Round 2 Of Victoria’s New Energy Jobs Fund Begins

The second round of Victoria’s $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund (NEJF) grants opened on Tuesday. This round will make $6 million in grants of between $20,000 and $1 million, with the NEJF open to communities, industry and businesses. “We’re putting people first by creating jobs, attracting investment and making our energy supplies cleaner,” said […]

The World’s Safest Nuclear Power Station

A former nuclear power plant in Austria is tapping another form of nuclear energy from a reactor situated a very safe 149.6 million kilometres away – the sun. Construction of the nuclear facility at Zwentendorf an der Donau commenced in April 1972. However, six years later the then-completed plant was mothballed after a referendum; when 50.5% of […]

QLD Government Rules Out Early Solar Bonus Scheme Closure

Queensland’s legacy solar feed-in tariff program, the Solar Bonus Scheme (not to be confused with the NSW scheme of the same name), will not be prematurely axed. Early adopters of solar power systems who applied for the Queensland Solar Bonus Scheme before 10 July 2012 and maintain their eligibility receive a feed-in tariff rate of […]

Australian Coal Power Transition Report Tabled

An Australian Senate inquiry into the retiring of coal-fired power stations tabled its interim report and recommendations in Parliament on Monday night. Authored by the Environment and Communications References Committee, the report advises Australia should transition from coal-generated electricity in an orderly fashion – and soon. Calling it a “wake-up call for the government,” Committee […]

ACT Wins Best Renewable Energy Target Award

With a renewable energy target of 100% by 2020, it won’t come as a surprise Canberra just scored a major award for its efforts. The Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP)  “Best Renewable Target For An Australian City” award went to Canberra, which was accepted by the ACT’s Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability yesterday. CDP is […]

Australian Solar Technology To Help Green China’s Energy Supply

Australian solar heliostat technology developed by CSIRO will soon be helping China reach its ambitious renewable energy goals. In an agreement struck between CSIRO and China’s Thermal Focus, Thermal focus will be licensed to manufacture, market, sell and install CSIRO’s low cost heliostats and related design and control software in China. The licensing agreement will […]

$10 Million For Renewable Energy Microgrid In Western Australia

Western Australia’s government has just committed a big chunk of change to improve electricity reliability for the people of and visitors to Kalbarri – using renewable energy. Kalbarri is a resort town on the mouth of the Murchison River; 592 km north of Perth.  The township has suffered frequent blackouts for many years. In 2014, […]

Finland’s Government Proposes Total Ban On Coal

An energy strategy proposed by Finland’s government sees not just the end of coal-fired generation, but also the import of electricity produced using the little black (or brown) rock. “Energy and Climate Strategy for 2030 and Beyond” heralds the end of coal by 2030 and the share of renewable energy in final energy consumption increasing […]

Solar Panels For Lego Factory

A factory making the world’s most popular plastic construction toy, Lego, will harness the power of solar energy to generate electricity for its operations. Last week, the Lego Group inaugurated its new factory in Jiaxing, China. The 165,000m2 factory (equal to 20 football fields) currently employs more than 1,200 people and is expected to produce  […]

Australian Solar Subsidy Reduction Just A Few Weeks Away

The year has flown by – and current solar subsidy levels will fly out the window soon for Australians who put off ordering a solar power system. Qualifying solar power systems in Australia are accompanied by small-scale technology certificates (STCs – formerly known as RECs), which have significant monetary value. Eligibility includes the system meeting […]