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Renewable energy generation case studies

14 October 2021

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.


Small-scale renewable generation

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.

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.

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