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Australian solar facility gets Tesla battery retrofit

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:A 25 MW/50 MWh Tesla grid-scale battery was commissioned this week at the 60 MW Gannawarra solar power plant north of Melbourne in the Australian state of Victoria.This makes the Gannawarra facility the largest in the country to be retrofitted with a storage battery. Last month, installation of a 30 MW/30 MWh battery at the Ballarat power station in Victoria was completed. That battery is expected to begin operations before next summer.The battery is owned by Australia’s renewables developer Edify Energy and Germany’s Wirsol and operated by EnergyAustralia under a long-term power purchase agreement, according to PV Magazine. Both batteries were paid for by a $50 million grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and the government of Victoria, with each contributing $25 million.Although it was completed ahead of schedule, Edify Energy and Wirsol say that they had to overcome some unique regulatory and technical challenges to deliver the first battery storage system retrofitted to an existing solar farm. While the Australian government dithers and diddles about moving away from coal and toward renewables, the Australian states are filling the policy void and creating new commercial models for renewable energy and storage facilities in Australia.Asking people to change their behavior for a good social purpose seldom gets very far. Asking people to change their behavior to save money works a whole lot better. That’s what’s happening in Victoria today as well as in South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, the Northern Territories, and Western Australia. The toothless, muddle-headed national government has made itself irrelevant to energy policy in Australia, proving once again that money is more important than ideology every time.More: 50 MWh Tesla battery commissioned at Australian solar power plant Australian solar facility gets Tesla battery retrofitlast_img read more

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Wellington School Board sells junior high building for $11,100

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington School Board passed a motion that it has been wanting to make for the last decade.  “I move that we sell the Wellington Junior High Building,” said Angie Ratcliff, Wellington school board member. It unanimously passed at Thursday’s meeting, 6-0 with David Peck not in attendance.The building that once housed the Wellington Senior High until 1962 and Wellington Junior High until 2003 will sell for $11,100. The building was sold to George Duncan of Gold Nugget Properties in Meadville, Mo.The $11,100 price is a significant reduction than what has previously been offered for the building. Garrison Properties of Prarie Village, Kansas had twice offered to buy the property for $150,000 in 2013 and 2014 wanting to develop the properties into a 42-unit apartment complex, but could not get federal housing credits and decided not to continue with the project.It was apparently clear, the board was just wanting to get rid of it. In the past three years, the building has cost the district $132,000 in utilities and maintenance, not to mention liability insurance.What Duncan decides to do with the building is not apparently clear.“It’s what he does,” said Bob White, outgoing Wellington school board member. “He goes around the country and flips these buildings. I’m not sure what he will do with the building.”According to the York (Neb.) News-Times, where a former middle school was sold for $25,000, Duncan buys these properties and then leases them out to charter schools, apartments or nursing home complexes.Whether the school district and community will have use of the locker rooms, the auditorium, and gymnasium will be up to negotiation with the new owners, White said.Duncan could not be reached for comment. But doing a Google search it is apparent he does this kind of sale quite frequently.  For example, on March 12, 2013 the Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton School District in Minnesota sold a former school building for $10,000 to Duncan. Just recently, Duncan offered $15,100 for a school building in Meadville, Mo. but it went to another bidder for $25,000.With significant cuts in state funding forthcoming, the school district is looking at ways to cut corners. Unloading the junior high building was an easy decision.The sale includes dividing the parking lot to square off the property with part of the property going to the school district and the other going to Duncan.The boundaries per legal description in the contract are roughly the red lines. The lot in yellow will be split in order to square off the property.While the sale won’t be finalized until closing, the school board is hoping the deal will finally end what has been a long, tedious ordeal of selling the property. At least three property management companies had expressed interest in rebuilding the former junior high building into apartment complexes – only to see the deal fall through for a myriad of reasons.In 2013, the property was rezoned by the Wellington City council into a multi-family residential complex.As recently as October, Seldin Company in Omaha, Neb. was wanting to purchase part of the building. That too did not materialize. The Wellington junior high building, originally built in 1928 as a high school, has been used sparingly since 2006 when the junior high students were moved to the new middle school to the north. Since that point, the building has been used by the Wellington Community Theater, middle school basketball practices, locker rooms for officials and football teams, and ghost hunts. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (14) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down WHS grad 2006 · 269 weeks ago Wasn’t the Junior High open longer than 2003? The new High School opened in August 2004 and I think there was construction at the old High School before it opened as the new Middle School?? Report Reply 1 reply · active 269 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down lucky · 269 weeks ago Did we contact . Garrison Properties of Prarie Village, Kansas had twice offered to buy the property for $150,000 in 2013 and 2014 to see if he was will to buy it for 20K that would of been a great buy ! look at the saving he could have reieved and school board could of made extra 5 grand Report Reply 4 replies · active 269 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Justice · 269 weeks ago I hope the new owner likes the ghost that is currently in the building. I can’t believe how cheap the town is selling this building. We have high taxes and we are not making any money off of this deal. Another great move City of Wellington!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Report Reply 2 replies · active 268 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down SuCoPride · 269 weeks ago The one thing I don’t understand is if the School Board was willing to let this building go for little more than a song, why didn’t they set up a Land/Property Auction of some sort to at least try and drive a price of some sort? I would have liked our odds at getting a price better than $11K. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Have to move stuff · 269 weeks ago Did I miss it in the article? When is the closing? Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 269 weeks ago Let’s see…it was costing roughly 40K a year for utilities…so by getting rid of it for the upcoming year they saved 40K plus got 11K..so it was like getting 51. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down for sale · 45 weeks ago on ebay now for 159k Report Reply 0 replies · active 45 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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