Press releases, media mentions, industry commentary, internal company news and announcements from Energy Matters for 2008 and 2009.

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Energy Matters secures major government solar panel tender

December 23, 2009

Energy Matters has announced its successful bid to supply solar panels to the New South Wales Government. Read more.

Victoria’s solar feed in tariff – from credit to cash

December 8, 2009

Originally described as a “farce”, the Victorian feed in tariff program is being turned around – not by Government, but by market forces.  Read more.

Solar Bonus Scheme boom in New South Wales

December 7, 2009

Energy Matters is experiencing significant spike in home solar power enquiries in New South Wales after confirmation of the state’s feed in tariff legislation passing. Read more.

NSW Solar Bonus Scheme legislation passed

December 2, 2009

Energy Matters’ Max Sylvester commenting on the confirmation of New South Wales Solar Bonus Scheme Read more.

Renewables 101 – ABC radio

November 25, 2009

One of Energy Matters’ founders, Max Sylvester, was interviewed by ABC Gippsland’s Celine Foenande and listeners called in with questions about renewable energy and energy efficiency. You can listen to the show here.

Australian solar power in the Maldives

October 28, 2009

Australian solar power company Energy Matters has its sights set on assisting the Maldives in making the switch to renewable energy. Read more.

Business solar incentives go begging

October 21, 2009

Many Australian business owners are missing out on numerous incentives available for making the switch to solar power. Read more.

Energy Matters launches solar power forums

September 25, 2009

Energy Matters launches an online community to cater to supporters of solar power and other forms of renewable energy in Australia.. Read more.

Energy Matters launches unique solar power calculator

September 10, 2009

Energy Matters unveils a new online tool to help people calculate their solar power system requirements. Free to use and the first of its kind in Australia, the application requests some basic details, then based on solar power equipment choices selected and the user’s location, generates detailed performance information and graphs. Read more.

Energy Matters at the NAB’s Mini-Environmental Expo

August 4, 2009

Energy Matters will be attending the National Australia Bank Environment Expo; showcasing renewable energy and energy efficiency information to over 5,000 South Australian and New South Wales NAB employees. Read more.

Energy Matters launches “SolarGate” initiative.

July 30, 2009

The Australian solar industry and households wanting to install solar power systems have been left hanging in recent weeks in relation to government rebates, resulting in many providers having excess stock of solar panels. Energy Matters has decided to clear some of their surplus stock by extending an offer to senior politicians – an initiative they call “SolarGate”. Read more.

Solar petition tabled in Parliament

June 23 2009

A petition spearheaded by Energy Matters on the subject of a national, uniform gross feed in tariff program for solar power was tabled in Parliament by Deputy Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne. Read more

Energy Matters at the Victorian feed-in tariff rally

May 7 2009

A rally was held at Victoria’s Parliament House yeserday to voice dissatisfaction with draft solar feed-in tariff laws. The Energy Matters team was there and filed this video report

Solar power information draws capacity crowd

May 7 2009

The Blyth Cinema in South Australia was filled to capacity for a recent solar power information session hosted by the Blyth Development Board. Speaking at the meeting were Troy Harris and Colin Lord of  Energy Matters. Read more

Solar information session for South Australia’s Mid North

April 22 2009

A public meeting to discuss solar power and the opportunity to participate in a solar buyers group will be held in South Australia’s mid-north at Blyth Cinema on Monday, April 27, at 7.30pm. Energy Matters will be in attendance to outline how solar power works and answer questions from attendees. Read more.

Solar information sessions for Canberra

April 16 2009

Energy Matters will be running free information sessions on grid connect solar power for Canberra residents this weekend as part of the company’s “double dip” ACT solar incentives special offer.. Read more.

Australian solar feed in tariff petition tops 10,000

February 25 2009

A petition initiated by Energy Matters calling for the Federal Government to implement a national solar gross feed-in tariff program has already gathered over 10,000 signatures in support, less than a month after it was launched. Read more.

Energy Matters at the Brisbane Home Show

February 10 2009

The Energy Matters Brisbane team will be in attendance at the Brisbane Home Show 2009. Energy Matters technical staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide free advice on renewable energy options, plus to arrange for no-obligation quotations and free site inspections. Read more.

WFC advocating feed in tariffs for renewables

February 9 2009

The World Future Council (WFC) is a global advocate for the concerns of future generations. One of the WFC’s current projects is climate and sustainability – how the use of alternative energies such as solar power and wind energy can be supported by the implementation of gross feed in tariffs. Energy Matters’ Markus Lambert was recently asked to participate as an expert on the WFC’s feed in tariff initiative. The NSW branch of Energy Matters also recently met with the NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Climate Change Carmel Tebbutt on Friday to outline the clear benefits of a gross feed in scheme against a net tariff. Read more

Australian solar feed in tariff petition launched

January 27 2009

Energy Matters has launched a national petition at concerning the issue of renewable energy feed in tariffs and lack of momentum in a national, gross model program being implemented in Australia. Read more.


Shadow over solar legislation

December 12 2008

As Australia moves towards becoming a solar nation, Energy Matters has identified a gaping hole in current legislation to protect owners of solar power systems from neighbouring properties undertaking construction or plantings that throw shade over their solar array. Read more.

Revolutionary solar panel hits Australian market

December 11 2008

Energy Matters today announced a partnership with Sanyo for the distribution of Sanyo’s  205 Watt HIT Solar Panel; a revolutionary hybrid solar module designed specifically for grid connect solar power systems that brings the best of monocrystalline and thin film technologies into a single unit. Read more.

Energy Matters, Cleaner Climate and Greyhound team up

November 2008

Australian families are feeling the effects of the economic downturn and need all the help they can get to lessen the impact of rising living costs. To help out, Cleaner Climate & Energy Matters have teamed up to offer 2 x on-grid solar systems to two lucky Greyhound customers. Read more

Committee for Melbourne wins awards

November 2008

Last week, Committee for Melbourne claimed the ultimate Fast Thinking 2008 Innovation Prize and the award for Social Innovation at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. According to the Chairman of Committee for Melbourne, Mr. George Pappas; who is also the Chairman of Melbourne-based renewable energy firm Energy Matters, the Committee has been working tirelessly for 22 years in order to achieve positive change in a wide range of areas; including climate change, energy, and transport. Read more

Solar neighborhood update

November 2008 – Mallacoota Mouth community newspaper

This week, sixteen Mallacoota and Gipsy Point households had solar photovoltaic systems installed on their roofs by the company Energy Matters. All sixteen units were inspected and issued with safety permits.

The whole operation went like clockwork thanks to the professionalism of Luke and his team of installers.

The next round of installations will be some time in January. More than seventy households have expressed an interest in the scheme, with over fifty who have already completed the paperwork for the work to go ahead.

This has been an extraordinary response from our town, and once all houses are fitted, Mallacoota and Gipsy Point will come close to achieving our 2020 target by next year! Certainly something worthy of celebration.

Any household wishing to join the program could contact Jim Sakkas (51580720), or telephone Energy Matters (1300727151)

‘Energy Matters’ has been operating for over three years and all their installed units come with a 25 yr. warranty. Their website is

Jim Sakkas

Solar panel security guide released

October 3, 2008 – Energy Matters

Solar panels are very much sought after on the black market; often appearing in online classifieds and auction sites. Energy Matters, a leading provider of renewable energy equipment in Australia, has just released a new guide for people concerned with solar panel theft. Read more.

Energy Matters supporting buyers groups

October 2, 2008 – Energy Matters

Energy Matters is encouraging the teaming up of friends, neighbours and work colleagues within a local area to form solar buyers groups. These groups wield greatly increased buying power and through bulk ordering, members  can have a residential grid connect system installed at well below market prices. Read more

Community groups supporting the switch to solar

September 15, 2008 – Energy Matters

Community groups around Australia are switching on to solar power by co-ordinating projects to help residents install grid connect solar energy systems. These installations assist residents in substantially reducing carbon emissions and save money on electricity consumption; plus provide substantial discounts on the equipment itself. Read more


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