Plans Unveiled for 400kW Community Solar Park

The first large community solar project in the city of Sydney is to be unveiled today when the not-for-profit community advisory group Embark and property giant Lend Lease announce plans for a 400kW rooftop solar PV system in the convention centre to be built in Darling Harbour.

The Sydney Community Solar project is the first of a number of projects currently being negotiated or advised by Embark. This includes similar deals with project developers in major cities, ranging in size from 100kW to several hundred kWs, as well as a series of installation on commercial rooftops in regional NSW being proposed by Starfish Enterprises, in conjunction with Embark.

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Source: ReNew Economy

How communities can take lead in green energy

The Middlegrunden wind farm in Denmark was the first offshore wind farm to be owned by a community-based co-operative.

Community ownership [of renewable energy] is common in Europe and other countries. In Germany and Denmark, the countries with the most ambitious renewable policies, it is a fundamental part of their clean energy strategy. Even if the numbers in dollar terms are relatively small, it has granted the social licence to invest the hundreds of billions necessary for the clean energy transformation.

But in Australia, it is a resource that is largely untouched…

That may be about to change. In the next few weeks, a NSW organization hopes to unveil plans for up to ten community-owned solar installations totalling 1MW of installed capacity across the state.

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Community Renewable Energy ~ Challenges & Opportunities

28 active Australian community renewable energy projects (CRE), including New England Wind and Farming the Sun, participated in this research.

The highest density of Australian projects is in Victoria and NSW, and the majority of groups are currently in the early stages of project development. Over a half of the projects are solar PV and a third are wind energy. The remainder are as yet undecided, but options include are various forms of bio energy.

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Big Food Fail

Ten of the largest food corporations in the world are failing in their social and environmental responsibilities, according to a new report from international aid organisation Oxfam.

According to the report, the “Big 10” food and beverage companies, that together make $1 billion daily, are failing millions of people in developing countries who supply land, labor, water and commodities needed to make the corporates’ products.

Nestle, Unilever, CocoCola, Pepsi, Mars, Mondelez International, General Mills, Kellogg’s and Associated British Foods were rated by Oxfam on their policies on how they deal with:

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  • the rights of the workers and farmers who grow their ingredients
  • women’s rights
  • management of land and water use
  • climate change
  • transparency of their supply chains, policies and operations

It did not review other important policies such as nutrition, tax and waste.

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Source: ProBono News

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