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2015 releases

First World-Record for Round-the-World Solar Plane

By admin1 | March 13, 2015

Solar Impulse landed in Ahmedabad (India) after crossing the Arabian Sea, completing the longest distance ever flown by a solar airplane in aviation history. Ahmedabad –March 10, 2015: After an eleven hour pit-stop in Muscat (Oman) made by Solar Impulse’s CEO and co-founder André Borschberg, the attempt of achieving the First Round-The- World Solar Flight…

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Australia’s Energy Productivity Potential

By admin1 | March 13, 2015

March 2015 Energy is a fundamental input to any modern economy, and governments around the world are taking steps to ensure that energy – like labour, capital and other economic inputs – is used productively. ClimateWorks’ new report – Australia’s Energy Productivity Potential – shows that Australia could nearly double its energy productivity by 2030 by…

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Council Reply to Hunt Demand for Safety Report

By admin1 | February 27, 2015

At 10pm Sunday 22nd February, following some negative solar media reports, Australian Solar Council Chief Exective, John Grimes, received this email from Minister Hunt’s office which included this: I’m sure you would agree that it is absolutely imperative that all panels installed must be of high quality and pose absolutely no threat to safety. I…

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Is Abbott Coming Around?

By admin1 | February 25, 2015

The Solar Council ‘Save Solar’ campaign is really starting to bite the Federal government. Following enormous success in Queensland, and with the NSW State election due in just over 6 weeks, there are early signs the government may be starting to move. Media reporting today indicates that the government may, for the first time, be…

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Countdown to Round-the-world Solar Flight

By admin1 | February 25, 2015

The final count down has commenced towards the first round- the-world flight of the solar-powered airplane, Solar Impulse. Solar Impulse 2 is the brainchild of pilots and founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg. Supported by leading-edge specialists including mechanical engineers, aeronautical engineers, physicists and designers, this 60 people team have been working for over a…

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Fisher’s Group tackles carbon footprint with Yingli Solar

By admin | February 24, 2015

As a large scale producer of timber pallets for the timber industry, Fisher’s Group are dedicated to a broader green initiative in eliminating waste and becoming a carbon neutral company. To support this initiative, Fisher’s Group turned to installation partner Gippsland Solar and Yingli Solar’s 250W High Efficiency Polycrystalline panels to supply enough solar energy to offset 80 percent of its power usage throughout the year. Comprising of 400 Yingli Solar panels, this system will allow Fisher’s Group to reduce its carbon footprint by 150 tonnes per year, while seeing a financial payback within four to five years.

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Questacon installs 94kW WINAICO PV System

By admin1 | January 28, 2015

Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre was founded in the early 1980s by Professor Mike Gore AM to be the first Australian interactive science centre. The Centre was built as a joint Australia-Japan Bicentennial Project with the Japanese Government and business community contributing half of the cost of the building. Now, Questacon has…

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A Solar Plan for the Sunshine State

By admin1 | January 23, 2015

The Australian Solar Council – the peak body for the Australian solar industry – has strongly welcomed Labor’s solar policy, which was released today. “Labor’s solar policy will save Queenslanders money and create jobs across the State. “ said John Grimes, Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council. “Labor has released a solar plan for…

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Solar Scorecard launched for Queensland election

By admin1 | January 21, 2015

The Australian Solar Council, the peak body for Australia’s solar industry, today launched its Solar Scorecard in the lead up to the Townsville Save Solar Forum. The Solar Scorecard will help Queenslanders decide which political parties deserve their support at the election on 31 January. “We will support any party that supports good solar policy,”…

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Australian Solar Council applauds Queensland Greens Solar Policy

By admin1 | January 21, 2015

The Australian Solar Council – the peak body for Australia’s solar industry – has welcomed the Greens’ solar policy for the Queensland election. “The Queensland Greens understand solar saves money and creates jobs,” said John Grimes, Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council. “The Greens are absolutely right to make a Fair Go for Solar…

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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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