Besieged Victorian Premier considers expanding Solar Homes rebate program

A besieged Premier Daniel Andrews says he might consider raising the number of rebates available under Victoria’s Solar Homes Program. In the past fortnight, the Premier has faced protests by solar installers angry about the Victoria solar rebate scheme’s quota cap and poor implementation. Solar installers will hold a second rally for change tomorrow, August […]

Solar Citizens 2019 Survey

Solar Citizens have recently launched their annual solar survey: https://www.solarcitizens.org.au/survey_2019  The solar lobbying organization has been running the survey for five years now. It provides a comprehensive snapshot of Australia’s rooftop solar owners (e.g. what type of system people have, environmental and financial factors, barriers for the solar industry/consumers, campaign priorities for solar consumers). We […]

Regulator takes wind farms to court over 2016 South Australian blackout

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has taken legal action against operators of wind farms whose shutdown contributed to the 2016 South Australian blackout. The “black system” occurred on September 28, 2016 following damage to transmission lines due to extreme weather. In 2017, the Australian Energy Market Operator found protection mechanisms had then disconnected some wind […]

Renewable Energy Target driving upturn in Australian utilities construction

Construction in the Australian utilities sector is rebounding, thanks to renewable energy infrastructure driven by the 2020 Renewable Energy Target (RET). According to a recent Macromonitor utilities report, utilities construction would be in decline without RET-driven investment in clean energy projects like solar. However, once the RET ends there is no follow up policy in […]

Clean energy, happy feet: New solar power for penguins on Phillip Island

A new solar powered tourism attraction on Victoria’s Phillip Island is gearing up to greet thousands of visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of the island’s famous fairy penguins. The nightly “penguin parade” is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Australia. The $58.2 million Penguin Parade Visitor Centre will help Phillip Island Nature Parks manage […]

Queensland customers can slash electricity bills by shopping around: QCA

Queensland customers who switch to the cheapest market offer can lower electricity bills, according to an energy watchdog. Data from the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) shows residential customers could have cut their electricity bill by 35 per cent in the June quarter if they had switched to the lowest market offer. That amounts to a […]