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Efficient Initiatives' new website

September 4, 2014 (Efficient Initiatives)

Efficient Initiatives, a Melbourne based energy efficiency company, has a new website explaining their processes and services.

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EV Batteries to $100/kWh within less than a decade

September 4, 2014 (RenewEconomy, Climate Progress)

Tesla and Panasonic reckon they are on the verge of a major tipping point for EVs: the $100/kWh battery

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100% renewable energy: becoming the new normal?

February 25, 2013 (RenewEconomy)

100% renewables is not just "possible" - it's already being achieved in various locations around the world now.  When can it be achieved - economically - in Australia?

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Electricity price forecast in 2020

February 19, 2013 (RenewEconomy)

AGL look at historical and future real electricity prices - and how much Renewables, Networks etc add to the retail price.

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Ground mount 60kW system: system live

February 13, 2013 (SREC Projects)

The grid connection has been completed for the Holt 2 x 30kW ground mount installation.  Posts concreted into the ground given the reverse (south facing) slope.  Trenching to new pad mount main switchboard, ActewAGL connection.

Battery storage synopsis

August 7, 2012 (Reneweconomy)

Analysis of energy storage options including interesting comparison of energy densities by volume and mass

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Are reverse auctions a key part of the renewables solution for Australia?

July 16, 2012 (RenewEconomy)

Melbourne-based research group the Grattan Institute has thrown another renewables policy idea into the mix, suggesting that the best chance for the Australian government to meet its targets to de-carbonise the countrys electricity grid is to take a leaf out of the policies of the South African and Australian Capital Territory governments and initiate a series of reverse auctions.

In a report entitled Building the bridge: a practical plan for a low-cost, low-emissions energy future, Grattan says such auctions would provide the least-cost subsidy, and ensure that emerging low-emission technologies are actually deployed, rather than just talked about, which it argues has been the case so far with the renewable energy target and various grant-bases schemes.

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Cheap coal dead, renewables a better bet

July 3, 2012 (RenewEconomy, Sierra Club)

The days of cheap, affordable coal fired power are over.  Thats the conclusion of the Sierra Clubs recent report Locked In, which analyzes the wide array of financial risks coal plant investments face.  2 key risks: increasing and unpredictable capital costs and rapidly increasing thermal coal costs.

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Kamberra Winery PV installation

June 18, 2012 (Canberra Times)

The roof of the winery on Northbourne Avenue in Lyneham is home to almost 800 solar panels, capable of generating more than 200,000 kilowatt hours a year, enough to power 20 houses for 12 months.

It is believed to be the largest privately-owned solar power system commissioned in the ACT.

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Commercial Renewable Energy Fund being established

June 7, 2012 (RenewEconomy)

Melbourne-based solar power systems developer Sustainable Renewable Energy Company is raising up to $200 million in finance from Chinese suppliers and Australian banks and superannuation funds to invest in commercial-scale solar facilities in Australia.

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SREC commissions 146kW commercial project in Canberra

May 15, 2012 (SREC Projects)

SREC has commissioned the rooftop installation of the largest PV system in the ACT, at the Kamberra Winery building in Lyneham.

Emissions Trading makes sense

November 9, 2011 (The Age)

NT looks to ease solar permit restrictions

March 15, 2011 (ABC Online)

The Northern Territory Construction Minister says the Government is working to lift restrictions where a building permit is required to install solar panels.

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Nuclear power not needed in Aust - PM

March 15, 2011 (The Age Online)

"We are a country with abundant solar, wind, geothermal tidal, you name it, we have got renewable source of energy, so we don't think nuclear energy is right for this country," [Gillard] said.

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Australia's Solar Flagships May Not Be Sunk

February 17, 2011 (Energy Matters)

The federal government's Solar Flagships program, which was to have faced the axe to help pay for damage caused by the Queensland floods, is now back on the national agenda after the Australian Greens agreed to support the Prime Minister's flood levy.

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