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Renewable energy generation case studies

01 April 2022

To power our homes and businesses, Australia generates electricity from coal and gas fired power stations, as well as a range of renewable energy sources including large-scale hydropower facilities and wind farms, and small-scale solar hot water systems and solar rooftop panels.

The Renewable Energy Target scheme designed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in the electricity sector and encourage the additional generation of electricity from sustainable and renewable sources.

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Small-scale renewable generation

Kindy kids go carbon neutral at Albert Park Kinder

Albert Park Kinder have helped break new ground as Australia’s first carbon neutral kindergarten. With the support of the community, Albert Park has installed solar panels and embraced clean energy.

See the full case study for Kindy kids go carbon neutral at Albert Park Kinder..

Solar is a bright approach to sustainable retirement living

Jen Wetselaar built a custom solar passive home, designed for her retirement living. Through smart planning, her 5-kilowatt system creates enough energy for 2 households.

See the full case study for Solar is a bright approach to sustainable retirement living.

Community solar sees Old Beechworth Gaol in a new light

What do Australia’s gold rush bushrangers, the picturesque town of Beechworth and community-owned solar power have in common? They all share a space at the Old Beechworth Gaol!

See the full case study for Community solar sees Old Beechworth Gaol in a new light.

Community housing powers ahead with solar energy

Melbourne company Allume has made the benefits of solar power possible for the tenants of community housing provider Housing Choices’ Altona apartments. Using their SolShare technology, Allume has worked with Housing Choices’ tenants to install a solar system that delivers financial and environmental benefits while retaining separate metering and choice of energy supplier.

See the full case study for Housing Choices community solar project.

Rooftop solar passion

Australians have fallen in love with solar power. One in every four homes across the country now has a system operating on its roof, and the Clean Energy Regulator is currently processing around 7,000 applications every week or more.

See the full case study for Rooftop solar passion.

Byron Bay solar powered train

The sunny beaches of Byron Bay are home to the world’s first fully solar powered train. Operated by the Byron Bay Railroad Company, the Byron Bay Solar Train is powered by 6.6 kW of panels on the train’s roof and boosted by a further 30 kW of panel on the roof of the station storage shed.

See the full case study for Byron Bay Railroad Company.

Solar power protecting our maritime treasures

Sydney’s Australian Maritime Museum is using a unique solar system to power its strict climate control requirements, protecting some of the nation’s most iconic objects as well as the environment.

See the full case study for Australian National Maritime Museum.

Large-scale renewable generation

Hepburn Wind Community Co-operative

Hepburn Wind is Australia’s first community owned wind farm. Located at Leonard’s Hill, 100 kms north-west of Melbourne, the 4.1 MW wind farm generates energy for over 2000 homes. The wind farm is owned and operated by a community cooperative, who undertook to raise the funds to build the farm. This was done via a combination of small local investors, Victorian State Governments grants and a loan from the Bendigo Bank.

See the full case study for Hepburn Wind.

Related industries: critical minerals

Our clean energy transition is well underway, with Australian mining playing a major role. Critical minerals are powering our renewable energy generation and communication systems, and their role in creating and using clean energy is expanding.

See the full case study about critical minerals.

Solar power for remote Indigenous communities

Many isolated Indigenous communities rely on diesel generators for their electricity. However, more and more remote communities are integrating solar power into their electricity generation systems, reducing fuels costs and their reliance on the transportation of diesel fuel into remote locations, and reducing carbon emissions.

See the full case study for solar power for remote Indigenous communities.

Cattle Hill Wind Farm

Innovative technology saves endangered eagles. The wind farm has a sophisticated system called IdentiFlight which uses artificial intelligence to identify any eagles flying towards the wind turbines at which point they temporarily shut down to prevent the eagles from colliding with turbine blades.

See the full case study for the Cattle Hill Wind Farm.

Numurkah Solar Farm

Victoria’s Numurkah Solar Farm is a trailblazer in renewable energy, combining sheep farming with the day-to-day operation of a solar farm - dispelling the myth that solar farms lock away large areas of otherwise productive farming land.

See the full case study for the Numurkah Solar Farm.

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