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Category: CleanTech Bites

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NSW Labor wants Hunter region to be centre for driverless cars

NSW Labor wants Hunter region to be centre for driverless cars

NSW Opposition leader outlines plans to transform state’s Hunter region into cleantech hub, with focus on autonomous vehicle R&D.

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Second Tasmania Basslink will need at least 1,000MW of new renewables

Second Tasmania Basslink will need at least 1,000MW of new renewables

Report into proposed second link from Tasmania makes clear it won’t work without another 1,000MW of new wind farms on Apple Isle.

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Biofuel lab to be developed in Queensland, with backing from ARENA

Biofuel lab to be developed in Queensland, with backing from ARENA

ARENA backs development of $5.4m biofuel lab that will test the feasibility of a commercial-scale biorefinery.

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ARENA says latest bids shows large scale solar costs falling quickly

ARENA says latest bids shows large scale solar costs falling quickly

ARENA says latest round of bids shows costs of large scale solar have fallen rapidly, and need much smaller grants.

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Australia should close one Hazelwood-sized coal plant a year, says Infigen

Australia should close one Hazelwood-sized coal plant a year, says Infigen

Infigen Energy CEO says closure of 1500MW a year of coal plants, starting this year, best way to meet Australia’s climate commitments.

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The huge energy cross-subsidy Queensland consumers don't see

The huge energy cross-subsidy Queensland consumers don’t see

Qld govt pays $560m+ a year to subsidise regional energy consumers. Might be smarter and cheaper to build renewable microgrids.

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Why Australian battery storage costs may fall 40% in two years

Why Australian battery storage costs may fall 40% in two years

Morgan Stanley says installed cost of battery storage could fall from nearly $10,000 to just over $5,000 within two years. The actual battery will be one third of current cost.

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Another big Australian solar installer in liquidation

Another big Australian solar installer in liquidation

One of Australia’s largest rooftop solar installers, Metro Solar, put into liquidation, but management plans a buy-out and says customers will not be disadvantaged.

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Coalition raids CEFC coffers again, this time for $100m green cities fund

Coalition raids CEFC coffers again, this time for $100m green cities fund

Renewables industry hits out at Coalition green cities policy, to be funded using another $100m of CEFC money.

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Origin sells 30MW NSW wind farm for $72m

Origin sells 30MW NSW wind farm for $72m

Origin Energy inks deal to sell 30MW Cullerin Range Wind Farm to DUET Group subsidiary for $72m, as part of $800m asset divestment program.

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CSIRO's solar thermal air-con providing cool air for shopping centre

CSIRO’s solar thermal air-con providing cool air for shopping centre

CSIRO-developed air-con technology that uses solar thermal collectors to power energy efficient cooling will undergo 12 months testing at Ballarat shopping centre.