Australia’s Nova Nickel Mine To Harness Solar Power

Sirius Resources has announced details of a solar/diesel power station for the Nova nickel mine in Fraser Range, Western Australia. Zenith Pacific will construct, own, operate and maintain a 20MW diesel/gas dual fuel compatible power station combined with a 6.7MW solar farm to supply the mining operations. The solar aspect of the project is expected […]

Select Committee on Wind Turbines Has “Ceased To Exist”

The  wind power lynch mob, formally known as the Select Committee on Wind Turbines, has left the building. After dropping a hand grenade in the form of its Final Report, it appears the Committee’s taxpayer-funded stint is over according to a statement posted on Parliament of Australia site. “The Select Committee on Wind Turbines has […]

Bupa Goes Solar With Australia’s Largest Distributed Project

Building on its global carbon reduction efforts, health and care organisation Bupa has been quietly working away at its most significant green initiative in Australia – the nation’s largest distributed solar power project. Mathew Heggie, Chief Engineer from Bupa Aged Care, undertook an assessment of solar providers in Australia and chose leading commercial installer Energy […]

US President Barack Obama Unveils Clean Power Plan

President Obama has taken the wrappers off the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan, which seeks to reduce carbon emissions from the nation’s power sector 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The Clean Power Plan will give a head start to wind and solar deployment and lead to 30% more renewable energy […]

Work To Commence On Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub

Hydro Tasmania has announced it has signed nearly $4 million in contracts that will enable work to commence on a significant Flinders Island renewable energy project. The $12.88 million project will see a combination of solar power, wind energy, diesel generation, flywheel and battery energy storage; plus associated technologies deployed to reduce the island’s diesel […]

Solar Powered Drone Breaks Record

A Swiss team has broken an endurance record for unmanned aerial vehicles under 50 kilograms and for all low altitude long endurance (LALE) UAVs. Its featherweight drone, AtlantikSolar, flew continuously for more than 81 hours. Wired reports the feat was also the second longest flight by an unmanned aerial vehicle ever – the longest being […]

Butterflies Inspire More Solar Tech Biomimicry

The Cabbage White Butterfly (Pieris rapae), also known as the Cabbage Moth, is the bane of farmers and vegetable garden owners in Australia and elsewhere. However, some of its attributes may lead to more efficient solar panels. Cabbage Whites are able take flight before other butterflies on cloudy days – and it’s all in the […]

Facebook Unveils Massive Solar Powered Drone

Meet Aquila, Facebook’s solar powered answer to providing Internet connectivity to underserved communities and areas where access to the web isn’t available. Created by the social network’s Connectivity Lab, Aquila has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but weighs less than a car. The monocoque wing is constructed from a cured carbon fiber that has […]

Third Party Owned Residential Solar In The USA

The rapid growth of residential solar in the USA last year has been largely attributed to the increasing availability and choice in financing solutions. According to GTM Research’s U.S. Residential Solar Financing 2015-2020, 72% of residential solar installations in 2014 were Third Party Owned (TPO). “The first wave of growth in the residential market, from […]

SkyPower To Gift 2,000,000 Home Solar Kits To Kenya

SkyPower has announced it will be giving away two million small home solar power kits to the people of Kenya. The kits will be distributed under the guidance of the Government of Kenya to households across the country that do not have access to electricity. SkyPower says each kit features a solar panel and inverter, […]