In defence of ecovillages: the communities that can teach the world to live sustainably

Some argue that even if everyone on Earth lived in an ecovillage we would still be using too many resources. I am more optimistic — some ecovillages provide a much better blueprint than others.

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New 100% renewable energy retailer to keep profits in local community

New community-owned retailer Enova releases its prospectus, championing local ownership and a 100% renewable energy target in a market dominated by big players, out-of-area projects and fossil fuel interests.

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Community-owned utility plans to lead solar, storage revolution

A community owned retailer plans to do what the big utilities cannot do - and help lead an energy revolution based around local generation, solar and storage, and community-based renewable energy.

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Community energy retailer aims to be Australia’s cheapest, help people quit grid

NSW community energy start-up Enova prepares IPO, with plans to be Australia's cheapest green energy retailer and installer, and even to help locals quit the grid.

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Tesla Model S in Australia: Breaking the shackles and conquering new frontiers

A Brisbane family get their Tesla Model S and promptly leave on a 3,000km road trip, becoming the first to link Brisbane and Canberra and back again. And the super-charging network hasn’t been built yet. Here’s what happened.

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Queensland councils to tap geothermal to slash energy costs

Outback Queensland Shire of Winton to build two geothermal plants as part of an ambitious plan to tap into geothermal energy and create their own networks to supply their own locally generated power to council buildings. It's an idea that could be adopted by neighbouring councils.

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Introducing One Step Off The Grid

RenewEconomy is proud to introduce its new consumer-focused publication, One Step Off The Grid - helping households, businesses and communities navigate the energy revolution.

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City of Sydney, property groups push regulator to allow shared energy

City of Sydney, Property Council call on AEMC to change rules governing electricity supply to incentivise shared, local distributed energy generation.

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Victorian community solar ‘bulk buy’ offer snapped up – 150 households in one month

The second round of a Central Victorian ‘bulk-buy’ community solar scheme has attracted 150 registrations for rooftop solar in just 29 days. Rooftop solar demand appears to be booming in rural Victoria, with 150 households from the shire of Mount Alexander registering to install a PV system in just 29 days, in the second round […]

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WA residential complex installs 2kW solar for each apartment

Western Australia continues to lead in the development of new residential buildings and estates with built-in renewable energy supplies, with the installation of a 180kW solar system on the roof of a soon to be completed apartment complex in Perth. The developers of the Rivervale “Flo” project, local property group Psaros, say the rooftop PV […]

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