What Tesla’s Bet-Winning Battery Project Means for the Grid

What Tesla’s Bet-Winning Battery Project Means for the Grid

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been ridiculously busy lately what with introducing an all-electric truck line, a new Roadster, digging tunnels, trying to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid, and racing the clock for a bet he placed on building the world’s biggest grid-scale battery in … Read more…

Solar Company Plans 1 GW for South Australia’s Industrial Users

Solar Company Plans 1 GW for South Australia’s Industrial Users

Solar energy company Zen Energy launched a program this month to add 1 gigawatts of renewable generation for industrial users in South Australia. The plan includes several solar and battery projects aimed at reducing electricity costs for steelworks. London-based international industrial, energy, natural resources, and … Read more…

Study: Shareholder Pushback Systematically Degrades Emissions Proposals

Study: Shareholder Pushback Systematically Degrades Emissions Proposals

Senior corporate executives are increasingly seeing emissions reductions initiatives as strategic business opportunities, but their ambitious proposals get degraded over time due in large part to criticism from shareholders, according to an Australian study published in the Academy of Management journal. Christopher Wright, professor of … Read more…

Low-Cost Initiatives Cut Energy Use In Half at Australian Apartment Towers

Low-Cost Initiatives Cut Energy Use In Half at Australian Apartment Towers

A 35-story Australian apartment building complex has turned “low-hanging fruit” into a real bounty for energy efficiency. The Melbourne & City Towers cut energy usage by 50% in just five years through simple, low-cost initiatives. An energy savings push for the Melbourne & City Towers, … Read more…

Renewable Rosés: Australian Winery’s Hybrid Solar System Uncorks Energy Savings

Renewable Rosés: Australian Winery’s Hybrid Solar System Uncorks Energy Savings

The Scion Vineyard and Winery in Rutherglen, Australia, is tapping into the local abundant sunshine for more than growing grapes for its wines. Rising infrastructure costs prompted owner and winemaker Rowly Milhinch to install a new hybrid solar energy system for powering the business. Established … Read more…

Apple Scouts Energy Options in Australia (Doesn’t Want Its Own Facility)

Apple Scouts Energy Options in Australia (Doesn’t Want Its Own Facility)

Apple is scouting options to reduce its carbon footprint in Australia, the company’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives Lisa Jackson told Financial Review. The company will likely look at having stakes in solar and wind projects rather than invest in a new … Read more…

Sydney Approaches Building Boom in an Energy Efficient Manner

Sydney Approaches Building Boom in an Energy Efficient Manner

Planners are attempting to deal with an apartment building boom in Sydney. In an effort to encourage energy efficiency, the city is providing information. In 2013, Sydney ran the 30-building Smart Green Apartments program, according to Huffington Post. The program was able to cut energy and water … Read more…

Australia’s Building Industry Gets Dismal Review

Australia’s Building Industry Gets Dismal Review

A new report prepared for the government of South Australia by pitt&sherry and Swinburne University of Technology concluded that Australia’s building industry is doing a poor job of complying with National Construction Code (NCC) energy performance requirements, Sourceable reports. The Australian government commissioned the review of … Read more…

BEMS Market Will Grow To $5.6 Billion By 2020

BEMS Market Will Grow To $5.6 Billion By 2020

With commercial building operators facing pressure to reduce energy consumption and IT-based controls and monitoring becoming widespread, a perfect storm of factors has led to new software platforms for building energy management systems (BEMS), says Navigant Research, which predicts that the BEMS market will grow … Read more…

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