Australia’s largest solar plant to be built in 2018

Australia’s largest solar and battery power plant is slated to be built in NSW early next year.
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Maoneng Australia and Decmil had signed a memorandum of understanding to construct a 250-megawatt direct-currentsolar photovoltaic power plant and planned to start building as soon as April or May, Maoneng vice-president Qiao Han said on Tuesday.

Once built, Sunraysia will be more than double the size of the current largest solar plant, a 102-megawatt generation facility at Nyngan in NSW. It will take the mantle of the largest operating solar project in the southern hemisphere from Nygnan once operational.

The construction contract is valued at about $275 million.

The solar farm will be about 17 kilometres from Balranald in NSW and 140 kilometres south-east of Mildura in Victoria. It will generate at least 530,000-megawatt hours of electricity annually, powering homes in both states.

The project could also be one of the first solar farms in NSW to utilise batteries for storage of excess power.

“This will provide greater energy reliability and allow the solar farm to produce electricity during periods of peak demand rather than only during sunlight hours,” Decmil said in a statement.

Mr Han said the solar farm would increase energy security for the national electricity market and provide additional supply in the year ahead.

“This development will play a large part in offsetting some of the recent closures of thermal generators within the region as well as bringing opportunities for those looking to transition from fossil fuels into the renewable energy sector,” Mr Han said.

Once completed, Sunraysia, together with the company’s other solar farms, would be monitored and remotely operated out of Sydney.

While there are three proposed projects that will eventually be larger – Equis Energy’s 1000-megawatt solar facility in Wandoan, Queensland, Lyon Group’s 330-megawatt Riverland site in South Australia, and Photon Energy’s 316-megawatt plant in NSW – Sunraysia will be built before these projects.

Sunraysia is Maoneng’s second major Australian solar investment, following the completion in recent years of the 13-megawatt Mugga Lane solar park in the ACT.

The Mugga Lane solar farm generates around 24,500-megawatt hours of electricity annually, which is enough to power 3000 homes.

The Sunraysia agreement follows the NSW government’s release of new large-scale solar energy draft guidelines, which classify this project as a state-significant development.

Under the new guidelines, a solar energy development is classified as a significant project if it has a capital investment value of more than $30 million.

Decmil’s shares rose 1.27 per cent on Tuesday before closing half a cent weaker at $1.175.

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Nofoaluma plays through the pain for Wests Tigers

David Nofoaluma enjoyed a remarkable season for someone who shouldn’t have played beyond round seven.
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It was then that he suffered an injury that required groin and hernia surgeries. Rather than get the operations done straight away – a move that would have effectively ended his year – the Wests Tigers winger played on because there was no one to fill his void.

It’s not like Nofoaluma was playing for a contract – he had signed a lucrative four-year extension just weeks before suffering a sports hernia – but he played through the pain anyway.

“It gives you lower abdomen pain, and it takes away your power,” Nofoaluma said.

“I tell you what, I don’t want to experience it again.

“It took a bit out of me. I couldn’t do certain movements. When I was tackled, it was hard for me to do a crunch. Even when sitting up, I couldn’t get out of bed; I had to roll out.

“I’ve relied on some tablets the club gave me to help with the pain, but it didn’t do much. I struggled all year.”

It’s been two months since Nofoaluma underwent the procedure and he is now able to participate in “90 per cent” of the Tigers’ preseason. While South Sydney’s Adam Reynolds suffered a similar injury and just had his hernia operated on, the Wests Tigers flanker opted to also have surgery on his groin to ensure there were no related issues.

“I could have [had the operation straight away], but there was no depth in the team, and Ivan [Cleary] needed me out there,” he said.

“He said to stick it out until the end of the year and go from there.”

When Nofoaluma committed to the Tigers in April, he was the first high-profile player to do so. At the time, the future of the “Big Four” of Aaron Woods, Mitchell Moses, James Tedesco and Luke Brooks was uncertain, and halfback Brooks would prove the only member to stay put.

Within weeks, the joint-venture outfit embarked on a signing spree that netted Josh Reynolds, Ben Matulino, Russell Packer, Chris McQueen, Benji Marshall, Robbie Rochow, Mahe Fonua, Taane Milne and Corey Thompson to vindicate Nofoaluma’s decision.

“When I was signing, there was all that drama happening and I was nervous with [possibly] four good players about to leave,” he said.

“What would happen to the Wests Tigers in 2018? But once I signed I was happy. It made me think afterwards, ‘What’s next for the club?’, and a week later we signed Ben Matulino, and that gave me a bit of happiness; then we signed Packer two weeks after that, and it made me even happier.

“Then Reynolds come in, and I thought, ‘We’ve got a good chance next year’, and there were signings after signings.

“I couldn’t wait to come to preseason to meet them all, and since they’ve been here they’ve slotted in well. There’s a whole new vibe around here.”

Nofoaluma’s injury prevented him from again representing Samoa at the World Cup. It remains to be seen which will be his next representative jersey. The 24-year-old is eligible for NSW, Australia, Samoa and New Zealand, and is yet to decide his priority.

“[It’s] always a goal to make the rep teams,” he said.

“The good thing about me is I’m eligible for Samoa, New Zealand and Australia. It would be nice to play for NSW, but you have to think how many players are there and will stay there. If they play well, it’s a tough one.

“I’ve had a think about it with my family and missus about possibly trying out for New Zealand, but we’ll see how the year goes.”

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Doubts grow over Handscomb’s technique

Former England captains Kevin Pietersen and Michael Vaughan say Peter Handscomb has lost trust in his technique as doubts emerge over his position in the Australian team after another low score.
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The Victorian was dismissed in worrying fashion for 12 by James Anderson, who worked the batsman over with a series of pitched-up deliveries.

There is now a strong suspicion England have figured out Handscomb, whose unorthodox technique is under the microscope.

Handscomb appeared to change his approach on Tuesday, keeping his head towards the leg side of the ball, which prevented him from hitting it under his eye line.

“It was very evident he had lost complete trust in the way he was playing,” Vaughan said.

Handscomb was in the form of his life when he broke into the team last summer but the runs have dried up. The 26-year-old is averaging 24.33 from nine hits at first-class level this season with only one half-century.

While his Test average is still lofty at 47.35, the No.5 has passed 50 only once in nine innings since his game-saving 72 not out against India in Ranchi.

Handscomb is likely to keep his place in the XI for the third Test, particularly if Australia win in Adelaide, but he is no certainty to still be in the side by the end of the series.

Victoria’s Glenn Maxwell, the leading run-scorer in the competition with 590 at 73.75, appears to be the next cab off the rank after being put on standby for the first Test.

Maxwell is presenting a strong case for a recall after backing up his epic double century with 96 this week in the Sheffield Shield.

Pietersen, who is fifth on England’s all-time Test runs list, says England can see Handscomb has doubts in his game.

“In Test match cricket you have to fiercely compete against the bowler,” Pietersen said on the Channel Nine telecast.

“You have to make the bowler think you have everything right, even if you don’t. You have to get that personality across, to me Handscomb hasn’t had that personality across.

“It’ll emphasise with Broad and Anderson targeting him they knew he wasn’t happy with that technique. You can’t have that in Australia batting at No.5.

“You can see it from a mile off, the players can, you just cannot do it.

“[If] you’re battling your technique as much as that the guys on the field pick it up so quick.”

Pietersen said Handscomb, a teammate of his at the Melbourne Stars, needed to get back to basics.

“[But] what do you tell him to do?” Pietersen said.

“He’s been scoring so many runs with that technique which has got him into the Australia side which we’re questioning.”

Handscomb said last week he was comfortable with his game.

“I have batted deep in my crease for three years, I am not really that concerned. I batted deep last year and managed to hit balls on the stumps and made lots of runs,” he said.

“I am not concerned, obviously I have got my plans, I just need to hit the ball, it’s as simple as that.”

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Mavid builds on outstanding reputation

Mavid Group Office: Located at 81 Mustang Drive, Rutherford NSW 2320Mavid Construction aren’t in the building industry for awards, but they certainly bring great recognition for the company and a sense of achievement for staff.
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This year Mavid Construction entered into “HIA Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards” and “MBA Excellence in Building Awards” achieving the following Awards:

2017 HIA-CSR Hunter Housing Awards Winner: Bathroom up to $20,000 Project:Hibberd Street, Hamilton2017 HIA-CSR Hunter Housing Awards Winner: Renovation/Addition Project over $750,001 Project:Nesca Parade, The Hill2017 HIA-CSR Hunter Housing Awards Winner: Townhouse/Villa of the Year Project:Beaumont Street, Hamilton2017 HIA-CSR Hunter Housing Awards Winner: Townhouse/Villa Development over 5 dwellings Project:Wallsend Street, KahibahMBA 2017 Excellence in building awards Newcastle Winner: Medium Density Dual Occupancy, Project:Beaumont Street, HamiltonMBA 2017 Excellence in building awards Newcastle Winner: Commercial – Extensions, Renovations & Refurbishments Under $2 Million, Project: Go Kindy Childcare New LambtonMBA 2017 Excellence in building awards Newcastle Winner: Custom Built Home, Project:Cockle Crescent, Teralba“We do not do what we do for recognition, however being recognized by the local community and Housing Organisations is an extraordinary moment,” company spokesperson Stephanie Carter said.

“Achieving such awards for the developments we build gives the whole team a great sense of achievement and recognition.

“This also gives our clients great confidence in building with such a highly recognized builder such as Mavid Construction.

“Our clients are involved every step of the way including the achievement of receiving these Awards for their investment or forever home.”

Mavid Construction specializes in medium density units and dwellings, also completing custom built homes, high-end architecturally designed homes, commercial and industrial projects including office refurbishments and childcare centres.

Clients include all sectors of the market. Whether it be a first home buyer, investor, developer, a family looking to upsize their home or a retiree wanting to downsize, Mavid Construction has expertise to deliver a quality built project whilst servicing the Hunter Valley, Newcastle region, Mid North Coast and Central Coast.

“Mavid Constructions’ Vision and Values are at the core of everything we do as a company,” Mrs Carter said. “Our Vision of providing superior quality, time and cost building is the key focus of our construction methods and customer service, it inspires ambition that drives our company to reach even greater heights.”

The team at Mavid Construction lives and breathes the company vision which is to provide superior quality, time and cost building that:

Customers recommend to family and friends,Consumers seek for in the market place,Employees are proud of,And that when choosing between MAVID and a competitor,There is never a choice!“The Mavid team strongly believe in their core values both personally and professionally,” Mrs Carter said.

“Those values include Integrity, recognition, empower, passion, quality, precision and safety and are shared throughout the team’s everyday lives allowing Mavid Construction to maintain business success.”

Mavid Construction is independently owned and directed by an energetic and enthusiastic carpenter, builder and manager Matt Sharpe.

“Matt has many years’ experience in the building industry and his success and thriving business can be attributed to his eagerness to excel and build highly sought after constructions,” Ms Carter said.

Mavid was created in June 2011 and has grown rapidly since. Ithas a tight group of 37 employees comprising of 20 office-based and 17 site-based staff.

They enjoygreat working relationships with a broad network of trades that range anywhere from 700 to 800 contractors. The companyprides itself on its swift completion of projects, while producing extremely high quality and innovative work.

“Thecompany would love to take this opportunity to thank the Mavid team, trades, suppliers and clients for their efforts for the year and to enjoy a well earned and deserved break ready for a bigger year next year,” Mrs Carter said.

Mavid Construction is located at 81 Mustang Drive, Rutherford. For more information ring(02) 4015 2666 or visit thewebsite: 梧桐夜网mavidgroup南京夜网419论坛.

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Rock on at Flow Bar

Rock on at Flow Bar TweetFacebookFREEBIE OF THE WEEK: Win a night for two in the Ziggy SuiteOld Bar’s Boogie Woogie Beach House is one of a kind. Cool without being pretentious, it is tailor made for music lovers and each room in the renovated backpackers’ hotel pays homage to a musician of note.
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The downstairs Flow Bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Sunday and if you’re not careful, you might find yourself sitting in the sunnyoutdoor dining area for all three meals.

Not that this is a bad thing, mind you. You are made to feel right at home.

Head chef Dave Clifton has just launched a new modern Australian summer menu withMediterranean, Americana and Asian influences.It is filled with small and main dishes designed to be shared.

Clifton himself is a fan of the pickled wild mushroom conserve and onion puree on the 500-gram grassland rib-eye steak.

He also rates the angel hair pasta with fresh tuna and local fragrant herbs, and the 350-gram grass-fed lamb rump, sliced to share and served with peppers, fresh pomegranate, chickpea and pickled cauliflower.

As for fans of crab, they should try the new crab and leek fritters dressed with a palette pleasing“green goddess sauce”.

“The menu is best when shared, it’s fun, you get to sample more than one dish and talk about the flavours with your friends. It really adds to the whole experience,” he explains.

Parties and large groups are also catered for. TheChef’s Selection Banquet leaves the decision-makingin Clifton’s capable hands. He selects andserveseight delectable dishes for the group to share for $49 per person.

And then there’s the live music side of things. Plan ahead and you get to see some of Australia’s best talent up close and personal. You can even have a beer with them after the gig if you’re lucky.

Weekenderis giving away a one-night stay for two people in Boogie Woogie Beach House’s stunning Ziggy Suite. Bookings can only be made outside of peak periods, in consultation with the venue’s owners.

To enter,send the word“Boogie Woogie”[email protected]南京夜网419论坛or text“Boogie Woogie”to0427 369 610, including your name, address and phone number.

Entries close at 9am on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

FlowBar and Boogie Woogie Beach Houseis at 31 David Street, OldBar. Go to flowbar南京夜网419论坛 or phone 6557 4224 for further information.

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