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ARENA funds 1MW solar expansion of remote solar/diesel plant : Renew Economy

ARENA funds 1MW solar expansion of remote solar/diesel plant : Renew Economy | Renewable energy development in remote Australia | Scoop.it
ARENA says it has agreed to contribute $4.6 million towards an $11.9 million expansion of one of the largest remote solar farms in Queensland.
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First announcement under the RAR CARRE program, aimed at supporting large scale renewable projects proposed by energy distributors who provide power to communities in off-grid areas.

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Rio Tinto to deploy 6.7MW solar PV + storage at off-grid mine : Renew Economy

Rio Tinto to deploy 6.7MW solar PV + storage at off-grid mine : Renew Economy | Renewable energy development in remote Australia | Scoop.it
A ground-breaking $23 million project to cut out daytime diesel consumption at Rio Tinto bauxite mine at Weipa could unlock billions of dollars of similar investments in the mining industry – which is weighed down by soaring energy costs.
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First project announcement under ARENA's $400m Regional Australia's Renewables program
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Siemens Says Australian Cuts May Hurt Wind-Power Plans at Mines

Siemens AG, Europe’s largest engineering company, said it’s concerned that Australia’s plans to scrap its renewable energy agency may hurt efforts to bring wind turbines to remote mines.
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Will Australian mining companies still be motivated to do wind or solar without the RET or an ARENA grant if it still makes sense from both a financial and energy security perspective?
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ARENA to continue operations, as long as Senate supports it : Renew Economy

ARENA to continue operations, as long as Senate supports it : Renew Economy | Renewable energy development in remote Australia | Scoop.it
Defiant and disappointed ARENA board says agency will continue to assess 190+ clean energy proposals worth $7.7bn plus as long as it has Senate support.
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Will be an interesting few months to see how many I-RAR projects can get through...

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ARENA backs off-grid hybrid study

ARENA backs off-grid hybrid study | Renewable energy development in remote Australia | Scoop.it
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An exciting innovation from Laing O'Rourke that could provide a useful alternative for industries in remote, off-grid Australia with short-term outlooks to reduce fuel costs.

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Horizon Power ponders end of centralised generation : Renew Economy

WA regional grid provider Horizon Power tenders for battery storage units as it contemplates the end of centralised generation.
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Miners eye multi-billion dollar renewables projects with ARENA : Renew Economy

In the face of budget cuts, ARENA's Industry Program is targeting the development of renewable energy projects to supply Australia's mining industry; a major growth opportunity for the renewables sector, and a chance for miners to save cash and cut...
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CEFC, NAB beef up their solar investments with AACo PV project : Renew Economy

A $990,000 project to install solar at 15 sites belonging to Australia's largest beef cattle producer is being co-funded by the CEFC and NAB.
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Lateline - 16/07/2013: PM says renewables are booming

Lateline - 16/07/2013: PM says renewables are booming | Renewable energy development in remote Australia | Scoop.it
Kevin Rudd has claimed that the renewable energy sector is booming but the solar industry is still suffering from the sudden withdrawal of energy rebates which occurred under the Gillard government
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Big regional boost for renewable energy

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Media release from Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism, the Hon Gary Grey MP

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$400 million regional renewables program launched

$400 million regional renewables program launched | Renewable energy development in remote Australia | Scoop.it
150 megawatts of renewable generation to be added through ARENA program.
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Australia’s first renewable powered mine and township | Australian Renewable Energy Agency

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today announced funding for a ground-breaking two-phase project in far north Queensland that will supply renewable energy to Weipa’s bauxite mine, township and port.
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This partnership between Rio Tinto and First Solar is significant and has great potential to change the mining industry's mindset on how it approaches power generation in remote Australia.
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As slowdown looms, Pilbara will need networks to thrive

As slowdown looms, Pilbara will need networks to thrive | Renewable energy development in remote Australia | Scoop.it

The Pilbara has had a remarkable boom in recent years, but with the current slowdown comes questions about its long-term future.

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"Renewable energy has a big future in the Pilbara as the area has the highest concentration of solar radiation on earth. Diesel could be replaced with renewable energy at a much lower cost. It would also create the pre-conditions for other more energy intensive industries to establish themselves. Without it, they will likely choose other regions to set up shop." 

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Lateline - 15/05/2014: Government axes renewable energy agency

Lateline - 15/05/2014: Government axes renewable energy agency | Renewable energy development in remote Australia | Scoop.it
The government plans to axe the funding body for new technologies in renewable energy ARENA the Australian Renewable Energy Agency in order to save a billion dollars
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First Solar plans 5MW solar plant at Australian mine : Renew Economy

First Solar says its first off-grid solar plant in Australia will be a 5MW array at an Australian mine to reduce diesel costs.
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First Solar Close to Agreements to Supply Mines in Australia

First Solar Inc., the largest U.S. solar-panel maker, is close to announcing agreements to supply its technology to remote mining projects in Australia to help resources companies save on fuel costs.
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Excitiing times for off-grid RE development in Australia!

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Mining, People and the Environment - Law: Of mines and windmills

There are strong signs that South Africa has created a sustainable renewable energy market
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ARENA regional scheme may deliver major boost for large scale PV : Renew Economy

Large scale solar looking at big boost as ARENA receives proposals worth billions for regional scheme with miners making nearly half of applications.
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The 72 EOIs are actually made up of 62 RAR Industry (I-RAR) and 10  RAR Community (CARRE) projects but who's counting!

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Article: Remote Australia reliant on clean energy push, Sustainability Matters Aug/Sep 2013

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Large-scale tidal energy plant approved for WA : Renew Economy

WA govt has approved plans to build the state's first large-scale tidal energy plant – a 40MW facility in Doctor's Creek, near Derby.
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Will Australian miners go for baseload solar to save costs? : Renew Economy

"Mining and remote locations are looking like the most promising market opportunity for solar thermal technologies in the coming years, particularly given the excess capacity on the main grid in Australia, the reluctance of utilities to commit to power purchase agreements, and because wind energy will fill most of the space in the renewable energy target because of its current advantage in price."

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Regional boost for clean energy — EcoGeneration

Regional boost for clean energy — EcoGeneration | Renewable energy development in remote Australia | Scoop.it
The Federal Government has announced a new program that will aim to generate 150 MW of electricity from renewable energy sources in regional and remote locations in Australia. EcoGeneration Magazine
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