Renewable energy

Macfarlane threatens: take my RET deal or else

The government has now publicly confirmed a large-scale RET offer above the 30,000GWh range, with Greg Hunt saying he's optimistic of a deal with Labor soon that goes 'significantly further' than 20%. However, Ian Macfarlane is striking a very different tone.

EMC signs $1m solar deal

Developer to provide grain handler with solar generators.

AGL launches solar offer with 'output guarantee'

Energy giant becomes first major to offer kilowatt-hours product.

The Eiffel Tower just got a wind turbine makeover

Two custom-designed, 'sculptural wind turbines' are now producing enough power to cover the famous tower's busy first floor while the retrofit has also included LEDs, heat-pumps and solar panels.

Q&A: The renewables climate in Australia and her neighbours

GE's Asia-Pacific chief shares his views on the market and policy for renewables around Asia, how Australia - and its RET - compares, and what the oil price effect will be.

Could the retailers be sidestepped?

As the LGC spot price grows and a compromise looms on the RET, might a few developers and financiers decide it's worth the risk to dive in and build some projects, even without a long term power purchase contract?

BOM to tender for wave power research

Bureau moves to modernise wave data buoys.

Industry, bureaucrats slam RET destruction

CEFC says sector put back 12 years; AiG says deal delay is 'playing with fire'.

Firefighters dismiss wind-brake group's buffer claims

Emergency Management chief says turbines don't negatively impact fire bomber operations.

Solar PV price check - February

Average residential solar prices dropped in the month, contributing to a 25% drop in the last 30 driven by price falls for systems in the 4-5kW range.

Tracking America's wind patterns by season and state

Wind generation patterns vary across the US due to seasonal factors as well as state-specific features, such as the cold Pacific current off California's coast.

Get more out of your solar system by using water as a battery

Instead of exporting solar electricity to the grid for a paltry fee, redirecting it to a new hot water heat pump could boost its value more than fivefold.

Minister, solar’s (shrinking) quality problem is your job

Rather than sending letters of demand to others that fan alarmist claims about solar safety, Greg Hunt would be better asking himself why his government doesn't bother to test the performance of solar panels receiving support under the Renewable Energy Target.

ESG grows to 30% share of global investment market: GSIA

Study finds Europe leading 'green investing' growth.

Citi's $100bn climate deal target; EU interconnection boost

The week in clean energy saw the investment bank trump its peers with 10-year spending goal while interconnection capacity doubled between France and Spain, a major step in the EU's cross-border power goal.

Exposing the solar subsidies 'scandal'

Are billions of dollars going to subsidising faulty solar panels, as two major newspapers have asserted? Here's what the figures say...

Big solar 'emerging as cheapest power source': institute

Solar cheaper than coal or gas by 2025 in many countries, including sunny areas of Australia: Fraunhofer.

ARENA announces support for Perth biomass plant

Agency to tip $5.2m into Renergi's 'simultaneous breakdown and gasification' process.

Carbon pricing revenues are being reinvested in climate solutions

Europe's world-leading carbon market - which faces a milestone vote tonight - is having a two-pronged effect on emissions reduction, with much of its revenue being reinvested in clean energy. It's a trend that's being repeated elsewhere.

Have utilities lost the war against solar?

The alliance against rooftop solar appears to have been thwarted thanks to a grass roots campaign. Power companies are now scrambling to embrace solar via bundling it with power and other smart appliances - an old idea dreamed up by environmentalists. But has its time finally come?