Solar Citizens blog


Solar Homes to Bear Brunt of Energy Policy Failings

I was furious when I read the headlines that the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) is going to let homes with solar panels be charged for feeding excess energy into the grid. 

Consumer Protections Under New Sun Tax Rules: What Do They Amount To?

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) yesterday talked up new consumer protections in their final determination allowing rooftop solar owners to be charged for exporting. But what do these consumer protections really amount to? 

Five Local Projects Unlocking Renewable Manufacturing Jobs

North Queensland has all the right ingredients to power up new manufacturing industries with abundant and cheap renewable energy.

There are already several manufacturing and minerals processing projects proposed in Townsville that would create 11,000 jobs if they proceed and are powered by new solar, wind and storage plants.

NAIDOC Week 2021 - Healing Country

Yesterday marked the beginning of 2021’s NAIDOC Week (4-11 July). Every year NAIDOC Week is a time where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ history, culture and achievements are celebrated in events across the country.

The Sun Tax: Slugging Solar Owners Without Evidence

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) is proposing to change the rules that govern our energy system in a move that would see solar households charged for exporting their clean power to the grid. 

There are several concerning aspects to the AEMC’s Draft Rule Determination. In this blog we explore why Solar Citizens does not support charging solar homes and businesses for exporting excess solar energy.

Renewable Projects Need To Protect First Nations Land and Culture

Recent news headlines have shown the destructive potential of mining project operations on Aboriginal land and cultural heritage sites [1]. Renewable projects, like large scale solar and wind farms, are however not exempt from also potentially causing harm to Aboriginal land, and disregarding First Nations cultural heritage and ongoing connection to country.

Policies to Make Queensland a Renewable Powerhouse

The Queensland State Government has an opportunity to turn the Sunshine State into a thriving clean energy powerhouse. With the right investments, new solar, wind and storage projects can unlock abundant cheap energy and new manufacturing industries for the state.

Our full list of Queensland state policy recommendations for 2021 can be downloaded here.

The EV Tax: What is it and Why is it Bad News?

Australia will soon become the first place in the world to slap a net tax on electric vehicles – a move that will derail the fledgling industry and keep polluting cars on the road for longer. 

Getting Clean Energy on Queensland's Election Agenda

In the lead up to the October 2020 Queensland election, solar citizens across the state got active to pressure all sides of politics to back more ambitious renewable energy policies. Together, we won some exciting commitments!

Queensland 2020 Election: Party Promises and Scorecard

Queensland's 2020 state election is fast approaching and every party is coming to the table with different energy policies. We've collated all the promises that parties have made and rated them on their commitment to building a bright, renewable future for the Sunshine State.