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Clean energy ‘clear winner’ of Victorian state budget with $1.6bn in funding

The Clean Energy Council have called renewable energy the “clear winner” of the Victorian Budget 2020/21, saying the $1.6 billion in allocated in targeted funding represents a landmark for the state.

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Calls for Queensland to follow Victorian lead and extend solar for renters program

Community group Solar Citizens is calling for the Queensland government to expand its solar for renters trial following the release of results which found participating tenants were, on average, $600 a year better off after solar was installed on their rooftops.

‘Renewable energy superhighway’ linking Victoria to NSW kick started by bilateral funding agreement

Work on a new electricity transmission line linking Victoria and New South Wales is going ahead under a joint funding agreement between Victoria’s state government and the federal coalition.

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Generating goodwill: the value driving community solar

Goodwill may be the most under-appreciated resource for renewable project developers and one that is delivered through community ownership. At least, that’s according to Kristy Walters, chairperson of the 1 MW Haystacks Solar Garden project –  which claims to be Australia’s first large scale solar garden cooperative.

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VIC government scales up solar, battery schemes in Australia’s biggest energy efficiency package

The Victorian government on Tuesday announced a $797 million energy efficiency package to accelerate the rollout of rooftop solar and batteries around the state. The package will also deliver home energy upgrades to over 250,0000 households, set new home and rental energy standards, and offer immediate bill relief to people facing hardship during the pandemic.

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ARENA commits $2.9 million to V2G, smart charging trial

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has committed $2.9 million to a new electric vehicle charging trial with plans to install around 250 homes with either smart charging software or vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems to better understand the technology.

How an Australian-made AI model unlocks accurate prediction of organic PV efficiency

For the last few months, while her city lay dormant in lockdown, Nastaran Meftahi has been tucked away developing a machine learning model to predict where the most promise for next-generation organic solar cells is held.

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Gas goes up in flames: new analysis extinguishes myth of gas led recovery

Two new reports have sought to extinguish the floundering gas myth once and for all, showing the federal government’s “gas-fired recovery” plan will benefit neither Australia’s manufacturing industry nor domestic users.

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Australia’s green bank backs flexible, lightweight eArc ‘solar skins’

Australia’s green bank has invested over $9.5 million into Sunman’s lightweight, flexible eArc panels, saying have the “potential to revolutionise Australia’s use of rooftop solar.”

Renewables surge to record share of NEM, coinciding with groundswell of political support

A groundswell of support for renewable energy has swept across the nation and world in the past week with Joe Biden’s victory in the United States followed by the unveiling of the NSW government’s ambitious renewables roadmap and the tabling of independent Zali Steggall’s Climate Change Act. The shifting Zeitgeist coincides with analysis showing record high shares of renewables in the National Energy Network (NEM) are displacing fossil fuels, ultimately cutting the country’s emissions more than the Covid-19 pandemic.

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