Victorian Solar Homes subsidy: Round 2 applications start July 1

The Victorian government has officially launched round 2 of its $1.3 billion Victorian Solar Homes program. The Victorian Solar Homes scheme was a resounding success after its launch last year. From July 1, eligible households can claim $2,225 off the price of rooftop solar panels, or 50 per cent of the system price (which ever is […]

Will proposed changes to ‘solar zones’ reduce your solar installation rebate?

Changes to ‘solar zones’ could affect the federal solar rebate amount that households and businesses receive to support the cost of installing solar panels. Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator assigns every postcode a solar zone. Your zone’s rating directly affects the rebate amount you receive to install a rooftop solar system. Now, the Regulator plans to […]

Australia’s largest integrated battery and solar farm heralds big battery era for Victoria

Australia’s largest integrated battery and solar farm in north-west Victoria ushers in a big lithium-ion battery era for the ‘solar state’. The Victorian State Government has linked up the 50 MWh grid-scale Gannawarra Energy Storage System with the adjacent 60 MW Gannawarra Solar Farm. Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio officially […]

Victoria’s coal-fired power plants are nation’s most unreliable

New data shows Victoria’s ageing coal-fired plants are responsible for the highest number of breakdowns in the National Energy Market (NEM). The Australia Institute’s (TAI) Gas & Coal Watch confirms that Victorian coal power is responsible for around 13 per cent of the NEM’s gas and coal capacity. However, it makes up 32 per cent […]

Electric Vehicle Transition: Sydney conference to plot Australia’s electric vehicle future

The inaugural Electric Vehicle Transition in Australia conference is designed to spread the word about electric vehicles and secure the nation’s EV future. The conference will be held at Sydney’s University of Technology on August 25 and 27. It will feature EV technology experts and advocates, including Labor’s Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy Mark Butler. […]

UK becomes first G7 economy to legislate net zero carbon by 2050

The British Parliament will legislate a target of UK zero net carbon emissions by 2050. It is the first nation among G7 economies to do so. The announcement by Prime Minister Theresa May follows independent advice contained in a report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). However, with the Conservative PM May now due […]

Competitors charge up for Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019

The countdown to this year’s World Solar Challenge has officially begun. A record number of Australian teams have signed up to compete in the ‘world’s most exciting solar car event’. The biennial Bridgestone World Solar Challenge begins October 13. South Australia’s Trade Minister, David Ridgeway, confirmed 53 entries from 24 countries have entered the race. The solar […]

Catholic schools plug in to solar power in Sydney’s west

Nineteen solar powered schools in the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta have plugged in to a program that aims to reduce carbon emissions of 2,442 tonnes each year across the schools. The schools in Sydney’s west are learning a lesson about the environment as they plug into renewable solar power. The program involves the installation […]