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Printing Australia’s Largest Solar Cells: Dr Scott Watkins, CSIRO

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on August 30th, 2013

2 September , 2013
6:30 pmto8:00 pm
Image: CSIRO

Image: CSIRO

Dr Scott Watkins (Stream Leader, Organic Photovoltaics, Materials Science and Engineering at CSIRO), is developing next generation organic solar cells. He will talk about the new manufacturing facility in Melbourne printing solar cells at the size of an A3 sheet of paper, which are one of the largest in the world.

The Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC) has developed processes that use spray coating, reverse gravure and slot-dye coating as well as screen printing, and the technology that has gone from producing solar cells the size of a fingernail to 10cm square in three years. Dr Watkins says the new $200,000 printer has allowed the VICOSC team to jump to producing solar cells on sheets 30cm wide – right here in Melbourne!

The flexible, organic PV cells have applications in consumer devices and small integrated electronics, and into the future, they could be coated onto buildings, into windows and on roofs. Dr Watkins will join us to explain organic PV technology and how the printing process works.

Time: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 2 September 2013 

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

http://bze.org.au/events/discussion-group

Entry: Gold coin donation

Thank you to the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Energy Institute, our Zero Carbon Australia project partners for supporting us in bringing you this event.

 


Are you a Solar Citizen?

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on May 22nd, 2013

Suburban Solar_Duncan Rawlinson_BY_NC
Photo: Duncan Rawlinson via flickr CC

From the Solar Citizens website:

Australia is one of the sunniest continents on earth, so producing power from the sun just makes sense.
This has been recognised by millions of Australians who have chosen to take energy generation into their own hands.
One million rooftop power stations are now lighting up homes around the country. And many more households are looking to solar as a way to manage their energy bills, creating cleaner energy along the way.

To date ordinary Australians have invested $8 billion of their own money in solar – a massive investment in clean energy generation in the grid.
The solar revolution IS happening at an astounding pace – the price of solar is plummeting, making solar more affordable than ever, and rates of uptake continue to rise rapidly.
But despite the many reasons to go solar, some big energy companies don’t want to see Australians take back control of their own energy needs. They want to make connecting to solar harder, not easier.

Solar Citizens is a new community project to bring together existing and future solar owners to ensure the rights of solar owners are protected and to help see Australia put a panel on every rooftop.

Solar Citizens will work to ensure:

  • Every Australian is able to take up the benefits of solar in their home or in their community
  • Solar homeowners are paid a fair price for the power they contribute to the grid
  • Solar homeowners are able to connect to the grid
  • Solar homeowners are not subject to unreasonable charges or tariffs

If you want to ensure your rights as a solar owner are protected or if you believe in a solar future for all Australians join Solar Citizens today.

Solar Citizens is an initiative of 100% Renewable – a community organisation to help Australia move towards a renewable energy future. The project is non-partisan and independent of any political organisation or party.

>> www.solarcitizens.org.au


Community Solar: David Robinson @ BZE

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on April 29th, 2013

6 May , 2013
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

LIVE market-roof-plan
Image via LIVE

David Robinson is the Project Manager of Locals Into Victoria’s Environment (LIVE) Community Power. He is planning Australia’s first community solar project to install up to 3000 solar panels on the roof of South Melbourne Market, adding to about 150 already in place.

In March 2013, the South Melbourne Market solar project passed an important milestone. The feasibility report commissioned by the City of Port Phillip and LIVE was released. David will present on the funding model process and an update on the project.

David’s 40 year career was spent in Information Technology in a range of technical, marketing, communications and sales roles. He is well known for his environmental campaigning, mainly through LIVE (Locals Into Victoria’s Environment) the group of which he is now the Convenor. During 2013 David is focussing on CORE (Community Owned Renewable Energy) projects. LIVE Community Power is the first of these projects, and he expects many more to follow in the years ahead.

Tune into the live webcast. Join the discussion and find out how you can help.

Time: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 6 May 2013 
Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

LIVE streaming of this event in HD720 video will be available

Entry: Gold coin donation

http://bze.org.au/events/discussion-group


Moreland Community Solar: Looking for a Roof

Posted in Models, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on December 6th, 2012

Source: Moreland Energy Foundation


Solar engineers from the Barefoot College: Photo by Barefoot Photographers of Tilonia via flickr CC

From Moreland community solar:

As we have reported previously, solar electricity panels are sprouting on roofs all around the country. However, not everyone has the ready cash, or a suitable roof space, to install solar. That’s where community solar comes in. Instead of having your own small solar array, you can invest in a larger communally-owned facility. This model has been used successfully in many communities worldwide. The photo shows a community solar installation on a church roof in the appropriately named town of Greenbelt, (Maryland, USA). Closer to home, Hepburn Wind has applied the same model to a wind-power facility.

The Moreland Community Solar project is an initiative of Climate Action Moreland (CAM) and supported by MEFL, to establish a medium-scale solar photovoltaic array in the Moreland community. The solar panels will be installed on the roof of a local building.

Project capital costs will be funded by members of the community in a cooperative-type arrangement, for which investors will receive a return. The project supports the generation of locally produced renewable energy.

Community involvement

The project supports the generation of locally produced renewable energy. The Moreland Community Solar project will offer Moreland community members the chance to make a significant, collective contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Community members will be able to purchase shares in the project and receive returns on their investment. Importantly, the board of Moreland Community Solar will be made up of those who have invested in the project.

We need a roof

Moreland Community Solar is currently seeking a business partner to form an agreement with to host the solar panels on their roof. The roof owner will buy the power generated by the panels at an agreed price, and ideally will use all of the power on site. Moreland Community Solar will install panels on their roof at no cost and will take responsibility for maintenance. If your business is interested in hosting, feel free to get in touch.

The Moreland Community Solar Project will:

  • Reduce greenhouse emissions in the Moreland municipality
  • Provide an inclusive opportunity for community investment in and ownership of solar energy.
  • Increase community awareness about the viability of solar energy compared to traditional generation.
>> Go to the website to find out more and get involved.


Rooftop solar power: free webinar

Posted in Events by sashashtargot on May 11th, 2012

15 May , 2012
11:00 amto12:00 pm

Learn all about solar photovoltaics at the next free webinar by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) on Tuesday, May 15, 11am-noon.

What should you consider before buying a solar system for your home? We will look at system size, panels, warranties, installation and choosing a supplier. We will also touch on rebates and feed-in tariffs.

The webinar will feature presentations from the ATA’s energy expert Damien Moyse and technical specialist Mick Harris.  It will finish with a Q&A session.

The webinar will be broadcast live for view over your web browser. It will be recorded and available a couple of days later to watch if you are not able to join in live.

The ATA is a not-for-profit consumer-based organisation promoting renewable energy, sustainable building and water saving.

Date: Tuesday 15 May, 2012
Time: 11am-12pm

To register for free to join the live webinar, go to: http://www.ata.org.au/news/solar-pv-webinar/


Solar Power: Taking a Long Term View

Posted in Opinion, Research by Kate Archdeacon on November 24th, 2010

Source: Moreland Energy Foundation


Image: sk8geek via flickr CC

Moreland Energy Foundation have published a considered perspective on the solar power debate on their advocacy blog, outlining current criticisms and sensible responses:

“People interested in solar power may have noticed an increase in media attention to solar recently, following the NSW Premier’s decision to dramatically reduce the NSW feed-in-tariff.

Some media reporting has drawn a link between solar and other renewable energy policies (including feed-in-tariffs) and electricity price rises, and some reports have gone so far as to suggest that solar schemes are heading the same way as home insulation. This article attempts to explain the costs, benefits and objectives of solar energy policies, and dispel some of the myths surrounding these policies.”

Read the full article at mefladvocacy.blogspot.com


Solar Power for homes, businesses and schools

Posted in Models by solar power for all on May 18th, 2009

Hi!
I have just recently had solar power installed to my roof.  This is an article about the offer which I thought was worth passing on!
$8000 Grant for Solar Panels is Closing soon!


It is fast approaching the time when people earning less than $100,000 per annum will no longer be able to receive the $8000 government grant for their solar panels. No one can deny that they produce clean energy straight into the home making use of the sun as it shines. 1kw will save about $500 worth of electricity a year and of course – no carbon miles when using it. There is a Community Neighbourhood in the Melbourne area concerned about the environment and making a difference. In four weeks, its members have grown to almost 300!
If you are interested in 1kw of solar panels for $1895 make sure that you apply ASAP as the $8000 government rebate has almost dried up. Those who are not eligible for the government rebate are also entitled to the free inspection, quote and assessment by an ethical company and high quality components.

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Michael Oke, Sustainable Cities Round Table on Sustainable Sharing, Thursday 26th February 2009

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Virginia on March 19th, 2009

Michale Oke, from City of Yarra, talks about a bulk solar purchasing initiative in order to tackle the problem of zero greenhouse emissions.

City of Yarra Solar Program 1

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Beyond Zero Emissions discussion night presents Rebecca Dunn: Solar thermal storage engineer

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on March 17th, 2009

The need for global reductions in greenhouse gas emission has continually led to debates surrounding the extent to which renewable energies should be included within future energy mixes. In Australia such discussion is dominated by solar energy and its potential to provide baseload power.

Rebecca Dunn, a solar storage thermal engineer, is currently completing her phd at ANU under solar energy expert Keith Lovegrove. Her research into ammonia based solar thermal energy critically informs this debate.

Come along to participate and discuss the potential role for solar power within Australias environment.

Event location: 2nd Floor, Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Time: 6.30 – 7.30 pm, Monday 6th April.

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