NSW Solar uptake booms despite State Government underspend

More than a quarter of a billion dollars is sitting idle in the NSW Government’s Climate Change Fund as solar uptake booms across the state. The underspend of $252.9 million between 2014 and 2017 hasn’t stopped the NSW solar uptake with increasing numbers of solar power systems being installed by NSW homes and businesses. The […]

New Gullen hybrid Solar wind Farm pitches in to raise funds for community

Australia’s first hybrid solar wind farm is contributing more than just energy to the community. The Gullen Solar Farm in the NSW Southern Tablelands officially opened February 1, but it’s already active in community fundraising. At the annual Crookwell Show last weekend, solar farm staff raised funds for the Grabben Gullen Community Hall and Grabben […]

Australia on the cusp of an energy storage boom

Australia is on the verge of an energy storage boom, with the price of battery technologies dropping 80 percent since 2010. That’s according to a new report from the Climate Council. It says the nation’s love affair with batteries is blooming, with storage costs tipped to halve again by 2025. The household battery market tripled […]

Complaints about high electricity bills on the rise in NSW

Electricity retailers in NSW are feeling the wrath of their customers, according to the Energy and Water Ombudsman (EWON). Electricity related complaints to the Ombudsman rose 22.4 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017, most of them regarding high electricity bills. In addition, over the previous 12 months complaints about electricity retailers were up […]

Electric vehicle finance: Businesses get financial incentive to adopt fleet

A funding arrangement between an auto lender and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) will offer incentives to businesses to purchase cleaner and greener vehicles for their fleets with electric vehicle finance programs. Commercial auto lender Metro Finance has secured $50 million through an agreement with the CEFC. Through its ‘Metro Green’ initiative, Metro will […]

Solar power inverter – a small device saving big money

We often hear about spectacular new solar energy projects that will save Australia from its energy woes. Announcements about large-scale solar farms, huge lithium-ion batteries or electric cars regularly make the headlines. But there are smaller yet equally significant innovations among these flashy larger projects. One of these is the solar power inverter. These units […]

Kidston renewable energy hub ramping up to full capacity

Kidston’s landmark renewable energy hub is on track to reach full production during 2018, according to latest reports. The word’s first combined solar and pumped hydro hybrid project in Queensland is already selling electricity to the grid. As the project ramps up to full capacity, the state can expect generation of around 783 GWh of […]

Zero net energy housing opts for solar power self-sufficiency

A landmark zero net energy housing development outside Fremantle is using a shared solar power system to win self-sufficiency. The revolutionary White Gum Valley (WGV) residential estate in WA plans to exist off-grid and be entirely self-supporting in energy terms. The join venture between LandCorp and the University of Western Australia is a baugruppen first for […]