Environment

Heath Aston

Heath Aston is a political reporter in the Canberra bureau. Most recently Health was the state political editor for the Sun-Herald. Before joining the NSW press gallery he worked for newspapers in Sydney and London.

Joe Hockey says it's important for a government to 'get your house in order'.

Government casts a shadow over household solar

The Abbott government has opened up another front in its war on renewable energy by pulling the plug on investments in the most common form of alternative energy, rooftop and small-scale solar.

Solar panel installer John Alberti says shoddy operators are destroying the industry.

Solar subsidies 'wasted on cheap, dodgy panels'

More Australians are buying cheap rooftop solar panels that fail long before their promised lifespan, prompting claims a federal rebate scheme needs to be overhauled to prevent dodgy systems receiving public subsidies.