Issue 150 is hot off the press and full of advice on solar and batteries. This issue features our newest solar system buyers guide to get you up to speed on the best way to go solar. We also include two articles on energy storage, including a rundown of the new battery installation rules in Australia. Plus, we look at everything you need to know about solar panel cleaning. And as a special feature for our 150th issue, we look at what’s changed in sustainable technology, and what hasn’t, since we began in 1980. Renew 150 also looks at the wider world of sustainable living, including efforts to make summer music festivals sustainable. Plus: a bike hospital that’s fixing up children’s bikes to make sure everyone can ride to school, gardening to promote native habitat, and a look at a DIY makerspace in Melbourne.
Renew 150 has a special feature for our 150th issue, plus a focus on solar and batteries. Inside you’ll find:
Special feature: 150th issue
Back to the future
Happy 150th issue to us! Doug Rolfe takes us on a history of renewable technology in Australia via Renew issues 1, 50 and 100. Just what has changed, and what hasn’t?
Our sustainable community
15 terrific stories about what readers are doing to improve sustainability in their lives. Read it and get inspired to act.
There’s more to Renew than the magazine. Renew branches bring people together to learn from experts and get hands-on advice from people who’ve been there themselves. Find out more about what they do.
Greener music festivals
How green is your favourite music festival? There’s a lot happening to improve the eco credentials of the events we love.
On the energy storage scene
Battery prices may not be going down (we look at why), but there are subsidies available. We list the major ones!
Battery installation changes
After feedback on early drafts, the standard for battery installation was released in October. Here’s what it means for you if there’s a battery in your future (or you already have one).
The bike doctors
A lot of kids don’t have access to a bike that works. Dr Cranky’s bike hospital is working to fix that.
Gardening for habitat
Using local indigenous plants can encourage wildlife back to our urban areas. Here’s one thriving example.
Making space for DIY
This makerspace in Footscray, Melbourne, is helping startups get off the ground and building a community of DIYers.
Solar spring clean
Spring may be over, but there’s still time to clean your panels. We look at whether it’s necessary, and the other maintenance to consider for your solar system.
Solar system buyers guide
With six panels being installed each minute (on average), you might think we’d hear Scott Morrison saying, “How good is solar!” Our buyers guide looks at the whys, wheres and hows of getting solar on your roof to join the other 2 million+ solar households in Australia.
Batman and beyond
Brian Spies relates his household’s story combining solar and energy efficiency.
EV street charging
If you don’t have off-street parking, what do you do to charge your EV? There are solutions on (and under) the streets.
EV tipping points
Electric vehicles are now being used for tip trucks, rubbish collection, delivery vans, buses and more. See them in action.