CSIRO pulls energy, urban and land-use levers for a sunny national outlook in 2060

The CSIRO’s second ever Australian National Outlook, published today, invites Australians to consider two contrasting projections of our quality of life in 2060, and the shifts the country will need to implement to achieve a positive scenario. In the brightest outcome, renewable energy contributes to opportunities and an enviable lifestyle for generations to come.

IEA’s ‘Future of Hydrogen’ report charts a way through fossil-fuelled isles

The G20 meeting of environment and energy ministers in Karuizawa, Japan on the weekend came out largely in favour of adopting lower-emissions energy technologies: that means cleaner coal as well as driving development of solar- and wind-powered green hydrogen.

Green hydrogen airs at G20 meeting of energy ministers this week

Hello hydrogen! A number of factors are floating renewably powered hydrogen to the top of the agenda for worldwide energy ministers. Australia is among the countries most favourably placed to turn hydrogen hype into the biggest source of decarbonised energy the world has yet seen.

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Fire protection guidelines catch up with C&I renewable energy storage systems

As commercial operations begin to more routinely factor battery storage into their solar-energy-powered plans, insurance companies are assessing the accompanying fire risks. One such company has publicly released its guidance for property protection.

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The Longi haul: Focus on Australian EPC profitability

At the Clean Energy Council Large-scale Solar Forum yesterday, principal sponsor Longi launched its new Hi-MO 4 range of solar panels in Australia and spoke with pv magazine about its intention to better serve the local industry by opening a fully fledged sales and service office in Australia.

South-west Queensland councils go to town on municipal solar installations

Town halls, swimming pools, art galleries, libraries — local councils strive to offer residents a plethora of services that enrich community life, while keeping rates to a minimum. Maranoa Regional Council is one of a cluster of Queensland councils drawing on solar energy to help keep costs low, while fuelling fun in Australia’s sunny north.

Sustainable Melbourne Fund takes its mission, and rooftop PV, Australia wide

A new $200 million partnership with Bank Australia has boosted the capability of Sustainable Melbourne Fund to help all Australian commercial and agricultural enterprises become more sustainable. For many businesses, reducing electricity costs and emissions through solar PV installation has been the first project on their list.

Rack ’em up: Another Riverina solar farm approved

A large-scale ESCO Pacific-championed solar project has received NSW Government approval, bringing to 26 the number of solar farms given the green light by the State since 2017. That’s another 100 MW towards the NSW goal of more than 10 GW of renewables by 2021.

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How to profitably up-cycle 80 million tonnes of PV waste by 2050

New research by UNSW examines the economic barriers, the technologies and opportunities in recycling end-of-life silicon photovoltaic modules for profit.

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Small businesses to access 3-year renewable-energy PPAs

Long-term power purchase agreements in Australia are helping large-scale energy consumers reduce costs and green their energy supply, but for smaller or more conservative businesses that have found the PPA landscape hard to navigate ERM Power is introducing a more flexible, short-term option to the market.

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