The German government will apparently start subsidising solar power storage from April onwards according to local media Frankfurter Rundschau. The multi-million program is supposed to nurture the technology development as well as act as a springboard for smaller scale storage. Peter Altmaier, the German Environment Minister had already promised at least €50 million.
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Cities keep sprawling and arable farm land keeps shrinking. But Sweden is building a new element into this equation – a skyscraper farm.
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WESTERN Australia looks set to host the country’s first ever power station utilising Solar Updraft Technology, with a project scheduled to get underway in the state’s Midwest.
Perth-based Hyperion Energy is currently seeking regulatory approvals to build a 200 megawatt Solar Updraft Tower (SUT) on 127,000 hectares surrounding the township of Tuckanarra, in the Midwest region of Western Australia. Hyperion says the 1,000m high tower, if it was built today, would be the tallest structure in the world.
Australia’s plan to tax carbon emissions cleared its final political hurdle on Tuesday but industry groups remain critical of the scheme, arguing it’s too expensive and will deliver few benefits to the wider economy, or succeed in cutting pollution.
The recent media hype about moves by the Australian Energy Regulator to ‘slash power bills’ is at odds with new analysis suggesting that electricity prices may double between 2011 and 2017.
THE cost of solar power in parts of NSW has for the first time crept below that of coal-fired electricity – seen as a key tipping point for the expansion of renewable energy.
The Clean Energy Future Plan will see carbon priced at $23 per tonne from 1 July 2012, rising by 2.5 per cent each year during a three-year fixed price period until 1 July 2015, when the mechanism will transition to an emissions trading scheme with a price determined by the market.
Suniva is the top solar clean tech company on the Wall Street Journals list. Another reason to by a brand that is one of the world leading solar cell/panel manufacturers.
This is really your last chance to get the 47cents feed in tariff for ten years rather than 27 cents that is offered after June 30th!
To be eligible for the 47cents feed in tariff you must sign up before the 30th of June 2011. Your system must then be installed before September 30th 2011. For that reason we can only take so many installs and positions are filling fast. At the rate that things are moving we are likely to be full before the June 30th deadline. The time to enquire about a system is now before you miss out! We look forward to being about to fit you a quality system before the deadline and look forward to hearing from you soon.
The Energy Farm team.