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 […]

Labor dubs the National Energy Guarantee ‘no guarantee’

Federal Labor Minister Mark Butler has claimed in a media statement that the new National Energy Guarantee (NEG) provides no guarantee of cheaper electricity. Mr Butler said the Turnbull Government adopted the policy without any economic modelling or Regulatory Impact Statement. The lack of economic modelling was confirmed by the Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC) Chairman […]

National Energy Guarantee guarantees climate wars

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has described the Federal Government’s new National Energy Guarantee as an end to “climate wars”. Yet Labor, the Greens and industry bodies have criticised the scheme, which replaces the abandoned Clean Energy Target (CET). John Grimes of the Australian Solar Council says the new scheme will increase the cost of renewable energy projects. […]

Community power projects vital to national energy strategy

Independent Federal MP for Indi Cathy McGowan says communities are “ready to go” with local community power projects to tackle rising energy costs and fight climate change. Ms McGowan yesterday introduced legislation to Parliament calling on the Federal Government to better support community renewable energy projects. The bill proposes a dedicated funding model for regional power […]

New Arizona homes come with solar batteries included

German battery maker sonnen will partner with US builder Mandalay Homes to put batteries into 3,000 new Arizona homes. The scheme will use batteries to store the excess energy generated by their home solar power systems. Mandalay plans to build the homes in Prescott, Arizona, with solar batteries included at a cost between US$10,000 and $20,000. […]