Energy Matters Video News – Episode 48 – September 28, 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 push for a solar thermal farm for Port Augusta in South Australia, the solar powered ApocalypsEV, Walmart adding solar to 60 more of its stores in California and the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia criticises possible plans for re-mergers in Western Australia’s energy sector.


In this episode:

– Beyond Zero Emissions is lobbying for a solar thermal power plant to be constructed at Port Augusta in South Australia. BZE believes a solar thermal plant could generate more power than the area’s current coal fired power station, which generates 40 percent of the state’s electricity demand. Read more.

– The ApocalypsEV will be an affordable solar and battery powered transportation that allows survivors to move around easily during a zombie apocalypse. Two brothers, Michael and Kenny Ham are the masterminds behind the electric vehicle, which in this pre-apocalyptic world could be used as neighbourhood vehicle or for a bit of fun off road. If the brothers are able to realize their dream of building the vehicle, they promise not to sell any of their vehicles to the undead. Read more.

– US retail giant Walmart has announced it will install solar panels on 60 more of its stores in California. The initiative will see 75 percent of Walmart’s stores in the state hosting solar energy systems. Read more.

– The possibility of  re-mergers in WA’s energy industry, flagged by Western Australia’s Barnett government has caused the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia to speak out. The Association has said that monopoly operations create barriers to developing a competitive market in the state. Read more.