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Solar for Every House in New Canberra Suburb

Posted by Peter, on October 12, 2015

The new Canberra suburb of Denman Prospect will be the first suburb in Australia requiring solar panels on every home.  Continue reading »

Aussie Scientists Develop New Coating Which Keeps Roofs Much Cooler

Posted by Peter, on June 10, 2015

Scientists at the University of Technology Sydney have developed a coating which keeps roofs significantly cooler than the ambient air temperature, even under the most intense summer conditions. Dr Angus Gentle and Emeritus Professor Geoff Smith reported that a roof with a “coated polymer stack” – a combination of specially chosen polyesters on a silver […]  Continue reading »

Solar Rebates for Melbourne Businesses

Posted by Peter, on March 3, 2015

The City of Melbourne has launched a Commercial Solar Rebate Initiative to help businesses save energy and reduce carbon emissions. Under the scheme, rebates of between $2,000 and $4,000 will be available to businesses installing a minimum 10 kilowatt solar PV system. Applications must be made by June 12th. As well as the rebates, the […]  Continue reading »

Aussie Company Aiming for Sustainable Modular Housing

Posted by Peter, on September 11, 2014

A Brisbane company, Nova Deko, is aiming for a global market for its modular housing which it ultimately intends to be affordable and sustainable with no requirement for utility services such as power, water and sewerage. The company currently manufactures housing modules with the same dimensions as shipping containers. This allows them to be transported […]  Continue reading »

Sydney City Revises Trigen Power Plan

Posted by Peter, on June 11, 2013

The City of Sydney has decided not to pursue its plan for a trigeneation power precinct at Green Square at this time but has re-affirmed its commitment to cutting carbon emissions using trigeneration, among other technologies,  The decision to halt the Green Square project resulted from the reduced carbon price, uncertainty about the future of […]  Continue reading »

Sydney Signs Up for Trigeneration

Posted by Peter, on April 3, 2012

The City of Sydney council has signed a $100 million deal with Cogent Energy (a subsidiary of Origin) for what it says will be Australia’s first city-wide low carbon energy network. The deal, to establish trigeneration networks in four areas over ten years, is the first stage of the City Council plan to provide 70% […]  Continue reading »

$340 million for Energy Efficiency

Posted by Peter, on February 15, 2012

Australia’s Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Minister, Greg Combet, has announced that $340 million is to be spent on new energy efficiency programmes for business, local government and communities, ahead of the introduction of its carbon tax in July. The money will fund three programmes: $200 million for councils, not-for-profit and community groups for efficiency […]  Continue reading »

Large Seawater Heat Exchange for Sydney

Posted by Peter, on November 22, 2010

A seawater heat exchanger, which it is claimed will be the largest in the world, is to be installed alongside the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Sydney’s Circular Quay. The exchanger will circulate cold water for airconditioning in heritage buildings at the north end of George Street in The Rocks. The warmed water will be drawn […]  Continue reading »

Sydney Switching from Greenpower to Renewables

Posted by Peter, on June 1, 2010

The City of Sydney is to reinvest the $2 million a year which it current spends of greenpower into renewable energy systems for its buildings and operations. Projects under consideration include a glass and solar panel shade canopy in front of Customs House at Circular Quay and solar panel roofs on other council buildings such […]  Continue reading »

$3.9 billion to Make Australian Homes More Energy Efficient

Posted by Peter, on February 4, 2009

As part of its "Nation Building" programme, the Australian Government has promised to provide free ceiling insulation and  installation, worth up to $1,600, for all homes which are not currently insulated. The Government estimates that there are 2.2 million such homes and that home owners will save an average of $200 a year by having […]  Continue reading »

Queensland Plan to Cut Costs of Solar Power

Posted by Peter, on March 6, 2008

The Queensland Government will bulk-buy solar power systems in order to resell them to householders at heavily discounted prices. Premier Anna Bligh announced today that the Government would purchase at least 1,000 solar power systems and sell them back to Queenslanders. Under the scheme, householders are expected to save up to $3,500. This should reduce […]  Continue reading »

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