Solar power

Knoxfield house 2.4 kW array

Solar power is produced from the sun with zero carbon emissions. Let’s face it, the sun has been producing energy for billions of years. Here is some history of its use by humanity. Solar Energy and Power Solar energy is the light and heat from the Sun that has been harnessed by humans since ancient times… Continue reading Solar power


Wind power

Bald Hills wind farm

Wind power provides renewable energy with large wind turbines generating electricity. Wind turbines are generally grouped into wind farms and connected to the electrical grid. Wind power is variable so energy storage or other dispatchable generation energy sources are needed to provide a reliable supply of electricity. Small wind systems have also increased in popularity. Hybrid solar/wind systems… Continue reading Wind power


Alcoa Anglesea brown coal mine and power station

Anglesea power station

Alcoa owned both the Anglesea brown coal mine and power station. The power was used to supply Alcoa’s aluminium smelter at Point Henry close to Geelong. Alcoa shut down the smelter on 1 August 2014. The shutdown was announced in February after the company decided the ageing smelter was no longer financially viable. With a… Continue reading Alcoa Anglesea brown coal mine and power station


2011 climate action and carbon price rally

A climate action and carbon price rally was held in Treasury Gardens, Melbourne, Australia on Saturday 12 March 2011. About 10,000 people attended the rally to support the need to price carbon pollution as one measure for taking action on climate change. The rally was organised by several environment groups, including Getup and Environment Victoria, to show public… Continue reading 2011 climate action and carbon price rally


Eddington report recommendations

Eddington Report

The Eddington report issued in April 2008 focussed on east-west travel challenges within Melbourne, Australia. The following recommendations were made in the report: Recommendation 1 Planning work should commence for the staged construction of a new 17 kilometre Melbourne Metro rail tunnel linking Melbourne’s booming western and south-eastern suburbs and providing a major increase in the capacity… Continue reading Eddington report recommendations


Victorian kitesurfing locations

Kitesurfing Norman Bay Wilsons Promontory

Victorian kitesurfing locations are many and varied. This article provides a summary of locations, their best wind direction, and links to other information. Disclaimer: Verify site information with locals or someone who has kited there before heading out for the first time at a new location. Port Phillip Bay West coast East coast Videos External links


Australian summer of 2012-2013 was the hottest ever

Angry Summer Report, Australia, 4 March 2013

The summer of 2012-2013 was the hottest summer in Australian history. January 2013 was the hottest month. January 7 2013 was the hottest day. The Angry Summer report released on 4 March 2013 by Australia’s top climate scientists states: The Climate Commission has received questions from the community and the media seeking to understand the… Continue reading Australian summer of 2012-2013 was the hottest ever


Australian heatwave January 2014

Temperatures may hit 50 degrees on Thursday in north-west WA. Source: BoM

Australia experienced an extreme heatwave during January 2014. In early January, maximum temperatures in excess of 40C were experienced on successive days across Australia.[1][2] Early January 2014 – Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales Adelaide is predicted to be the hottest city in the world on Thursday 16 January 2014.[3] Blistering heat formed over… Continue reading Australian heatwave January 2014