This Week in Solar: Australian-designed storage system spells grid independence

Solar Trust Centre Team
Solar Trust Centre Team
September 28, 2020

1. Australian-designed storage system spells grid independence

Home batteries might still be a big-ticket item, but choices are emerging in the integrator zone that will make sense for different users, broadening the market for rooftop solar as they go.

2. Coles Group Queensland stores to be 75 per cent renewable-energy powered

Under a 10-year deal with state government-owned CleanCo, 75 per cent of Queensland’s Coles Group power will be renewable energy. The agreement includes Coles supermarkets, Coles Express service stations, Liquorland, First Choice Liquor, Vintage Cellars and Coles Local stores.

3. Australia’s first big solar battery discovers highs and lows of energy market

The first big battery to be fitted retrospectively to a large-scale renewable energy generator in Australia, and the first to be paired with a solar farm, has provided some valuable insights into how battery storage can position itself in the country’s energy markets, and also identified some of the barriers and hurdles.

4. Australian-made cutter rail for solar modules

Solar industry participants have produced a new Australian-manufactured rail for PV modules that has been engineered to ensure safety and longevity, while catering to the needs of installers who work on residential and commercial rooftop projects.

5. Western Australia opens EoIs for 1.5-GW renewables hydrogen hub

The Western Australian government is gauging interest for the development of an over 1.5-GW renewable energy hub for the production and export of green hydrogen

6. Yates Electrical to develop 20MW of small-scale solar farms in new partnership

South Australia-based Yates Electrical Group is set to embark on the development of up to 20MW of small solar farms across South Australia and Victoria, off the back of a new deal with investment fund Sustainable Energy Infrastructure.

7. Perth-based consultancy signs MOU with UK battery manufacturer to produce lithium cells in WA

Lithium Valley south of Perth is set for two new faces after UK battery manufacturer AMTE Power and Perth-based infrastructure firm InfraNomics signed an MOU to explore the possibility of establishing lithium-ion cell manufacturing facilities in Western Australia.

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