Goldwind signs deal for $140m of new network infrastructure to service what will be Australia’s largest, and lowest cost, wind farm.
Victoria energy minister officially launches construction of first crop farm in the world to be wholly powered by renewable energy – a wind farm and a Tesla battery.
ARENA provides $7m to encourage more wind, solar and battery parks to provide grid services such as frequency and voltage.
Modest CEFC budget drawdown – after a stellar 2017/18 – is yet another sign that the investment boom in large scale wind and solar is coming to an end.
Infigen cites success of Tesla big battery in proposal for 25MW/52MWh battery addition to its Lake Bonney wind farm.
Zibelman says critics need to get used to the fact that the energy market is changing, and it was underscored by AGL that said coal “is well and truly beaten out” by wind and solar.
AEMO’s modelling of the future grid influenced by more dramatic falls in solar and battery storage costs, big uptake of rooftop solar, electric vehicles, batteries and virtual power plants – and a question-mark over coal.
Owners and developers of new and existing wind and solar projects in Victoria warned of potential curtailment, network limits and increased marginal loss factors. Building renewables is becoming more complex.
Plans for huge renewable energy hub in Pilbara expanded to 9GW of wind and solar, producing as much as planned by Australia’s renewable energy target. Hydrogen storage has also been added to the $20 billion project menu.
Sapphire wind farms turns on 100MW of capacity to help meet ACT 100% renewables target, with more wind and solar to come.