Solar Quotes Blog

Solar breakthroughs by the dozen but what of the future?

idea rocket

The breakthroughs just keep on comin’

This week two news items have proved that innovation in the solar energy sector is not only alive and humming but well on the way to shaping our energy future. The first is based on nothing new. Indeed it was originally proposed in a 1941 story by science fiction author Isaac Asimov.

With climate change now threatening our very survival as a species — according to the more downbeat of scientific studies — and with a general lack of political will to do anything about it, it may take something completely from left field to save the planet. Enter solar energy and the Asimov proposal.

[Continue reading…]

If the RET is Axed What Happens To The Solar Rebate?

abbott and an axe

Will Abbott Axe the RET? (and will my photoshop skills ever improve?)

Well, I woke up this morning to a beautiful spring day. Hopped on my mountain bike for my daily ride up and down the great trails of O’Halloran hill sucking in some great sea views. Came home, rode the kids to school, pedalled home and sat down at my computer to start another week.

Only to see an inbox full of emails telling me that, according to the Australian Financial Review, Tony Abbott has already decided to scrap the Renewable Energy Target (RET) no matter what his review panel advises.

Bummer!

Let’s see what the rest of the papers have to say on the matter. Well, the most recent article I can find, published at 9am, is telling me that the government maintains it has absolutely no intention of scrapping the RET.

Hmmmmm. [Continue reading…]

Big Energy Has a Big Problem…But They Want YOU to Fix It

Big energy has a big “problem”.  What’s the problem? Competition. Competition from whom?  From Australian citizens like you who’ve told the big power companies, “We’ll  generate our own power, using solar technology. Thank you very much.  Shut the door on your way out.” Why is this “big a problem”? Well, it’s simple economics that whenever a […]

[Continue reading…]

How to find the most efficient solar water heater

a map of STC climate zones

When you are looking to buy a solar hot water system for for home, one of the most important things to check (apart from the price) is the efficiency of your Solar Hot Water System. The more efficient your system is, the better it will be at converting the sun’s heat to piping hot water, […]

[Continue reading…]

Over 20,000 solar workers expected by 2018 despite Abbott’s efforts

panels going on straw house

Jobs in the Australian solar industry is a topic that doesn’t excite the pro-fossil fuel press and shriekback radio all that much. Instead the headlines and radio waves over renewables are dominated by imagined consequences of the carbon tax and the repetition of outright lies about the consequences of the Renewable Energy Target (RET). Witness […]

[Continue reading…]

Solar Hot Water vs Solar Panels. Which should you buy?

a solahart hot water heater

  Poor old Solar Hot Water. The concept of heating water directly from the Aussie sun with a solar hot water system like this… …really seems to have gone from hero to zero over the past 3 years.

[Continue reading…]

Public support for Australia as a renewable energy superpower

solar panels in front of cooling towers

It’s been mentioned more than a few times that Australia could be the next renewable energy superpower. With our wide open spaces, almost unlimited sun and centres of research excellence we could show the world the way in solar power and other forms of renewable energy.

[Continue reading…]

Fossil fuel lobby on thin ice in RET argument

Thin ice sign and a power station

As the renewable energy target review commission prepares to bring down its findings, a battle royale rages over how to interpret the economic modelling. Stacked with climate change deniers and fossil fuel-connected industry types, the review committee has been well and truly nobbled. It’s decision is pretty much sealed. For as Basic Governance 101 tells […]

[Continue reading…]

Are They Really Tier 1 Solar Panels? Six Questions You Must Ask.

tier 1 solar panel

For many years now I’ve been banging on about “Tier 1 Solar Panels”. My recommendation has always been that you should spend a few hundred dollars more for Tier 1 panels, so that you can massively reduce the risk of having crappy solar panels on your roof.

[Continue reading…]

Carbon tax goes: now for the historical perspective

axe over a power station

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this past week, you’ll have heard that Australia has achieved the dubious distinction of being the first country in history to repeal a carbon tax. With the unholy support of so-called independents, the repeal sailed through the Senate. This to the jubilation of the polluters, energy companies and […]

[Continue reading…]