Spice Up

Spice Up Your Solar Panels!

We all know that silicon and tin are two of the major ingredients in many solar panels and while they’re useful and ever more efficient at converting sunlight into electricity, they’re not particularly appetising. It seems, however, according to researchers at the East China Normal University in Shanghai that a dash of spice makes solar…

Economic Development Queensland is Working on Two 100% Solar and Storage Neighbourhoods in Brisbane

Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) has designated two under-construction housing developments in Greater Brisbane as 100% solar and storage communities.  The Carseldine Village and Songbird Estate in Oxley, a Brisbane suburb 11km from the CBD, are under construction now and once completed, the developments will integrate bushland, elder-care facilities, childcare centres and sports areas.  Reaching the…

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Powerwall 2 Deal for Sustainable Community Project

Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) announced that it’s forged a landmark deal with electric car and clean energy giant Tesla to use its batteries in a huge sustainability community project. This initiative is aiming to establish Australia’s first government-backed 100% solar and battery-powered community. Oxley in Brisbane is the lucky suburb The site of this initiative…

Our 10th Anniversary Competition Winners

We recently took the opportunity to catch up with high school chaplain Stu and Mea Cran, the winners of our Solar System Giveaway in December. As part of our 10 year anniversary celebrations, we had asked for your nominations, looking for a deserving cause, person or charity. We had over 100 candidates put forward, but…

Q&A with Andy Colley, Director

Today, we’re sitting down with Halcol Energy owner and director, Andy Colley. As we celebrate 10 years of Halcol Energy, we thought it was a great chance to talk to Andy about what’s changed in the last decade, what motivates him, and what we can expect from the next decade and beyond! Hi Andy, firstly,…

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Tasmania Declares itself 100% Renewable

Last November, Tasmanian energy minister Guy Barnett declared that the state had joined a select number of jurisdictions that can call themselves 100% renewable-powered.  Barnett credited Tasmania’s various wind and hydro projects for driving the state’s transition to renewables. Taz has always been a bit green Tasmania has had a long track record of having…