$3m to reduce PNG deforestation

The Australian Government will provide $3 million for joint activities with Papua New Guinea to help reduce deforestation under the PNG-Australia Forest Carbon Partnership. At the Australia-PNG Ministerial Forum in PNG, Climate Change Minister Penny Wong and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith announced Australia would aid PNG in its participation in future international forest carbon […]

US Govt invests $50m in renewable energy demonstration projects

The US Department of Energy plans to invest up to $50 million over five years, in nine demonstration projects competitively selected to increase efficiency in the nation’s electricity grid. The Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration (RDSI) technologies demonstrated in these projects aim to reduce peak load electricity demand by at least 15 per cent at […]

Government reviews Climate Change programs

Citi’s head of government and public sector group, Roger Wilkins, will lead the Australian Government’s strategic review of climate change programs. Minister for Finance and Deregulation Lindsay Tanner and Climate Change Minister Penny Wong announced the review in February 2008, which is due to report to Government in July 2008. “Australia has a significant investment […]

Vic Government finds its geothermal hot spots

Strong industry interest in exploration for geothermal energy has promoted the release of 19 new Victorian exploration areas, according to the Victorian Government. Energy Minister Peter Batchelor says the new exploration areas are located mostly in the Wimmera, in the north of the state, and also in Gippsland, and cover more than 154,000 square kilometres. […]

Emission trading scheme tax arrangements need clarification

The Taxation Institute of Australia is warning that the proposed carbon trading scheme could reap more than $14 billion in businesses tax unless the Australian Government takes immediate steps to clarify the tax effects of the proposed carbon trading scheme. The $14 billion is based on the assumption that permits are required by all companies […]

Regional Victoria solar hot water rebate program

From the 1 July 2008 a new Victorian Government rebate will be available to assist regional and rural Victorian households to switch their old hot water system to solar. A rebate of up to $2500 will be available. The value of the rebate is dependent on the size of a system, its performance and whether the […]

Government Action to end Delays for solar rebate

The Rudd Government has taken action to end unacceptable delays experienced by homeowners seeking to access the Federal Government’s $1,000 rebate for installing a solar hot water service. Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, said today that the system for processing rebate claims established by the previous government meant in some cases homeowners were waiting up to […]

Should Solar Power Dealers offer Solar Hot Water as well?

Hi all solar power installers out there –how many times have you had conflicts with other contractors installing a solar hot water system on the roof and wished you could have done the whole job yourself? Are you seeing too much business slowdown as winter approaches? Purchases of thermal systems increase in the autumn, as […]

Energy Matters welcomes Solar Power initiative

Recently the ACT Government has announced that together with the energy provider ActewAGL they will investigate a proposal to build a solar power station in Canberra. A joint study will initially look at the feasibility of setting up a solar power plant and investigate the many suitable sites in Canberra” reported ABC news on 18th […]

Let the sun shine in

Australia is the luckiest country in the world. Our geography gives us the opportunity to use the most natural, sustainable and clean energy in our homes – the energy from the sun. . This clean energy can either supplement your existing power needs or totally replace them. It is up to you.  Lately the Federal […]