The Japanese construction and engineering company Shimizu has released a plan to ring the moon’s equator with a 248-mile wide solar panel belt.
Which suburb, or town, will be the first to take itself off-grid in Australia? It’s now a serious question, driven by the plunging cost of solar and the arrival of battery storage. ARENA, meanwhile, is looking at novel ways to ensure rooftop solar is available to the lowest income households, renters, and apartment dwellers.
Graphene solar cells are now one step closer to reality, thanks to a new discovery made by researchers at the HZB Institute for Silicon Photovoltaics.
A new study by NREL busts some solar myths about cycling of fossil fuel generators and emissions reductions.
Palo Alto’s city council has adopted a proposal that requires new homes be pre-wired for electric vehicles
In little more than a decade, Citi says electricity utilities in developed countries could lose half their market to solar, storage, and other local generation, and energy efficiency. Even conventional centralised generation may account for as little as 20 per cent of demand as renewables and smart technology take over.
A trial on Magnetic Island found lots of solar can be incorporated onto a small grid, and can help defer costly network upgrades.
Queensland government owned generator says rooftop solar is cutting demand and lowering prices. It hopes LNG industry can deliver a ‘resurgence’ in coal-fired generation.
Ergon Energy, which operates the sprawling regional electricity network that covers 97 per cent of Queensland, says ‘times are changing’ and renewables and battery storage may soon be cheaper for domestic consumers than grid power. But it warns that current subsidies are delaying innovation and investment.