Smart Inverters mandatory under Victoria Solar Homes Program from July 1

Smart inverters will become mandatory for rooftop solar installations under Victoria’s $1.3 billion Solar Homes program from July 1, 2019. Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the smart inverter requirement would ensure Victoria’s grid could safely handle the supply from an expected one million new solar households over the next 10 years. Introduced in August […]

Federal Budget 2019: No surprises from Coalition on Australia’s energy future

The Federal Budget energy measures released last night offered no surprises in terms of energy infrastructure, electricity costs and Australia’s energy future. It did include election-priming electricity bill relief of $75 for social security recipients, which could be a case of too little too late. Even that was limited, with NewStart, AusStudy and AbStudy being exempted […]

Solar storage battery means zero electricity bills for NSW customer

A New South Wales householder has slashed her electricity bill to zero using a solar storage battery installed in her Tweed Heads home, on the state’s far north coast. Wendy Litchfield told Yahoo Finance that her regular bill of $250-$300 reduced to nothing through smart use of household appliances and energy storage. There’s an added […]

Four Corners report shows climate change concerns heating up ahead of federal election

Pre-election climate and energy battles are reaching a critical stage ahead of May’s federal  poll. This week’s ABC Four Corners documentary showed experts weighing in over the best way to tackle climate change and spiralling energy prices. The point was made that Australia is well-positioned to take advantage of renewable energy. However, Franck Woitiez, managing director […]

ARENA backs renewable energy refining to power manganese production

Ore refining could become a whole lot greener by using renewable energy to drive the production of specialty metals. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has granted $490,000 to mining and metals company Element 25 (E25) to explore the viability of using wind and solar power in electrowinning manganese metal. Electrowinning is an upgrading process […]

Majority of South Australians want 100% renewable energy by 2030: TAI poll

Nearly 70 per cent of South Australian voters want their state to adopt 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030. In addition, it seems South Australian renewable energy has overwhelming support across political divides. New polling by The Australian Institute (TAI) shows majority support for renewables like wind and solar power cuts through party affiliations. This includes […]