In a new milestone that experts say will become increasingly normal, Australia’s main electricity grid was briefly powered by 50 per cent renewable energy this week.
According to a new Australia Institute (AI) report Australia’s national capital, Canberra, is set to become the first city outside Europe to source 100 per cent of its electricity needs from renewable energy.
Australia’s Northern Territory has unveiled a new target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 in a policy document that touts solar and backs a proposed 10GW/20-30GWh solar-plus-storage plant earmarked to provide energy to the region and Singapore.
Global solar investor Foresight Group has continued its charge into the Australian PV market, launching a sustainability framework to finance small-scale renewable infrastructure projects in the country.
Australia needs to drastically overhaul its power market in order to harness and benefit from the country’s skyrocketing rooftop solar and battery market, according to the Clean Energy Council (CEC).
A new report from public policy think-tank the Australia Institute (AI) has concluded the development of nuclear power is not a viable option as Australia’s renewable energy continues to boom.
A new report by environmental lobby group Greenpeace, has used satellite data published by NASA to analyse the world’s worst sources of sulphur dioxide (SO2) pollution, an irritant gas known to affect human health and one of the main pollutants contributing to deaths from air pollution worldwide.
Make no mistake - the top headlines in the mainstream press this week around Australia, climate change and energy are not positive. What has been described from many quarters both within the country and from the international community speak of a dereliction of responsibility at the top level in favour of short term economic gain and the politics of coal.
According to new figures just released Australia’s emissions are again the highest on record, driven this time by an increase in emissions from the electricity sector, which rose to their highest levels in two years.
Work is now underway on Victoria’s $276 million Berrybank Wind Farm, which will generate enough energy to power around 138,000 homes as a result of the Victorian state Labor government’s landmark Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET).
In a move that will certainly improve the country’s energy security Australia’s largest integrated battery and solar farm has been officially opened in the north of the southern state of Victoria.
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