On the rise of net zero pledges that aren’t quite good enough

News from the front desk, Issue 507: So, Australia is on an economic tear so that means there is nothing stopping sustainability, right? Out of our recent Building Circularity came some gems of insights into the urgent tasks to hand to reduce the carbon in our structures. And the immense ambition and possibilities opening up to […]

Sunbank Solar to improve solar trading with new plan

Here’s a plan to put the profit back into solar energy for consumers. Rising energy prices have continued to put pressure on everyday Australians, and Sunbank Solar has established  a new program in a bid to improve the trading power of solar owners across the east coast, South Australia and Tasmania. While many consumers jumped […]

ACT’s all-electric revolution is shaking up the system

FLICK THE SWITCH: In the Australian Capital Territory, developers are paying new home owners $10,000 not to connect to the gas grid that’s in the street. Why? Read the sneak peek to Flick the Switch ebook, coming very soon. A big change in thinking and a small change to legislation have paved the way for […]

How hard will it be to find new jobs for coal miners?

Last week, The Australia Institute released a report that investigated the challenges and opportunities of getting out of coal. This included casting a critical eye on the apparent abundance of employment opportunities afforded by the coal mining sector – a factor that’s frequently cited as a reason to keep the industry afloat.

Large-scale solar isn’t warming all farming hearts

There’s a battle brewing in the bush not only around water – or lack thereof – but around solar, and whether it has any business taking over farmland.

ACT – a renewable energy trailblazer and among global leaders

The Australian Capital Territory will likely meet its 100 per cent renewable electricity target ahead of its own deadline of 1 January, 2020, according to a new report released by the Australia Institute.

Guide to corporate renewable energy power purchase agreements

New guides on power purchase agreements, templates and roadmaps have been released by the Business Renewables Centre. Here is why they’re timely.

Property owners ready to do more – so what’s the hold up?

Property owners are ready to do more with sustainability, from expanding the CBD disclosure program to sectors outside of offices to carbon positive buildings. Behind them is a tsunami of investment trends and tenant preferences all pushing in the same direction. So what’s the hold up? According to national program manager for CitySwitch, Esther Bailey, […]

Sunshine Plaza’s time in the sun

Sunshine Plaza in Melbourne’s west has completed a large rooftop solar array that will not only lower carbon emissions but also shield tenants from rising electricity prices.

Alloys, lignin and gravity – energy storage is getting interesting

Lithium batteries made headlines again recently for all the wrong reasons when the battery on a Sydney woman’s e-bike exploded and burned the house down. This of course set off the climate-denial crowd with a bunch of hysteria, because they apparently can’t tell the difference between one faulty product and an entire class of technology. […]

Regis Aged Care joins solar and LED boom

With an ageing population, it’s good news that more of the major aged care providers are starting to take sustainability seriously.

South Australia’s SIMEC Energy Australia in growth mode

UPDATED: British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta’s South Australian interests show no sign of slowing with programs ranging from renewable energy for his company SIMEC’S mining and Liberty OneSteel’s operations, huge solar farms, pumped hydro to low cost solar for social housing tenants and the state government’s home battery scheme. Two of these projects are expected to […]

Target zero emissions and fair accounting for renewable energy

CONTRIBUTOR: Switching to 100 per cent renewable electricity is the single biggest step most organisations can take towards achieving zero emissions. Renewable electricity can either be generated on-site or delivered through the grid and in either case robust accounting is necessary to support claims of zero emissions, avoiding double-counting and ensuring customers of GreenPower or […]

Meet Bloomberg NEF’s new energy pioneers

Innovations in AI, IoT and cybersecurity to make electricity systems and industrial processes more efficient, flexible, clean and secure dominated Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s summit in New York.

ICG secures CEFC’s biggest-ever renewables equity investment 

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has committed its largest ever equity investment to the Australian Renewables Income Fund (ARIF) in order to attract more institutional investors to the fast-growing sector.