Topic archives: solar power

How the free market might just save the Earth

December 14, 2016 15

And what will we see once we embrace cheap renewables? An end to the internal combustion engine, for a start, writes freelance journalist Doug Hendrie.

Solar power is an inevitability

July 21, 2015 1

Crikey readers discuss sustainability and other issues of the day.

Rundle: Abbott’s gutting of renewables is not just dumb, it’s treason

Rundle: Abbott’s gutting of renewables is not just dumb, it’s treason

July 20, 2015 38

Renewable energy is helping Australia make the transition from private to socialised power. And that scares the pants off Big Energy.

What the Grattan Institute gets wrong about solar

What the Grattan Institute gets wrong about solar

June 1, 2015 7

The Grattan researchers forgot quite a few things about Queensland, writes economist and University of Queensland academic John Quiggin

Business bites: solar slam … organic Spam … thank you, ma’am …

May 27, 2015

Spam is going organic. And being nice to people is a winning business strategy.

Essential: voters continue to mark the government down

Essential: voters continue to mark the government down

January 28, 2015 1

The government continues to fall in voters' estimation on important policy issues, but a large number of voters still think it's too soft on asylum seekers, Essential Report shows.

Small bumps on the road to 100% renewable energy

Small bumps on the road to 100% renewable energy

December 10, 2014 6

Two small Australian towns want to become 100% powered by renewable energy. Crikey intern Diana Hodgetts looks at some overseas examples and finds 100% renewable is nice, but not always 100% reliable.

‘A losing battle’: Naomi Klein on human sacrifice zones and why solar won’t save the world

‘A losing battle’: Naomi Klein on human sacrifice zones and why solar won’t save the world

December 8, 2014 32

Author Naomi Klein has issued a rallying cry for decisive action on climate change and an end to global inequality. And, bad luck, she says the solar panels on your roof are not going to cut it

Is the Liberal Party’s goose cooked?

December 3, 2014 4

Crikey readers have their say on Abbott's long presser, the great source of energy just above our heads, and the future of the Right.

Get Fact: testing Ian Plimer on wind and solar power

Get Fact: testing Ian Plimer on wind and solar power

July 14, 2014 47

Ian Plimer, an ally of Gina Rinehart, has written a new book criticising environmentalists and casting doubt on climate change. Renewable energy expert Dr Mark Diesendorf does some fact-checking.

Renewables changing the nature of power

Renewables changing the nature of power

April 22, 2014 29

New technology has dramatically increased the possibilities of renewable energy. But the material revolution challenges those who want to preserve the existing relations of production, consumption and energy.

David and Goliath battle over solar: why they want you on the grid

David and Goliath battle over solar: why they want you on the grid

February 6, 2014 21

Australian households are flocking to solar, screwing up the business models of the nation's state-owned electricity generators. Politicians have yet to come to grips with the situation.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

October 16, 2013 3

There is no respite from the bad news for NSW Labor. The stench from the party's trade union connections continues ...

Have beaten down renewable stocks turned the corner?

Have beaten down renewable stocks turned the corner?

January 10, 2013

While the Renixx index a doom and gloom story on the surface about renewable energy companies, there is reason for optimism, writes Climate Spectator's Daniel Palmer.

The rise of the solar voter — they’re not where you think

The rise of the solar voter — they’re not where you think

November 5, 2012 18

Analysis shows where Australia's solar panels are -- and it's not in the inner-city latte set. Some politicians may need to rethink their view on support for solar.

Why solar panels are a success

July 6, 2012 1

Crikey readers have their say.

Climate change isn’t about choosing the coolest technologies

July 5, 2012 2

Crikey readers have their say.

Will Australia miss the global solar boom?

September 27, 2011 14

Ferguson has mostly been interested in protecting the supply of fossil fuels or export or use at home, although he has shown an increasing interest in solar of late, writes Giles Parkinson from Climate Spectator.

The fine line between teething problems and incompetence

June 9, 2011

Can Barry O'Farrell's decision to rescind NSW's feed-in tariff for solar power systems simply be put down to teething issues? That may be an excuse for some things but he ought to have known better, writes Mr Tiedt.

NSW solar scandal … a million roofs forgotten

NSW solar scandal … a million roofs forgotten

May 25, 2011 26

For Barry O'Farrell to just throw the local NSW solar industry under the bus is a public policy meltdown, writes Simon Mansfield from SolarDaily.com.