As a component of the Startmate Climate Cohort, Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes plans to mentor a new cohort of cleantech startups.

Startmate, an impact investment accelerator, is now in search of up to 10 new enterprises who wish to offer a business concept that in turn will offer possible solutions for the climate crisis.

Available to those selected will be the needed funding that will empower business founders to devote full-time schedules to starting their businesses, complimentary workspace based in Sydney or Melbourne, and access to mentors and climate-focused investors that include Cannon-Brookes, Blackbird Ventures, Square Peg Capital, Airtree Ventures, Grok Ventures, and Skip Capital.

Startmate chief executive James Tynan said that, as investors, he and his co-horts want to employ the fast growth mechanics of venture capital in addressing the climate crisis.

Of particular interest will be those ventures that aim to scale down on carbon levels, and also addressing issues that range from turbines to tropical forests.

Applications close 19 November 2019; visit for more information.

In a development that may just have electric implications, the South Australian government has opened tenders to accommodate the supply of 100 percent of its electricity requirements across all of the state government assets and operations.

The government has estimated its yearly energy usage as about 500 gigawatts per year. Its current energy supply agreement finishes in October 2020, with an option to extend to 31 December 2021.

The new contract opportunity has come about because of the conclusion of the Port Augusta solar thermal project, which had been intended to start meeting the state’s requirements on the expiration of the current energy supply agreement.

Aside from core requirements that revolve around a combination of predetermined supply and dispatchable power as well as competitive cost and reliability, the tender documents also indicate an advanced emphasis on renewable technologies and ground-breaking proposals which also involve the incorporation of demand management, rooftop solar PV, batteries, co-generation plant and energy information management systems.

The government will investigate the emissions intensity associated with the electricity portfolio issued by proponents, and also as to how emissions will be calculated and how the proponent will produce cleaner energy during the contract’s term.

The tender will close at 3pm Adelaide time 5 December 2019. For more information, please visit

If you possess a solar power system package that can be packed or unpacked in fewer than eight hours, be taken to a site that includes more than 1000 kilometres of unsealed roads, and installed without the aid of an electrician, then the Bureau of Meteorology might be interested.

In particularly sunny news, the Bureau is extending a tender open for the design, fabrication and delivery of Transportable Solar Hybrid Power Systems (SHPS) which can be deployed at remote weather monitoring sites in Australia.

Initially, the Bureau will request a single system installed at its Broadmeadows site, intended for testing and verification purposes for a yearlong period in advance of rollout to six or more sites throughout the next several years.

Technical requirements will include an energy storage system complete with five days’ autonomy as a component of the acquisition, full Clean Energy Council accreditation for all parts, a ground-mounted solar PV array, Australian-originated parts and service, and a training provision intended for BoM staffers regarding installation and maintenance.

This tender closes at 2pm 4 December 2019. For more information, visit