Below are a collection of articles from The Lead South Australia about renewable energy projects and initiatives in the state.
Modelling a Renewable Future
South Australia made headlines around the world when it was announced that the state - 'a place with the population of West Virginia' - had been powered by 100% renewable energy for an entire working day.
Commentators took it as a proof that a fully renewable future is possible. South Australia, moving against the wider trends in Australia, is the poster child for that future.
Snowtown II Wind Farm to power 180,000 homes
The second stage of South Australia's largest wind farm has officially launched, ahead of time and under budget.
Trustpower-owned Snowtown II consists of 90 Siemens 3.0 MW wind turbines, producing around 989 GWh per year, roughly equivalent to the power required by 180,000 homes.
Green crude production tested in South Australia
Renewable fuels company Muradel has launched Australia’s first integrated demonstration plant to sustainably convert algae into green crude, as a first step towards a commercial plant with the potential to produce 80 million litres of crude oil a year.
The $10.7 million demonstration plant at Whyalla in the northwest of South Australia will produce 30,000 litres of green crude a year using the company’s trademarked technology called Green2Black™.
Tonsley: South Australia's vision of its manufacturing future
Less than two years after the funded concept was unveiled, 800 students a day are studying at a new TAFE training centre at Tonsley, six leading companies are preparing to establish their own high-tech presence on the site, and a contractor has been chosen to create a residential and retail development.
Australia's only solar panel manufacturer receives $20 million financing from CEFC
South Australia's Tindo Solar is being provided up to $20 million senior debt finance from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to locally manufacture, install and own rooftop solar arrays and sell the power to building occupants under a power purchase agreement (PPA).
ZEN Energy Systems develop renewable storage with state grant
The State Government has awarded Zen Energy Systems a $200,000 grant to develop a battery storage solution at its new location in Tonsley precinct.
ZEN launched the Freedom Powerbank in 2012, a renewables storage solution using high-density lithium ion batteries that captures solar or wind generated energy for later use.
South Australia's UN recognised climate change plan rolled out to regions
South Australia has released its latest regional plan to prepare for climate change in the Murray-Darling Basin area, one of the most significant agricultural areas in the country.
The state's Regional Adaptation Framework, which provides a guide for regions to build resilience to climate-related impact in the future, was one of only two initiatives highlighted during the United Nations' Climate Summit in New York.