Home owners will be able to avoid the initial cost of solar panels, and future electricity price rises, under a pay-as-you-go offering that has been a hit in the US. Private equity-backed Sungevity Australia, a partnership between Lismore solar installer Nickel Energy and San Francisco's Sungevity, will initially offer the product, called Roof Juice, in northern NSW and Queensland, and extend it nationally by the end of the year. http://www.smh.com.au/business/payasyougo-solar-panels-are-proving-a-hit-20120420-1xcfe.html#ixzz1siiCY3wZ
Saffron Howden – Sydney Morning Herald
Unlikely activists ... the Country Women's Association in Gulgong is heading to Sydney to show its opposition to the government's rural land use policy.
Peter Ker – The Age
New research has suggested fracking is to blame for increased seismic activity. A STEEP rise in earthquakes across the central US is likely to be man-made, according to new research into the controversial gas extraction method known as fracking.