Getting Serious on Rooftop Solar

In any town or city, there’s a massively under utilised resource – rooftops. The rooftops of all our homes, industrial areas, schools and public buildings are potential emissions-free solare power plants. Recently in the United States, Southern California Edison (SCE) has engaged in an ambitious rooftop solar project to install 150 solar photovoltaic systems on local commercial buildings. 

Solar powered walking house

Growing out of a project initiated by Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire in the UK and constructed by German based N55, Walking House does just what its name implies – it walks; courtesy of solar power.

UN Climate Chief Advocates Solar, Warns On Coal

On the opening day of the Poznan climate conference, the U.N.’s climate chief Yvo de Boer expressed fears of governments continuing to invest in the construction of high-polluting coal fired electricity generation facilities, which would ultimately need to be decommissioned to build new low-carbon solar power plants or wind energy farms within the next couple of decades. 

Polymer Solar Cell Breakthrough

Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a new type of polymer solar cell that has improved efficiency and will be far cheaper to produce than the cells used in traditional monocrystalline, polycrystalline or thin film solar panels

UK And Australia Progress On Feed In Tariffs

With royal assent last week granted to Britain’s controversial Energy Bill, Britain is now committed to the implementation of feed in tariffs. In Australia, a COAG meeting held on the weekend agreed to a set of national principles to apply to new feed-in tariff schemes.

NSW Invests $27 Million In Renewable Energy Projects

After being somewhat out in the wilderness in relation to renewable energy, particularly solar power, the NSW government has been busy this week kick-starting investment into the development of alternative energy sources in the state and preparing to encourage the uptake of home solar power systems through financial incentives.

Solar Power Station Project For Alice Springs

Speaking at the International Solar Energy Society conference in Sydney yesterday, Environment Minister Peter Garrett announced $3.3 million in Federal funding for a solar power station to be constructed in Alice Springs as part of the Australian Government’s Solar City initiative.

Committee for Melbourne Wins Fast Thinking Award

Last week, Committee for Melbourne claimed the ultimate Fast Thinking 2008 Innovation Prize and the award for Social Innovation at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. The awards were made to the organization for its work towards Melbourne’s sustainability and ongoing prosperity.