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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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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Greening Australian Transport

Transrapid train near Bremen in Germany

This article provides information on greening Australian transport Assist in the early stage adoption of greener vehicles Ensure that regulations and incentives are in place to encourage the use of next gen green vehicles and green fuels. Support home refueling and re-charging of green vehicles including: Establish a Gaseous Refuelling Infrastructure for use by both buses… Continue reading Greening Australian Transport

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Solar Neighbourhoods Campaign

The Solar Neighbourhoods Campaign was a program offered by Beyond Building Energy, a Brisbane-based company, for installing a grid interactive solar system onto homes. It enabled homeowners to capture free and clean energy from the sun to reduce power bills. The details were: Note: Beyond Building Energy is no longer operating. How was this possible? The Solar Neighbourhoods offer… Continue reading Solar Neighbourhoods Campaign

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Revolving energy fund

A revolving energy fund (REF) can be established to provide a financial incentive for councils or other levels of government to implement energy efficiency measures and practices. Energy efficiency projects reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. They can also save money. REFs rely on identifying energy cost savings and, in future budgets, allocating these savings to… Continue reading Revolving energy fund

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National riparian land bank

Imagine. You look down on Australian landscapes from a plane. You see vast areas of farmland criss-crossed with millions of native trees and shrubs. You can’t see the wildlife and native flora but you know these tracts of vegetated land must be home to many living things. You see a lot more green, even during… Continue reading National riparian land bank

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Climate emergency rally Melbourne July 5 2008

The Climate emergency rally and human sign event was held on Saturday July 5, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia. The rally was organised and attended by more than 50 community groups concerned about lack of government action on climate change. About 5,000 people attended. The rally followed yesterday’s release of economist Ross Garnaut’s draft report on climate… Continue reading Climate emergency rally Melbourne July 5 2008

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Victorian desalination plant

Plans to build a desalination plant at Wonthaggi in Victoria, Australia, were announced by the Bracks Labor government in June 2007.[1] Information about the plant Controversy about the location Floodwater has again threatened the South Gippsland site of proposed desalination plant. Flooding of the site in 2007 was called a “one-in-100-year” event by the State Government, but… Continue reading Victorian desalination plant

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Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market roof

The Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, Victoria has the largest urban grid-connected solar photovoltaic array in the Southern Hemisphere consisting of 1328 solar panels covering one third of the market roof. The system, launched in April 2003, has the capacity to generate 252,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year for the Queen Victoria Market – enough to power… Continue reading Queen Victoria Market

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Box Hill house

Box Hill house

Owners Robin and MaryLou Friday Location Box Hill, Melbourne Country Australia Type Sustainable renovation House size Medium Summary of house features Robin and MaryLou Friday’s home and garden in Mont Albert have been progressively modified to implement sustainable living features to maximize use of solar energy, reduce water use and minimise heating loss in winter.… Continue reading Box Hill house

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