Archive for the ‘Solar’ Category

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Coal and home solar the big winners out of deal on renewable energy

The Clean Energy Council says between 30 and 50 new wind and solar projects will be built by the end of the decade and forecasts 6500 jobs will be created in large-scale wind and solar alone, with many of those in rural and regional parts of Australia. This is good news when considered against the situation […]

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Queensland targeting 50% renewable energy by 2030 | Gladstone Observer

MINISTER for Energy and Water Supply Mark Bailey said Queensland is open for business and keen to capitalise on the state’s world class solar resources. Mr Bailey told the Australian Solar Council in Melbourne this week the government had a vision to see projects of the future become a reality – like the Mount Emerald […]

Students in Australia break electric vehicle world speed record – Clean Tech – Clean Tech | siliconrepublic.com – Ireland’s Technology News Service

Students from the University of New South Wales in Australia have broken the electric vehicle world speed record over 500 kilometres. The institute’s solar racing team – which goes by the name Sunswift – achieved the speed of 106.966 km/h over the distance in its current vehicle, eVe, on a single battery charge. That shatters the […]

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Regional households hit hardest by high electricity bills – ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

People in regional Australia are finding it harder than capital city residents to pay their electricity bills, a consultants’ report shows. The ‘high cost of living is hurting families’ is not just a political catchcry used in the battle to win votes. It’s a reality for a third of all Australians, who reported to an […]

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Scrapping solar scheme helps sell-off: McArdle

Energy Minister Mark McArdle has admitted the removal of the solar bonus scheme from power bills will make energy assets easier to sell. The government plans to privatise the energy market if it wins the next election as part of its “Strong Choices” policy. Since announcing its asset sales plan, the government has slowly announced […]

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Survey finds 1 in 8 Australians cannot afford to pay electricity bill – Yahoo!7

A survey of Australian households has found one in eight people cannot afford to pay their electricity bills. The Ernst & Young survey of households in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland showed more than one in 10 people have missed more than three bill payments in the past 12 months. Survey finds 1 in […]

Australia’s looming micro-grid moment

Australian society is made up of a strong sense of independence, can-do attitude, and healthy scepticism for authority, which is understandable given its geography and history. Therefore, it’s little wonder that household-owned, rooftop solar is the major force in the Australian solar market. Australia is also home to massive youth unemployment, which is sapping the potential […]

Pollinate Energy, inspired by two-day blackout, uses solar light to boost conditions in impoverished India communities | ABC Radio Australia

Solar lights improving living conditions For residents, the solar lights have been life changing. Typically customers earn less than $2 a day and before having access to solar lights would spend several dollars each week on kerosene. Ms Seller says residents get trapped in a cycle of spending, “which means they can’t save money to […]

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Powering Australia What power sources do you think will grow the most

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Renewable energy target in the spotlight

So concerned was Greg Hunt about the future of the solar industry that he went skydiving at Tooradin in his electorate of Flinders to back an industry he said was in freefall. That was in 2008 when he was shadow environment minister. Labor had means tested its solar panel rebate. More recently, after the 2013 election, he […]