Solar News

house with multiple solar arrays

30 May 2020
Category:  Renewable Energy

You've heard the renewables naysayers happily espouse coal and coal seam gas (or nuclear power!) when they speak of rubbish tips around the world filling ­up with unwanted solar panels

Climate Rally Benny Zable

25 September 2019
Categories:  Government, Renewable Energy

At last week's student strike I was asked to speak about how renewable energy and RPC can help people take action to solve the climate crisis.

Country house with solar panels

26 February 2019
Categories:  Incentives, Renewable Energy

Can you afford not to? For your family, your planet and your wallet, what makes sense (and saves you dollars!) in 2019.

battery charge icons

22 November 2017
Category:  Renewable Energy

Nickel-Iron (Ni-Fe) batteries have some interesting features but are not recommended for grid interactive or off-grid solar systems.

toxic chemical warning sign

10 September 2012
Category:  Renewable Energy

Find out why you should not use Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries on a home solar system.

Sustainable House Day Logo

30 August 2012
Category:  Renewable Energy

Sustainable House Day gives people the chance to get a real-life look inside houses that have been designed, built or fitted out with sustainability in mind.

sketch of earth contained in water drop

28 February 2012
Categories:  Government, Renewable Energy

A micro-hydro system can produce sustainable power 24hrs a day, if you have a property that has a water course with a significant drop in height.

26 July 2011
Categories:  Government, Renewable Energy

Head to the NSW Liberal government website and you will find a strap line reading: 'After 100 days in office we've shown we're a Government that delivers'.

1 June 2011
Freedom of Information Request sent to the NSW government
Category:  Renewable Energy

Nigel Morris, solar consultant from Solar Business Services has sent a Request for Freedom of Information to the New South Wales Government, saying this was a last resort to obtain information about the Solar Bonus Scheme.

Solar industry representatives had previously asked for the Coalition's modelling data, with specific requests for: the kilowatts installed up until the most recent reporting period under net metering and gross metering at 60 cents and 20 cents and the capacity applied for, but not yet installed, under net and gross metering. These requests had not been met, leading to the FOI request.

Read the ABC article here

26 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

West Australian Energy Minister Peter Collier has thrown his support behind a national solar feed-in tariff.

25 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

PREMIER Barry O’Farrell made a plea for unity in the party room yesterday after he was told by his own MPs to fix the solar bonus scheme or face an all-out mutiny.

24 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

One thing is clear: coal is no longer the best option but is the answer really nuclear power? No, well it doesn't have to be.

24 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Energy Minister Chris Hartcher today announced special provisions would be put in place to protect those with genuine hardship cases resulting from the NSW Government’s changes to the Solar Bonus Scheme.

24 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

The New South Wales Government has capitulated to public pressure by promising compensation for those hurt by its cuts to a solar rebate scheme.

23 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

Solar power is rapidly gaining popularity throughout the world. It's non polluting, no noise, no harmful or unpleasant emissions or smells.

23 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has smoothed the way for a backdown on his unpopular plan to slash solar feed-in tariffs, saying he will consider alternative proposals as long as the $759 million shortfall is met.

22 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

After a pretty good start, things aren’t going so well for NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell. First, there was his imaginary budget black hole, which turned out not to be a black hole, but a piece of bizarre political posturing that only made him look like a rank amateur.

22 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

From California to Germany to China, the solar industry is booming. Last year alone, more than 18,200 MW of solar power was installed worldwide.

21 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

The O’Farrell government’s proposal to slash the NSW solar scheme is not only a broken promise, it is unjust and unfair on the NSW people.

21 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

New data reportedly showing the cost of NSW’s Solar Bonus Scheme has been overstated is a get out of jail card for Premier Barry O’Farrell, Greens MP John Kaye says.

18 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

As both coal and nuclear are unsustainable, renewable energy will on day no longer be the alternative, but the mainstream energy source.

18 May 2011
Solar Panel Rally in Lismore CBD
Category:  Renewable Energy

Solar panel owners, rally in Lismore after a plan by the State Government to slash the amount of money (60 to 40 cents per kilowatt hour) paid for electricity fed into the power grid by solar panel systems.

Watch the slide show

18 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

Australia is the lucky country for harnessing solar power; it has some of the best wind regimes in the world and very hot granite (geothermal).

15 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

A new lobby group needs your help in convincing the state government to retain the current feed-in tariff.

15 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

The Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES) is calling on media, business, consumers, installers, families and people interested in a sustainable future for Australia to rally to save solar.

15 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

The NSW Government’s announcement to retrospectively change legislation guaranteeing $0.60c/kWh for PV system owners (to $0.40c/kWh) has sent chills down the spine of the solar industry.

14 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

Up to 110,000 participants in the state government’s solar bonus scheme will have the rate they are paid for generating electricity slashed from 60¢ a kilowatt hour to 40¢ from July, a move that will save the NSW budget an estimated $470 million.

12 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

There is considerable doubt as to whether nuclear energy could reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the longer term.

12 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

News Alert! Solar Rally next week.
Calling all solar workers. Solar supporters. NSW residents who want a solar future.

11 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

Solar News Flash by Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES).

11 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

The NSW solar industry has been left in limbo for over a week, with approved customers not knowing whether they will be eligible to join the NSW solar bonus scheme.

9 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes was today announced as the New South Wales Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy.

9 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

The recently-elected New South Wales Coalition government is considering retrospective changes to the state’s feed-in tariffs as a means of reining in the cost of rooftop solar.

7 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

The costly and controversial Solar Bonus Scheme has been suspended and could be scrapped, pending the findings of an environmental summit.

7 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

New South Wales’ Solar Bonus Scheme is all but dead after industry experts and the state government agreed it was too costly to continue in its current form.

6 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

The state government may have acted unlawfully when it suspended the state’s solar panel tariff system – and angry panel installers and customers are mustering for a class action.

6 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

The myth that wealthy people are buying solar panels and the less well-off are subsidising them through higher power bills has been dispelled by new data showing which areas of NSW are going solar.

6 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

The solar energy industry has struck a deal with the NSW government that will push the Solar Bonus Scheme beyond its legislated limit, threatening consumers with further electricity price rises.

2 May 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

To every complex problem there is a simplistic response, which is usually wrong.

For instance, to the challenge of generating all of Australia’s electricity from renewable energy, the deniers and scoffers repeatedly utter the simplistic myth that renewable energy is intermittent and therefore cannot generate base-load (that is, 24-hour) power.

29 April 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

Companies that install rooftop solar panels have warned the federal government the industry is on the verge of collapse because of a slump in the value of renewable energy certificates.

28 April 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

The state government has put the final cost of the solar bonus scheme as high as $1.9 billion and decided that all future costs of the scheme will be funded through the state budget, rather than adding more pressure to electricity prices.

28 April 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

The General Manager of Australia’s leading solar power company, Conergy has applauded the NSW Liberals and Nationals for their immediate commitment to the development of renewable energy.

31 March 2011
Solar farm launched in Nimbin
Category:  Renewable Energy

They're all plugged in, they’re up and running and today the Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre is launching the Nimbin Community Solar Farm. The project was funded by the Federal Government as a social enterprise job creation project.

I spoke to the team leader of the project Natalie Meyer who says a project like this would be difficult to achieve in the current climate.

ABC Radio Interview [edit 2017: ABC removed the interview from their servers]

29 March 2011
Garnaut Climate Change Review
Category:  Renewable Energy

The Garnaut Climate Change Review—Update 2011 will release 8 update papers between early February and late March 2011.

Link to Update Papers from Garnaut review

26 March 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

The first step in saving NSW’s solar energy sector would be returning to the old system of offering a one-for-one discount off electricity bills for power fed into the grid by solar systems, the Rainbow Power Company has said.

23 March 2011
Race to cash in on solar bonus
Category:  Renewable Energy

There is a last-minute rush from homeowners wanting to buy solar panels before the solar credits rebate is slashed by up to $1200 from July.

Some solar installers are so busy they have declared their books full and are turning away customers.

Read the article

18 March 2011
The Greens NSW 2011 Election Campaign Launch Package
Category:  Renewable Energy

At today's campaign launch, The Greens outlined their vision for real change in NSW, made the case for electing more Greens to the NSW parliament, and announced three new policy initiatives to kick-start The Greens Plan for NSW.

Greens Campaign Launch Package

16 March 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

The Northern Rivers solar industry is calling on the Coalition to stand up for solar energy and adopt a policy which will grow the fledgling industry.

16 March 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

Representatives from the Northern Rivers solar industry have given Lismore MP Thomas George their vote of confidence.

16 March 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

The NSW Greens are proposing a tax on coal-fired power stations to pay for more generous incentives for solar electricity.

16 March 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

NSW Government 'nailed' solar industry when it axed the solar rebate scheme last week.

16 March 2011
Category:  Renewable Energy

The NSW Solar Industry has been left in the dark about the conditions that grid-connected solar systems will operate under once the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme ends.

1 December 2010
Categories:  Renewable Energy, Solar Systems

Rainbow Power Company expands the region for solar panel installations.

14 October 2010
Categories:  Appliances, Renewable Energy

Television accounts for some 9.5% of the power used by the average Aussie home. The percentage is likely to be even higher for 'stand alone' home power systems.

25 August 2010
Categories:  Renewable Energy, Solar Systems

In the last years the sudden popularity of grid connect solar systems has far surpassed the amount of sales of stand alone systems.
Unlike a lot of the newcomers in the business we still develop and design the best off-grid stand-alone power solutions for remote areas.

5 August 2010
Categories:  Appliances, Renewable Energy

Innovative Grundfos pump systems work great in remote areas where water is scarce and where there is no existing power supply.

5 August 2010
Categories:  Renewable Energy, Solar Systems

Nanosolar claims that its panels produce electricity at around 5 cents/kilowatt hour. This would be almost the same cost as power from coal and, currently, 33% of the cost of conventional solar systems.

15 May 2010
Category:  Renewable Energy

Almost 39 years since Peter Pedals founded Nimbin-based Rainbow Power Company he reckons society has changed so much that he has become mainstream.


We install solar systems in Northern NSW and Southern QLD.


QLD:
Gold Coast (from Coolangatta to Southport), Nerang and Hinterland (Beaudesert) and out West (Warwick, Stanthorpe, Killarney)


NSW:
Northern NSW (Tweed Heads to Iluka, including Evans Head, Byron Bay and Ballina); the Far North Coast Hinterland (Yamba via Lismore to Murwillumbah) and out West (Casino to Tenterfield, including Drake and Tabulam, as well as Woodenbong and Bonalbo)

We also have sales agents in
Grafton:contact Andy Wilkinson directly on 0409 508 144, and
Tenterfield:contact Diamond J Legend directly on 0425 769 444.