Queensland renewable energy jobs double in past four months

Queensland is experiencing a renewable energy jobs bonanza, with employment in the sector rising to 7,194 in October. That’s according to the latest Renewable Energy Index for October, published by Green Energy Markets. It was also the only state to sign off on major new large-scale renewable energy projects in October: the Kennedy wind, solar and […]

Smart Energy Council: a new national voice for solar power

The Australian Solar Council and the Energy Storage Council have combined to form the Smart Energy Council. The Council is a new peak industry body for the solar, storage and smart energy industries. Smart Energy Council chief executive John Grimes is confident Australia will adopt Smart Energy in the near future. “We represent the most […]

UN climate action talks reveal new commitments to clean energy

The COP23 climate conference wound up on November 17 in Bonn, after two weeks of discussions on tackling climate change. Many commitments towards climate action through greater clean energy use were made at the talks . According to a media statement by France Diplomatie, “significant progress” was made on several issues relating to climate action. […]

Sunshine Coast Solar Farm takes out planning award

Sunshine Coast Solar Farm has won a major award for ‘innovation and excellence’ in planning. The new solar farm was recognised at the 2017 Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Awards for Planning Excellence (Queensland). The installation won the Wendy Chadwick Encouragement Award celebrating innovation and promise. It was completed in July this year. This is […]

ABC TV report highlights sonnenFlat solar packages and power sharing

A report from the ABC’s 7.30 program says sharing solar power, such as the sonnenFlat solar solution, is driving a savings revolution among Australian households. Skyrocketing east coast power bills plus the plummeting cost of solar panels has seen households jump onto solar battery generation. New battery technology is also allowing homes fitted with solar […]

States urged not to shun COAG meeting on National Energy Guarantee (NEG)

State governments should use this week’s COAG meeting to explore the potential of the Australian Government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee (NEG), a peak industry body claims. COAG (Council of Australian Governments) usually meets twice every year, or as needed. The Clean Energy Council (CEC) is urging state and territory governments to work with the Federal […]

Fremantle solar / renewable energy and blockchain project gets $8 million grant

The Australian Government and industry partners will contribute $8.26 million to a project trialing the use of blockchain-powered renewable energy and water systems in the City of Fremantle. This will enhance Fremantle solar credentials. The $2.57 million funding is part of the government’s $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. Project partners, including Murdoch and Curtin […]

Energy jobs cut by 20,000 under National Energy Guarantee (NEG)

Australia could forgo around 20,000 new energy jobs under the Federal Government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee (NEG). An independent study by EY confirms a massive job reduction in the national electricity sector. Climate Councillor Andrew Stock says Australia’s booming renewables industry would  therefore “grind to a halt” under the NEG. According to Mr Stock, the […]

Australia’s clean energy report card for October

The Clean Energy Regulator has released its clean energy report for October. Queensland continues to dominate in a national tally that is currently tracking higher than September. There were 7412 small-scale systems installed nationally in October, with a total capacity of 37 991 kW. The report also found that: Queensland has the highest level of […]

World-first hybrid solar and hydro power plant closer to completion

The world’s first integrated solar and pumped hydro hybrid project in Kidston is one step closer to completion. Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today announced up to $5 million in funding to Genex Power Limited to help bring the landmark hybrid solar hydro project to a financial close in 2018. The Kidston Stage Two is […]