solar installation made sense,” said Crown Melbourne engineering manager Jeremy Sampson in comments on Tuesday.

“Crown chooses projects that are guaranteed to provide positive value, and it was the right decision to proceed.”

Beon said the PV system also needed to integrate with Crown’s existing co-generation plant, which provides standby emergency power and heat capacity.

Beon Energy Solutions general manager, Glen Thomson, said the company was delighted to deliver another successful large-scale solar solution.

“As with all our customers, the Crown project required some customisations that we managed to accommodate swiftly,” he said.

“I applaud Crown’s renewable energy initiative and I have no doubt that other energy-intensive sectors will be watching with interest as they weigh up their future energy requirements.”

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NSW has long played second fiddle to Queensland when it comes to rooftop solar.

NSW rooftop solar

But the Australian Energy Market Operator suggests that is about to change.

Over the next few years, it expects NSW to overtake Queensland with the most installed capacity (by 2020/21) and by 2035 it expects NSW to have more than 7GW of rooftop solar in the state – 50 per cent more than its nearest rival.

This graph above shows the estimate, including in the AEMC’s Reliability Panel’s annual report, which highlights the growing shift to decentralised energy, which includes rooftop solar and storage.

Indeed, this graph shows only one of AEMO’s  installation scenarios – it’s high uptake shows another 3GW of rooftop solar, and many suggest that half of all Australia’s electricity needs may come from decentralised energy within a decade or two.

Recent data suggests that NSW recently pipped Queensland as the biggest market for rooftop solar in the month of February (with just over 28MW installed in the month), but AEMO’s forecasts suggests NSW will continue to set the pace over the next decade or two.

The rooftop solar is already having an impact, delaying and reducing the size of grid peaks, and so reducing the cost of peak demand events. Ausgrid is also looking at providing more subsidies to encourage more rooftop solar in inner-city suburbs to reduce the need for network upgrades.

The AEMO forecasts suggest a total of 18.6GW of rooftop solar  PV capacity by 2035/36, which will be accompanies by strong growth of integrated solar PV and battery storage systems.

Indeed, this graph shows only one of AEMO’s  installation scenarios – it’s high uptake shows another 3GW of rooftop solar, and many suggest that half of all Australia’s electricity needs may come from decentralised energy within a decade or two.

This will have an impact on the shape of the demand curve in Australia. Not only will it reduce maximum demand, and push it into the evenings, it will also push minimum demand into the middle of the day, rather than overnight.

This is already happening in South Australia (it has been since 2012), but will extend to NSW, Queensland and Victoria. Minimum demand may turn “negative” – where rooftop solar output exceeds customer demand – as early as 2025 on some days in South Australia.

AEMO suggests that in South Australia the excess rooftop solar output can be stored (in batteries) or exported to the rest of the market.

“This signals the important need for market and regulatory frameworks that support storage solutions and maximise the efficiency or shared electricity services for consumers.”

Indeed, the new South Australian government is toying with that idea, proposing its own $100 million plan to subsidise the installation of batteries in 40,000 homes, and considering what to do with the Tesla plan for solar and storage in 50,000 low income homes that would create the “world’s biggest virtual power plant”.

NSW rooftop solar

And here’s another interesting graph from a separate AEMO report, one that looks at the last quarter of the electricity markets.

It shows the average rooftop solar PV output in the last quarter, and it is nearing 1GW, having risen from 905MW in the same quarter last year to 969MW in the fourth quarter of 2017.

AEMO says the largest increases were in Victoria (+15 per cent) and South Australia (+8 per cent). These increases correspond with an increase in rooftop PV capacity and higher than average sunshine across all capital cities except Adelaide.


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CUB has begun shift to 100 per cent renewable energy

Australia’s biggest brewing company, Carlton & United Breweries (CUB), has begun its shift to 100 per cent renewable energy by signing a contract with the new 112MW Karadoc solar farm in Victoria.

The deal with German renewable energy developer BayWa will be closely followed by rooftop solar at all the brewing company’s sites in Australia, part of a plan to reach the 100 per cent target by the end of this year and to lock in lower electricity costs.

“This represents an important step in CUB’s commitment to 100 per cent of its electricity being sourced from renewables,” says Jan Craps, the CEO of CUB.

“As one of Australia’s first and leading manufacturing businesses, we have a responsibility to ensure we play our part in tackling climate change and a range of environmental challenges.”

The push by CUB to 100 per cent renewable energy extends the growing list of businesses, including major manufacturers and large energy users in Australia and overseas, to turn to wind and solar to lock in low electricity costs.

“Beyond our driving commitment to reduce our emissions, the investment also stacks up when you look at the reduced price we will pay to power our operations,” Craps says.

“Moving to renewable energy will ensure that we have certainty of supply and pricing, something that is incredibly important for a manufacturing business like ours.”

Already, UK billionaire Sanjeev Gupta has unveiled plans to roll out more than 1GW of solar, plus a new “world’s biggest” battery near Port Augusta and pumped hydro storage as part of his plans to revitalise the Whyalla steelworks and slash that plant’s electricity costs by 40 per cent.

Gupta plans a similar rollout at its steel operations in Victoria and NSW, while Queensland zinc refiner Sun Metals will soon open a 116MW solar farm to help underpin its expansion plans and keep a lid on costs.

Telstra, one of the country’s big electricity users, has signed contracts with the huge Murra Warra wind farm in Victoria – along with ANZ and CC Amatil – and has also signed a contract for the soon to be completed Emerald solar farm in Queensland.

The push by CUB is part of a global push by its owner Anheuser-Busch In-Bev, to aim for 100 per cent renewable energy for its entire operations by 2025, as we reported here.

But CUB’s head of sustainability Jan Clysner, said he hoped to reach 100 per cent by the end of the year, once the Karadoc solar farm is completed and the rooftop solar installed. “It’s a bit of stretch, but that’s how we get to the best results,” he told RenewEconomy.

“It makes sense commercially, and it’s the right thing to do for the environment. That’s why we are pushing as fast as possible.”

Clysner said the use of solar would lower the electricity bill compared to what they pay today, but wouldn’t reveal details of the contract with BayWa.

Brewers around the world are following suit. MillerCoors has contracted solar in California, and Heineken has a 70% renewables target for 2030.Currently it’s at 23 per cent.

In Australia, any number of boutique brewers are taking similar paths – both for environmental credential and to lower electricity costs. These include Collingwood-based Stomping Ground Brewing Co, Young Henry’s and Bright Brewery.

CUB has signed a 12 year power purchase agreement for less than half of the output of the Karadoc solar farm in Mildura, but says this will account for nearly 90 per cent of its total electricity needs. The rest can be met with rooftop solar.

The deal with BayWa is the result of a tender by Foster’s for the delivery of its renewable energy needs. A total of 15 different companies were talked to, both wind and solar.

The solar farm is being built now by Melbourne-based Beon Energy Solutions. It says all facilities will remain on-grid.

CUB brews include Victoria Bitter, Carlton Draught, Great Northern, Pure Blonde, Carlton Dry, Melbourne Bitter, Crown Lager, Cascade Premium Light, and the Yak Ales.


North Queensland to be Australia’s first major exporter of solar power : RenewEconomy

North Queensland to be Australia's first major exporter of solar power

North Queensland has become the focus of a bitter debate about whether Australia should be committing government funds to get the Carmichael coal project in the Galilee Basin over the line, or even to build a new coal fired generator near

Carmichael coal project in the Galilee Basin.

But there is a quiet revolution going on that certainly makes the push for a new coal fired generator seem redundant, or even completely misplaced: north Queensland is about to become the region in Australia to be the first major exporter of solar power.

Conservatives may be pushing for new coal generator in north Queensland, but the region is about to become the country’s first significant exporter of solar power.

Source: North Queensland to be Australia’s first major exporter of solar power : RenewEconomy

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Coal in Losing Battle with Renewable Energy

Coal in Losing Battle with Renewable Energy - The following speech was delivered to the Clean Energy Summit in Sydney on Tuesday by Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale.

Introduction and Acknowledgement

Acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as traditional owners of the land on which we meet.


Hiroo Onoda is not a household name, but when I think about energy and politics, his story is the story of our government in Canberra. Mr Onoda was a Japanese soldier who fought in World War II. He was given instructions not to surrender when he was deployed on an island in the Philippines. True to his commitment, he fought for 29 years after that war had already ended.

He was completely ignorant that the world had already moved on without him.

No one had told Mr Onoda that his people had lost the war so he camped out in the forest making sporadic, but consistent attacks until 1975.

He never had a chance of winning. But he kept fighting and fighting and fighting. Sound familiar?

For the last five years, this conference has held sessions and seminars making it abundantly clear that traditional, dirty energy sources cannot out-compete the trajectory of clean energy technologies.

There is no future in coal.

Our gas industry has destroyed itself through greed. We are now seeing international customers pay less for Australian gas than we do.

Our farmers don’t care how big the price on offer is for CSG, they refuse to let their communities be destroyed for short term profits.

There is no long-term future in gas for electricity either.

The politics of clean energy

Through these last five years we have been able to observe a political science experiment.

What happens when the unstoppable force of clean energy collides with the immovable object of the Abbott-Turnbull governments?

Now we know the answer. The unstoppable force wins.

Since 2013, the world has built more clean energy than traditional, dirty power sources. Clean energy and storage has become cheaper by the day, it actually delivers jobs and investment – overwhelmingly to regional areas – and Australian firms and institutions are making amazing leaps and bounds in research and product development.

Meanwhile, the immovable object of the Liberal Party has chained itself to carbon capture and storage fantasies, super critical coal plants and they are joined by the Labor party on the Adani ‘carbon bomb’ coal mine.

No private financier anywhere in the world will support any of these projects being developed in Australia.

They know these investments are a wasteland of sunk costs and stranded assets.

It is only our federal government and Queensland Labor governments willing to put public money into these god-awful ideas.

However the worst aspect of our country pursuing a 19th century industrial agenda is that we are missing all the opportunities that have fallen into our lap.

We have sunshine, wind, massive open spaces and incredible researchers and entrepreneurs’ setting their minds to seize the economic opportunities that rapid decarbonisation offers.

But we are not seizing this future that belongs to us because of the sedimentary layers of uncertainty that your industry is trying to work on.

In the last few years, the key features of this uncertainty have been:

  • scrapping the price on pollution;
  • sending the renewable energy target into purgatory for a year before stripping eight gigawatt hours from the 2020 target;
  • Labor and Liberal agreeing to steal half a billion dollars from Arena’s clean energy research budget;
  • and now an energy target beyond 2020 that may include coal and gas but still can’t even be agreed on because of the little Trumps on Turnbull’s backbench.

When John Howard stood beside his Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the lead up to the 2007 election, they announced an emissions intensity scheme and a renewable energy target allowing 0.2 tonnes of pollution per megawatt hour.

How far we have fallen that an emissions intensity scheme is the devil’s work and even 0.7 tonnes of pollution is still too low for the Liberal Party Room.

They want new coal to be subsidised through everyone’s electricity bills.

These right-wingers should be overjoyed at how crap Australia’s clean energy ambition is, but they are never satisfied.

This is a key point to note when your industry is negotiating the clean energy target, because any concession your industry makes without getting something in return only

strengthens these backbenchers and weakens your bargaining position. It should be a key warning for the Labor party too.

Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard as well as former President Obama all believed that giving ground and watering down policies would reduce the ferocity of opposition from these backward-looking conservatives.

They were wrong each time. The conservatives gladly accepted the concessions being offered while keeping their opposition just as resolute.

Indeed, we saw the same pattern play out with the weakening of the renewable energy target two years ago.

You don’t have to always take less than what is being offered. The level of public support for clean energy is massive, you have the public on your side.

The politics of solar and storage are a winner. Australians love innovation, they love clean technologies and they hate traditional power companies.

Solar offers households and businesses an ability to take control of their power bills.

They want to see their energy system democratised and this is what solar, storage, demand management and software like that developed by Australian firms, Reposit Power, Greensync andRedback Technologies are turning hundreds of homes into virtual power stations.

This energy revolution is – both literally and figuratively – reversing the relationship of power. Coal companies and their federal government, don’t like it. But there is nothing they can do to stop it.

You should not ever have to feel politically pressured by governments that take billions in donations from your competitors and live in an ideologically isolated world.

They don’t want your industry to succeed. No matter how concessional or generous your compromises, you can never carry any favour with them.

Government’s Policies

However, we do clearly acknowledge that you all need policy certainty for your industry to flourish and the Greens have always been committed to securing that certainty.

We are willing to wait and see what shape and form this clean energy target is twisted into by the time it reaches Parliament.

But if what is proposed gives absolutely no certainty to our climate and our country’s pollution profile continues to expand and create runaway global warming and a cooked planet, then there is actually no certainty for any industry, anywhere at all.

We would prefer an expanded RET rather than extending it with coal and gas as is currently proposed, but this policy alone is nowhere near enough.

If certainty is the absolute number one priority for your industry, then there are grave problems with pinning all your hopes on the Clean Energy Target.

All it takes is for one of Tony Abbott’s junior protégés to become energy minister over the next 15 years and they can throw the industry into turmoil again by causing a review, use

some aggressive language and then investments will cease again and your industry will be clamouring for resolution again.

This is a tried and tested re-usable political strategy for these dinosaurs and they won’t be afraid to repeat its use. A clean energy target is very vulnerable to future political uncertainty.


That is why the Greens energy platform, RenewAustralia outlines a suite of mechanisms to deliver industry certainty and transform our economy from one of the dirtiest in the world, to one of the cleanest.

We see the best way to map out future investments is to have a legislated timetable of coal closures, shutting down the most polluting power stations by region so that new investment can be managed and planned for, over the next 15 years.

Reverse contracts, successfully rolled out by the ACT Labor-Green government also offer far more investment security as contracts are harder to change than governments.

So these should be part of the mix of mechanisms to encourage specific projects using specific technologies to generate skills and employment in those critical regions.

Reinvesting the money that was stolen from Arena to continue encouraging research and development, supporting the CEFC and of course the unspoken policy gold mine of energy

efficiency should also be front and centre of national policy if government’s were serious about reducing energy prices for households and businesses.

Power prices

We in this room all know that the government’s calculated plan to create uncertainty has driven up power prices. The lack of any long term investment signal will keep prices rising above CPI. Research by my colleague Adam Bandt showed that wholesale prices have doubled since the carbon price has been repealed.

The deceitful debate around clean energy driving up power prices has been completely unhinged from facts. As the Clean Energy Council has demonstrated, Queensland, Victoria and NSW have seen the largest increases in power bills over the last decade despite having the smallest increase in clean energy generation over the same period.

The rise in electricity bills has overwhelmingly been created from policy uncertainty and networks gaming a rigged system – two of the biggest issues never talked about.

That is why it was encouraging to see the federal government yesterday putting pressure on the Queensland government’s network businesses. My predecessor Christine Milne worked tirelessly to expose the flagrant rorts with our network pricing regime.

It has been very hard for us to get any traction on an issue that is so complex and intentionally clandestine, so I am hopeful that calling out Queensland for using its network businesses to raise revenue may lead to positive change in what has always been a wink and a nod between governments wanting to squeeze their constituents for revenue without them knowing about it.

But the immediate question is why isn’t the exact same behaviour in NSW by a Liberal government not also called out and attacked by the Turnbull government?

These state entities are generating returns on investment ten-times-greater than the big four banks. If that doesn’t signify that our electricity market is broken, then what does?

Our electricity market was built in the hey-day of 1990’s competition policy zeal. Our energy market is not geared to encouraging smarter energy use or reducing pollution – the two keys to our country’s future.

We leave the market unchanged at our peril, that is why , while the devil will be in the detail, we are very positive about many of the proposals in the Finkel review.

The energy market rules have stood still while technology has completely transformed around it.

We want to see our energy system modernised so that those brilliant Australian firms developing cutting edge technologies that we can export to the world are fostered and encouraged, not marginalised and developed overseas instead.

We have some amazing potential to quite literally change the world, here is a snapshot of some of the exciting work being done at this point in time:

  • Redflow in Brisbane using Zinc Bromide technologies;
  • 1414 degrees in Adelaide developing silicon storage;
  • First Graphite Resources in Perth working with Melbourne researchers to make supercapacitor batteries;
  • Renewable Hydrogen in Sydney working with CSIRO and Arena to enable us to export sunlight for Asia’s growing hydrogen markets;
  • Software development for smart grids, peer to peer trading and load management.


There truly is no limit to what your industry can achieve. It is a very exciting time to be watching the energy industry.

There is a technological revolution happening and yet only those paying attention know how significant today’s leaps and bounds are to creating new, clean societies that can prosper with a biosphere below 1.5 degrees of increased temperatures.

On behalf of the Australian Greens I want to sincerely thank you all for your work.

We will continue (as we always have) to support the advancement of your industry and we will never stop advocating for a more ambitious political environment for you to flourish in.

Thank you.

Australia’s $10 billion wind and solar boom: But then what? : RenewEconomy

Greens leader Richard di Natale said his party would prefer an expanded renewable energy target rather than a CET, but would also keep an open mind on a CET, depending on the details. The critical issue, he said, was the level of the emission targets.

Di Natale used the story of a Japanese soldier kept on fighting 29 years after the end of World War II. “He was completely ignorant that the world around him had changed. Does that sound familiar?

“We know there is no future in coal ….. the gas industry is destroying itself through greed,” he added. The Liberal Party had chained itself to CCS “fantasies” and ultra super critical coal plants.

Greens leader Richard di Natale said his party would prefer an expanded renewable energy target rather than a CET, but would also keep an open mind on a CET, depending on the details. The critical issue, he said, was the level of the emission targets.

Di Natale used the story of a Japanese soldier kept on fighting 29 years after the end of World War II. “He was completely ignorant that the world around him had changed. Does that sound familiar?

“We know there is no future in coal ….. the gas industry is destroying itself through greed,” he added. The Liberal Party had chained itself to CCS “fantasies” and ultra super critical coal plants.


Auctions to award 9.6GW of solar in Q3 2017 – GTM | PV Tech

Close to 10 GW of solar PV is due to be awarded in Q3 2017 around the world.

In more signs that the industry is managing growth in the right way with a projected 80GW of installed solar to happen in 2017.

While China is continuing to lead the way in new installations, the growth appears to be spread to most nations around the world.

Source: Auctions to award 9.6GW of solar in Q3 2017 – GTM | PV Tech

PV Tech Exclusive: UK installed 640MW of solar in Q1 2017 | PV Tech

With the Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) scheme for UK-based solar incentives finishing on 31 March 2017, the domestic sector once again showed its resilience by installing a healthy 640MW during Q1 2017. Installed capacity was dominated, as expected, by 4.99MW solar farms under 1.2 ROCs/MWh. In fact, ground-mounted capacity accounted for more than 90% of the quarterly deployment figure.

Source: Exclusive: UK installed 640MW of solar in Q1 2017 | PV Tech

IEA climate scenarios make mockery of Australia’s defence of Adani coal : RenewEconomy

The technologies report is an annual assessment by the IEA of what the world needs to do to cap average global warming to 2°C. For the first time in 2017, it canvasses what needs to be done if all available technologies are deployed to their limit to meet a temperature cap of 1.75°C – the mid-point of the Paris target range.

Source: IEA climate scenarios make mockery of Australia’s defence of Adani coal : RenewEconomy

First Solar secures US$64 million loan facility from Mizuho Bank for Japan pipeline | PV Tech

The financing will be used to develop a utility-scale PV project pipeline in Japan using First Solar modules. The total generation capacity for the projects has not been disclosed. This financing stands as the first syndicated solar project development loan facility arranged and participated in by Mizuho Bank, and the third loan facility First Solar has secured with Mizuho Bank.

Source: First Solar secures US$64 million loan facility from Mizuho Bank for Japan pipeline | PV Tech

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