Climate change no threat to cheap wind power – except in Sunshine State

The changing global climate should have little impact on the continued success of wind energy generation in Australia, a new study has found – and will in fact boost it in some parts of the country, helping to drive a possible further 30 per cent reduction in costs. The research, published this month in Environmental … Read more

World’s first floating wind farm performing better than expected

Cleantechnica The world’s first floating wind farm, the 30 megawatt Hywind Scotland, is outperforming expectations and operating at levels consistently above that of its seabound offshore brethren, according to project developer Statoil. First approved by the Scottish Government back in late 2015, the 30 megawatt (MW) Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind farm is made up … Read more

Tesla battery + solar now “significantly cheaper” than grid power

In November 2016, our analysis shows that a Tesla Powerwall and a 5kW rooftop solar system could deliver electricity around the same price as grid power. Our latest estimate shows solar and storage is now significantly cheaper. In late 2016 Tesla launched the Powerwall 2, halving the price of storage relative to Powerwall 1. In … Read more

Redflow simplifies Large Scale Battery design

PRESS RELEASE Simon Hackett in front of the redesigned LSB (Large Scale Battery) at Base64 in Adelaide Australian battery company Redflow Limited (ASX:RFX) has simplified using its batteries in large energy storage systems by integrating plug-and-play technology into its LSB (Large Scale Battery) reference platform. Implemented in an LSB installed at Simon Hackett’s Base64 property in … Read more

Proposed solar farms could meet the RET single-handed

Well, who’d have thought it. Back in 2014, Australia only had 40MW of ground-mounted solar systems, including Royalla (in the ACT) the largest at 20MW and Greenough (in WA) at 10MW. In the space of three years, everything has been transformed and we’ve now got 20 projects in operation totalling over 400MW, and we’re sitting … Read more

Tesla ‘virtual power plant’ second best to real people power

The Conversation The South Australian government and Tesla recently announced a large-scale solar and storage scheme that will distribute solar panels and batteries free of charge to 50,000 households. This would form what has been dubbed a “virtual power plant”, essentially delivering wholesale energy and service systems. This is just the latest in South Australia’s … Read more

Regulator cites Loy Yang B coal unit failure for price surge in January

The Australian Energy Regulator has cited the failure of the Loy Yang B coal generator (one of 41 coal unit trips so far this summer), for sending wholesale electricity prices sky-rocketing in the middle of a heat wave in Victoria and South Australia on January 18. The price surge to the market cap of $14,200/MWh … Read more