RET Review Submissions – How The Numbers Stack Up

This article was originally posted at Energy Matters. View the original post here.  Out of 24,000 submissions received during the consultation process of the Renewable Energy Target review, far fewer than 1% called for a reduction in the RET. According … Continue reading RET Review Submissions – How The Numbers Stack Up

Portland Renewable Energy & Jobs Forum announced

Y2R14_Renewable_energy_jobs_forum-01What plans do the major political parties have to secure renewable energy jobs and investment in Victoria?

Now that’s a good question, especially with a state election fast approaching.

To get some answers, Yes 2 Renewables have partnered with our pals the Australian Wind Alliance and Portland community members to present the Renewable Energy & Jobs Forum – 2014RSVP now to secure your seat > http://tiny.cc/PortlandForum

The renewable energy sector has created jobs and generated millions of dollars worth of investment in south west Victoria since 2000. However, uncertainty clouds the sector’s future.

Unreasonably restrictive planning laws, the absence of a state-based renewable energy plan and uncertainty surrounding the national Renewable Energy Target are putting investment and jobs at risk. Just last month, a wave energy project proposed for Portland was cancelled. Continue reading “Portland Renewable Energy & Jobs Forum announced”

Construction Set To Begin At Australia’s First Single-Axis Tracking Solar PV Project

This article originally posted at Clean Technica. View the original post here.  While Australia’s carbon policy seems to have hit a dead-end, good news from the renewable energy sector continues to pour in. The country will soon see construction begin … Continue reading Construction Set To Begin At Australia’s First Single-Axis Tracking Solar PV Project

A window opens to dump dirty generators

This article originally posted at Climate Spectator. View the original article here.  The continued decline in demand for electricity in Australia is great news for our transition towards a decarbonised economy. This is a ideal opportunity to retire our old, … Continue reading A window opens to dump dirty generators

France approves landmark Climate Bill

This article originally posted at 350.org. View the original post here.  The French government has approved its long-awaited Energy Bill, clearing the way for it to go before Parliament this autumn and be ratified in 2015. This is a major … Continue reading France approves landmark Climate Bill

Renewables Rising: Wind, Solar, Geothermal and Biomass Will Top Hydropower in 2014 (US)

This article originally posted at Green Tech Media. View the original post here.  Wind, solar, geothermal and biomass are surpassing hydropower as the dominant forms of renewable electricity. And according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, this new … Continue reading Renewables Rising: Wind, Solar, Geothermal and Biomass Will Top Hydropower in 2014 (US)

6 huge solar and wind projects that are driving the world’s clean revolution

This article originally posted at The Climate Group. View the original post here.  LONDON: Global wind power capacity increased 12% last year, while solar has already achieved grid parity in France, Germany and Italy’s commercial sectors. As clean, sustainable and affordable power … Continue reading 6 huge solar and wind projects that are driving the world’s clean revolution

Australian solar market still strong, with over 3,200MW installed capacity

This article originally posted at The Climate Group. View the original post here.  LONDON:  Despite a change in government policy, Australia’s solar industry has expanded considerably in recent years, and today some 2.6 million Australians are getting some of their electricity … Continue reading Australian solar market still strong, with over 3,200MW installed capacity

Solar PV module prices fell 50% in 2013, storage set to follow

Originally posted at RenewEconomy. View the original post here

Solar PV module prices in Australia were cut in half over the 2012-2013 period, falling from $1.50/Wp in 2012 to 0.75/Wp in 2013, according to the latest report from the Australian Photovoltaic Institute (APVI).

The report, PV in Australia 2013, also notes that installed prices for small-scale rooftop solar systems dropped by just under 20 per cent – from an average of around $3 to around $2.50/Wp – in a year that saw the largest market for PV installations in Australia since 2009.Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 11.11.17 AM

“With PV having reached grid parity against retail electricity tariffs in many parts of Australia and government support reducing, the market is stabilising but remaining buoyant,” the report said.

APVI said that continued increases in grid electricity prices mean PV remained a cost effective option for homeowners across Australia, even without subsidies, and was of increasing interest to the commercial sector.

The report noted that over 1 million Australian homes now had a solar PV system installed, with residential penetration levels averaging 15 per cent nationwide, and over 30 per cent in some areas.

According to the report, the majority of installations in 2013 took advantage of incentives under the federal government’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme, with further drivers provided by grants and finance assistance from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. Continue reading “Solar PV module prices fell 50% in 2013, storage set to follow”

Renewable energy is ready to supply all of Australia’s electricity

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This article originally posted at The Conversation. View the original post here

In a recent article on The Conversation, University of Melbourne Professor Emeritus Frank Larkins wrote that Australia’s targets to increase renewable energy will make electricity more expensive, thanks to problems with consistency and storage.

But Professor Larkins is several years behind developments in renewable energy and its integration into electricity grids. In fact, we already have technically feasible scenarios to run the Australian electricity industry on 100% renewable energy — without significantly affecting supply. Continue reading “Renewable energy is ready to supply all of Australia’s electricity”