Queensland amends law to stop exploitation of Solar Bonus Scheme

The Queensland Government says a legislative amendment will prevent exploitation of its Solar Bonus Scheme. Energy Minister Mark Bailey introduced a bill on June 15 to limit the amount of energy solar power consumers can feed into the main grid. The new legislation puts a limit on the maximum output of the customer’s qualifying generator. This will stop installation of […]

Clean Energy Summit powers Australia’s future

The 2017 Australian Clean Energy Summit will be held July 18-19 at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney. The Summit is the premier event helping to lead Australia’s energy transformation. The agenda includes two days of sessions where heads of industry, government and finance meet. Attendees share the models, trends and technology innovations that they’re leveraging to […]

Australian Solar race grows in global interest

In its 30th year the annual World Solar Challenge 2017 from October 8th to 15th is in Australia with the race set to take place between Darwin and Adelaide. The 3000 km race which is described by event organizers as the “adventure of a lifetime” allows teams to show off their solar creations in one […]

Powering Queensland Plan: $771 million for solar bonus scheme

The latest State Budget sets aside $1.16 billion for Queensland renewable energy initiatives. The 2017-18 Budget includes the Powering Queensland Plan that focuses on “an affordable, secure and sustainable energy supply”. Energy Minister Mark Bailey said the Palaszczuk Government is committed to reducing cost-of-living pressures for Queenslanders. “A clean energy boom is happening in Queensland,” […]

Electricity price hikes: Australia’s power struggle

Australians are paying too much due to electricity price hikes. In the five years to 2013, the average household power bill rose 70 per cent, from $970 to $1,660 annually, according to a Grattan Institute report. More recently, a Federal Court decision handed down in May means NSW and ACT households could expect electricity price […]

Victorian eco-village points the way to a clean energy community

A new eco-village in Victoria hopes to set an example for renewable energy and sustainability across Australia. ‘The Paddock’ eco-village project, launched this week, is located in the former gold mining town of Castlemaine. Its developers aim to “create a new standard for sustainable living that fosters a sense of community and closer connection to nature”. The […]

Big business fights back against Trump with energy goals

Big business may be the way to save America’s renewable energy targets that have now been abandoned under President Trump. This comes as more and more large companies such as Apple and Google continue their global work to help reduce the amount of CO2 they produce despite last week’s shocking announcement. As more and more […]

Australian Energy Conference covers storage, policy

The Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition kicked off today with Energy Matters in attendance to catch all the latest trends and industry insights during the two day event. The event which is free to attend features some of the brightest minds and innovative ideas in solar today with talks on topics by those from […]

Utility-scale solar price falls below $1 per watt in the US

Utility-scale solar costs have reached new lows in the US, falling below $1 per watt in the first quarter of 2017. According to a new market insight report from America’s Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research, the record low price was achieved through surging growth of 145 percent in the utility sector in 2016, […]

AGL electricity price hikes flagged of up to $600

NSW, Queensland, SA and the ACT could be hit by AGL electricity price hikes of up to $600 a year from July 1st. Energy retailer AGL is the first major company to announce its new prices. The ACT will be hardest hit with electricity tariffs up 19 per cent. South Australians will see their annual […]