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Australian solar households to lose subsidies, but it’s a bright future for the industry

Solar households in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales will this year cease to be paid for power they export into the electricity grid. In South Australia, some households will lose 16 cents per kilowatt-hour (c/kWh) from September 31. Some Victorian households will lose 25 c/kWh, and all NSW households will stop receiving payments […]

Brexit backfire? UK actually has more ‘energy sovereignty’ inside the EU than out

The UK imports around 6% of its electricity through undersea cables linking it to the European mainland. These links help Britain deal with the ebbs and flows of renewable energy generation, and give the country a “safety net” in case things go wrong. Europe’s electricity network shows just how interconnected nation states are these days, […]

The suburb of the future?

It’s been said that it isn’t easy being green. Well, that won’t be the case for the residents of Melbourne Australia’s newest suburb, YarraBend. Icon Status The suburb is located at the previous site of the Alphington paper mill, just 6.5 km from the CBD and is being promoted as “an iconic new suburb” on […]

Tips for keeping your solar panels clean and properly maintained

Ok, all the hard work is done. You’ve researched panels and inverters, sought out a few different quotes [hopefully from us *wink * ] and finally made that big decision to go solar. Now what? Well, you could look at the panels from a real “set and forget” point of view, but you might be […]

Get more out of your solar power system by using water as a battery

When the sun shines at its brightest, many  homes with rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar panels generate more electricity than they use. When this happens, excess electricity is exported to the grid. In the old days (say, about 2009), most householders would be pretty happy with this, given that in Victoria, for example, it would have […]

The hidden energy cost of smart homes

Light globes that change colour with the tap of an app, coffee machines you can talk to, and ovens that know exactly how long to cook your food: our homes are getting smart. These devices, just a few examples of what is known as “the internet of things” (or IOT), have been called the “next […]

Here’s how smart power could help the UK reach 100% renewable energy

Both Portugal and Germany have recently succeeded in meeting almost all of their power needs using renewable energy. But at the moment, the UK falls far short of this feat. In 2015,less than a quarter of the country’s energy was generated from renewable power sources such as wind, solar, hydro and bio-energy. If the UK […]

Where are the female tradies?

Male domination of trades and trade courses in the automotive, construction, mining and energy sectors is entrenched above 95%, despite the substantial pay advantage compared to other trades such as hairdressing and hospitality. In an effort to uncover why so few girls pursue the male-dominated trade careers, I set off to schools with my pink […]

Less sunshine, wind and rain could cast shade on renewable energy

Fighting climate change will involve massive changes to the way we produce and distribute energy. Those changes are already happening. Several studies have looked at how our energy systems will change as clean energy increases and fossil fuels are replaced. But climate change must be planned into this transition. For instance, temperature is a key […]