Laverton Steelworks to run on solar power as Sanjeev Gupta strikes energy deal

British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta has signed a deal that will see Victoria’s Laverton Steelworks in Melbourne’s western suburbs using solar power. The Laverton solar power deal has been described as a game-changer. Mr Gupta, Executive Chairman of GFG Alliance, recently acquired the steel works at Laverton. Yesterday, he signed a deal with French renewable energy […]

Australia’s first lithium battery recycling plant opens in Victoria

A new lithium battery recycling plant in Victoria is helping to reduce landfill and create jobs. The $2 million facility in New Gisborne is owned by Envirostream. It is the first of its kind for Australia, providing sustainable options for lithium solar battery disposal. This includes mobile phone batteries as well as home storage batteries including those […]

SunTenants ‘Solar for Renters’ plan launches in Moreland, Victoria

The Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd (MEFL) and SunTenants launched their Solar for Renters pilot program today. The pilot solar renters program will test out the ‘split incentive’ model for landlords and renters. Moreland is an inner-northern region of Melbourne, where around 38 per cent of homes are rentals. As there can be limited incentives for landlords […]

Australia should aim for 100 per cent clean energy, says global energy expert

Australia could become the world’s first continent powered by 100 per cent clean energy, a global solar expert claims. But according to clean energy entrepreneur Yosef Abramowitz,  known as ‘Captain Sunshine’, Australia’s entrenched fossil fuel industry is blocking the nation’s renewable potential. The CEO of Israeli-American clean energy company Energiya Global, Abramowitz is ranked in the […]

Tesla dominates home battery storage market as Mercedes-Benz bows out

A major player in the home battery storage market has dropped out leaving Tesla residential battery technology dominant in the field. Car giant Mercedes-Benz will no longer manufacture residential batteries. The announcement marks the end of the company’s short-lived challenge to the Tesla battery empire. The move highlights the difficulty of adapting high-energy electric car […]

Solar powered water device extracts clean H2O from thin air

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced an Aussie-first trial of a solar powered water producing device that extracts drinking water from the air. The portable SOURCE hydropanel system, from US-based Zero Mass Water, sucks moisture from the atmosphere using solar power. The process purifies and also adds minerals to ensure the water is […]

Dairy farmers set to trade solar electricity on virtual microgrid

Dairy farmers in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley could soon generate and trade energy via a virtual microgrid thanks to a feasibility study funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). ARENA is putting $370,000 towards a feasibility study for the $775,000 project, which is being led by Brooklyn-based energy company LO3 Energy. Because the virtual microgrid […]