Energy

The pros and cons of building upgrade grants

There’s an old question about grants. Some funding is great but is it ever enough? The issue recently rose to the fore with the recent announcement from Sustainability Victoria that had a new program of grants for energy efficiency, called Better Commercial Buildings.

Charge up for All-Energy Australia 2017

All-Energy Australia is back for its ninth year, with more than 120 speakers, more than 120 domestic and international exhibitors, and the launch of new program streams, making the event one of the world’s most significant platforms for the clean and renewable energy industry.

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ARENA delivers environmental upgrade funding boost

About 50 per cent of all local councils in Victoria will now be able to offer Environmental Upgrade Finance, with an expansion of the partnership between the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Sustainable Melbourne Fund (SMF).

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Would more people buy solar panels if they were green?

Green solar panels that blend in with nature; red solar panels on a terracotta roof; white solar hidden on a wall. Researchers have discovered a way to turn typically black and blue solar panels a shade of green, and potentially any colour imaginable.

Sydney to help upgrade high-rise apartments as bill shock bites

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore says energy bill increases of up to 40 per cent could be seen for some unfortunate apartment owners this financial year, though a new round of the city’s Smart Green Apartments program could help to reduce the pain.

The clean energy transition must not forget low-income households

Energy and social policy must be integrated to ensure low-income households are not left behind in the clean energy transition, according to a joint call delivered by the Climate Institute, Brotherhood of St Laurence and Australian Council of Social Services.

Victoria’s energy efficiency program gets a facelift and an expanded focus

Victoria’s successful energy efficiency program, the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET), has been revamped, getting a catchy new title – the Victorian Energy Upgrades program – and expanding its remit to include large energy users getting battered by rising gas and electricity costs.