Palmer United Party Stand on RET Welcomed

Wednesday 25th June 2014

The WA Renewable Energy Alliance (WAREA) congratulates Clive Palmer and the Palmer United Party for moving to promote and protect the developing renewable energy sector.

Today Mr Palmer announced that the Party would not support change to the Renewable Energy Target (RET) until at least after the next Federal election.

Friday 23 May 2014

The announcement today of Australia's first major off-grid solar farm in the mining sector to be built in far north Queensland is great news for renewable energy, the resources sector, and for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), who are providing funding for the project, the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia ( said today.

The 6.7 megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) farm will be built in two stages at SEA member Rio Tinto's remote bauxite operations in Weipa. ARENA is providing $3.5million toward the first stage of the project, which with an initial capacity of 1.7MW will provide power to the mine, town and port facilities.

Budget Delivers Big Blows to Sustainable Energy

13 May 2014

The Government's axing of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) in the Federal Budget is both a regressive step for Australia and a reversal of a pre-election commitment to retain the Agency, said the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia ( today.

"ARENA was designed to increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia, and to make it more affordable. It has been welcomed by both the industry and by investors, who were looking at Australia as a growing market for clean technologies," SEA Chief Executive Kirsten Rose said tonight.

RET Review Begins

17 February 2014

The Federal Government today announced the beginning of their review of Australia's Renewable Energy Target (RET), with an emphasis on evaluating its effectiveness and cost.

The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia ( believes this is an opportunity for the renewable energy industry to reiterate the substantial benefits a stable target has delivered - and will continue to deliver - to the Australian economy.

New SEA Board Announced at 2013 AGM

The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia ( held its Annual General Meeting yesterday and is pleased to announce new members on its board.

SEA welcomes two new board members, Rodney Littlejohn, Managing Director of Tersum Energy ( and Antony Piccinini of FRV Services Australia (

Rod and Antony fill board vacancies arising from the resignations of Alannah MacTiernan, the recently elected Federal Member for Perth, and Harry Porrins, a founding member of SEA.

Kelli Friar of Horizon Power and Sean Webb of UWA were re-elected to the board, and Board member Mike Laughton-Smith of Balance Services Group was elected Chairman. Ray Wills of Duda&Wills continues in his role as Deputy Chair.


SEA 2013 Federal Election Policy Scorecard

The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia ( today releases its 2013 Policy Scorecard in advance of the Federal election on 7 September. SEA's Scorecard evaluates the policies of the leading political parties against the needs and objectives of the sustainable energy industry. Download Scorecard here.

Reversal of Feed in Tariff Decision a Victory for Solar PV and the Community

The Sustainable Energy Association ( is delighted to learn of the WA State Government's reversal of its decision to cut the residential solar feed in tariff rate. 

After four intense days of public backlash, it is a victory for the community and for renewable energy, SEA said today.

"The Government wildly underestimated the anger this would generate in the community, as we've seen over the last few days," said Chief Executive Kirsten Rose. 

"It was an ill-considered decision in the first place. Reversing it is the right thing to do.  "Credit to the WA Government for recognising the important role that residential solar PV plays in reducing our demand for non-renewably generated electricity, and in reducing the need for costly network upgrades." 

"Our hope is that this will further reinforce to governments -- in WA, across Australia, and globally -- the high level of public support for renewable energy." 


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