While electricity generation from renewable sources increased dramatically in Australia in 2008, up 10 per cent on the previous year, so did the use of coal.
6,400 ground-mounted Mitsubishi solar panels will generate up to 1 megawatt of electricity for a California orchard for the purposes of bore water irrigation.
Probably the famous early application of solar power was the Apollo 11 moon mission in July 1969 that placed the first solar panel on our nearest celestial neighbour.
Late last month, Western Australia’s Minister for Water, Graham Jacobs, signed a $955 million contract for the construction of a new desalination plant outside Binningup, which is to be powered by renewable energy.
There’s a lot at stake in the current energy status quo and for parties wishing to discredit renewable energy, the most effective way to do so during these tough financial times is to exaggerate the costs to be borne by consumers.
The Japanese government recently announced it will install solar power systems of all its 32,000 public elementary and middle schools by 2020.
Not so long ago, it seemed a pipe dream – to supply Europe with clean energy from solar farms in Africa. That dream inched closer t reality a couple of days ago when 12 major companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Munich to establish the DESERTEC Industrial Initiative (DII).
ACT Minister for Energy, Simon Corbell, announced yesterday there had been a strong response from the solar industry to the Government’s proposed solar farm, with 18 expressions of interest submitted by the end of last week.
For many Australians living in the bush away from the mains power grid, off grid solar power is a necessity rather than a luxury. The axing of the RRPGP rebate recently is forcing many to decrease their standard of living energy-wise; far below people in the city.
LCD advertising displays in stores are becoming more commonplace – it’s yet another energy sucking aspect of an already electricity intensive modern way of life. However, a Korean company is working towards a solution to lessen the impact of these displays with a development called Solar Cell Ink In Motion (IIM).