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2015 releases

Global Solar Council Launched at Paris Climate Summit

By admin1 | December 7, 2015

The Australian Solar Council has become a founding member of the Global Solar Council, launched at the COP 21 climate change meeting in Paris. The worlds leading regional and national solar associations have come together to accelerate the uptake of solar technology across the globe. Steve Blume, the President of the Australian Solar Council, is…

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Solar Council welcomes Greens’ ambitious renewables policy

By admin | November 22, 2015

The Australian Solar Council, the peak body for the solar industry, has welcomed the Australian Greens’ ambitious commitment to 90% renewables by 2030. “The Solar Council welcomes the Greens’ bold blueprint for delivering 90% renewables by 2030,” said John Grimes, Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council. “The Solar Council also welcomes the commitment to…

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Solar voters to play major role in Canning by-election

By admin1 | August 15, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE Solar voters to play major role in Canning by-election The Abbott Government’s continued attacks on solar and renewables could have a dramatic impact on the forthcoming Canning by-election, with new Australian Solar Council analysis showing half of Canning homes have solar on their roofs. “Tony Abbott’s reputation as the most radical, anti-solar Prime…

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Labor 50% renewables announcement economic and environmental game changer

By admin1 | July 21, 2015

Media reports today that a Shorten Labor Government will commit to at least 50% renewables by 2030, shows that Australia has a bright renewable future “This is a game changer for Australia’s economy,” said John Grimes, Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council, the peak body for the residential, commercial and large-scale solar industry. “50%…

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Solar’s Sunny Future

By admin1 | July 7, 2015

The rollout of further utility scale projects and the commercial sector’s increasing uptake of solar PV explains why solar is positioned to play a significant role in Australia’s energy future, says the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.   CEFC CEO OLIVER YATES says a trend towards lower costs of large-scale projects internationally, the prospect of agreement…

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Storage Progression

By admin1 | July 7, 2015

The pace of progress in the storage industry
 is as phenomenal as it is exciting. More and more high-tech companies are announcing new products and collaborations, generating smarter and more efficient offerings. Pundits are now declaring that battery storage could well be competitive for Australian households as early as 2016. A positive equation for those…

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Commercial Solar Rebate The City of Melbourne

By admin1 | June 22, 2015

The City of Melbourne has just extended the Commercial Solar Rebate for businesses until 31st August 2015. Get in quick to avoid missing out! As a part of achieving Zero Net Emissions for our city by 2020, the City of Melbourne is offering a limited time rebate to commercial building owners and tenants to put…

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Lowy Institute Poll – Key findings

By admin1 | June 22, 2015

Michael Fullilove
 Executive Director
 June 2015 wrote: Climate change again features among our most striking findings this year. The Poll has now recorded three consecutive rises in the number of Australians who see global warming as a ‘serious and pressing problem’, confirming a decisive reversal of the downward trend in concern which we recorded between…

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Sustainability is no longer about compromise

By admin1 | June 22, 2015

As the world gears up for the Paris climate talks, the Swedish furniture giant IKEA Group has announced that it will be investing the equivalent of $2 billion Australian dollars into a sustainable low carbon economy. Two thirds of this will go towards renewable energy, mostly wind and some solar. The remainder will go to…

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33,000 RET a Disaster for Big Solar

By admin1 | May 5, 2015

Building a strong Big Solar capacity in Australia will create the economy of the future. A Renewable Energy Target (RET) deal at 33,000GWh by 2020 won’t build Big Solar. The slashed target will quickly be taken up by wind alone. By 2017/18 when Big Solar is competing at scale there will be little space left.…

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2014 releases

Network Price Reform

By admin1 | December 18, 2014

In this article Lyle De Sousa spells out the imminent and significant changes to laws governing electricity distribution businesses’ charges for network access. These changes might bring significant opportunities for the renewable energy sector, but they bring risks too. Be alert and prepared and stay informed, says Lyle. New rules being introduced by electricity distribution…

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Christians deliver solar panels for Kirribilli House

By admin1 | December 18, 2014

A diverse group of Christian leaders have delivered the gift of solar panels for Kirribilli House to Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s office in Manly this morning. The delegation of Christian leaders presented a letter of offer and a Christmas card to staff who committed to passing it on to the Prime Minister. In just four…

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New Managing Director appointed for Fronius Australia

By admin | December 18, 2014

Fronius Australia has announced that Adrian Noronho will take over the role of Managing Director with 1st January 2015. Adrian has been with Fronius Australia from its inception in 2010 and has successfully led the sales and marketing organization. He played a crucial part in making Fronius a leading inverter brand in Australia

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Save Solar Campaign Enters New Phase in Senate

By admin1 | November 26, 2014

You know: Jacqui Lambie has quit the Palmer United Party and wants changes to the Renewable Energy Target (RET) Labor, the Greens and the Palmer United Party are locked into supporting the existing RET We only need one more vote from crossbench Senators to block the Government’s plans to destroy solar and the RET The…

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WA Solar Boom to Bust Government Assets

By admin1 | November 25, 2014

The Western Australian Government has received a warning to move with the times or be caught holding onto fossil fuel liabilities in a report released this week. Adjunct Professor Bill Grace of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre at The University of Western Australia forecast a 10-fold growth in private solar capacity by 2025, predicting…

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State of Play – Naming & Shaming in Policy Continues

By admin1 | November 25, 2014

Last week the Climate Council released a comparison of each state’s renewable energy sector. The report titled ‘Australia’s Renewable Energy Race: Which States are Winning or Losing? ‘ was presented to a media conference in Melbourne by Professor Tim Flannery, Climate Councilor and John Grimes, CEO Austrian Solar Council. The report found that South Australia…

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Tesla Looks to Solar to Power Australia’s Supercharging Network

By admin1 | November 24, 2014

Tesla Motors – the transformative US-based electric vehicle manufacturer that is about to launch its product in Australia – is looking to power its network of supercharging stations with solar. The decision should not be surprising. Tesla is installing solar-powered superchargers in its network in China, and it will make sense in Australia – given…

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Big thanks to Supply Partners in Brisbane

By admin | November 24, 2014

Big thanks to the team at Supply Partners solar distribution for putting on a sausage sizzle at the Save Solar Forum in Brisbane. Chefs in residence John Degotardi and Patrick Morrissey fed and watered the crowd hungry from protesting changes to the Renewable Energy Target. Supply Partners Director John Degotardi said “it was great to see a solid representation from industry at the event and thanks for all your donations towards the Australian Solar Council”.

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The Australian Renewable Energy Race: Which States are Winning or Losing

By admin1 | November 18, 2014

This report from the Climate Council provides the latest research on which Australian States and Territories are winning the race to renewables – and which are not. 4 KEY FINDINGS 1. Australia’s States and Territories have an important leadership role to play in tackling climate change and growing Australia’s renewable energy industry. 2. South Australia…

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Climate Council: Australia goes from Leader to Laggard

By admin1 | November 12, 2014

The Climate Council today released their report titled “Lagging Behind – Australia and the Global Response to Climate Change”.

The report describes worldwide progress on climate action and describes Australia as moving from a renewables leader to a laggard. The report pointed to a 70% drop in renewable energy investment from 2013.

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