Lee Cass, Byron Bay. A warning to people wanting to go with solar power: comparing quotes and systems is a bit like comparing mobile phone plans with their many variables. I am trying to figure out how long it would... Read More →
Lismore City Council’s Lismore Community Solar project is now up and running with the first solar farm installed and generating energy on the roof of the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre.
Mullumbimby’s own Spaghetti Circus will be enjoying energy from the sun when their new solar panels are installed thanks to COREM.
A leading UK-based solar farm developer has received approval for its first 140MW solar farm in Queensland, and intends to bypass Australia’s major electricity utilities and sell the output from its growing portfolio of projects to the spot market.
Australia’s principal energy markets policy maker has waved through a rule change that could accelerate the use of battery storage to provide grid stability as more renewables enter the market. But the decision may reinforce the dominance of the big fossil fuel utilities.
At RenewEconomy’s Energy Disruption conference in Sydney this week there were lots of talk, lots of slides, lots of ideas about the future of the country’s energy system. It’s quite clear, as AGL Energy boss Andy Vesey admitted, that nothing will stay the same.
Lee Cass, Byron Bay. In the Echo of March 9, Jeremy Holmes, Elements’ project manager, is reported as saying that the proposed train will be converted to ‘solar powered electric operation.’ This is a change from the term previously used by Elements and the one announced on Channel Ten news last year about a solar train for Byron Bay, which many people believe is coming.
Last week, leading lights of the global fossil power industry gathered at a conference in Houston, Texas, for CERA, known in the sector as the ‘Davos of Energy’. They reportedly got the shock of their professional careers.
The West Australian government appears to have overcome years of institutionalised resistance and recognised that the state’s energy future will be built around solar energy.
Ever heard of the expression ‘grid parity’? It’s the term coined to describe the point when electricity generated from rooftop solar panels is cheaper than power purchased from the grid.
While Tony Abbott was in South Australia assuring the state’s Party faithful that his 2030 emissions target was both economically and environmentally responsible, an interesting thing was happening over in the nation’s west.
One of the big problems for the wind and solar industries in Australia over the last few years has been the absence of a public champion for renewable energy, a public figure who can galvanise the population. Could shock jock Alan Jones be the one?
Australia has all the ingredients to be the world’s leading market on battery storage: Lots of solar, high prices, and a consumer base that is independent, cost conscious and distrustful of incumbents.
Experts say new housing estates may be built that do not connect to the grid, offering instead free electricity, and even free electric vehicles to residents. Meanwhile, numerous towns are looking how to buy back their grid.
Wollumbin’s Mavis’s Kitchen and Cabins has taken the next step in sustainability by becoming energy self-sufficient, just in time for World Environment Day.
Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla has unveiled its long awaited battery storage offerings which are set to revolutionise the energy industry and accelerate the exit of coal generators.
A staged plan to build what would be the largest solar PV plant in Australia – and possibly the largest yet proposed in the world – has been granted planning approval in Queensland, writes
Australia’s first public electric vehicle (EV) charging station, powered by solar panels over a car park structure, opened at Macadamia Castle in Knockrow last Friday.
Noah Yamore Mullumbimby. The solar revolution for energy independence can be seen at the new Byron Eco Park at Greys Lane, Tyagarah. The solar renewable energy building and honey processing plant are open on Thursday from 3:30 pm each week.
The Australian Energy Regulator says the energy market faces a revolution in coming years from customers with the ability to generate and store their own electricity. And it warns that unless they are allowed to fully participate in the market, many will simply walk away from the grid.
Lismore City Council has installed its biggest solar hot water system yet, with hundreds of solar evacuated tubes now visible on the roof of the Lismore Memorial Baths.
University of Sydney robotics expert Professor Salah Sukkarieh has been awarded ‘Researcher of the Year’ by the Australian Vegetable Industry’s peak body Ausveg for his work on intelligent farm robots, in particular the ‘Ladybird’.
Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby. I am looking for Jesus... well at least those of you who resonate with the idea of taking on some risk for the sake of our children and many future generations.
The Greens have launched a new campaign to make rooftop solar a key election issue in the Victorian state poll later this year, describing it as a potential ‘sleeping giant’ in Australian politics
Households in Australia adding solar PV arrays to their rooftops have an important question to ask themselves: Are they getting a fair deal from their local utility for the solar power that they export back to the grid?