UniSA Energy Storage System Wins Eureka Prize

A University of South Australia team that has developed an energy storage system costing a tenth of more traditional batteries has won the 2015 ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology. Associate Professor Frank Bruno, Dr Martin Belusko and Dr Steven Tay are using salt in their novel energy storage system. While this isn’t […]

Solar Putting The Squeeze On WA Electricity Generators

Excess electricity generation capacity in Western Australia is such that power stations will have be to be closed down. “Given the excess capacity on a good day – 42 per cent – and also the growth of solar … and declining demand, we have excess capacity”, the ABC reports Western Australian Energy Minister Mike Nahan […]

Port Phillip Solar Bulk Buy Program Launched

Residents and businesses in Victoria’s City of Port Phillip Council area can have a heavily discounted quality solar power system installed under a new initiative. A group of local residents supported by Council are the driving force behind the solar bulk buy program that aims to add 300 solar panel systems within the area. If […]

Obama Admonishes Fossil Fuel ‘Rent Seekers’ (Video)

In a speech delivered earlier today at the National Clean Energy Summit, US President Barack Obama issued a very clear reprimand to those who stand in the way of the renewable energy revolution. During the speech, the President highlighted his Administration’s track record on renewables, mentioned individual states’ efforts, plus some solar power technology and […]

Bupa An Australian Business Awards 2015 Winner

Bupa’s solar power rollout in Australia has been recognised in the Australian Business Awards 2015. Bupa was recently named the ABA100 Winner in the Australian Business Awards (ABA) 2015 for Sustainability; for its work in carbon emissions reduction. The award recognises organisations that execute initiatives demonstrating leadership and commitment to sustainable business practices. “Bupa recognises […]

A Call To Action On Victorian Solar Feed In Tariff Cut

The Essential Services Commission (ESC) has announced a reduction in Victoria’s solar feed in tariff. Solar Citizens is urging solar supporters in the state and throughout the nation to take action. ESC announced yesterday the minimum feed in tariff will be cut by 20% from January 1, 2016. “The FiT of 5.0c/kWh reflects the forecast […]

US DoE Announces $1 Billion In Clean Power Loan Guarantees

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced over one billion dollars (USD) in loan guarantees to fund the expansion of distributed clean energy systems in America, including $24 million for 11 specialised projects aimed at creating a new class of concentrated solar panel. The funding will come from the DoE’s Loans Programs Office (LPO) as […]

485MW Blythe Mesa Solar Project Approved

Earlier today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell  announced the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) approval of the Blythe Mesa Solar project in Riverside County, California. The 485-megawatt photovoltaic facility will be constructed on 3,587 acres of previously disturbed agricultural private land and will generate enough electricity to power more than 145,000 California households. […]

SolarWindow Prepares For Commercial Rollout

SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. is getting closer to bringing the company’s proprietary electricity-generating windows to market – and is making some pretty big claims as to the impact it might have. We first covered SolarWindow back in 2011, then in 2012 and again last year. The technology behind SolarWindow involves applying ultra-thin layers of liquid coatings […]

Uterne Solar Farm Expansion Completed

The Uterne solar plant in Alice Springs has had a capacity boost from 1MW to 4.1MW and is now Australia’s largest completed solar farm using tracking technology. The upgraded plant is supplying the Alice Springs electricity network, operated by the Northern Territory’s Power and Water Corporation. Its output is enough to meet the power needs […]