The regional Victorian town of Yackandandah has launched its second solar purchasing offer – this time with batteries included – as it works towards a goal of 100 per cent renewable by 2022. The new bulk-buy round was launched last week by Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY), in partnership with Mondo Power – the community grid subsidiary launched by network operator AusNet Services to help communities shift to renewables. According to Mondo, the aim of the Stage Two offer is to scale battery ready solar across the area, ahead of plans to “secure financial subsidies” to roll out additional batteries across the local network.
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Australia could reach the equivalent of 100 per cent renewables for its electricity needs by the early 2030s by doing nothing more than maintaining the current pace of wind and solar development, a new research report has found. The report – published by a heavy-hitting team of Australian National University researchers, including solar PV and pumped hydro expert Andrew Blakers – says keeping up the current rate of renewable energy deployment would also meet Australia’s entire emissions reduction task “for the whole economy” by 2025.
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Sony plans to have all the energy it uses come from renewable sources by 2040, up from the current level of 7%, aiming to enhance corporate value as more investors and consumers place greater weight on environmental friendliness. The electronics company has 111 business sites around the world. Renewables will supply all power used not only in manufacturing televisions and cameras, but also in such content creation work as moviemaking. The goal will be achieved through such means as installing solar panels atop production facilities and purchasing green-certified power. Sony will gradually increase use of such energy, aiming first for a rate of 30% in 2030. Sony has already gone fully green in Europe. But 80% of the group’s energy consumption is in Japan, mainly because of semiconductor manufacturing.
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