Newsletter, November 2015
20 October 2015
Renewable Energy Industry
New support for government research: Still need support for wind and solar
There have been several statements of strong support from Environment Minister Greg Hunt, including a statement he made to the Norwegian Embassy in which he said “it gives me great pleasure today to share my views on the required ‘green shift’, towards a more vibrant, resilient and low emissions society.”
Recently, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency were moved to the Department of Environment. The retention of these agencies is good news, as there are many new clean energy technologies that show great promise, and many existing projects across Australia in dire need of funding.
The large-scale renewable energy target helps to connect 5,000 megawatts of clean energy projects to the grid. For investment certainty, these schemes require strong bipartisan political support. As such, we welcome recent comments from the government stating that no particular technologies ought to be disadvantaged and that support for the scheme is ‘rock solid’. Clean energy projects directly benefit local communities, and future projects will feature more advanced, innovative models of community engagement.
Capital Renewable Energy Precinct updates
Generation at Woodlawn, Capital and Capital East Solar Farm continue as per normal. Building on its profile as a test bed for new technologies, Infigen has partnered with Canberra-based start-up, Reposit Power, to explore innovative operating strategies. Reposit Power’s software has been deployed to optimise when and how the battery at the site will charge and discharge. This will explore the benefits of co-locating renewable energy with energy storage, an emerging and disruptive combination in the electricity industry.
Renewable Energy Day 2015
Infigen will be arranging a stand at the SERREE renewable energy day on the 30th of October, 2015, at the Canberra Institute of Technology (Block K, Bruce Campus). The day will include tours of Canberra renewable energy facilities, including Infigen’s Woodlawn Wind Farm, Capital East Solar Farm, and the Australian National University’s ‘Big Dish’, along with some very cool electric vehicles. The event will be opened by Minister Corbell MLA. Please come along and say hi – we are happy to answer any questions you have about renewable energy. You can find more information here.
Updates from Infigen Energy
Development Pipeline: Capital 2 Wind Farm and Capital Solar Farm
There are no key events to announce regarding Infigen’s Capital 2 wind and Capital solar development projects proposed in the Capital Renewable Energy Precinct. Other Infigen’s development projects in NSW are the 90-100 megawatt Bodangora and 100-115 megawatt Flyers Creek wind farms, and the 50 megawatt Manildra and 12 megawatt Bogan River solar farms.
Thank you for supporting run with the wind
Run with the Wind was held on the 11th of October, and was a great success. This was our fourth Run with the Wind event, and like all years prior, went well, with hundreds of runners braving the steep hills of Woodlawn.
Local community members were out in force too: (list all volunteer groups: Boro Mt Fairy and Tarago Rural Fire Service, Tarago Landcare Group, Tarago Sporting Association). We would like to thank all volunteers who dedicated their Sunday to coordinate safe parking, run the registrations stalls, cook up hundreds of sausage rolls, paint faces and keep runners hydrated and motivated. The veggie burgers received particularly great reviews on the Facebook page.
Also in attendance were the Australian Wind Alliance, whose work with communities, farmers and stakeholders has been very worthwhile.
Ketan Joshi’s blog post on what motivates the event is up here.