Solar Citizens blog


Glenn Lazarus and Palmer United stand for solar

Close to 500 solar businesses representing 3,700 employees signed a letter calling on the Federal Government to back jobs and investment in the solar industry by maintaining the Renewable Energy Target.

The joint industry letter, coordinated by Solar Citizens and the Australian Solar Council and signed by 470 businesses, was accepted by Palmer United Party Senate Leader Senator Glenn Lazarus at Parliament House on Thursday.

Hundreds of Cuppas around Australia


News is rolling in from the hundreds of Cuppa Sunshine events underway around Australia this week. Participants are telling their local MPs and cross bench senators that they want the Renewable Energy Target kept strong.

We’ve heard about Cuppa Sunshine gatherings in parks, homes and workplaces all around Australia.

Here’s a taste of some of the activities...

The Solar Revolution Briefers #3

The Solar Revolution briefers highlight the uptake of solar across the country, by State, Territory and Electorate as of July 2014. Here you can find the uptake of solar in your Electorate!

To find the Solar Briefer for your electorate click on your state:

NSW - VIC - QLD - WA - SA - TAS - ACT - NT

To find the Solar Briefer for your state click here.

Where does your electorate rank compared to others? Click here to download a spreadsheet comparison of all 150 electorates and find out.

Please note: if you're looking for solar briefers #1, produced in July of 2013, please go here. And if you're looking for solar briefers #2, produced in December of 2013, please go here.

Brisbane Solar Citizens hit the streets for the Great Solar Power Poll

Solar Citizens were active at two events in Brisbane this weekend. Here's what Diego Matter, star organiser from the Brisbane team, had to say about what happened...

Don't discriminate against Victoria's solar homes

In January, energy retailer Simply Energy introduced a 14c-a-day levy on Victorian solar users as a blatant grab for money. It is a charge that brings total fixed fees to $400 a year for Simply Energy customers - an extra $51 on top of what non-solar customers pay!

Simply Energy appears to be the first retailer in the country singling out solar users with extra charges in this way. We’ve known it might be coming, and now it’s arrived.

And we end in Melbourne!


The Solar Citizens tour of capital cities ended on 19 June, when nearly 200 Solar Citizens came together in Melbourne - the final stop of Our Solar At Risk: Public Meetings to Defend Solar.

Next Stop to Save Solar? Sydney!

Continuing Solar Citizens’ public meetings around the country, on 18 June, nearly one hundred and fifty Solar Citizens came to Sydney Uni to talk all things solar.

Adelaide Says: Keep Solar Strong!


Just last week, on June 11th, over 150 current and future solar owners came together in Adelaide - in one of the State’s most marginal electorates - to say: South Australia wants to keep solar strong.


Queensland says: We're not the latte set!

On June 5th, 200 concerned current and future solar owners came together in Brisbane - in the heart of Premier Campbell Newman’s electorate - to say: Keep Solar Strong.

Power to the Postcard!

 Thousands of postcards have flooded in!

Every trip to the mailbox brings another batch of postcard petitions. The tens of thousands of postcards ordered as part of our campaign to protect the Renewable Energy Target (RET) are flooding in. 

Solar supporters across Australia have been taking the postcards to their family, friends, neighbours and colleagues asking them to support the Renewable Energy Target.