Environmental News

Queensland installs Australia's first Powerwall battery for solar trial

David Curtin - Wednesday, January 20, 2016
A Queensland government-owned power company has installed the country’s first solar battery storage system from Tesla as it begins a year-long trial into how it can reward consumers who cut their reliance on the electricity grid.

Energex, which has installed a Tesla Powerwall and another storage system from Californian company Sunverge at its Brisbane training facility, will collect data to work out how to integrate solar batteries into the network with financial incentives for customers.

Flannery says threshold crossed in renewables

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Climate Change Commissioner Tim Flannery says Australia is doing well in renewable energy, but could do much more.

In the latest report, the commission says it is clear that solar and wind will be the cheapest forms of energy by 2030 – echoing the conclusions of the Bureau of Resource and Energy Economic, and the country could soon be powered by renewables.

“What we can now see is the emerging inevitability that renewables are going to be running the economy at some point in the future,” Flannery told ABC radio in an interview. “I don’t think it’s been widely appreciated. You talk to people in government and industry and many people on the street, those facts really haven’t started to sink in.”

Read more: http://reneweconomy.com.au/2012/flannery-says-threshold-crossed-in-renewables-14939

Solmessis plans 20MW solar plant in Qld – with no govt money

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, November 20, 2012

An Australian solar developer is proposing to build a 20MW solar PV plant in central Queensland, the first utility scale solar farm in the country  to be constructed without drawing on subsidies or incentives beyond the renewable energy target.

The company, called Solmessis, has made a development application for a 35MW solar farm  on the outskirts of the small town of Balcardine, around 520km west of Rockhampton and about 1,000km north-west of Brisbane. The DA is scheduled to go before a council meeting this Thursday.

Read more: http://reneweconomy.com.au/2012/solmessis-plans-20mw-solar-plant-in-qld-with-no-govt-money-75569

Wind power + coal closures = blackouts?

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The mothballing and closure of a range of coal power stations is leading to claims that adding lots of renewable energy supply to an already oversupplied market could mean the lights will go out.

Read more: http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/wind-power-coal-closures-blackouts