Wind, wonderful wind, is playing a big part in blowing an economically successful and socially acceptable climate-changing gale throughout South Australia. Mike Pilkington reports.
In late 2010, wind development company Roaring 40s completed construction on the Waterloo Wind Farm near the Clare Valley in South Australia.
Construction has commenced at Australia’s first community-owned wind farm in Victoria. Going first has meant a long, hard road for the team behind the project, but now many other communities around Australia are asking how it was done. Embark’s Alicia Webb reports.
In his new role as Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Hon. Greg Combet has a challenging time ahead in establishing an effective climate change policy for Australia. Sally Commins reports.by Rachel Purchase
In late October 2010, the New South Wales Government reduced its solar feed-in tariff by almost 70 per cent, causing outcry within the solar community.
The Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association has changed its name to the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia. EcoGeneration’s Rachel Purchase spoke with Prof. Ray Wills, CEO of the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia, about the impetus for the name change, and what it means for the Association’s future.
Approximately 130,000 Federally-funded solar systems have been installed across Australia. A small number of these installations do not meet the high standards of the Australian solar industry at large. EcoGeneration’s Rachel Purchase finds out about the action the solar industry is taking to protect its good name.
Sydney Theatre Company recently launched one of the largest solar rooftop photovoltaic arrays in Australia, bringing new energy to a Sydney landmark and world-renowned stage.
Rooty Hill RSL in Western Sydney, Australia’s largest RSL club, has installed an 1,000 kilowatt trigeneration system.
Cogent Energy has designed and installed a state-of-the-art trigeneration plant at a refurbished Melbourne office building, making it one of Victoria’s most sustainable buildings.
A new trigeneration plant will soon be commissioned at Toyota Australia's corporate headquarters in Port Melbourne, Victoria.
The City of Sydney has embarked upon an ambitious plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent by 2030, compared with 2006 levels. Trigeneration is intended to play a major role in the achievement of this goal.
Building on years of experience and dedication to the clean energy industry through EcoGeneration magazine, EcoGen 2011 will offer those involved an interactive industry forum to promote clean energy solutions, and gain valuable knowledge from the industry’s best thinkers.by Sally Commins
The 2010 Bioenergy Conference was this year held in Manly, New South Wales, and played host to over 250 delegates and local and international presenters.by Rachel Purchase
Energy efficiency is the cheapest way to reduce carbon emissions – such was the catchcry at the 2010 Energy Efficiency Council National Conference.
The 48th annual Australian Solar Energy Society Conference was held this year from the 1–3 December 2010 at the Australian National University in Canberra, the ‘solar energy capital’ of Australia. EcoGeneration's Sally Commins reports.
In November 2010, the 2nd National Smart Grids Forum was held in Sydney. The event featured EnergyAustralia and AGL, the two companies leading the Smart Grid, Smart City demonstration program.
The Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference, held in Delhi from 27–29 October 2010, was the fourth International Renewable Energy policy development conference since 2004, attracting approximately 9,000 attendees over three days. Andrew Lang attended the conference.
GRANEX, a novel heat engine designed for electricity generation from low to medium-heat sources, has been developed by Professor Behdad Moghtaderi and Dr Elham Doroodchi of the University of Newcastle.
A checklist that guides geothermal developers through the major legal approvals has been devised by Adelaide commercial law firm Finlaysons. EcoGeneration’s Rachel Purchase spoke with Kyra Reznikov, a Senior Associate with Finlaysons, about the content of the checklist, and why the geothermal industry needs it.
The Australian Geothermal Energy Conference held from 16–19 November 2010 drew over 260 attendees to the Adelaide Convention Centre.
At a time when geothermal drilling programs in Australia are still waiting to secure adequate investment and funding, direct-use of geothermal heat and ground-source heat pumps provide an attractive alternative for the development of geothermal industry in Australia.by Mathew Herring, KPMG Partner
Accessing finance is arguably the most significant barrier to the development of the geothermal sector in Australia. Investors are simply not prepared to provide funds until project risk is reduced and geothermal becomes more economically viable. It’s a major challenge that requires a completely new mindset within the industry and confronting tough decisions along the way.
As Principal Planning and Co-ordination Specialist of the Regional and Sustainable Development Department for the Asian Development Bank, Samuel Tumiwa has had over 15 years of professional experience in handling energy and environmental issues in developing countries.
Over the next several months Enerflex will be completing its transition into two new operational facilities in Queensland, at Eagle Farm and Roma. Both facilities will offer product sales, support, and spares services. Enerflex’s facilities in Sydney and Perth will remain operating as usual.
Whether a plant is a small residential system or a medium-sized commercial system for an office or school, to best monitor plant performance, solar photovoltaic professionals need ready and up-to-date information that’s within reach on- and offsite.
Individuals looking to install premium quality solar power will welcome the addition of Bosch to the range of panels available from Solar Shop Australia; one of the country’s leading solar power providers.
Another successful biogas to electricity installation has been completed by Quantum Power Ltd in Beaudesert, Queensland.
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