Get your share of clean energy and join the Haystacks solar garden

Haystacks is Australia’s first large scale solar garden, enabling everyone to participate in the clean energy revolution whether or not they have access to a sunny rooftop – pioneering a way for locked out energy users to access renewable energy. Haystacks solar garden is being constructed on a farm in the Riverina of NSW and […]

Coles joins ALDI with bold renewables commitments – will Woolworths follow suit?

Both Coles and Aldi now have ambitious clean energy commitments. Will Woolworths follow suit? Coles has committed to sourcing over 90 per cent of its energy requirements from clean energy sources, hot on the tail of ALDI’s commitment a month earlier to purchase 100 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2021. Through […]

Gas is not the solution for our clean energy future

Say it with me: gas is not a transition fuel. COVID-19 could be the trigger for the much-needed step change in our clean energy transition. But the Morrison government has stacked the National COVID-19 Coordination Committee with oil and gas sector representatives, pushing for fossil fuel lobby-led economic recovery. It looks like gas is tipped […]

Why tomorrow’s data could end up like today’s plastic

The intensity of the internet’s energy is about to escalate so much that the current infrastructure will come under pressure and lead to “severe economic and environmental concerns”.

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.

ANZ’s “awesome” leadership on 100 per cent clean energy

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ) has become the latest Australian signatory of The Climate Group’s RE100 initiative, joining the likes of Atlassian and Bank Australia in the global transition to a zero carbon grid.

RedGrid sets sights on residential demand response market

Australian demand response services start-up, RedGrid, has raised over half a million dollars in equity crowdfunding in just three days, this week, and is already well over its minimum capital-raising target.

Enliten: a formula for an energy transition for Australia

General frustration with the largely negative debate in Australia around a clean energy transition has inspired industry expert Jonathan Jutsen to develop a formula for a way forward. He’s interested in collaboration.

Queensland joins Victoria in clean energy crusade

State and territory governments are leading the charge on the renewables transition while the Commonwealth is falling short. Latest news in the sector is the Queensland government’s launch of the state’s new publicly owned renewable energy generator last week.

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.

Solar kits to create jobs in Victoria

From the Victorian Labor Government: The Andrews Labor Government will provide $825,000 towards a  pilot project to develop solar battery storage kits and create local jobs. A consortium of five companies, led by innovation company ARVIO, will receive funding under the second round of the Labor Government’s $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund. This project […]

Now for prefab solar arrays

After more than three years of research and development, renewable energy start-up 5B has found a ready market for its prefabricated, low-cost “Maverick” solar array.

NAB’s energy efficient loan program gets a CEFC top-up

The “overwhelming success” of National Australia Bank’s Energy Efficient Bonus program – which gives a 0.7 per cent loan discount for energy efficiency upgrades – has seen the Clean Energy Finance Corporation commit an additional $180 million in finance, bringing the total pool to $300 million. The program was initially launched in 2015 with $120 […]

EnergyLab on the hunt for more start-ups

Just two months after launching, clean energy innovation company EnergyLab already has four clean energy start-ups hitting the ground running as part of its accelerator program, and is now on the hunt for more.

Australian researchers are creating low-cost smart windows

Low-cost smart windows that can selectively block out light and heat are on the horizon for Australia, thanks to a new research project underway at Queensland’s Griffith University. Professor Huijun Zhao, director of Griffith’s Centre for Clean Environment and Energy, has been awarded more than $500,000 to develop smart windows through the Australian Research Council […]

Investors willing to pay premium for green bonds

A $50 million climate bond issued by financial services group FlexiGroup has attracted strong investor participation, even with a yield 0.03 per cent lower than a similar class bond without green certification. The Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which made a $20 million cornerstone commitment, said this showed there was strong investor appetite for clean energy […]

How to spend an extra US$600 billion a year on climate finance

Jenya Khvatsky’s start-up company CleanTek Market has been founded to create a global online platform to connect clean technology projects, technologies and organisations with investors, end users and intermediaries. Here’s how he reads the imperatives for such a service. We are in the midst of a clean technology revolution. There is now widespread acceptance that […]

ARENA and CEFC support solutions for certainty of energy supply

From ARENA: The Clean Energy Finance Corporation  (CEFC) and Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) have welcomed the opportunity to work together to accelerate the development of flexible capacity and large-scale storage projects that enable certainty of energy supply and smooth integration of renewable energy sources. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today called on both organisations to […]

CEFC accelerates large-scale solar construction in NSW with $150m investment

From Clean Energy Finance Corporation: Regional New South Wales will benefit from a $150 million investment from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), to accelerate the construction of three major solar projects with a total value of $230 million. The three large-scale solar farms will be built in Dubbo, Parkes and Griffith in regional NSW. They […]

CEFC and Commbank in $100 million green asset program

Businesses and not for profits will be able to access cheap finance for green assets under a new $100 million joint program between the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Commbank. The Energy Efficient Equipment Finance Program will provide a 0.70 per cent discount on Commbank’s standard rate for assets between $10,000 and $5 million, as […]