Key Liberal electorates want renewable energy target: poll

A survey of key Liberal electorates shows voters want at least 50 per cent renewable energy target from the new National Energy Guarantee (NEG). The Australia Institute (AI) poll was carried out in three major Liberal electorates: Warringah, Wentworth and Kooyong. These are the electorates of Tony Abbott, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg respectively. […]

Future of Australian energy policy uncertain: CEC

Australian energy policy has an uncertain future under the National Energy Guarantee (NEG), according to a leading clean energy body. And there’s no guarantee of ongoing confidence in renewables investment, the Clean Energy Council (CEC) says. NEG modelling shows “disappointingly low levels” of new investment in renewables like commercial solar power, the CEC claims. Areas like […]

See-through / transparent solar cells could rival rooftop solar power

See-through or transparent solar cells have the potential to generate as much energy as rooftop solar units by applying the technology to windows. That’s according to the latest research from Michigan State University scientist Richard Lunt, reported in Nature Energy. “Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications,” said […]

NSW fast-charging network boosts EV transition

The roll-out of a fast-charging network across NSW shows electric vehicles are fast becoming ‘mainstream’ an industry body claims. And the NRMA’s $10 million roll-out of charging stations statewide will help consumers transition to electric vehicles. The network of more than 40 chargers will encourage drivers to take longer trips, the Electric Vehicle Council claims. […]

Major Northern Territory solar power scheme confirmed

Northern Territory solar power systems are part of a multi-million dollar capital works program by the NT government. Details of Power and Water’s $215 million annual capital program were confirmed at the recent Northern Territory Major Projects Conference. The NT Power and Water program includes a rollout of 10 MW of solar power systems across […]

Cairns launch for Australia’s biggest retail solar program

Cairns will be the location of the first retail solar project delivered in Australia’s largest ever retail property solar program. Queensland Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt took to the roof of the Stockland Cairns Shopping Centre to make the announcement. Stockland will commence work on the $3.4 million solar project at Stockland Cairns in […]

Peer-to-peer solar innovations mean trading energy and more

Australians are benefiting from peer-to-peer solar trading by selling directly to their neighbours. Buyers, sellers, and investors can all take part. Households using solar panels can make a profit for using extra power from their roof and putting it back on the grid. Companies then sell it on a higher price, so everyone is happy. […]

SunPower solar panels dominate French solar energy tenders

Solar panel manufacturer SunPower emerged as the leading supplier in the latest round of French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) tenders. SunPower’s solar panels are likely to figure prominently in French solar projects ove the next few years. SunPower won the bid to supply 291MW in second-round CRE tenders for solar projects. This meant SunPower outperformed […]

NEG’s pro coal power stance at odds with global shift from dirty fuels

Australia’s decision to scrap a Clean Energy Target comes as companies worldwide walk away from the coal power industry in droves. Since 2010, coal companies in 23 nations and states have divested US$432 billion dollars of capital from the industry. That’s the finding of a new Greenpeace Australia report, which shows over a quarter of the […]

Queensland NEG response: seeks more detail on Federal energy plan

Queensland is asking for more information on the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) to find out what’s in it for the Sunshine State. In a media release, the state’s Energy Minister Mark Bailey described the detail of the plan as “threadbare”. He said the Federal Government needs to work with the states and provide detailed financial […]