SA solar inquiry heats up

By Paul Hemsley South Australian Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koustantonis has announced a parliamentary inquiry into the use of solar thermal energy to replace coal used for electricity generation the government amid fears that supplies of the fossil fuel from the Leigh Creek mine will cease to be viable. The probe into solar […]

Australia’s largest solar plant opens

By Paul Hemsley The Western Australian government has opened Australia’s largest operating solar power station to date 50km south-east of the coastal town of Geraldton. Known as the Greenough River Solar Farm, the $50 million project is designed to generate 10 megawatts (MW) of electricity through 150,000 photovoltaic panels spread across 50 hectares. The official […]

Silex funded for next stage of world’s largest solar plant

By Paul Hemsley Sun rays will fire-up 35,000 households around Mildura after the Victorian government’s approved a $10 million grant to Silex Systems to complete the world’s biggest solar plant. The money will fund Silex subsidiary Solar Systems, which originally proposed the project in 2010, the second stage of its Large-Scale Solar Power Generation Demonstration […]

Solar expands at Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie City Council has converted its seventh major building to solar power. The council has installed solar facilities on Charlestown Library, following other council buildings including the art gallery, works depot and the State Emergency Service office. Lake Macquarie City Council acting manager sustainability, Symon Walpole said solar power systems capable of generating 95 […]

WA farms for solar power

Utilities will use renewable energy generated from a solar panel installation at Greenough River Solar Farm through a public and private joint venture. The Western Australian Water Corporation will purchase 100 per cent of the sustainable energy generated by the 10-megawatt farm to offset the requirements of the Southern Seawater Desalination Plant near Binningup. As […]

Solar power gets Victorian edge

Development of a RayGen solar power system will receive $1 million in funding from the Victorian Government. In addition to the $41 million in funding for the Energy Technology Innovation Strategy (ETIS) in the 2011-12 Victorian budget, funding will go to the first stage of the development, involving fine-tuning design components and optimizing cost, performance […]

Sunny future for Perth Zoo

Perth Zoo has become the city’s largest solar site, with more than 300 solar panels installed across eight buildings and animal enclosures. The 90.9kW solar installation is part of the State Government's Perth Solar City program and the Federal Government’s $94 million Solar City initiative. The program was managed by Western Power and the solar panels were installed […]

NSW solar bonus scheme under review

By Lilia Guan   The New South Wales Government's Solar Bonus Scheme has hit 50 megawatts and a review, looking at a number of issues, is now underway.   Minister for Energy Paul Lynch told Government News, the Solar Bonus Scheme has been successful.   Changes to the scheme were first introduced by the State […]

NSW leads on solar tariffs

By Staff Writer The New South Wales Government’s scheme to reward households for the solar energy they produce has been hailed as one of the most generous solar feed-in tarriffs in the country. Premier Nathan Rees said the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme would deliver the most generous payments to families in the country. “A gross scheme is […]

Adelaide icon goes green

By Staff Writer Adelaide’s iconic Rundle Lantern has made the switch to solar technology. Lord Mayor Michael Harbison has announced that Rundle Lantern on the Rundle Street U-Park will now be powered by a 50 kilowatt MP Solar photovoltaic system. The $750,000 system is co-funded by the Australian Government under the Solar Cities initiative and […]

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