Renewable energy is energy which comes from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, hydro, tides and geothermal heat, which are renewable (naturally replenished). The most common renewable energy systems used for Australian homes are solar panels (also known as photovoltaic panels or Pvs) and wind turbines. Both of these systems allow you to connect to the mains grid for additional power and if you produce more renewable energy than you need you might be able to sell it to the electricity company.
A State Government rebate may be available to help with the upfront costs of installing a renewable energy system. Visit the Sustainability Victoria website to find more information on rebates and installing a renewable energy system in your home.
GreenPower is a government accreditation program for renewable energy. It is energy which is sourced by your energy provider from renewable sources on your behalf. Renewable energy is generated from sources like hydro and wind power which produce no net greenhouse gas emissions.
GreenPower's accreditation standards include:
- not allowing the use of native forest wood in biomass generators
- not allowing hydro generation that involves the redirection of environment flows in rivers only generating from facilities built since 1997; this is because we need to create 'new' renewable energy facilities.
Other renewable energy exists, but it was built before 1997 and was already contributing energy to the electricity grid.
You can find out more about GreenPower and whether your electricity retailer support it by visiting the GreenPower website.