This Week in Solar: Coal’s retreat as renewables surge is a shock, but not a surprise

Solar Trust Centre Team
Solar Trust Centre Team
March 18, 2021

1. Coal’s retreat as renewables surge is a shock, but not a surprise

Calabria was talking after Origin’s half-year profits had been slashed 98 per cent in large part due to power prices collapsing amid an accelerating influx of renewable energy into the grid.

2. Australia to reach 30% non-hydro renewable energy by 2030

Australia has “high potential” to become a global powerhouse of green hydrogen energy generation and accelerate the renewables market’s growth, according to new research.

3. Lightsource bp solar farm powers bp service stations with 100 percent renewable energy in Australia

The power purchase agreement (PPA) was agreed with Snowy Hydro which owns, operates and maintains the Snowy Scheme and is the fourth largest energy retailer in the Australian National Electricity Market given the strong growth of its retailer Red Energy in New South Wales in recent years.

4. Edify chief claims future is bright for large-scale solar PV

Australian renewable energy and storage company Edify Energy has dismissed concerns about a slowdown in the roll out of utility scale solar PV in Australia, declaring the future remains bright for the sector.

5. UK-based solar developer plans AU$500 million green hydrogen project in Australia

UK-based solar developer Eco Energy World (EEW) is hoping to build what it claims will be one of the world’s largest hydrogen and solar PV developments in Queensland, Australia.

6. International solar fund weathers Australia’s storms, grid constraints

Foresight Solar Fund’s 2020 annual report puts problems for four powerful Australian PV assets into context.

7. AGL acquires Australian C&I solar providers Solgen and Epho

Australian utility AGL Energy has secured deals to acquire two commercial and industrial (C&I) solar companies, Solgen Energy Group and Epho, as it looks to strengthen its existing PV capabilities.

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