2017: the year the states stepped up for solar, storage

Looking back on an unprecedented year for Australia’s renewables sector, when it was never far from mainstream headlines, 2017 may very well be the watershed year for the industry. And it is the states, rather than the federal government, which have taken the lead.

Victorian reverse auction community engagement criteria asks developers to go extra mile

The Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme (VREAS) makes community engagement an eligibility and evaluation criteria for funding, with a benefit-sharing program a first in State Government regulation of renewable energy projects.

Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference highlights important role for Australian solar in the Pacific Islands

pv magazine Australia speaks to conference presenters on solar energy for development outcomes via academic-industry collaboration.

Australian renewable energy sector lacks women on company boards

Last week the Clean Energy Council announced the winner of its 2018 Women in Renewables scholarship. Women in Renewables chair, Natalie Collard, reflects on why we need more women on boards.

Explainer: How accessible is battery tech for home owners today?

Undeniably popular and, according to a new report, important for future energy systems, distributed battery storage is tipped by many to be set for rapid growth. But how realistic is the proposition for homeowners today?

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Melbourne Energy Hack winners develop marketplace to open underutilised rooftops to PV

‘Solar Air-BnB’ model emerges from 2017 Melbourne Energy Hack. Consumers that do not have access to rooftop for a PV installation can be connected to roofs that are currently free of PV in the innovative solution.

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