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NOV
23
Sun shines brightly on massive growth at Pacific Hydro

An agreement signed between Pacific Hydro and a north Queensland landholder signals the beginning of Pacific Hydro’s foray into utility scale solar with the potential to harvest up to 1GW of power from the sun. Meanwhile, in central Queensland, a different group of landholders from Clarke Creek (200km south of Mackay / 190km north of [...]

NOV
03
Shovel ready: Crowlands Wind Farm construction builds up

Construction of Crowlands Wind Farm Project is rapidly moving to an advanced stage, with tendering for turbine supply and balance of plant to begin within weeks, Pacific Hydro announced today. Earlier this year Pacific Hydro was acquired by State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) and a detailed review of the development pipeline is now drawing to [...]

October 2016

OCT
27
See inside a wind turbine, learn more about renewable energy, and celebrate great local projects at the Sustainable Communities Day

On Sunday 6 November 2016 Pacific Hydro will host a Sustainable Communities Day at Portland Community Garden. This exciting free event will celebrate the growing number of community-led projects supported by Pacific Hydro’s Sustainable Communities Fund, demonstrate the marvel of renewable energy, and promote sustainable living. “This is a great opportunity to see firsthand the [...]

OCT
20
Local Good: Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund supports important community projects

Pacific Hydro is proud to announce the successful projects in the 2016 Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund. 13 community-led initiatives have been funded across the region in the areas of sport, recreation, cultural heritage, health, and the environment. Successful applicants were formally acknowledged in a ceremony at the Crystal Brook CWA on Monday October 17 [...]

August 2016

AUG
29
Road upgrades herald start of wind farm construction

Pacific Hydro will be holding a pop-up information session at Mount Wallace Public Hall Reserve, Mount Wallace Hall Road, from 5 – 7pm on Thursday 8 September 2016 in relation to its wind farm at Yaloak South. A number of activities will be undertaken over the coming months to facilitate delivery of Pacific Hydro’s first [...]

AUG
05
New wind farm maintenance contract keeps local jobs and conditions

Pacific Hydro Australia announced today that it has secured an operations and maintenance contract with TW Power Services (TWPS) for the Challicum Hills, Yambuk and Codrington wind farms. Under the arrangement, TWPS will provide routine and responsive maintenance services for these pioneering Victorian renewable energy assets. Seven Pacific Hydro maintenance employees will be transferred to [...]

January 2015

JAN
21
Pacific Hydro releases Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm acoustic study

Pacific Hydro has today released the report ‘The Results of an acoustic testing program – Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm’, following a noise monitoring study conducted by The Acoustic Group at the Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm near Portland, Victoria. While the Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm is compliant according to the noise standard adopted by the Victorian [...]

November 2014

NOV
25
Ararat groups set to benefit from $50,000 Sustainable Communities Fund

Pacific Hydro’s Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund will award $50,000 to 16 local organisations working to implement socially, economically and environmentally sustainable projects within the community at a presentation ceremony this week. Updating technology was a priority for a number of groups, with the Ararat Musical Comedy Society purchasing wireless microphones to use during performances, Pinnacle [...]

September 2014

SEP
30
Lifesaving training for Nippers through Sustainable Communities Fund

The Portland Surf Life Saving Club in Cape Bridgewater is one of 17 local community groups who will share in $90,000 from this year’s Portland Sustainable Communities Fund. Youth members will benefit from new training equipment as part of an expansion of the club’s education and training programs. Portland Surf Life Saving Club President, Mr [...]

SEP
30
Port Fairy cricketers to bowl over the competition with new equipment

Budding cricketers in Port Fairy will be able to train with confidence thanks to the purchase of a new bowling machine and balls from the Codrington/Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund. Pacific Hydro’s Executive General Manager for Australia, Mr Lane Crockett, said that the club’s current machine had not been replaced in over 23 years. “It’s clear [...]

SEP
08
Last chance to apply to the $50,000 Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund

Pacific Hydro encourages community groups working towards economically, socially or environmentally sustainable projects within the Ararat Rural City to apply now for the Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund. With applications closing at 5pm on Tuesday 23 September, now is the time to start writing an application that will see your organisation’s next project get off the [...]

SEP
03
Public support for renewable energy stronger than ever

New research conducted by Crosby Textor shows that public support for retention of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) is at its highest levels ever.* The national study, conducted during August 2014, shows that public support for keeping the RET unchanged has continued to grow, with 82% of respondents confirming they want to see the current [...]

August 2014

AUG
13
Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund – Call for applications and information session

Community groups in the Ararat Rural City who are working towards socially, economically and environmentally sustainable projects are welcome to apply to the $50,000 Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund, which opened on Tuesday 12 August 2014. Pacific Hydro’s executive general manager for Australia, Mr Lane Crockett, encouraged eligible community groups to submit an application before 23 [...]

July 2014

JUL
15
Nominations open for Ararat Fund Allocation Panel

Would you like to learn more about your community and the fantastic projects it is getting up and running? Pacific Hydro invites community members living in the Ararat Rural City to help allocate the $50,000 Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund. Nominations for positions for the Fund Allocation Panel must be received by 29 July 2014. The [...]

JUL
08
Pacific Hydro welcomes PUP support for renewable energy target

Pacific Hydro has welcomed Clive Palmer’s confirmation in his address to the National Press Club yesterday that his Palmer United Party will support the renewable energy target in its current form – 41,000 gigawatt hours by 2020. Lane Crockett, Executive General Manager Australia, Pacific Hydro said it was encouraging to see that the Palmer United [...]

JUL
07
Last chance to apply to the Portland Sustainable Communities Fund

With just one week until the $90,000 Sustainable Communities Fund closes on 14 July, Pacific Hydro is urging community groups operating in Cape Bridgewater, Cape Nelson, Portland, Heywood, Gorae West and Tyrendarra to begin their application now. “Applications for the Portland Sustainable Communities Fund are due by 5pm on Monday 14 July,” said executive general [...]

JUL
04
Last chance to apply to the Portland Sustainable Communities Fund

With just one week until the $90,000 Sustainable Communities Fund closes on 14 July, Pacific Hydro is urging community groups operating in Cape Bridgewater, Cape Nelson, Portland, Heywood, Gorae West and Tyrendarra to begin their application now. “Applications for the Portland Sustainable Communities Fund are due by 5pm on Monday 14 July,” said executive general [...]

JUL
04
Last chance to apply to the Codrington/Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund

With just one week until the $50,000 Sustainable Communities Fund closes on 14 July, Pacific Hydro is urging community groups operating in Codrington, Yambuk, Port Fairy, Kirkstall, Orford and Koroit to begin their application now. “Applications for the Codrington/Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund are due by 5pm on Monday 14 July,” said executive general manager for [...]

June 2014

JUN
25
Buildings receive boost from Sustainable Communities Fund

Communities are set to benefit from the restoration of landmarks in Port Broughton, Redhill, Crystal Brook and Mundoora, with community buildings receiving $17,000 of the $50,000 annual Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund. The Redhill Country Women’s Association, Crystal Brook Golf Club, Wandearah Memorial Institute, Port Broughton RSL and Crystal Brook Bowling Club have all received [...]

JUN
02
Celebrating World Environment Day with Pacific Hydro

Pacific Hydro invites community members living in the Portland area to join us in celebrating World Environment Day on Thursday 5 June at Nuns Beach between 10 – 12 noon. As part of an ongoing revegetation project that has been taking place over the last three years and will culminate this year, everyone is welcome [...]

JUN
02
Portland Sustainable Communities Fund – Call for applications and grant writing workshop

The $90,000 Portland Sustainable Communities Fund is now open and calling for applications from community groups operating in Cape Bridgewater, Cape Nelson, Portland, Heywood, Gorae West and Tyrendarra. Pacific Hydro’s General Manager for Australia, Mr Lane Crockett, encouraged community groups implementing socially and environmentally sustainable projects to submit an application before 14 July. “The Fund [...]

JUN
02
Codrington/Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund – Call for applications and grant writing workshop

The $50,000 Codrington/Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund is now open and calling for applications from community groups operating in Codrington, Yambuk, Port Fairy, Kirkstall, Orford and Koroit. Pacific Hydro’s executive general manager for Australia, Mr Lane Crockett, encouraged community groups implementing socially and environmentally sustainable projects to submit an application before 14 July. “The Fund is [...]

May 2014

MAY
20
RET is an outstanding success: governments, business and the community should be proud, says Pacific Hydro

Pacific Hydro’s submission to the Renewable Energy Target (RET) review celebrates the extraordinary success achieved by the policy in the decade since it was originally implemented. “The RET has delivered significant benefits in regional areas including new job opportunities, investment, allied industry development, community programs and initiatives along with bringing new competition to the energy [...]

MAY
09
Pacific Hydro appoints new CEO

The Board of global clean energy solutions provider Pacific Hydro today announced that Michael Fuge will become CEO of the company in early July 2014, which will facilitate a smooth transition from Rob Grant who steps down at that time. Michael’s appointment is the culmination of a global executive search announced in October last year. [...]

MAY
07
Nominations open for Portland Fund Allocation Panel

How would you like to learn more about your community and the fantastic projects it is implementing?  Pacific Hydro invites community members living in the Portland area to help allocate the $90, 000 Portland Sustainable Communities Fund by nominating for a position on the Fund Allocation Panel by 20 May. The Fund Allocation Panel has [...]

MAY
07
Nominations open for Codrington/Yambuk Fund Allocation Panel

How would you like to learn more about your community and the fantastic projects it is implementing?  Pacific Hydro invites community members living in the Codrington and Yambuk areas to help allocate the $50, 000 Codrington/Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund by nominating for a position on the Fund Allocation Panel by 20 May. The Fund Allocation [...]

April 2014

APR
30
Renewable Energy Target drives power bills down and investment up

Pacific Hydro has welcomed modelling work commissioned by the Clean Energy Council and conducted by specialist energy consultants, ROAM consulting, that clearly shows Australia is on track for a cheaper and cleaner energy future. The report finds that the 41,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) Renewable Energy Target (RET) drives power prices down in the medium to [...]

APR
07
Last chance to apply to the Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund

With just one week until the $50,000 Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund closes on 14 April, Pacific Hydro is urging community groups working in Clements Gap, Redhill, Crystal Brook, Mundoora, Wanderah, Fisherman’s Bay and Port Broughton to start on their application now. “At our recent workshops, we spoke with a number of local community groups [...]

March 2014

MAR
18
Applications Open for 2014 Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund

The $50,000 Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund is now open and calling for applications from local community groups working in Clements Gap, Redhill, Crystal Brook, Mundoora, Wanderah, Fisherman’s Bay, and Port Broughton. Pacific Hydro’s executive general manager for Australia, Mr Lane Crockett, encouraged community groups implementing socially and environmentally sustainable projects to submit an application [...]

February 2014

FEB
27
Renewable Energy Target critical to achieving any emissions reduction target

Leading Australian renewable energy company, Pacific Hydro, has come out strongly in support of the Climate Change Authority’s recommendation of a minimum three-fold increase to Australia’s emissions reduction target. “The Renewable Energy Target (RET) has been the single most effective policy in Australia over the past ten years in achieving emission reduction targets,” said Pacific [...]

FEB
27
Pacific Hydro welcomes National Health and Medical Research Council review into wind farms

The review of wind farm health impacts released by the National Research and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) released on 24 February, finding no evidence that wind farms cause direct health impacts, reaffirms our view that the technology is safe,” said Pacific Hydro’s executive general manager, Australia, Mr Lane Crockett. This latest review by the NHMRC [...]

FEB
17
Pacific Hydro welcomes review of the Renewable Energy Target

One of Australia’s leading renewable energy companies, Pacific Hydro, welcomes the release today of the Terms of Reference for a review into the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and looks forward to demonstrating the many economic, social and environmental benefits of clean energy. Renewable energy is one of Australia’s national strengths with the RET scheme continuing [...]

FEB
13
Nominations open for Clements Gap Fund Allocation Panel

How would you like to learn more about your community and the fantastic projects it is implementing? Pacific Hydro invites community members living in the Clements Gap area to help allocate the $50,000 Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund by nominating for a position on the Fund Allocation Panel by 28 February. The Fund Allocation Panel has been implemented [...]

December 2013

DEC
06
Pacific Hydro welcomes Keyneton Wind Farm approval

Pacific Hydro has welcomed the decision to approve the Keyneton Wind Farm in South Australia and has congratulated the South Australian government on its leadership in the development of clean energy in the state.

November 2013

NOV
28
Pacific Hydro releases its Annual Review and Sustainability Report 2013

Global clean energy solutions provider Pacific Hydro has today released its Annual Review and Sustainability Report 2013, which covers both its business and sustainability performance for the 2012-2013 Australian financial year.

NOV
12
Outdoor facilities receive funding boost from Sustainable Communities Fund

Outdoor facilities across the Ararat Rural City have benefited from Pacific Hydro’s Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund

NOV
02
Portland Upwelling set to be a fun family-friendly event

The Pacific Hydro Children’s Marquee at the Portland Upwelling Festival this Saturday [2/11/2013] is set to be a fun destination for children and adults alike, with a number of family-friendly activities on offer

October 2013

OCT
17
Emergency services receive funding boost from Sustainable Communities Fund

Emergency services operating in the Moyne Shire have received over $20,000 from Pacific Hydro’s Codrington/Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund. The Yambuk Fire Brigade, CFA Belfast Group, Orford Fire Brigade and Port Fairy Marine Service all received essential equipment that will allow them to carry out their work more effectively.  Equipment provided to the groups included top [...]

OCT
17
Youth engagement programs benefit from Sustainable Communities Fund

Glenelg Shire youth are set to have access to a number of beneficial programs thanks to Pacific Hydro’s Portland Sustainable Communities Fund. Ten youth themed programs received over $40,000 of the $90,000 fund, including a program aimed at combatting youth disengagement. The program, which is giving young people a chance to continue their education and [...]

OCT
10
Pacific Hydro Board to appoint new CEO

The Board of global clean energy solutions provider Pacific Hydro today announced that its chief executive officer, Rob Grant, will be leaving the company in 2014. A global executive search to appoint a new CEO will be conducted by the Board and the company’s owner, Industry Funds Management

September 2013

SEP
12
Final stage of Portland Wind Energy Project reaches financial close

A decade after the local community rallied in the street in support of the project, the final stage of Pacific Hydro’s Portland Wind Energy Project, PWEP IV, has achieved financial close

August 2013

AUG
06
Pacific Hydro apologises to residents, fixes noise at Cape Bridgewater

An unusual noise which had eluded technicians at Pacific Hydro’s Cape Bridgewater wind farm site since September 2012 has now been identified and fixed

AUG
02
Key financing arrangement secured for Moree Solar Farm

The Moree Solar Farm partners, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) and Pacific Hydro welcome the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) announcement of an agreement to provide $60 million of senior debt finance.

July 2013

JUL
03
Portland Sustainable Communities Fund application period closing soon

With just over one week until the $90,000 Portland Sustainable Communities Fund closes on 16 July, Pacific Hydro is urging community groups not to leave their application to the last minute

JUL
03
Last chance to apply to the Codrington/Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund

With less than one week until the $50,000 Codrington/Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund closes on 16 July, Pacific Hydro is urging community groups not to leave their application to the last minute

June 2013

JUN
14
VIP wind farm tour winners take off for an adventure in western Victoria

Five lucky winners of Pacific Hydro’s VIP wind farm tour will take to the skies from a helipad in front of Crown Casino for a day of adventure in western Victoria on Saturday June 15

JUN
13
Codrington/Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund – Call for applications

The $50,000 Codrington/Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund is now open and calling for applications from community groups operating in Yambuk, Codrington, Port Fairy, Koroit and Orford.

JUN
13
Portland Sustainable Communities Fund – Call for applications

The $90,000 Portland Sustainable Communities Fund is now open and calling for applications from community groups operating in Cape Bridgewater, Cape Nelson, Portland, Heywood, Gorae West and Tyrendarra.

JUN
05
Pacific Hydro celebrates World Environment Day with Portland community

Portland businesses and schools joined forces at Nuns Beach today to celebrate World Environment Day.

May 2013

MAY
14
Win a VIP wind farm tour hosted by Pacific Hydro

Leading Australian renewable energy company Pacific Hydro is running a competition to take five lucky winners on a VIP wind farm tour as part of the celebrations of its 20 years of clean energy

MAY
03
Pacific Hydro wins international Reporting Award for Openness & Honesty

Leading renewable energy company Pacific Hydro was the winner at the CR Reporting Awards 2013 in the “Openness & Honesty” category for its first combined Annual Review and Sustainability Report. The winners were announced during a reception at the Royal Society in London this week

April 2013

APR
08
Last chance to apply to the Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund

With just one week until the $50,000 Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund closes on April 16, Pacific Hydro is urging community groups not to leave their application to the last minute. “Applications for the Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund must be received by Tuesday 16 April,” said General Manager for Australia, Mr Lane Crockett. “To [...]

March 2013

MAR
21
Time to end uncertainty and deliver a clean energy future

Pacific Hydro has welcomed today’s response from the Federal Government to the Renewable Energy Target Review conducted by the Climate Change Authority (CCA) last year.The final report recommends retaining a fixed target of 41,000 GWh for the Large Scale Renewable Energy Target, amongst other measures. Importantly this independent review found that the benefits of reducing [...]

MAR
07
Local women to inspire students in celebration of International Women’s Day

Pacific Hydro will celebrate International Women’s Day by hosting a high tea for students and staff attending high schools nearby to its operating wind farm in Victoria in Portland, Ararat, and in South Australia, Port Broughton

MAR
05
Pacific Hydro appoints Chief Operating Officer

Leading renewable energy company Pacific Hydro is pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph Keenan as Chief Operating Officer, effective 15 April 2013. Mr Keenan will be based in the company’s headquarters in Melbourne, Australia

February 2013

FEB
26
Endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot discovered at St Helens

The Basalt to Bay Landcare Group is ecstatic at the discovery of the endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot in a nature reserve at St Helens near Port Fairy in south west Victoria. The Southern Brown Bandicoot is a marsupial that prefers scrubby, low lying vegetation and feeds on a variety of insects, fungi and plants. It [...]

FEB
11
Walking tours of Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm

Pacific Hydro will be opening the gates of the Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm for free guided walking tours later this month in support of the Sustainable Living Festival 2013.

FEB
06
Community members invited to help allocate $50,000 Sustainable Communities Fund

Pacific Hydro invites community members living in Clements Gap, Mundoora, Port Broughton, Redhill, Crystal Brook and Wandearah to help allocate the $50,000 Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund by nominating for a position on the Fund Allocation Panel

December 2012

DEC
19
Pacific Hydro launches its first combined Annual Review and Sustainability Report

Leading renewable energy company Pacific Hydro released today its first combined Annual Review and Sustainability Report. The publication covers Pacific Hydro’s business and sustainability performance during the 2011-12 Australian financial year

DEC
19
RET review done. Time to invest.

Pacific Hydro has welcomed the end of the latest Renewable Energy Target review and the Climate Change Authority (CCA) final report which recommends retaining a fixed gigawatt hour (GWh) target of 41,000GWh for the Large Scale Renewable Energy Target

DEC
14
Ararat Men’s Shed hammering out important programs

Reg Holmes-Brown and Charles Martin worked in very different fields prior to retiring. Reg was a migrant Argentinian who became the General Manager of Retravision in Ararat and Jukebox business owner and Charles was a migrant Scot and a Marine Engineer

DEC
14
Exciting changes to the Sustainable Communities Fund

Leading Australian renewable energy company, Pacific Hydro is always looking for ways to increase community involvement and participation

November 2012

NOV
26
Climate Commission report underscores opportunity for renewable energy growth

Today’s Generating a Renewable Australia report released by the Climate Commission highlights the important role the Renewable Energy Target is playing in supporting the growth of renewable energy across the nation said Pacific Hydro’s general manager for Australia, Mr Lane Crockett

NOV
22
Innovative learning aid for disabled children largest recipient in SCF

An innovative multi-sensory garden project being implemented by the Skene Street Specialist School received the largest grant in this year’s $50,000 Challicum Hills Sustainable Communities Fund

NOV
15
BREE report confirms renewables are here to stay

The Bureau of Research and Energy Economics report released today Major Electricity Generation Projects November 2012 reaffirms the important role that renewable energy will play in the coming decade

NOV
08
White Paper recognises clean energy potential, misses opportunity to line up objectives with policy

Pacific Hydro has welcomed the Federal Government’s energy white paper noting that it has recognised the abundant renewable energy resources which could generate most of Australia’s energy by 2050

NOV
02
Pacific Hydro challenges business to consider broader opportunities of ICT sustainability

Information and Communication Technology, ICT, sustainability is growing in popularity as business looks for opportunities to improve efficiency in their operations and use fewer resources

NOV
02
Wind workers get a different view of workplace during 3-Bays marathon

Portland wind workers will enjoy a different view of their workplace this weekend when they run or walk past the Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm whilst competing in the 3-Bays marathon

October 2012

OCT
26
Climate Change Authority acknowledges benefits of fixed target

Following from the preliminary findings of the Climate Change Authority’s (CCA) review into the Renewable Energy Target (RET), leading Australian renewable energy company Pacific Hydro welcomed the recognition of benefits to both business certainty and investor confidence of a fixed gigawatt-hour target.

OCT
19
Inaugural Fund Allocation Panel a success

Pacific Hydro is always looking for ways to increase community involvement and participation. Continuing with this approach the company recently changed the way it allocated its Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund by introducing a Fund Allocation Panel

OCT
11
100 years of progress for Mundoora and electricity

This weekend (13-14 October) Mundoora will step back in time to celebrate its history and its journey over the last 100 years.

OCT
01
Local jobs and manufacturing a priority for Pacific Hydro

In a statement reaffirming the company’s commitment to local jobs and manufacturing, Pacific Hydro general manager for Australia, Mr Lane Crockett today said that the Renewable Energy Target is not simply about increasing the amount of renewable energy in Australia and reducing emissions

September 2012

SEP
27
Codrington wind farm passes midlife health check

One of Australia’s first wind farms, the 18.2MW Codrington Wind Farm, has just passed its midlife health check according to Pacific Hydro’s general manager for Australia, Mr Lane Crockett.

SEP
25
Challicum Hills wind farm near record generation in August

If you think it’s been windy recently you’re be right. According to data from Pacific Hydro’s Challicum Hills wind farm, which has been operating since 2003, August was its second highest month of generation on record. “While it is usually windy at the beginning of spring, this year, strong consistent winds have pushed generation at [...]

SEP
17
Pacific Hydro’s submission on the review of Renewable Energy Target

Around 80-90% of Australians support the roll-out of renewable energy. Australians are also clearly able to identify that renewable energy is better for our health, air, water and environment now and into the future. Recent research from the Climate and Health Alliance and the Climate Institute reports that the benefits from each tonne of carbon [...]

SEP
17
Pacific Hydro: retail opens for business

Leading Australian renewable energy company, Pacific Hydro, has continued its history of innovation this week by launching retail operations which will target business customers who are committed to powering a cleaner world

SEP
11
Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund application period closing soon

With just two weeks until the $50,000 Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund closes, Pacific Hydro is urging community groups not to leave their application to the last minute.

SEP
10
NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan Welcomed by Pacific Hydro

Pacific Hydro has welcomed the NSW Government’s Renewable Energy Action plan saying that the proposal is recognition by the Government that building a strong renewable energy industry is vital to supporting regional employment and growing investment in the state. “The release of the NSW plan underscores the need for a predictable, stable investment environment and [...]

SEP
10
Changes to RET Risks $10 Billion in Regional Investment

Leading Australian renewable energy company Pacific Hydro, has warned that continuing to make substantive changes to the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) which has bipartisan support in its current form, is simply inviting vested interests to undermine market confidence and investments in renewable energy. “Renewable energy, like all electricity infrastructure, is a long-term investment which [...]

August 2012

AUG
17
Environmental programs biggest winners in Portland Sustainable Communities Fund

Programs aimed at improving the environment in the Portland area are the biggest winners of this year’s $90,000 Sustainable Communities Fund.

AUG
17
Program to protect local endangered species wins lion’s share of the 2012 Codrington & Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund

A program to be implemented by the local Basalt to Bay Landcare network, which will monitor and assist in the protection of endangered species, has received the largest share of the $50,000 annual Sustainable Communities Fund for the Codrington and Yambuk area this year.

AUG
07
Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund – Call for applications

The $50,000 Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund is now open and calling for applications from community groups operating in the Ararat Rural City.

July 2012

JUL
24
Climate of the Nation highlights sky-high support for renewable energy

The 2012 Climate of the Nation report in which Australians were interviewed about their views on climate change and its associated issues, has highlighted the continued sky-high support for renewable energy and energy efficiency in the community

JUL
23
Community members invited to help allocate $50,000 Sustainable Communities Fund

Pacific Hydro invites community members to help us allocate the $50,000 Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund.

JUL
01
Bright future for the economy and the environment

Leading Australian renewable energy company, Pacific Hydro, welcomes the first day of Australia’s clean energy future.

June 2012

JUN
28
Keyneton wind farm application lodged

Pacific Hydro is pleased to inform the local community of the lodgement of a Development Application for the proposed Keyneton Wind Farm along the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges. Following extensive community consultation, the revised project application, consisting of forty two (42) turbines, with installed capacity of 100MW will be able to provide enough electricity to [...]

JUN
23
Pacific Hydro, Vale: joint venture to power cleaner mining in Brazil

The Hon Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, last night announced a consortium agreement between Australian renewable energy company Pacific Hydro and Brazil’s Vale, the world’s second-largest mining company, at a roundtable on Green Growth, Energy & Food Security during Rio+20 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

JUN
14
Health and safety programs biggest winners of Sustainable Communities Fund

Programs aimed at improving the health and safety of community members in the Clements Gap area are the biggest winners of this year’s Sustainable Communities Fund.

JUN
10
Moree Solar Farm down but not out

The Moree Solar Farm (MSF) consortium of Pacific Hydro and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) are extremely disappointed with today’s announcement by the Federal Government that funding has been withdrawn from the Moree Solar Farm project.

May 2012

MAY
23
Codrington and Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund application period closing soon

With just over one week left before the closing date for the $50,000 Codrington/Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund on June 5, Pacific Hydro is urging community groups not to leave their  application to the last minute. “Applications for the Codrington and Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund close on Tuesday June 5”, said General Manager for Australia, Mr [...]

MAY
23
Last chance to apply to the Portland Sustainable Communities Fund

With just over one week to go until applications close for the Portland Sustainable Communities Fund, Pacific Hydro is reminding community groups that there is still time to get an application in for a chance to share in the $90,000 Fund. “Applications close on Tuesday 5 June and all community groups who operate in the [...]

April 2012

APR
30
Proposed Keyneton Wind Farm – Final Information Session: 8 May 2012

Pacific Hydro is inviting the community to attend the final drop-in information stand to discuss the proposed Keyneton wind farm on 8 May. “Pacific Hydro is committed to ensuring the community is fully informed about the proposal and this will be our final information stand before we lodge our application to the DAC,” said General [...]

APR
19
Interested in finding out about Pacific Hydro’s Sustainable Communities Fund?

Pacific Hydro’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Chloe Carpenter will address the 5th Annual Rural Summit at the Victoria Hotel in Port Fairy on Wednesday 18 April 2012. Community groups and organisations interested in finding out more about Pacific Hydro’s Sustainable Communities Fund are invited to attend and hear details covering eligibility, the administration and application process. [...]

APR
17
Photographers encouraged to enter Global Wind Day Competition

Pacific Hydro is encouraging photographers to show wind energy technology in a new way by entering a worldwide photography competition in the lead-up to Global Wind Day on 15 June. Global Wind Day is the annual day promoting the power of the wind around the world and the theme for 2012 is ‘Wind in Mind.”  To [...]

APR
02
Final call for applications to Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund

Community groups are encouraged to put pen to paper and submit an application to Pacific Hydro’s $50,000 Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund before Tuesday 19th April. “All community groups who need funding and operate in the Clements Gap, Port Broughton, Mundoora, Redhill and Crystal Brook townships are encouraged to apply,” said Pacific Hydro’s General Manager [...]

March 2012

MAR
28
Pacific Hydro appoints new Non-Executive Director

Leading renewable energy company Pacific Hydro is pleased to announce the appointment of Anita Roper as a Director of the Company.

MAR
27
Pacific Hydro calls for complementary energy policy reform

Pacific Hydro, in a submission on the Draft Energy White Paper has called for a complementary reform package in energy policy and regulation that will ensure that the long term goals to transform the stationary energy sector to clean, renewable energy will be achieved. “To be a true driver of complementary reform, the Energy White [...]

MAR
19
Australia’s low carbon policy to drive future prosperity: The Climate Institute

Leading Australian renewable energy company, Pacific Hydro is optimistic about the nation’s future clean energy and low carbon opportunities, despite findings in The Climate Institute’s Global Leadership Review 2012, which rank Australia 16th among 20 OECD nations on current carbon competitiveness. The Global Leadership Review, supported by Pacific Hydro, makes clear that with a carbon [...]

MAR
06
Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund: Call for applications

The $50,000 Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund is open now until 17 April and Pacific Hydro is calling for applications from community groups operating in the area.

February 2012

FEB
27
Moree Solar Farm partners submit new bid & announce new lead contractor

On Friday 24 February 2012 the Moree Solar Farm (MSF) consortium provided the Federal Government with a revised bid for Solar Flagships funding that fully addresses issues previously raised by the Commonwealth.

FEB
07
Moree Solar farm powers on

Pacific Hydro, a member of the Moree Solar Farm Consortium has expressed disappointment at today’s announcement by the Federal Government that requires it to effectively re-engage in a new competitive tender process. “We are disappointed that given the amount of time and resources already invested, the advanced state of the project and the broad commitment [...]

January 2012

JAN
18
Proposed Keyneton Wind Farm Information Venues: 23-25 January 2012

Pacific Hydro has prepared an updated turbine layout for the proposed Keyneton wind farm. Details of the changes to the proposed layout have been published in local papers and as many local community members as possible have been advised of the changes which include a reduction in the number of turbines from 57 to 42. [...]

JAN
17
Communities say yes to wind farms

Pacific Hydro has today released the results of its latest community polling, which indicates overwhelming support for the construction of wind farms.

December 2011

DEC
14
Durban offers hope for action on climate change

Leading Australian renewable energy company, Pacific Hydro welcomes the progress made in the international climate talks which wrapped up in Durban on 11 December. Lane Crockett, General Manager Australia, stated that the completion of the talks shows countries around the globe are working hard to find an agreement to address dangerous climate change. “Durban highlighted [...]

DEC
14
Pacific Hydro named Best Project Developer Asia Pacific 2011

Leading renewable energy company Pacific Hydro has been named ‘Best Project Developer – Asia Pacific’ for the second year in a row in the 12th annual market survey promoted by Environmental Finance and Carbon Finance - two of the leading global publications covering environmental markets.

DEC
07
New layout for proposed Keyneton Wind Farm

Pacific Hydro returned to the communities of Keyneton, Sedan, Cambrai and Eden Valley with the new updated proposal for a wind farm to be located in the eastern Mt Lofty Ranges. “Following public consultation sessions and environmental assessments, Pacific Hydro has updated the proposal and has further reduced the number of turbines to 42 in [...]

November 2011

NOV
08
Pacific Hydro welcomes investment certainty with passing of Clean Energy Future Package

Leading Australian renewable energy company, Pacific Hydro welcomed the passing of the Clean Energy Future Package through the Senate today. “After many years of inaction and uncertainty at a national level on carbon policies, we are pleased to see a price on carbon formally introduced by Government,” said Lane Crockett, Pacific Hydro’s General Manager Australia. [...]

October 2011

OCT
26
Pacific Hydro inaugurates US$450m renewable energy project in Chile

Leading Australian renewable energy company Pacific Hydro inaugurated its 111MW Chacayes run-of-river hydro power plant in Chile’s Alto Cachapoal Valley, approximately 120km south of Santiago, at a formal ceremony last night.

OCT
20
South Australia planning reforms welcomed by wind industry

Leading Australian renewable energy company, Pacific Hydro welcomed the South Australian Government’s planning reforms for wind farms and new renewable energy plan announced on 19 October.

OCT
14
Pacific Hydro welcomes price on carbon

Leading Australian renewable energy company, Pacific Hydro welcomed the passing of the clean energy future and carbon price legislation through the House of Representatives on Tuesday this week.

September 2011

SEP
05
Pacific Hydro keen to hear from the community

Leading Australian renewable energy company, Pacific Hydro are holding a further community information session to discuss with local residents the proposed Keyneton Wind Farm.

August 2011

AUG
29
New Victorian wind farm rules create an uncertain environment for all infrastructure investors

Pacific Hydro acknowledges the release of the Victorian Government's Planning Amendment VC82 related to wind farm developments and remain concerned about the precedent it will set for all infrastructure development in the state.

AUG
22
Energy efficiency program one of 25 to share in $90K Sustainable Communities Fund

A program implemented by the Southern 500 Speedway to cut electricity use by around 30% has received the largest grant in the 2011 Portland Sustainable Communities Fund.

AUG
16
Sustainable Communities Fund Recipients Foster Social Cohesion

Initiatives such as Festivals that foster social cohesion are the big winners in this year's Codrington/Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund.

AUG
04
Pacific Hydro signs agreement to develop conventional geothermal resources in Australia

Leading renewable energy company Pacific Hydro has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Green Rock Energy to partner on the development of geothermal power projects in the North Perth Basin ("NPB"), Western Australia and the Great Artesian Basin ("GAB"), South Australia.

July 2011

JUL
11
Pacific Hydro Ready to Deliver a Clean Energy Future

"A price on carbon will drive billions in new investment, enable energy diversification and create significant new job opportunities across the nation", said Pacific Hydro General Manager for Australia, Mr Lane Crockett, as he welcomed the Federal Government's announcement of its carbon pricing details.

June 2011

JUN
29
Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund Recipients Focus on Health and Safety

"It is really encouraging to see local community groups leading the way in implementing initiatives that address health and safety," said Mr Lane Crockett, Pacific Hydro's General Manager for Australia.

JUN
24
Pacific Hydro comments regarding the Senate Inquiry Report into the Social and Economic Impact of Rural Wind Farms

Pacific Hydro notes that submissions to the Senate Inquiry show that community support is strong even though the Inquiry was surrounded by negative media attention.

JUN
23
South Australia proves 20% renewable energy target achievable

Leading Australian renewable energy company, Pacific Hydro, today congratulated the South Australian Government on reaching their renewable energy target ahead of schedule.

JUN
18
Moree Solar Farm – A Glimpse of Our Energy Future

Australia's leading renewable energy company, Pacific Hydro, welcomes today's Commonwealth and NSW Government announcement that they will provide significant funding for the world class Moree Solar Farm.

JUN
16
Negative Media Campaign has not Dented Support for Renewable Energy

Australia's leading renewable energy company, Pacific Hydro welcomes a watershed report released yesterday (June 15) by the national network known as 100% Renewable Energy, which provides further proof that Australians want to see a clean energy future.

JUN
03
Free family fun day to celebrate ten years of Codrington Wind Farm

Pacific Hydro will this weekend mark the tenth anniversary of the Codrington Wind Farm with a day of family fun at Port Fairy on Sunday June 5, which is also World Environment Day.

December 2010

DEC
15
Sonus Report 2010 – noise and infrasound

Pacific Hydro commissioned a report in 2010 to measure and compare infrasound levels from wind farms and common environment infrasound sources, both natural and manmade. The noise measurements were recorded for Pacific Hydro by an independent acoustic consulting firm, Sonus, with the aim of helping us to better understand the levels of infrasound that exist [...]