Woodend enters 100% renewable race with community solar project

Woodend has entered the race to 100 percent renewable energy with a 30-kilowatt community-owned solar project. The solar system atop the Black Forest Timbre Mill is an initiative of the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group who are keenly aware of the … Continue reading Woodend enters 100% renewable race with community solar project

Approval signalled for Dundonnell wind farm: Vic govt breathes new life into wind sector, gears up for ambitious VRET

Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne has signalled the approval of the Dundonell wind farm in the minister’s assessment report–the final stage in the environmental effects statement process. “Action by the Andrews government has breathed new life into Victoria’s wind energy … Continue reading Approval signalled for Dundonnell wind farm: Vic govt breathes new life into wind sector, gears up for ambitious VRET

Farmers, community and enviro groups rally at Vic Parliament: Call for gasfield ban & renewables ambition 

Farmers, community and environmental groups from across the Victoria gathered on the steps of Parliament on the first sitting day of 2016 (Tuesday 9 February) to greet the MPs as they prepare to make crucial decisions about the state’s energy … Continue reading Farmers, community and enviro groups rally at Vic Parliament: Call for gasfield ban & renewables ambition 

Paris Climate Deal: States in poll position while Feds struggle with climate response

The Paris Conference has exceeded expectations by achieving universal agreement to limit global warming to 2C, and striving for a stronger target of 1.5C. The increased ambition on the international stage has implications for policymakers in Australia who must now … Continue reading Paris Climate Deal: States in poll position while Feds struggle with climate response

Turnbull govt lifts CEFC wind farm ban: Friends of the Earth call for clean energy bank to be retained

At the weekend, Fairfax media revealed the Turnbull government had lifted the controversial wind farm investment ban imposed on the Clean Energy Finance Corporation under Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Friends of the Earth welcomed the decision to lift the wind … Continue reading Turnbull govt lifts CEFC wind farm ban: Friends of the Earth call for clean energy bank to be retained

Victoria will build its own wind farms with ambitious renewables targets

Late November, Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio visited Ararat to turn the first sod on a new wind farm under construction thanks to the ACT’s ambitious Renewable Energy Targets. The following letter to the editor was published on the Ararat Advertiser: … Continue reading Victoria will build its own wind farms with ambitious renewables targets

Ambitious VRET to create jobs in downtown Melbourne

When thinking of jobs in the renewable energy sector one often thinks of the electricians installing rooftop solar throughout the suburbs; the wind workers fabricating turbine towers in Portland; or the construction jobs that go along with building wind farms in regional Victoria. Yet … Continue reading Ambitious VRET to create jobs in downtown Melbourne

VRET ambition needed to secure central Vic wind farm jobs & investment

On Friday 20 November, the Yes 2 Renewables team hit the road up the Hume highway to visit the site of an approved wind farm on the Cherry Tree Range, 15kms or so from Seymour. Members of community Strathbogie Voices and BEAM-Mitchell Environment Group joined … Continue reading VRET ambition needed to secure central Vic wind farm jobs & investment