At first blush it might sound like a no-brainer but when energy distribution companies are involved, nothing is quite what it seems, argues Giles Parkinson.
The consequences of South Australia’s election result last Saturday will be felt far beyond the state’s borders.
Some 16,042 rooftop PVA systems were installed over January, supporting 5,337 full-time jobs, according to the latest Renewable Energy Index. And another 5,456 jobs are set to be created by large-scale solar farms under construction.
Looking at the machinations over the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin this week, it is hard to imagine that any sort of progress has been made in Australia in what all but a determined few accept is the inevitable clean energy transition.
Falling costs of renewable energy technologies could lead to a halt in the growth of global demand for environmentally harmful fossil fuels, according to a new report.
The first in many moves to see the town of Tyalgum go off-grid took place on the weekend with RenewEconomy editor and Echonetdaily contributor Giles Parkinson there to oversee it.
According to global analysts Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the future is clear: wind and solar will replace coal and gas fired generation, and a lot quicker than many think.
Lyn Dickinson, Pottsville What is missing from election campaigns are a narrative and vision for the future. Instead all we get are three word slogans. I expect there are many who cringe every time they hear ‘jobs and growth’ and... Read More →
Around 2,000 people attended the inaugural Renew Fest sustainability festival at Mullumbimby Showground on Saturday (June 18) , exceeding even the organisers' expectations.
The Coalition and Labor agree on one thing: both claim to hate the Greens, and deep down both are terrified of the Greens' ability to match science with policy, particularly when it comes to climate change.
So, just how fast can the transition to a clean energy economy occur? Is the 50 per cent renewable energy target proposed by Labor for 2030 too fast? Or are the 100 per cent renewable energy scenarios for 2030 prepared by research academics too slow?
The Mullumbimby Drill Hall is going solar, thanks to community support and COREM (Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby).
The Australian Greens welcomed the announcement by world leaders that a framework agreement to tackle global warming has been reached in Paris, but urged the work has just begun towards averting the catastrophic impacts of global warming and transforming the... Read More →
With Glencore foreshadowing coal mine closures and Alinta set to shut a coal mine and coal-fired power stations in South Australia, the Australian Greens are calling on the big parties to provide alternatives for coal workers. Senator Larissa Waters, Australian... Read More →
Greens NSW MP John Kaye is calling for a state-based clean energy scheme to secure a strong future for the industry following what he described as a 'shameful deal' between Federal Labor and the Abbott government to slash the Renewable Energy Target.
Australia’s most prominent renewable energy journalist has warned that a privatised electricity distribution network, as promised by the Coalition parties if they are returned to government, will need ‘a new business model’ to ensure its survival.
The Greens say jobs and energy independence in the region are under attack by the Liberal/National parties despite a substantial take-up of solar on the north coast.
Australia is expected to spend $55 billion on new electricity generation over the next decade and a half, two thirds of it in the form of solar technology, and nearly half in rooftop solar PV, predicts Giles Parkinson.
Halfway through April this year, scientists at Harvard and MIT announced something extraordinary: they had found a way to create solar cells that can store accumulated energy from sunlight, and then, with no more than a burst of a few photons, release that energy in a steady and continuous form.
Australian households are almost single-handedly pushing the country towards a clean energy future, spending billions on generating their own electricity and accounting for nearly two thirds of total investment in renewables in Australia in 2013, and virtually all of it in 2014.