Mozambique’s First Utility Scale Solar Farm Project Gets Financing

Solar Power Facility For Mozambique

40.5MW Solar Facility For Mozambique | Image: Scatec Solar

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) recently announced provision of USD $55 million to support construction of Mozambique’s first utility scale solar PV plant.
[Read more…]

Energy Price Rises In NSW And SA From July 1

Gas and electricity prices - NSW and SA

More gas and electricity price hip pocket pain : Image: Laura Mason

Residential and small business electricity customers in South Australia and New South Wales are about to get whacked with hefty increases in power costs.

[Read more…]

Australia’s Electricity Blueprint For The Future – Finkel Review Report

Finkel Review - Energy In Australia

What’s known as the “Finkel Review” was released on Friday, a document touted as a blueprint to optimise Australia’s ailing National Electricity Market (NEM). [Read more…]

Australian “Sun Tax” Suggestion Rebellion Begins

Solar tax in Australia?

A sure-fire way to rile Australian solar power system owners is to mention anything that even remotely resembles a “sun tax”. The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) just did and the response has been quick.

[Read more…]

Massive Energy Price Hike In The ACT – Rest Of Australia To Follow?

Beat electricity price rises with solar panels

Solar power to become even more attractive. | Image: cogdogblog, Public Domain

Uncertainty surrounding national energy policy has been blamed for a huge energy price hike in the ACT. This isn’t just bad news for those in Canberra – it’s perhaps a sign of things to come elsewhere in Australia.

[Read more…]

Australians Want More Government Focus On Renewable Energy: Poll

Wind and solar power in Australia

Solar panel image : Public Domain | Wind turbine image: Public Domain

Poll results just released indicate an overwhelming majority of Australians want to see a greater government focus on renewable energy, even if it costs more.

[Read more…]

Solar Powers Carbon Dioxide To Fuel Conversion

Solar power and carbon dioxide splitting

In another example of how solar power could help address the mess created by fossil fuel use, researchers have unveiled a new process for the solar-driven electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide into fuel components.

[Read more…]

Tasmania Energy Efficiency Loans Scheme Gets $10 Million Boost

Installing solar power in Tasmania

Solar Energy Products Popular In TEELS | Image: Mauro Gregori, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Funding for interest-free loans through the TEELS scheme has been doubled after significant interest from Tasmanians wanting to purchase solar power systems.

[Read more…]

Renault EV Batteries To Get Second Life In Solar Battery Systems

Powervault to use Renault EV batteries

Powervault incorporating re-used Renault EV batteries

Renault and Powervault in the UK have announced a partnership whereby Renault electric vehicle batteries will be re-used for home energy storage units, reducing the cost of a Powervault smart battery unit by 30%.

[Read more…]

Electricity Metering Rule Changes Could Boost Solar Battery Uptake

Smart meters and battery storage

Australia’s Smart Meter Revolution About To Get Into Gear? | Image: Christopher Corneschi

Implementation of rule changes in December concerning electricity meters may accelerate the uptake of home battery systems across Australia.

[Read more…]