Actsmart: ACT businesses can claim $5,000 rebate on solar panel installations

Businesses in the Australian Capital Territory can now claim rebates for installing solar panels. Canberra solar installations could be eligible for rebates of up to $5,000. These rebates are available to ACT businesses through the Actsmart Solar for Business trial program that is now under way. The eligible businesses will also receive tailored advice to […]

Stand-alone power systems get green light under new electricity connection rules

People living in remote areas of Australia will get their electricity from stand-alone power systems like solar panels and battery storage under new connection rules. The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has recommended a change to current regulations that require all electricity customers to be connected to the main grid. It would mean electricity distributors […]

Renewable energy now cheapest form of new power generation in most countries

Cheap renewable energy is now the cheapest of all forms of new power generation – in most countries. That’s the finding of a comprehensive study from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). It shows that in 2018, the cost of pretty much every commercially available renewable technology fell to record lows. “Renewable power is the backbone of […]

Queensland Supreme Court throws out ‘electricians only’ solar farm rule

Queensland’s Supreme Court has upheld a challenge by Impact Investment Group (IIG) against a restrictive new rule that allows only electricians to work on Queensland solar farms. The court rejected the state government’s solar farm electricians amendment, introduced this month, which says only licensed electricians can mount and fix unplugged solar panels on projects larger […]

National renewable energy policy needed as coal-fired plants bow out

Despite Scott Morrison’s Coalition Government’s convincing victory at the ballot box this month, it still needs to address the issue of a national renewable energy policy. That’s the verdict of deputy director of the SA Centre for Economic Studies at the University of Adelaide, Steve Whetton. Whetton told Adelaide’s InDaily that South Australian businesses face even […]

Australia on track to reach 50% renewable energy by 2030: RepuTex

Australia is on track to achieve a 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030, regardless of federal policy intervention. This is due to the country meeting state renewable energy targets. That’s the finding of new modelling by energy analyst firm RepuTex. Its latest research projects renewable energy generation growing to 52 per cent of electricity […]

Australian electric vehicle maker ACE-EV could produce 15,000 cars by 2025

An Australian electric vehicle maker has signed a contract to begin producing four EVs from a new Adelaide base. The Australian Clean Energy Electric Vehicle Group (ACE-EV) has made a deal with Adelaide’s Aldom Motor Body Builders. ACE-EV now aims to produce more than 15,000 vehicles by 2025 from the South Australian facility. The deal […]

Why a 6.6 kW solar system is the new ‘solar sweet spot’

There’s no doubt about it, the average size of a solar power system is getting bigger.  Five years ago, most households were buying 3kW solar power systems (that’s approx. 12 panels).  Now, a 6.6kW solar system size is all the go (around 24 panels). The big question is why? There’s three main reasons: The cost […]