Predatory ‘buy now pay later’ solar sales practices taken to Competition Tribunal

The Australian Competition Tribunal is currently hearing arguments on a proposed code that would apply to the ‘buy now pay later’ sales practices of solar panel and installations. It is being argued that the practices are a form of predatory lending.

The rugby league legend lighting up the solar industry

Rugby League legend Johnathan Thurston signed on to become Australia’s first solar ambassador last year. The former Kangaroo’s half-back represents the joy, strength and peace of mind residential solar is bringing to Aussie families.

Sydney’s 100% solar-powered floating villa

Welcome to the rarest kind of pleasure, a sustainable one. Australian designer Chuck Anderson’s Lilypad is a 100% solar powered villa floating off Palm Beach in Sydney’s north.

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A fern in its cap, NZ reforms Emissions Trading Scheme

With key decisions to be made about the economic recovery from the impacts of Covid-19, New Zealand is taking the high road. The New Zealand Government made significant reforms to its Emissions Trading Scheme, providing a long overdue cap and making progress on emissions reduction solutions for the agriculture industry.

Photon Energy is wasting no time, wins Wodonga small-scale solar tender

Photon Energy Australia has been busier than a face-mask factory lately, and shows no signs of stopping after winning a tender for a 3 MWp hybrid solar power plant from North East Water to help power the Wodonga Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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Solcast is offering a free rooftop solar PV performance checker

Ever stood outside looking up at your rooftop solar PV system and wondered: “Are those panels giving me their best?” Well, Solcast has a free solar PV performance checking tool that can give you a solid estimate of your PV system’s performance. After all, if something is amiss, you don’t want to wait until you receive an engorged electricity bill to find out.

CEC publishes first ever national study of renewable energy workforce

The continuing dominance of the small-scale solar sector and the great potential for regional and rural jobs are just some of the findings in the Clean Energy Council’s “Clean Energy At Work”, a first-of-its-kind extensive report into the current renewable energy workforce and its potential over the next 10-15 years.

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Okra Solar’s new tech is a one-two punch against energy poverty

Okra Solar, the Aussie startup we last saw delivering solar mini-grids to remote communities via a shared ping-pong table, is emerging from Covid-19 lockdown with new investors and two new pieces of tech that will better enable solar energy access to the 900 million people around the world still lacking power.

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Australia tops up solar funding to Tonga

An additional $2.9 million from the Australian Government’s Outer Islands Renewable Energy Project (OIREP) is making its way across the sea to the kingdom of Tonga in the form of solar power plants and energy storage. The project is helping Tonga to achieve its target of generating 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 and 70% by 2030. 

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Perth-based Talga strikes deal with European lithium-ion battery giant

Perth-based graphite anode producer Talga has allied itself with European lithium-ion battery giant Farasis Energy Group as the market in Europe for sustainably sourced electric vehicles continues its rapid rise.

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