Coming up to a federal election, i always want a summary of key policy differences between the parties to help decide where my vote should go. The ABC has written an article summarising the major parties (Liberal, Labor and Greens) stance on various policies. You can read the article here ABC key issues – where the parties differ The article isContinue Reading….
A team at the university of NSW has achieved a solar cell efficiency of 34.5%, a new world record and improvement over previous best of 24% (for un-concentrated sunlight – the same team has achieved 40% efficiency with concentrated photovoltaics). The new cell is getting close the the maximum theoretical limit and uses a prism to split the incoming lightContinue Reading….
For those like me following the progress of the Solar Impule 2, the 100% solar power plane that is on a mission to circumnavigate the globe, a recent write up from the TED platform (Technology Entertainment and Design) is an interesting read. You can read the article by following the link below: TED – Solar Plane
Green bonds are fast becoming a popular way to finance low carbon (renewable or energy efficiency) projects. Just like a regular bond, they act as a loan + interest over a certain period, but are issued only to certified green projects. The Asian Development Bank and the European Investment Bank have short (2 min) video overview’s of Green Bonds whichContinue Reading….
I had a great time attending the CSIRO Solar Hackathon over the weekend. The event brought together a diverse range of people with an interest in Solar power to work together in teams over a day and come up with solutions to problems in the industry. The event was a first for Australia, having been successfully run in the USContinue Reading….
The Clean Energy Association of Newcastle and Surrounds (CLEANaS) is a community organisation run by volunteers who aim to promote and assist Newcastle to use more renewable energy. They are running a series of free public events aimed at raising awareness and giving advice to local people who may be interested in learning more about renewable energy. The following list belowContinue Reading….
Australia now has its first community owned renewable energy retail and installation business Enova. Enova plans to offer 100% renewable energy to people and businesses, and can offer solar and battery installation as well. They aim to have competitive tarriffs and the best 100% green energy rates, and are fully community owned. Shares in Enova are currently on offer toContinue Reading….
Earlier this month, the political leadership of Tony Abbott was extinguished, to be replaced by a new Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull overnight. With the dawning of Turnbull’s new leadership, many have been questioning whether this new leader, known for having more liberal views than his predecessor, will do more for the renewable energy industry and the climate. Tony Abbott’sContinue Reading….
The government has continued its efforts to hurt the renewable energy industry in Australia, recently banning the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), from investing in wind energy projects, and this has been extended to small-scale solar projects up to 100kW. Instead the $10bn fund will be restricted to investing in “emerging technologies”. Set up by the Gillard Government in 2012,Continue Reading….
Suno has recently attended the Renewable Energy in Agriculture Workshop held at Muswellbrook in NSW on the 1st of June. This workshop was run by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and the NSW Farmers Association. The workshop talked about renewable energy in agriculture, with a focus on solar pumping and energy efficiency. For anyone considering installing renewable energy,Continue Reading….