South Australia to host world’s largest virtual power plant

Around 50,000 South Australian homes will receive solar panels and batteries in a bid to build the world’s largest virtual power plant. The ground-breaking scheme is predicted to lower energy bills by 30 per cent for households taking part. With the delivery of solar and Powerwalls to up to 50,000 homes, solar power will be […]

Bundoora solar installations leads the way on small-scale uptake numbers

Queensland continues to dominate small-scale solar installations for household and small businesses, according to the latest figures from the Clean Energy Regulator (CER). However, there was an upset in the competition for the suburb with the highest solar uptake last month. The top solar postcode in the country for December wasn’t in the Sunshine State. […]

Opposition to Queensland’s Adani coal mine growing: poll

A new poll shows opposition to the development of the Adani coal mine in Queensland is growing. According to the Brisbane Times, a ReachTEL poll of 3,312 people this month found 65.1 per cent of Australians opposed or strongly opposed the coal mine. That’s a 13.2 per cent rise, up from 51.9 per cent in […]

Report finds shift to cheap electric vehicles feasible in Australia

The CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) says Australians would do well to consider switching to cheap electric vehicles within the next ten years. Vanessa Petrie said in a Daily Telegraph report that there are many good reasons to make the switch. These are also detailed in BZE’s 98-page ‘Electric Vehicles Report’ released in August […]

Solar powered school classrooms are a Hivve of learning

The days of primitive portable classrooms are over, thanks to new solar powered school classrooms. The ‘Hivve’ modular classroom is completely powered by solar energy, and it’s being trialled in two New South Wales schools. The Hivve has the backing of the Federal Government and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). Hivve Technology received $368,115 […]

Australia’s largest floating solar farm launched in Lismore NSW

Australia’s largest floating solar farm was officially opened yesterday in Lismore NSW by Renewable Energy Parliamentary Secretary Benjamin Franklin. International climate scientist Professor Will Steffen and Climate Council representatives attended the launch. The Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership also welcomed 35 new councils to the group’s membership at the event. The floating solar farm consists […]

Solar boom challenges solar panel installers to keep up

Australia’s solar boom means lots of work for solar panel installers, with record solar PV registrations recorded in 2017. Yet warning bells are ringing as technicians struggle to keep up with the fast-changing new technology. Industry trainers and regulators stress the importance of up-to-the-minute training and market knowledge, as Eco Generation reports. In Australia, consumers […]

Compensation calls for Victoria’s electricity network heatwave crash

Energy companies may be forced to compensate up to 50,000 consumers who lost power in the Victorian electricity network crash during the weekend’s heatwave. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews blamed localised faults across the distribution network for the crippling outages. Blown fuses and failed transformers were the culprits rather than the power supply itself, he told […]