Welcome to our video news section! Presented by Energy Matters team member Virginia, each week we cover some of the solar power and clean energy stories from Australia and around the world recently added to our renewable energy news section.
December 14, 2011 – Episode 52
Virginia covers the release of the Australian Government’s Draft Energy White Paper, the cost of solar power often overestimated, major electricity price increases loom for Australian households and how a solar panel system can take four years off mortgage repayments.
December 7, 2011 – Episode 51
Virginia covers Linkin Park’s solar initiative, Qatar’s massive carbon footprint, solar power systems prices in Australia drop 70% and South Africa’s first concentrated PV plant powerx Durban climate talks.
November 30, 2011 – Episode 50
Virginia covers IPART missing the mark on valuing solar electricity, Victorian households struggling with skyrocketing power bills, 80,000 South Australian households go solar and AGL’s massive profits.
November 23, 2011 – Episode 49
Virginia covers Australia’s top solar postcodes, Energy Matters announced a winner of this year’s Deloitte Technology Fast 50 awards, big solar gets a big break in Canberra and the World Bank financing a massive solar farm in Morocco.
October 5, 2011 – Episode 48
September 28, 2011 – Episode 47
In this episode, Virginia covers a push for a solar thermal farm for Port Augusta in South Australia, the solar powered ApocalypsEV, Walmart adding solar to 60 more of its stores in California and the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia criticises possible plans for re-mergers in Western Australia’s energy sector.
September 14, 2011 – Episode 46
Virginia covers a call to the Australian Federal Government to intervene on the issue of solar sector support, SolarSailor announces plans to build wind and solar powered unmanned ocean vessels, solar to achieve grid parity in Europe by 2020 and REC enhances its solar panel warranty.
September 7, 2011 – Episode 45
August 31, 2011 – Episode 44
Virginia covers changes to Victoria’s solar feed in tariff expected soon, Climate Change Minister Greg Combet seeking to axe more solar incentives, Western Australia’s struggle to reach its renewable energy target and wind power is threatening to propel the Earth out of its orbit.
August 24, 2011 – Episode 43
Virginia covers looming changes to South Australia’s solar feed in tariff, Watarrka National Park’s solar diesel hybrid power system, a survey reveals the depth of NSW’s solar industry crisis and Australia’s only solar panel factory to stop producing solar cells.
August 17, 2011 – Episode 42
Virginia covers a call to extend Victoria’s solar feed in tariff, Australia’s solar soldier project, IPART requests public comment on New South Wales’ feed in tariff and a team of students who have invented a solar powered clothes dryer.
August 11, 2011 – Episode 41
Virginia covers the the deepening crisis in the NSW solar power sector, a study that finds solar panels add to a home’s sale value, Victoria’s feed in tariff to be slashed soon and why Australia missed out on a major solar project.
August 3, 2011 – Episode 40
Virginia covers the suspension of Western Australia’s solar feed in tariff program and the ensuing backlash, the Tiny House movement and thousands of South Australian households being slugged an extra 17% for electricity.
July 27, 2011 – Episode 39
July 20, 2011 – Episode 38
Virginia covers a study of the cooling benefits of rooftop solar panels, a report on US clean energy jobs paying better than the national average, a ivy leaf shaped solar panel system and solar sisters bringing light to Africa.
July 14, 2011 – Episode 37 – Carbon Tax Special
Virginia covers stories relating to Australia’s recent carbon tax announcement and a spotlight on El Hierro, a small Spanish island breaking free of its addiction to fossil fuels for electricity generation..
July 7, 2011 – Episode 36
Virginia covers additional changes to the ACT’s solar feed in tariff program, a South Australian student invents a solar powered sprinkler, South Australia’s solar revolution being driven by average households and a Melbourne PhD student awarded for solar cell innovation.
June 29, 2011 – Episode 35
In this episode, Virginia covers changes to South Australia’s feed in tariff, solar heading for grid parity in 100 countries by 2020, solar power poised to trump fossil fuel on cost and and rooftop solar now as economical as large scale PV.
June 22, 2011 – Episode 34
In this episode, Virginia covers a report stating home solar power can be a better investment than shares, the Climate Institute calls for a stop to the scapegoating of renewable energy and two major projects to receive funding under the Australian government’s Solar Flagships program.
June 16, 2011 – Episode 33
In this episode, Virginia covers forecast electricity price rises in Australia, Australian Greens announce a solar roundtable conference, the latest Australian National Photovoltaic Association report and the NSW Government guarantees solar power net metering.
May 12, 2011 – Episode 32
In this episode, Virginia covers a further reduction to the Solar Credits scheme, the potential for legal action arising from the NSW Solar Bonus scheme being put on hold, Australia’s top solar postcodes and the IPCC’s report on the potential for renewable energy.
May 5, 2011 – Episode 31
In this episode, Virginia covers New South Wales’ Solar Bonus Scheme being put on hold, Harry Reid’s vision for a renewable energy future, distributed vs. centralised solar power based electricity generation and NASA’s solar satellite returning to Earth.
April 20, 2011 – Episode 30
In this episode, Virginia covers NSW electricity price hikes, a huge injection of funding for a solar power system at Kogan Creek, Schott Solar’s school initiative and Energy Matters’ coal and carbon emissions counter.
April 15, 2011 – Episode 29
In this episode, Virginia covers legislation to boost South Australia’s solar feed in tariff, demand for fossil fuels outstripping clean energy deployment, rumours of further reduction to the Solar Credits rebate and the viral effect of solar power.
April 13, 2011 – Episode 28
In this episode, Virginia covers the ACT’s solar feed in tariff to remain unchanged, Professor Ross Garnaut states renewable energy not the major culprit in electricity price rises, the radioactive nature of coal and IKEA’s solar power efforts.
March 23, 2011 – Episode 27
In this episode, Virginia covers the Queensland Government’s Solar Kindergarten Installation Program, a report advising the ACT Government to reduce the solar feed in tariff rate for new connections, a partnership between the Australian Solar Institute and a major European solar research organisation and the NSW Greens proposal for three 200 megawatt solar thermal power stations for the state.
March 16, 2011 – Episode 26
In this episode, Virginia covers a new report showing renewable energy’s minor role in electricity prices, REC solar panels a top performer in independent testing, Suntech stocks power on and Japan’s nuclear emergency casting a cloud over Australia’s nuclear aspirations.
March 9, 2011 – Episode 25
In this episode, Virginia covers a proposal to tax coal fired power to pay for NSW’s Solar Bonus scheme, the heated debate on a carbon price for Australia, a new web site that tracks coal’s creep across Victoria and how a carbon price could boost regional renewable energy jobs.
February 23, 2011 – Episode 24
In our first episode for 2011, Virginia covers Energy Matters’ flood appeal donation, solar power systems and house fires, the Solar Flagships program saved from the chopping block and the expansion of the A.C.T’s solar feed in tariff program.