Energy Matters Video News – Episode 42 – August 17, 2011

Presented by Energy Matters team member Virginia, we take a look at some of the stories from Australia and around the world recently added to our renewable energy news section.
          
In this episode, 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.
  

 

      
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– The Alternative Technology Association has called on the Victorian government to hold off on changes to the feed in tariff until the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission’s review of the scheme later this year. Damien Moyse, the Association’s energy projects and policy manager, says that the last thing Victoria needs is to end the scheme too early. Mr Moyse fears a similar scenario to that in NSW, where drastic feed in tariff changes in 2010 affected both the solar industry and consumer confidence.  Read more.
 
– The Australian National University says it has developed solar technology that could revolutionise electricity generation for Australian soldiers in the field. The program is part of a $2.3 million contract between the University and the Department of Defence to increase the capability and technology of the defence force.  Read more.
 
– The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal has invited public comment on a new paper about the New South Wales’ solar feed in tariff. The Tribunal is to review and recommend a fair and reasonable value for the electricity generated by small scale solar systems and exported to the grid.  Read more.
 
– A team of students at the University of California are developing a clothes drying system that could reduce electricity bills by up to 16 percent by using solar. Read more.