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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.

Renewables: the Key to Cheaper Energy for Industry

North Queenslanders should be proud of the region’s impressive solar and wind resources – this natural advantage is the key to cheaper electricity prices and could be the main driver of new industries coming to the area.

We've just opened Townsville's Clean Energy Hub!

As one of the sunniest cities in the world, Townsville stands to benefit from the transition to clean, renewable energy. Already, there's a proposal to build a local mega battery storage manufacturing facility, and there are plenty more opportunities to build solar and wind farms in the region.

Five Ways Townsville is Breaking Ground on Renewable Energy

Townsville is the sunniest city on Queensland’s coast. It’s impressive solar and wind resources, and port-side location, make it the ideal region to invest in new clean energy projects and industries.