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Aussies Turning To Solar Power In Droves

The popularity of solar on the Gold Coast and across the land down under is growing, as Aussies embrace solar technology across the country.

According to energy consultancy firm, Green Energy Markets, says that Aussie households saw a record amount of new solar capacity being installed to them, for the first three months of 2019, with a 46% increase from numbers from the same time frame from 2018.

Victoria, in particular, saw a 90% increase in solar installations following the state government’s introduction of an incentive programme.

It’s expected that customers will save $600 million on electricity over the next 10 years, thanks to these new installations. The scheme is also providing benefits in other sectors, like providing new employment in the renewable energy sector.

That being said, the Australian renewable industry is currently having issues with the energy market regulators regarding their payment.

Currently, producers whose electricity travels the farthest distance receive less payment, thanks to a formula that calculates how much electricity is lost in transmission between wind and solar farms, which tend to be in remote locations, and the consumers they power.

Some operators are saying that this current formula isn’t optimal, and actually threatens the viability of certain sites. Providers of solar on the Gold Coast have less to worry about compared to those in more distant locations.

That being said, in spite of the disputes, there are many large-scale solar and wind projects currently under development.

Currently, renewable energy sources account for about 20% of the AU’s electricity in March, which amounts to 9.5 million homes, and cutting down on 2.7 million tonnes of CO2.

Australia’s embracing of sustainable energy is good, but still a little behind, as noted by the World Economic Forum, and its 2019 Energy Transition Index. The index rates countries based on energy performance, and it ranked the land down under at 43rd out of the 115 countries surveyed. The AU is one of the three large economies ranked outside of the top 25%, alongside Canada and South Korea.

According to researchers, this is due to the nations’ low scores on sustainability. These countries, the index notes, are high on economic growth and energy security, but they had some of the highest energy consumption per person, as well as carbon emissions.

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More Than 80,000 Aussies Call On The NSW To Save Music Festivals

It’s not hitting musicians and bentwood chair hire in Melbourne as bad as their NSW counterparts, but it’s still garnering attention from across the country, as a campaign to save NSW’s music festivals have been picking up steam recently, following the sudden cancellation of two events in recent weeks.

In less than one week, the campaign has been backed by around 80,people from across the state, and the country, as well as the support of at least 100 Aussie musicians. The campaign, dubbed Don’t Kill Live Music, even sent an open letter, signed by, among others, Amy Shark, Bliss n Eso, Daryl Braithwaite, Eskimo Jo, The Presets, and Courtney Barnett and Midnight Oil, as part of their efforts to call on the NSW government to look at regulation affecting live music in the state.

The letter says that the NSW State Government and its knee-jerk regulations are unjustly vilifying live music in the state. Instead of implementing regulation with support, assistance and cooperation from music and festival experts, the government is utilizing punitive regulation that is specifically targeted at music festivals, and its fans.

The letter noted that festivals are being used as a scapegoat for the governments ineffective drug and alcohol regulations.

The letter accompanied a petition, hosted on change.org, with signatures from over 80,000 people, even from people across the country, like those that handle bentwood chair hire in Melbourne or music in Queensland.

Julian Hamilton, one half of the ARIA-winning duet, the Presets, said that the campaign was attracting people who were concerned about the future of Aussie music, not just in the state, but across the country. He notes that musicians like him get a large chunk of their income from festivals, which would, naturally, make it problematic for them and the industry if more and more festivals get shut down.

Aussie electronic musicians Peking Duk noted the cancellation of festivals, and encouraged people to vote at the upcoming state election. He notes that roads aren’t closed due to fatalities; accidents shouldn’t stop festivals from happening, provided proper safety measures have been implemented.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian fired back on the campaign, saying that it was unfair to blame the government, noting that it’s about keeping people safe, but refused to elaborate further.

 

 

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