Weak regulation and a lack of mandatory inspections have increased fire risks for the one in four homes with rooftop PV panels. Here's what we need to do to be safer.
The latest estimates of electricity generation costs in Australia find renewables will soon be the cheapest even with grid integration expenses.
Ever wanted to own your own wind farm? Well now you can.
Households shouldn't have to do all the heavy lifting in the renewables transition. A new solar farm shows organisations and businesses how it's done.
Renewables technology already exists, it's getting cheaper and we will never go to war over sunshine. If you need to be convinced of the potential of wind and solar, read this.
A man works at a solar power station.
With its abundant sunshine and unique topography, Indonesia is able to generate 100% green electricity from its solar energy by 2050.
Solar films could turn windows into powerful solar panels.
New lightweight, efficient and ultra-thin solar technologies show promise, but it may be too soon to abandon conventional solar photovoltaics.
The costs of renewable energy, including solar photovoltaics, is declining rapidly.
Investing billions in refurbishing nuclear generating stations doesn't make economic sense as the cost of renewables fall dramatically.
Large scale wind farms are driving Australia’s renewable energy generation.
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Australia is installing renewable energy at more than ten times the global average. This is excellent news, but raises serious questions about integrating this electricity into our grids.
An all-renewable grid will mean more electricity and more transmission lines.
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We have all the technologies needed to make the electric grid run on renewables and lower pollution. What are they and what are the barriers to adopting them widely?
Rooftop solar has boomed, but soalr panels only last about 20 years. What happens to the waste?
Australia urgently needs to prepare for a coming tsunami of solar panel and battery waste.
Almost 80 million Nigerians do not have access to electricity and its erratic supply is costing the economy an estimated $29 billion annually. Nigeria's abundant sunlight could be the solution.
Expanding solar power potential more than it’s needed could replace more expensive energy storage.
Solar and wind can't deliver power on demand. But overbuilding solar and wind, and simply dumping unneeded energy, would go a long way to smoothing out those bumps, study finds.
Energy Minister Angus Taylor has six pumped hydro projects on his list, and most are better taxpayer investments than the already announced Snowy 2.0 project.
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Twelve power projects are in the running for federal government dollars: six pumped hydro, five gas and one coal. It's clear which one shouldn't be on the list, for economic and environmental reasons.
More spin less gas?
The choice is now between a green grid or a whole lot more gas-fired power.
The Mugga Lane Solar Farm in the ACT is part of a new wave of large-scale renewable energy projects.
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Australia could be getting half of its electricity from renewable energy by 2025, even without government subsidies for new wind and solar projects, according to a new analysis of energy industry trends.
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Scientists have modelled the effects of huge hypothetical energy projects in the desert.
Many rural communities across Africa have dropped kerosene lighting for various electrical lights.
A lighting revolution is underway across Africa that's occurred largely without government or donor involvement.
Access to water – not electricity – can have larger gains for health and well-being.
Providing people with clean drinking water and sanitation is less expensive than grid electrification and it could improve more lives.
This roof in Newcastle has become the first in Australia to be covered with specially printed solar cells.
University of Newcastle
The first commercial-scale installation of rooftop solar cells, printed with specialised inks, is a step towards an energy future in which solar power can be stuck to any roof or structure.