Rooftop solar reduces pressure on national grid: report

Rooftop solar is reducing pressure on the national grid and making demand response more attractive, a new audit reveals. And Australian states with higher levels of clean energy have lower wholesale prices. The news is revealed in an electricity update by the Australia Institute (AI) for October and November. According to research by AI’s Climate […]

Tesla’s world-beating battery now online in South Australia

South Australia’s Tesla battery – the biggest in the world – is dispatching power a day ahead of schedule. Premier Jay Weatherill visited the Tesla site today to mark its official opening on the first day of summer. However the battery is already feeding stored wind power into the electricity grid a day ahead of […]

Energy security: Wind & solar power shone when coal failed in summer sizzle

Australia is entering an era of dramatically increasing heatwaves, according to a new report. Our coal and gas power stations cannot cope with such extreme conditions. New analysis shows coal and gas failed to provide energy security during Australia’s heatwave earlier this year. It says solar PV generation and wind prevented far worse disruption and load-shedding. […]

South Australia funds four large-scale renewable energy projects

South Australia is to provide grants for four large scale renewable energy projects. The funding is being administered through the state’s Renewable Technology Fund, an opportunity totalling $150 million launched in late August. Investment guidelines issued via the fund called for projects in three key areas of renewable and clean energy technologies. These three areas […]

New report says backing NSW clean energy could create 22,000 jobs

A newly released report says committing to 100% clean energy in NSW would lead to a jobs and investment boom in the state. The Northern Daily Leader today reported on the ‘Repowering Our Regions’ report by Dr Brad Smith. Dr Smith is a member of the NSW Nature Conservation Council. The NSW clean energy report is based […]

NT renewable energy roadmap released by Government targets 50% by 2030

The Northern Territory Labor Government has released the NT renewable energy roadmap paving a path towards achieving a 50 percent target by 2030. Chief Minister Michael Gunner said he has accepted “in principle” all 11 recommendations of the Roadmap to Renewables report. He said the world is making a transition to renewable energy, and the […]

Townsville solar farm approved by City Council

Townsville solar has taken a leap ahead with the City Council has approving construction of a 400MW solar farm. The solar farm at Woodstock met environmental regulations and received the green-light yesterday. The facility, spread over 540 hectares, will create more than 250 jobs, council says. Council received the original application in April. Construction will […]

Developing nation solar capacity soars

Developing nation solar capacity is growing rapidly in those emerging markets, a clean energy study finds. Lower-priced technology and new applications are making renewable energy accessible to millions in developing nations. According to the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) report, 34 gigawatts (GW) of new solar-powered generating capacity came on line across 71 countries in […]

Home automation – energy savings or too many smart gadgets?

There’s a lot of tech out there for smart home automation systems that run all your energy savings devices. Smart gadgets, solar power for homes, lights and air-conditioning, are all coming together. Having everything together will also help households save money in the long run. Energy Matters has published a popular guide to smart home […]