How rooftop solar and battery systems can help secure the electricity grid

Trial results in NSW show how rooftop solar and battery systems can be a valuable resource for regulating the electricity grid. The Networks Renewed pilot trials were conducted by the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS with $1.87 million funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). There is a perception that renewable energy like solar and […]

South Australian businesses investing in solar energy to cut costs

Nearly half of South Australia’s small-to-medium businesses are considering investing in solar energy to reduce operating costs. That’s the finding of BDO Australia’s 4th annual State Business Survey, which provides a snapshot of business sentiment for 2017. The survey ran during July and August, covering 130 SA businesses across the major industry sectors. Most enterprises […]

Australia Pacific LNG sells natural gas for solar energy ‘backup’

Gas giant Australia Pacific LNG will supply a further 41 petajoules (PJ) of natural gas to the Australian domestic market. The announcement comes after criticism of Australia’s gas producers for supplying overseas buyers while driving up the price of gas at home. Gas-fired power stations are one way to produce energy to complement renewable power […]

Queensland still top state for small-scale solar installations

Queensland continues to lead the way in small-scale solar installations, according to the Clean Energy Regulator’s latest figures. The CER provides a monthly snapshot of the small-scale renewable energy system installations under the Renewable Energy Target’s Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme. There were 6,927 small-scale systems installed nationally in September, with a total generation capacity of […]

Vic Government appoints expert panel to advise on emission reduction

Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio yesterday announced the appointment of several climate experts to an energy policy advisory panel. The Independent Expert Panel will provide advice to the Andrews Government on the best ways it can achieve its emission reduction targets. “We are harnessing the best expert advice to fight climate change, drive innovation and boost investment […]

Productivity Commission calls for unified national energy policy

Australia needs a unified national energy policy and should avoid “ad hoc policy fixes”. That’s the advice handed out in a Productivity Commission report made public this week. The report found technological change is radically altering the economics and structure of the energy sector, particularly the electricity industry. “The Australian energy sector, especially in the […]

Key Liberal electorates want renewable energy target: poll

A survey of key Liberal electorates shows voters want at least 50 per cent renewable energy target from the new National Energy Guarantee (NEG). The Australia Institute (AI) poll was carried out in three major Liberal electorates: Warringah, Wentworth and Kooyong. These are the electorates of Tony Abbott, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg respectively. […]

Future of Australian energy policy uncertain: CEC

Australian energy policy has an uncertain future under the National Energy Guarantee (NEG), according to a leading clean energy body. And there’s no guarantee of ongoing confidence in renewables investment, the Clean Energy Council (CEC) says. NEG modelling shows “disappointingly low levels” of new investment in renewables like commercial solar power, the CEC claims. Areas like […]

Transparent solar cells could rival rooftop solar power

See-through or transparent solar cells have the potential to generate as much energy as rooftop solar units by applying the technology to windows. That’s according to the latest research from Michigan State University scientist Richard Lunt, reported in Nature Energy. “Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications,” said […]

NSW fast-charging network boosts EV transition

The roll-out of a fast-charging network across NSW shows electric vehicles are fast becoming ‘mainstream’ an industry body claims. And the NRMA’s $10 million roll-out of charging stations statewide will help consumers transition to electric vehicles. The network of more than 40 chargers will encourage drivers to take longer trips, the Electric Vehicle Council claims. […]