Exciting developments in renewable energy in Canberra and South East New South Wales

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This is an exciting time for supporters of renewable energy in Canberra and South East NSW. The region is becoming a hub for a range of renewable energy initiatives.

In late May, the South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence (SERREE), a collaborative network of renewable energy stakeholders, was launched. About one hundred of the region’s renewable energy stakeholders came together and heard some fascinating stories about local renewable energy initiatives, including:

  • Infigen’s solar farm near Bungendore, where the company will trial different techniques and battery storage before setting up a large-scale project that will power up to 10,000 homes;
  • The Royalla solar farm project to be built by Fotowatio 22 km south of Canberra, which will aim to power up to 4,500 homes;
  • Dyesol’s commercialization of third generation solar technology that will enable building-integrated solar power generation.

SERREE is now undertaking a major project, funded by the Australian Government, to map the needs and capability of the region’s renewable energy sector.

In early June, Canberra’s first community solar farm project, called SolarShare, was launched. The proposed community solar farm will generate as much power as is used by about 50 houses.

SolarShare members will own a share in the power it generates, which will be sold back to electricity providers or to the owner of the site, through contracts SolarShare will negotiate. Canberra residents will be able to buy in to the solar farm for a minimum of $350, but it is anticipated that most people will invest between $1000 and $10,000.

After it receives expressions of interest from members of the community, and there has been great interest already, SolarShare will negotiate with host sites and commercial solar project developers to select the best project opportunity for the farm.

Find out more about SolarShare here.

Two new solar farms approved from Solar Auction process

On Monday 19 August 2013, the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development announced that Zhenfa Canberra Solar Farm One Pty Limited and OneSun Capital 10MW Operating Pty Ltd had been selected in the regular stream of the Solar Auction and would be awarded grants of FiT entitlement for their 13 and 7 megawatt proposals respectively.

Zhenfa will build its 13 megawatt Mugga Lane Solar Park on the corner of Mugga Lane and the Monaro Hwy. OneSun will build its 7 megawatt OneSun Capital Solar Farm in Coree, near Uriarra.

Find out more at http://www.environment.act.gov.au/energy/solar_auction


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