Sep 27, 2018

Innogy set to transform Australia’s energy industry with €400mn solar investment

Solar
Renewable Energy
Olivia Minnock
2 min
Renewable energy giant innogy has begun constructi...

Renewable energy giant innogy has begun construction on what will be the largest solar farm in Australia, which will have an installed capacity of 348MW peak, as well as taking project rights for a second plant set to have a 115MWp capacity.

Innogy acquired the Limondale project in September, which is located in New South Wales. It is expected that the plant will achieve full commercial operation in 2020.

 

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Hans Bünting, COO Renewables at innogy, said: “It makes me proud that we can now start construction of our first utility-scale PV plans in Australia – one of the continents with the highest solar irradiation per sq m. To expand renewable energies it is of vital importance that beside the excellent yield the country is supportive for increasing the share of renewable energies.”

Thorsten Blanke, CEO of innogy Renewables Australia Pty Ltd, said: “Electricity prices in Australia have risen strongly over the past decade and are amongst the highest in the world. An expansion of renewable energies can contribute towards reducing the energy costs for customers. Especially wind and solar are cost-effective alternatives in a country with excellent natural renewable resources.”

Innogy has also taken on the project rights for the Hillston project in New South Wales, which has a planned capacity of 115MW at peak.

Innogy has stated it is progressing in growing its Australian solar business, and has shown this with the €400mn+ investment these projects entail.

You can read more about how innogy has transformed its procurement function in order to grow as a business in Energy Digital magazine.

 

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

schools
energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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