Darwin-made, outback-tested energy storage system to be used in remote Africa

A fly-wheel based energy storage system designed by ABB in Darwin, and successfully used to smooth solar supply in remote WA, will be used to smooth wind generation on a Kenya hybrid microgrid.

Uterne 4.1MW solar expansion complete, ready to power Alice Springs grid

Australia’s largest solar PV farm with sun tracking technology, the 4.1MW Uterne project, is complete, giving Alice Springs one of highest solar penetration levels in country.

Ergon trials solar + storage and energy trading for households

Ergon Energy teams with SunPower and Sunverge Energy to offer solar plus battery storage for households. It will cut households bills and allow retailers and networks to use “virtual power plants” of pooled household storage, to hedge against rising fuel costs and grid upgrades.

US solar giant Sungevity quits Australia, expands in Europe

US solar giant Sungevity has dumped plans to become dominant player in the Australian market and has exited the country, an apparent victim of Abbott’s war on renewables. RoofJuice, the new owner, says it will focus on ‘smart solar’ to deal with rule changes, and battery storage.

$1 trillion solar, wind finance to outstrip oil and gas industry

Renewable energy finance vehicles, YieldCos, likely to rapidly outpace their fossil fuel rivals, and represent more than $1 trillion of investment in coming years. Another sign of the global investment shift to wind and solar, a trend that could bypass Abbott’s Australia.

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