Council Makes Wind/Solar Power Compulsory On New Homes

In a first for Australia, a council has voted to make on-site clean power generation on all new homes and some commercial buildings compulsory. The City of Nedlands in Perth has led the way in turning more of the vast ocean of under-utilised rooftops in Australia’s towns and cities into power generators. In the minutes […]

SunEdison To Produce Polysilicon At ‘Lowest Cost In The World’

Solar power giant SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), has announced its most advanced polysilicon technology was now in production; which it says will reduce the cost of solar panel polysilicon to less than USD $0.05 per watt peak by 2016. The technology being used is called “high pressure fluidized bed reactor” (HP-FBR) and creates high purity […]

New York City Schools Going Solar

New York City and State government is supporting the installation of solar power systems at two dozen schools in the City with a total of USD $28 million in funding. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says the initiative is part of the administration’s new green buildings plan that will triple the amount of solar capacity […]

Solar Workers: ‘Hey Mr. Abbott, Don’t Mess With Our Jobs’

A new campaign launched by the Clean Energy Council puts faces to some of the 13,000 names working in Australia’s solar industry. More than just an impressive statistic, these 13,000 people are like any other – many with families and all have expenses to meet. The important work these people do has helped many Australians […]

Solar Power Could Generate 27% Of The World’s Electricity By 2050

A combination of solar panels and concentrated solar power could be the largest source of electricity globally by 2050, accounting for 27% of world electricity production. Combined, these solar technologies have the potential to avoid 6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year by the middle of the century says the International Energy Agency […]

Renewable Energy Target Campaigns Ramping Up

A major campaign concerning Australia’s Renewable Energy Target is about to begin in marginal seats in Queensland in the lead-up to the state election; among other actions that should also make the Federal Government really sit up, take notice and act accordingly. The Australian Solar Council, the Queensland Council of Unions and Queensland Conservation  are […]

Solar Schoolbags Lighting Up African Children’s Lives

Thato Kgatlhanye of South Africa has been named a recipient of the 2014 Anzisha Prize, Africa’s premier youth entrepreneurship award, for her solar schoolbags concept. Thato’s business, Repurpose Schoolbags, up-cycles plastic bags and integrates solar technology that charges during the day and provides light at night. Discarded plastic shopping bags are turned into a retro-reflective […]

Rally For Renewables A Success

Thousands of solar supporters gathered at the offices of MP’s and Senators in more than 30 electorates around the country on Friday, calling for the restoration of bipartisan support for Australia’s Renewable Energy Target. A joint initiative of Solar Citizens, the Clean Energy Council, the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Australian Solar Council; the […]

Solar Power + Chip Packets = Clean Water

Students at the University of Adelaide have developed a water treatment system using cheap or free and easily obtainable materials. The system was designed specifically for use in remote communities in Papua New Guinea, where water sources are prone to pathogen contamination. The disinfection unit is entirely hand-made from plywood, glass tube and high-density polyethylene […]

Renewable Energy Master Plan For California’s Deserts

California’s booming renewable energy sector and its impact on the state’s delicate desert region has resulted in the U.S. Department of the Interior developing a draft plan covering over 22 million acres of land for the siting of solar and wind energy projects. According to U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the draft Desert Renewable Energy […]