Solar roll-out to remote Northern Territory communities hits phase 2

A remote Northern Territory community solar roll-out program has entered phase two. With funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the NT government, the Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP) project is bringing solar energy to 26 off-grid communities across the Top End. The ambitious program is now entering its second phase. Phase one included installing […]

Queensland LNP Leader backs renewable energy to cut power prices

Queensland’s Liberal National Party (LNP) has unveiled a plan which backs renewable energy to reduce electricity prices across the state. According to state LNP Leader Deb Frecklington, the party would mandate investment by government-owned energy companies in clean power generation. This would then pair dispatchable and intermittent supply in the same portfolio. The plan also […]

Regular maintenance key to optimum solar panel performance: CEC

Maintaining your solar panels on a regular basis will ensure optimum solar power performance from your installation. That’s the message from the Clean Energy Council (CEC). While millions of Australians enjoy lower electricity bills, some are failing to make the most of their solar panel systems. According to CEC Chief Executive Kane Thornton, we should […]

‘Perfect storm’ makes Australia a global hot spot for home batteries

A ‘perfect storm’ of benefits is poised to turn Australia into a global hot spot for installation of home batteries, according to Clean Technica. Because Australia has one of the highest uptakes of rooftop solar PV it is primed for a battery boom. This gives households plenty of incentive to use home batteries like the Tesla Powerwall […]

Food giant Mars invests in Victorian solar farm  

Mars Australia will buy power from a Victorian solar farm to achieve the equivalent of 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020. The food giant signed a power purchase agreement with the Kiamal Solar Farm near the rural town of Ouyen in Victoria’s north-west. The 450 MW solar farm has a 2019 completion date. Total […]

America should invest in renewable energy not gas-fired power plants

It seems Australia isn’t the only country facing a transition away from coal-fired power dependency towards a move to invest in renewable energy sources. A new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) based in Boulder, Colorado, in the United States shows that transitioning from coal to invest in renewable energy makes more economic sense […]

NSW renewable energy platform boosts large-scale solar energy storage

Australia’s large-scale solar energy storage will surge ahead thanks to a 1.3 GW renewable energy platform. Partners Group has teamed with CWP Renewables to deliver around 1,300 MW of wind, solar energy and battery storage projects over the next four years. The global investment company is investing $700 million in the ‘Grassroots’ platform. These initiatives […]

Mornington Peninsula: Solar battery system powers Sorrento Community Centre

A solar battery system at Sorrento Community Centre on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula will educate visitors about renewable energy and also reduce the centre’s electricity bills. Because the installation features a 13.5 kWh Tesla Powerwall 2 battery, the solar panels can store solar energy for later use. The 7 kW panels can also feed power back […]