Solar Citizens blog


Solar for All Needed for Healthy Homes

Summer has arrived and with it, the heatwaves, severe storms and extreme weather. During the summer months, I struggle to keep my poorly insulated Queenslander cool as temperatures soar - not helped by the fact that geckos ate the wiring in my air conditioning. But despite this I'm still one of the lucky ones. 

Five Ways the Australian Government Can Accelerate Clean Energy and Transport

Australia is lucky: we have incredible renewable energy resources that can be turned into abundant, cheap energy, as well as deposits of key minerals needed to make technology like battery storage and solar panels. By harnessing our clean energy potential we can drive down household power bills, reinvigorate our transport system to be fully electric and run our cars, buses and trains on affordable renewable energy, and establish new manufacturing industries to provide the world with clean technology. 

Our renewable energy advantage is our opportunity to slash the cost of living while creating strong, future-proof regional economies. But to make the most of these opportunities, we urgently need bold national policies to accelerate the rollout of solar, wind and storage, and electric transport. Solar Citizens is calling on the Federal Government to adopt and immediately implement the following five policies. 

We won! Queensland's Plan to Repower

Big news out of the Sunshine State: the Queensland Government has announced their 10-Year Energy Plan including an increased Renewable Energy Target of 70% by 2032!

Queensland's Solar for Renters trial is helping households access solar savings

Rooftop solar is the cheapest source of electricity available, but for many households, including those that rent and live in social housing, there are barriers to accessing this bill-slashing technology.

How one regional Queensland town is reshaping Australia’s clean energy future

How can one town in regional Queensland change Australia’s clean energy future?

For the last few years Solar Citizens has been working in Townsville—Queensland’s largest regional city—to demonstrate how embracing clean energy can slash power bills and create good jobs in new clean manufacturing industries. 

This work has been vital in shifting the national conversation because we’ve been able to show federal and state politicians that communities in the cities, suburbs and regions are all demanding clean energy solutions – it's just good economic sense!

Solar Citizens Survey: Clean Technology is the Solution to Lower Bills

2022 has been a big year with an energy crisis, petrol crisis and cost of living crisis unfolding and putting growing pressure on households and businesses. We checked in with our community in our annual survey to find out more about the biggest energy and transport issues facing them, and what’s needed to ensure everyone is able to access the benefits of cheap clean energy. 

Over 1,700 solar citizens took part – and here’s what they told us.

Cars That Run on Sunshine: Deborah's Electric Vehicle Future

On Friday August 19th, Solar Citizens National Director Heidi Lee Douglas accompanied Debi Thornton, where they delivered our petition and her petition calling for Fuel Efficiency Standards to Energy Minister Chris Bowen's office. 

Clean Technology is Creating Jobs in Townsville

Townsville is perfectly placed to become a low-emissions economic powerhouse and produce energy, minerals and materials to power the world’s transition to a cleaner future. 

‘Really cheap’: Electric Vehicles now up to 93 per cent cheaper to run than petrol car

First published in The New Daily, 12 August 2022.

Australian motorists can access incredible savings by switching to electric vehicles, but there’s still some huge hurdles standing between households and lower fuel bills, new research finds.

What’s driving Queensland's energy crisis and what can governments do about it?

Electricity price hikes and the threat of blackouts have been consistently making media headlines – but understandably many consumers have no idea what’s gone wrong. There’s a lot to unpack about what’s happening in our electricity system and what governments can do about it.