Archive for January 2014 | Monthly archive page


Euro Solar cops ACCC fine | Business Spectator

The Federal Court has ordered by consent that Euro Solar and Worldwide Energy and Manufacturing (WEMA, formerly trading as Australian Solar Panel) pay combined penalties of $125,000, for publishing fake testimonials and making false or misleading representations about the country of origin of the solar panels they supply. This followed action by the Australian Competition […]



Brisbane Materials, a specialty materials company, has won a $1.3M grant from the ASI for the construction of a pilot scale plant for the production of solar anti-reflection (AR) coatings. This project will capitalise on Australian IP by providing industry-leading AR coatings, with clear potential to reduce solar energy system costs at all scales. via […]


Solar power a light bulb moment for home | The Border Mail

A BORDER nursing home is harnessing the power of the sun as part of a 10-year plan to slash its electricity costs by up to 40 per cent. Dubbed “the energy efficiency program”, residents at the Murray Vale Shalem Hostel in Lavington can now enjoy up to 200 kilowatts of renewable energy from the sun each […]


Qld power prices set for hike – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Queensland electricity prices will increase by 13.6 per cent from July, increasing the average household bill by $192 a year. The Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) has released its draft decision for 2014 in Brisbane. Qld power prices set for hike – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).


LIVING GREEN: Cooking with sunshine   | Newcastle Herald

WHEN people talk about “going solar”, we usually think of solar hot water and solar (PV) electricity systems. Solar cooking involves concentrating sunlight to create heat and essentially comprises two main methods: using parabolic solar cookers, where a dish with a reflective surface focuses the sun’s heat to a central point (making them well-suited for […]


Australia Day honours for solar pioneers – News – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A WORLD POWERED BY solar energy is inevitable according to two distinguished scientists being honoured this Australia Day. Dr Graham Morrison, Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New South Wales and Dr David Mills, formerly a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sydney, have been awarded Member of the Order of […]


Solar PV was a heatwave saviour | Business Spectator

Victoria and South Australia have just gone through a week of very high temperatures and very high maximum electricity demand. There has been some debate as to what contribution, if any, solar PV has made. Our analysis shows that solar PV has made a significant contribution, being responsible for reducing peak demand by 4.6 per […]


Six Queensland cities rank highest in Australia for investment return on solar panels | The Australian

Six Queensland cities rank highest in Australia for investment return on solar panels | The Australian. FOR many Queenslanders, the best investment opportunity they have may be the roof over their heads. Research by a major solar installer shows six of Queensland’s cities rank the highest in Australia for their rate of ­investment return from […]


Buffett’s big bet on solar – Solar Power Blog

As Australian solar fans considered what the new year will bring in respect of solar energy, news arrived from over the seas of a spectacular bet on solar from one of the world’s richest men. I’m talking of Warren Buffett, the man considered one of the wisest investors in the land (he’s not known as […]


Here comes the sun? Automakers renew solar-power options – Chicago Tribune

Ford made headlines last week when it unveiled plans to make mass-produced solar-powered cars a reality with the C-Max Solar Energi. The reality is fully solar vehicles have been around for decades. Alabama University Professor Ed Passerini built the “Bluebird,” a prototype solar call with no back-up batteries, in 1977. Since the 80s, teams of university […]