Australian national feed in tariff

Submission from Lighter Footprints Climate Change Action Group RENEWABLE ENERGY (ELECTRICITY) AMENDMENT (FEED-IN-TARIFF) BILL 2008 To: Committee Secretary http://www.lighterfootprints.org Lighter Footprints is a local climate change action group with 300 supporters from in and around postcode 3127 in Melbourne. This submission is endorsed and authorised by Lighter Footprints and issued on behalf of our supporters.… Continue reading Australian national feed in tariff

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Large scale solar power

Parabolic troughs in concentrating solar power plant

Large scale solar power produces large quantities of energy from commercial scale facilities using technologies such as: Wikipedia links

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Shading systems

Shade cloth, Knoxfield house

Shading systems can be used to moderate temperatures in buildings. For example, in North facing windows in the Southern hemisphere and South facing windows in the Northern hemisphere can be shaded during summer to prevent excessive heating occurring in buildings. Shading systems are typically removable (or demountable) so that sunlight is used during cooler months for… Continue reading Shading systems

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Forest friendly timber

Tasmanian forest, credit: Rob Blakers

Forest friendly timber is sourced in an environmentally sustainable manner. This article provides some information about various timbers available to enable readers to choose environmentally friendly materials suitable for their needs. The use of rainforest and native forest timbers (such as old growth forests) in Australia and around the world is contributing to the destruction of… Continue reading Forest friendly timber

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Drake Landing solar community

Drake Landing solar community

The Drake Landing Solar Community is the first community to be completely solar powered for heating in North America. It is located within the town limits of Okotoks, Alberta, Canada. This development provides a working example of how simple living a green lifestyle truly is. There are over 800 solar panels on garage roofs, responsible for the… Continue reading Drake Landing solar community

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Distributed energy storage

Sodium sulphur grid-attached batteries. Credit: American Electric Power

Distributed energy storage offers potential to make renewable energy such as wind and solar power more effective and more economic. The concept is to store energy from renewable sources during peak energy production close to where it is produced, so that it can be used during lower energy production periods. For example, solar panels can generate… Continue reading Distributed energy storage

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30 The Bond

30 The Bond exterior. Credit: https://ptw.com.au/project/30-the-bond

30 The Bond in Sydney is a sustainable commercial building that was the first CBD building in Australia to be accredited 5 stars under the Australian Building Greenhouse Rating. In May 2007, the building’s official greenhouse result is over 20% better than the 5 star benchmark and about 30% better than the next best certified building… Continue reading 30 The Bond

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Kancoona house

Kancoona House

The Kancoona house is a stone dwelling in Victoria’s north east that has a standalone energy system using solar, micro hydro and LPG gas backup systems. Owners Brendan O’Leary and Catherine Upcher Location Kancoona South Country Australia Type New dwelling, owner built House size Medium – 22 squares Summary of house features Micro hydro system The micro… Continue reading Kancoona house

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Climate change quotes

Al Gore at Global Warming Talk

Jane Goodall, the British primate expert and UN Messenger of Peace, June 2011: “The cheapest and most efficient way of slowing down global warming is to protect and restore the forests, particularly the tropical forests”. [1] The Dalai Lama, November 2009: “Global issues should be number one,” “In some cases, in order to protect global issues some sacrifice for… Continue reading Climate change quotes

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St Kilda Ecohouse

North side with solar panels

The St Kilda Ecohouse was a project of the Port Phillip EcoCentre. The goals were to transform the house and garden on the corner of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens into a model sustainable building to provide education and inspiration to the wider community, acting as a seed for further change. NOTE: The Ecohouse is now closed,… Continue reading St Kilda Ecohouse

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