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Articles by Andrew Blakers

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Solar is now most popular form of new electricity generation worldwide

Solar is now most popular form of new electricity generation worldwide

Solar PV outstripped coal as the leading source of new electricity generation worldwide last year.

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ARENA an endangered species: It's time to speak out

ARENA an endangered species: It’s time to speak out

Cutting funding from ARENA will kill renewable energy research, innovation and education in Australia. It’s time to make a submission.

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Solar households to lose subsidies, but it’s a bright future for the industry

Solar households to lose subsidies, but it’s a bright future for the industry

The windbacks to solar subsidies may be a good sign for the industry, by encouraging larger systems.

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Wind and solar PV have won the race – it's too late for other clean energy technologies

Wind and solar PV have won the race – it’s too late for other clean energy technologies

PV and wind will be dominate the renewable energy transition because there isn’t time for another low-emission technology to catch them before they saturate the market.

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Renewable energy target can go all the way to 100% – if we let it

Renewable energy target can go all the way to 100% – if we let it

Getting to 100% renewable power sector by 2050 will require not just a practical plan, but also the political will to put it into action.

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Lomborg's criticism of current renewables is hopelessly out of date

Lomborg’s criticism of current renewables is hopelessly out of date

Bjorn Lomborg’s argument that the best way to cut emissions is to focus funding on renewables R&D is a poor excuse to put off determined action.

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North Australia's electrifying future: powering Asia with renewables

North Australia’s electrifying future: powering Asia with renewables

Imagine a 100GW power station that uses solar energy to pump water from Lake Argyle to an upper reservoir – and then exports the energy to Asia.

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Get solar PV FiTs right, or get the electricity market all wrong

Get solar PV FiTs right, or get the electricity market all wrong

A fair and reasonable price needs to be struck for electricity fed into the grid from rooftop PV systems. If not, expect perverse outcomes.

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The Energy White Paper underestimates solar

The Energy White Paper underestimates solar

Rooftop solar generators could fundamentally change the nature of the electricity business, and there is an urgent need to re-think the national electricity market and infrastructure.