Whirlpool’s Wind Power Debut

Appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corporation has announced it will use wind energy to help power its manufacturing facility located in Findlay, Ohio. The Findlay Wind Farm, a USD $18 million “Wind for Industry” project, will have five wind turbines with Whirlpool utilizing two and nearby Ball Company using three. The turbines are expected to offset an […]

Air-Conditioning, Heatwaves And Solar Power

There are now around 6.7 million households with air conditioners installed in Australia, compared to only 1.9 million in 1990 – and solar is helping to alleviate the strain the comfort we demand places on electricity networks. Approximately a quarter of the investment by electricity networks – eleven billion dollars – has gone towards constructing […]

2015 – A Big Year For Big Solar In Australia

A total of 71 MW of PV was registered in Australia in December and commercial solar set a new record; providing perhaps a taste of things to come in the sector this year. According to the latest SunWiz Consulting Australian PV Market Insights, the increase in commercial solar last year pushed the average system size […]

Queensland Labor Promises Solar Support

Queensland Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has committed Labor to boosting the state’s renewable energy sector if it wins the election. “In office Labor will call for proposals to generate 40-megawatts of base-load renewable energy including solar power. This will be used as a trial for more renewable power plants,” said Ms. Palaszczuk. Labor would also […]

Wind Farm Noise Study Findings “Questionable” : CEC

While there’s a great deal of evidence to demonstrate wind turbines do not directly affect human health, some continue to try and show otherwise. A study into wind farm noise and residents’ reactions to it claims to have identified a “special noise signature” that could give “new insights for medical research,” reports the ABC. Clean […]

SunEdison Scores Solar Schools Deal

SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), has announced the company has been chosen as the exclusive solar provider for the 250 member school districts of California’s School Project for Utility Rate Reduction (SPURR). SPURR is an initiative saving its members money by pooling their purchasing power; ensuring schools and community colleges benefit from the best pricing while […]

CEFC Provides $20 Million For Solar PPA Programs

Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has announced it will provide up to $20 million to accelerate the uptake of commercial solar power systems. The senior debt finance will be provided to ET Solar Australia to go towards a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) program. A solar PPA is a long term contract to purchase electricity […]

Australia’s Bright Solar Future : Video

A video released at the recent Australian PV Institute’s (APVI) Solar Research Conference provides an update of the current status of the industry, the strengths of Australia’s solar sector and where the industry is headed. Development of “Australia’s Bright Solar Future” was supported by and features input from representatives from Energy Matters/SunEdison, the Australian Centre […]

Amazon Web Services Partners On Wind Farm

Amazon Web Services, Inc. has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the output of a 150 megawatt wind farm to be constructed in Benton County, Indiana. To be called the Amazon Web Services Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge); the facility is expected to generate approximately 500,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of  clean electricity a year – […]

Telstra Trials Solar Powered Fuel Cell System

Telstra says it has been trialing a solar fuel cell system to provide back-up power to a small exchange east of Melbourne. Hydrogen fuel is being generated from water available on-site using solar panels. The hydrogen is then used in a fuel cell system where it is combined with oxygen to produce electricity, water, and […]