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Solar Flagship Projects

ARENA announces groundbreaking for Australia’s largest solar farm & opening of QLD solar panel coating facility

January 29, 2014
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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has welcomed the passage of important milestones for 2 projects in its portfolio: Groundbreaking at the Nyngan Solar Farm in NSW and a the opening of a ‘pilot-scale’ production facility for applying an innovative, Australian-developed anti-reflective coating to solar panels.  Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it […]

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Solar panels (for residential, commercial & utility projects) are here to stay: SMH

August 6, 2013
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Even in the absence of state-based feed-in tariff incentives, solar panel installations continue to grow in Australia. This represents a major, irreversible shift in the way that Australians look at solar power, suggests SMH’s Peter Hannam in a recent article in which he spoke with a number of electricity industry players & commentators about the growing uptake […]

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A Solar Flagship project finally cleared to launch

August 1, 2013
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It has been a long time in the making, but one of the projects developed through the federal government’s Solar Flagships program has at long last secured the final leg of funding necessary to make it a reality. The scheme was created in 2009 under the first Rudd regime in order to foster into existence […]

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Coal fired power station in Queensland to be converted to ‘clean energy park’

February 21, 2013
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Owners of an 180MW coal fired power station in Northern Queensland are looking to convert the ageing facility into a ‘clean energy park’. Using a combination of solar PV, thermal installation and a gas fired booster, the redevelopment will deliver a base load of 50MW, details of the redevelopment were revealed by Ratch Australia, the […]

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Spanish firm FRV to build 20MW solar farm near Canberra

September 5, 2012
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Spanish firm Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) have become the first company to win work from the ACT Government as a result the ground breaking reverse auction. FRV will be installing a 20MW system in Royalla, 23km south of Canberra city over the next two years. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for […]

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Australian Renewable Energy Agency may fund Solar Flagships runners-up

August 9, 2012
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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) may provide funding for projects that didn’t make the cut for the Federal Government’s Solar Flagships program, according to a draft of the Agency’s first 3-year funding strategy, which goes to 2015. The pool of Solar Flagship ‘runners-up’ consists of about 52 projects who have already been to some […]

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Utility-scale solar power

August 9, 2012
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Large-scale commercial solar power and utility-scale solar power are the two big frontiers in solar PV for Australia. Utility-scale solar power has the potential to dramatically transform Australia’s power generation portfolio, taking advantage of the country’s most abundant and renewable energy resource–the sun. However, utility-scale solar power has to make sense as an investment before […]

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Funding for 250MW Queensland Solar Dawn project will not be pulled

May 28, 2012
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The Queensland Liberal-National government will not withdraw from a $75m funding agreement made under the previous Labour government for the proposed Solar Dawn concentrating solar power (CSP) plant near Chinchilla, apparently as a result of realising that it is legally committed to the project. The new government under Premier Campbell Newman is in the process of dismantling […]

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Desertec: Solar Power from the Sahara to Germany

February 24, 2012
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A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald analyses German’s plans to pipe solar power from the Sahara Desert across the Mediterranean, and into its electricity grid. The project, known as Desertec, is on the concept level simple, but on the technical, economic, and political levels, fraught with potential risks. Desertec is an interesting foil […]

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100% Renewable Energy: Campaigning for large-scale solar power in 2012

February 22, 2012
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Since 2010, 100% Renewable Energy has been working to build up grassroots capacity to effectively campaign for a complete transition to clean energy in Australia. Galvanised into action by the lack of leadership in the upper levels of government, founder Lindsay Soutar started the organisation with the intention of educating and empowering local communities to effect […]

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What the Solar Flagships trouble means for large-scale solar

February 14, 2012
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The Solar Flagships program has been receiving a lot of media attention recently for the failure of the program’s two winning applicants to meet the deadline for funding requirements. The 250MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in Chinchilla, Queensland has managed to have this deadline extended, while the Moree Solar Farm, a 150MW solar PV […]

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NSW’s Renewable Energy Precincts project

December 9, 2011
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The New South Wales government is undertaking a project to explore avenues to strategically encourage the uptake of sources of renewable energy in order to meet the state’s 2020 deadline of 20% energy sourced from renewables under its Renewable Energy Plan. One such project is its Renewable Energy Precincts project, which has established 6 zones […]

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‘Solar Energy Zones’ announced for US desert regions

October 31, 2011
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In a proactive policy move, the US government’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released maps of areas that have already passed most or all requisite environmental and cultural conditions for development of large-scale, commercial solar power installations. Once the policy is in place, it will streamline the process of finding a location for commercial […]

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Solar Flagship Program Winners: Moree Solar Farm, Chinchilla CSP plant

June 22, 2011
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The Federal Government has announced the recipients for funding from Round 1 of the Solar Flagships Program. Moree Solar Farm in NSW’s Central Tablelands is a 150MW photovoltaic installation, and the Solar Dawn consortium is planning to build a 250MW hybrid gas/concentrating solar power plant in Chinchilla, Queensland. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet […]

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Solar power in the federal budget: outcomes and changes

May 11, 2011
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The budget for the Australian federal government for the next financial year was released this week. This article covers the changes to funding for solar power projects and policies across the nation. Some of the most notable changes: the national Solar Schools program will close on 30 June 2013, and the Solar Flagships budget will […]

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Major commercial solar power project planned for Queensland

April 14, 2011
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Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced plans for a massive commercial-scale solar power for Australia’s Sunshine State. 44MW of supplementary solar power will be added on to a preexisting coal-fired Kogan Creek electricity generation plant in Dalby, south-west Queensland. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend Related Posts2016 […]

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Own and Run a Solar Farm

February 4, 2011
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The image of a rural plot with a wind turbine producing electricity to be fed into the electricity grid with cattle milling about underneath grazing the grass has become a familiar one, but more and more rural Australian landholders are also making the choice to own and run solar farms. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin […]

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Solar PV in Australia: The Land of Beauty and Terror

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    (Contact a Solar Choice Broker for free, impartial advice on the solar PV installer and system options available in your area of Australia.) It is unfortunate that the growth of the solar power industry is not determined by the availability of sunlight. In spite of the unpredictable weather, Australia could be the centre […]

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State Government Approval Granted to NSW’s First Solar Farm

January 13, 2011
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Infigen Energy has been granted the Keneally government’s approval for NSW’s first commercial solar farm. The farm, to be located about 2km south of Nyngan, a small town in the dry about 600km west of Sydney. The farm would feed directly into a pre-existing power substation. The Nyngan farm is part of Infigen’s aims to […]

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