Wednesday 31 August, 2011
Tuesday 30 August, 2011
Monday 29 August, 2011
Friday 26 August, 2011
- UN Secretary General Calls For Renewable Energy Revolution
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called has for a global renewable energy revolution at round table talks in Denver, Colorado, stating the world has ignored the science of climate change for too long; mining its way to growth and burning its way to prosperity.
- Wind Power Threatens Earth's Orbit, Solar Panels Sucking The Sun Dry
Video/Satire: A disturbing report suggests the collective "propeller" force exerted by wind turbines installed all over the world may alter earth's orbit - and even solar power poses a threat to our planet as millions of vampire solar panels suck all the energy from the sun.
Thursday 25 August, 2011
- Combet Foreshadows End To Solar Power Incentives
News outlets are reporting Climate Change Minister Greg Combet will be seeking to axe some solar power incentive programs.
- Western Australia Unlikely To Reach Renewable Energy Target
Less than a month after ending its solar feed in tariff for new applications, the Western Australian government has reportedly admitted the state may not hit its renewable energy target of 20% by 2020.
- America's West Needs To Go Wild Over Renewables
A new report on energy investment in the American West over the next 40 years shows that states need to do more than just meet mandatory renewable energy targets if they hope to transition to profitable clean economies - they must exceed current mandates and make significant changes today to affect the future.
Wednesday 24 August, 2011
Tuesday 23 August, 2011
- Australian Solar Manufacturing Support - Lessons From The USA
Australian policy makers - faced with choices on how to spend billions in carbon tax cash - should perhaps look overseas, where successful renewable energy policies are helping business invigorate stagnant manufacturing industries.
- Churches Get Creative With Solar Power
Church buildings often provide a huge expanse of roof space perfect for generating solar electricity. Caloundra Uniting Church utilised their rooftop real estate in a unique way; using solar panels to make a religious as well as an environmental statement - a solar array in the shape of a cross.
Monday 22 August, 2011
- South Australia's Solar Power Feed In Tariff Changes Loom
With just 39 days before South Australia's solar feed in tariff rate will be dramatically slashed for new applications, a rush is on to acquire a home solar power system before the deadline.
- Thar's Gold In Them Thar Solar Cells
Researchers from the University of California (UCLA) say that by incorporating gold nanoparticles into the structure of organic solar cells they can capture more light from the solar spectrum, maximising power conversion by up to 20 percent.
- U.S. Coast Guard's Solar Rooftop Project
Schneider Electric recently announced it had secured a contract with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) in Puerto Rico to install 2.89 megawatts of solar panels on renovated Coast Guard rooftops over a 13-month period.
Friday 19 August, 2011
- Solar PV Challenging Solar Thermal
In what is being described by some as a 'dark day' for solar thermal power in the USA, Solar Trust Of America has announced it will switch the first 500 megawatts of its construction work at the Blythe facility from Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) to PV technology, conceding that CSP technology is simply not viable in current market conditions.
- Watarrka National Park's Solar Diesel Hybrid Power System
Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Minister Karl Hampton recently announced the completed installation of a new hybrid solar power system at the Watarrka National Park ranger station.
Thursday 18 August, 2011
- ASU To Lead New U.S. Solar Power Research Center
Faculty from Arizona State University (ASU) will spearhead a new Engineering Research Center (ERC) aimed at creating high-efficiency solar technologies and manufacturing methods to increase solar energy uptake.
- Survey Reveals Depth Of NSW Solar Industry Crisis
A recent survey of 91 solar businesses in New South Wales has shown 25% have closed or will close their doors in the next month due to conditions sparked by the NSW government's handling of the state's Solar Bonus Scheme.
- Sungevity Inks $50 Million Home Solar Power Deal
Solar power investment in America continues to defy stock market trends, with US solar power company Sungevity announcing a funding deal with Citigroup Inc. to provide for $50 million in residential solar leases that will allow the company to expand into new territory on the East Coast.
Wednesday 17 August, 2011
- Energy Matters Video News - Episode 42 - August 17, 2011
In this episode, Virginia covers a call to extend Victoria's solar feed in tariff, Australia's solar soldier project, IPART requests public comment on New South Wales' feed in tariff and a team of students who have invented a solar powered clothes dryer.
- UPDATE - Australia's Only Solar Panel Factory NOT Closing
In another blow to New South Wales' already troubled solar industry, the ABC is reporting Australia's only solar panel manufacturing facility, operated by Silex Solar, will be closing its doors after less than 2 years in operation.
- Electric, Solar Powered Flight About To Go Mainstream
Elektra One is a single seat electric aircraft with a fly time of 4 hours and a range of 500 km. Instead of being directly powered by solar energy, it will come complete with a solar panel-studded hangar to recharge the plane for carbon emission free flying.
Tuesday 16 August, 2011
- Floatovoltaics - Floating Solar Farms
Farm dams can be put to work to host floating solar farms that not only create clean, renewable electricity, but also reduce water evaporation.
- U.S. Army Establishes Energy Initiatives Office
The United States' Army says its many large-scale renewable energy installations would become vital to mission security in the event of failure to the civilian electricity grid. The Army has established a new Energy Initiatives Office (EIO) Task Force to manage an estimated $7.1 billion in investments on future renewable energy projects.
- Victorian Government Urged To Extend Solar Feed In Tariff
With the Victorian Government reportedly preparing to slash Victoria's premium solar feed in tariff rate for new applications soon, solar power industry bodies have called for a sensible approach to avoid a meltdown similar to what has occurred elsewhere.
Monday 15 August, 2011
- Solar Pioneer Appointed Head Of Singapore Research Institute
Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is hoping that the appointment of Professor Michael Grätzel (often spelled "Graetzel"), will result in advancements in the manufacture of cheaper, more efficient solar cells.
- IPART Invites Submissions On NSW Solar Feed In Tariff
The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has released an issues paper in relation to New South Wales' solar feed in tariff and is inviting public comment.
- Stanford University Unveils New Solar Car
Stanford University will be competing in this year's World Solar Challenge, to be held in Australia, with what it says is its fastest solar car to date - and hopes to be the first American team to win the race since 1987.
Friday 12 August, 2011
- Under A Rising Sun - Diggers Going Solar
The Australian National University (ANU) says it has developed solar technology that could revolutionise electricity generation for Australian soldiers in the field.
- Students Develop Solar Powered Clothes Dryer
Electric clothes dryers are real electricity guzzlers. According to Ausgrid (previously known as EnergyAustralia), they use about fifteen times more energy per cycle than an equivalent sized clothes washing machine.
Thursday 11 August, 2011
Wednesday 10 August, 2011
Tuesday 09 August, 2011
- IKEA UK To Invest Millions In Wind Energy And Solar Power
IKEA says it will invest heavily in solar and wind power sources for its 18 UK-based stores, as part of the Swedish furniture company’s "IKEA Goes Renewable" project.
- Thames Water Installing Over 100 Solar Power Systems
The UK's Thames Water will be harvesting the energy of the sun with solar panel arrays at 103 of its locations.
- NSW Solar Crisis Deepens
The New South Wales solar industry and households wanting to make the switch to solar have suffered greatly in the last few months due to State government policy - or more accurately, lack thereof - and the crisis could continue until at least April next year.
Monday 08 August, 2011
Friday 05 August, 2011
- Solar Powered Irrigation Helps Egypt's Desert Bloom
Farmers in Upper Egypt have turned to harvesting the energy from the sun for irrigation, with help from Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute
- The Inflatable Wind Turbine
An Israeli company called Winflex is developing inflatable wind turbines using a design they say is feasible from one hundred kilowatt units to multi-megawatt capacity models.
Thursday 04 August, 2011
- NEWSFLASH - Victoria's Solar Feed In Tariff To Be Slashed Soon
In a meeting held today between the Clean Energy Council (CEC) and the Department of Primary Industry (DPI) to discuss the existing Victorian Premium Feed-in Tariff (PFiT) incentive, the DPI reportedly stated the current program would be phased out for new connections soon.
- Why Australia Missed Out On A Solar Tower Of Power
Renewable energy media has been abuzz in recent days regarding a massive solar tower to be constructed in Arizona. The company behind has its roots in Australia - so why is this 750 million dollar project being constructed on foreign shores?
- BrightSource's New Generation Of Solar Thermal Plants
BrightSource Energy Inc. has released details of its latest large-scale solar thermal power plant design that utilises molten-salt technology for storing surplus energy, allowing plants to operate at night.
- Wind Power In The EU To Triple By 2020
The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has published projections for onshore and offshore wind power deployment in the European Union out to 2030.
Wednesday 03 August, 2011
- Energy Matters Video News - Episode 40 - August 3, 2011
In this episode, Virginia covers the suspension of Western Australia's solar feed in tariff program and the ensuing backlash, the Tiny House movement and thousands of South Australian households being slugged an extra 17% for electricity.
- Power Your House With Solar - And A Nissan LEAF
Nissan has unveiled a system that enables electricity stored in the Nissan LEAF's lithium-ion batteries to be used in the household; effectively acting as home battery backup system with enough storage to run the average Australian household for over a day.
- Sydney Home To 100% Solar Powered Billboard
Sydney's urban skyline can now boast a world-first in advertising - a 100 percent solar-powered billboard.
Tuesday 02 August, 2011
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