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Renewable energy generation case studies

07 July 2023

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 (RET) is designed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in the electricity sector and encourage the additional generation of electricity from sustainable and renewable sources.

Follow our renewable energy stories – they feature initiative and ground-breaking great work.


Small-scale renewable generation

Help available for not-for-profits to switch to renewable energy

Not-for-profit social enterprises such as Merriwa Industries in Wangaratta, Victoria are overcoming a lack of technical expertise and financial barriers to install small-scale renewable energy generators.

See the full case study for Help available for not-for-profits to switch to renewable energy.

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

Renewables companies moving with the times: Badgingarra Wind Farm

In the rural plains of Western Australia, the Badgingarra Wind Farm produces enough electricity for 115,000 homes. It’s 37 wind turbines feature unique, curved blades that twist and turn while spinning in the wind, designed to be aeroelastic and extremely efficient.

See the full case study for Badgingarra Wind Farm.

Australia's largest retailer serving fresh, green power

Woolworths Group has realised the benefits of commercial scale solar and recently celebrated the installation of the 150th rooftop solar panel system in its supermarket network. The retailer plans to increase this to 350 supermarket rooftops over the next 2 years and be net carbon positive by 2050.

See the full case study for Woolworths Group.

New England Solar

Australia's largest solar and battery project is nearing completion at Uralla, NSW. When fully online, it will generate enough zero emissions electricity for 250,000 homes.

See the full case study for New England Solar.

Related industries: hydrogen refuelling station

Australia's first public Hydrogen refuelling station, operated by ActewAGL in Canberra, marks a major milestone in the rollout of zero emissions vehicles in the ACT.

See the full case study for Canberra hydrogen refuelling station.

Redmud Green Energy - The Future of farming

In the Riverland region of South Australia, solar farms can be seen nestled amongst fields of crops, trees and grapevines. Landowners are integrating renewable energy into their existing farming practices, reactivating unused land parcels with solar farms. Many of these solar farms are part of the Redmud Green Energy project, which produces over 40 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity each year and reduces emissions by nearly 20,000 tonnes of carbon annually.

See the full case study for Redmud Green Energy.

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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