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The US jumps on board the electric vehicle revolution, leaving Australia in the dust

“Australians should be able to choose the type of car they drive,” said the Federal Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor on Friday when he released a national plan to reduce carbon emissions from Australia’s road transport sector — a plan without a target, without incentives, and with relatively meagre investment in bringing about essential change.

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Going for the ’burne: $10 million to fund Victorian Hydrogen Hub 

Renewable-hydrogen research at Swinburne University of Technology and CSIRO gets a boost from the Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund, as the state drives toward a net-zero-emissions future.

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Spa town? South Australia’s hot water systems set to soak in the solar

Some 2,400 South Australians will soon be fogging up the bathroom mirror without qualms about the cost of heating water, as Solahart implements a trial that controls hot water systems to put in their main effort when the sun is high.

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OpenSolar adds Plenti to its powerful PV sales toolkit

OpenSolar’s latest capability makes unsecured loans from a reputable fintech accessible to consumers, and frees solar sales reps to focus on the main game.

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Victorian Government aims to claim the world’s first carbon-neutral dairy farm

Herd nutrition, pasture management and solar PV will be the main enablers of net-zero carbon emissions at Ellinbank Smart Farm in Victoria’s dairy country.

New data: Sunny outlook modified, and coal as Australia’s transition fuel?

The latest GSD — Generator Statistical Digest 2020 — released today by Global-Roam and Greenview Strategic Consulting, shows the value of understanding what’s really happening in the energy market compared to even educated industry assumptions, predictions and aspirations.

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Standalone power systems could confer up to $1.5 billion in saved network costs and community resilience to disaster

Edge-of-grid communities are under increasing threat of debilitating power outages due to disasters driven by climate change. A new report quantifies the benefits of transitioning some 244 communities to microgrids or individual power systems.

Australian world-first domestic hydrogen battery signs an iconic investor

The LAVO 40 kWh battery incorporates an electrolyser, groundbreaking UNSW materials science, and Australian fuel-cell technology, in a slick unit that will be market ready in June this year. Gowing Bros last week became an equity investor and LAVO’s first major customer.

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Queensland develops 100% solar + battery neighbourhoods

Housing developers around Australia are catching on to the allure of incorporating solar in buildings from the get go. This weekend the Queensland Government announced plans for two new state-sponsored solar-powered residential developments to light the way for more private companies to install rooftop PV and batteries as a matter of course.

SA Water is pumping with the power of the sun

Nicola Murphy, SA Water’s Senior Manager, Zero Cost Energy Futures has the sunniest disposition as she works steadily to ensure the substantial energy needs of the state’s vital water utility are solar powered from source to faucet.

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