The ABC has published a short article on off-grid power experiments in WA http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-18/living-off-solar-and-lithium-batteries-big-success-wa-farmers/8954740 – great to see!
Did you know that solar panels can float on bodies of water now?
It’s new technology, and it’s showing benefits in efficiency due to:
- water cooling the panels
- reduction in unwanted algae
- slower water evaporation
- space savings
- cost savings
Healesville CoRE and others are watching this development closely.
Perhaps technologies that save, store or produce energy would help your household. What do you need?
Don’t we all! A new report by the Australian Council of Social Service, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and The Climate Institute talks about empowering families to access affordable clean energy.
Let HealesvilleCoRE know your biggest energy worries and together we can start to fix them.
Fact: The cheapest form of new power generation is renewable
Wind and solar are now the cheapest form of
new power generation in Australia.
Low wind prices are reflected in recent
contracts for wind.
Worldwide, the cost of large-scale wind and
solar plants continues to fall. Onshore wind costs
fell 18%, and solar PV costs fell 17% in the past
year. Globally, wind prices have reached
Sources: * Climate Council 2017
BNEF (2017) BNEF Research – New coal the most expensive
form of new supply.
Get in quickly, before the 15th August 2017. Victorian Councils, including Yarra Ranges, support pensioners to install solar with no upfront costs.
The next round of assistance is after February 2018.
Contact Solar Savers (03) 9385 8512 if you:
own your home,
have a Government Pension Card (aged or disability),
are usually at home from 9am to 5pm,
have average to high electricity use (ask if you are unsure).