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Articles by Giles Parkinson

Giles Parkinson is a journalist of 30 years experience, a former Business Editor and Deputy Editor of the Financial Review, a columnist for The Bulletin magazine and The Australian, and the former editor of Climate Spectator.

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How solar was sidelined as election issue in NSW

How solar was sidelined as election issue in NSW

Solar is said to be a rising issue in the Australian electoral landscape, particularly in states where 25% of homes have panels on their roof.

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UQ tests solar limits with opening of Queensland's biggest solar array

UQ tests solar limits with opening of Queensland’s biggest solar array

UQ opens its 3.275MW solar research facility, with single and dual tracking and battery storage to test solar integration in off-grid and edge of grid locations.

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Abbott's climate policy farce deepens as big polluters get free kick

Abbott’s climate policy farce deepens as big polluters get free kick

There are supposed to be penalties for big polluters under Direct Action. Instead, the big polluters will get a massive free kick under the government’s plan as the Coalition’s energy and climate policies descend further into high farce.

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How an outback town proposes to switch off fossil fuels

How an outback town proposes to switch off fossil fuels

The outback town Coober Pedy in remote South Australia will be able to turn off its fossil fuel generators for at least half of the year.

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Abbott’s divide and conquer rule crucifies renewables industry

Abbott’s divide and conquer rule crucifies renewables industry

First the Abbott government brought the renewable energy industry to a standstill, then it brought it to its knees. Now, it has effectively told it to go and get stuffed. Abbott has crucified Australia’s renewable energy industry by cynically preying on its three major weaknesses – a lack of financial muscle; a lack of unity, and it’s craving for policy certainty.

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Abbott throwing away Australian influence at climate talks, report says

Abbott throwing away Australian influence at climate talks, report says

New report slams Abbott government for throwing away influence at international climate talks. This could be costly for Australia, considering the favourable outcome a determined negotiating team managed to obtain for the country under the Howard government.

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CEC proposes compromise deal - and massive cut - to RET

CEC proposes compromise deal – and massive cut – to RET

Clean Energy Council proposes compromise deal on RET – good news for wind farm developers, but possibly bad news for big solar developers. The offer was quickly rejected by the government, with solar leaders accusing its peak body of “betrayal”.

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WA to go solar – may be the only way out of energy mess

WA to go solar – may be the only way out of energy mess

WA energy minister says solar to be on most homes and businesses within a few years, and people could go off-grid. The trend may accelerate once the government removes a massive fossil fuel subsidy paid to owners of generators – some of whom never even switch the plant on.

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Abbott’s taunt to renewables: you should be so lucky

Abbott’s taunt to renewables: you should be so lucky

Abbott government tells renewables industry it should consider itself “lucky” to have even an offer of a 40% cut in the renewables target on the table. This comes as Abbott ministers continue their RET whoppers – this time about whether a reduced target can be physically met.

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Federal Coalition MP sees future in solar, decentralised grids

Federal Coalition MP sees future in solar, decentralised grids

Angus Taylor, one of Coalition’s fiercest wind farm opponents, says solar and distributed energy will allow people in regional areas to leave the grid, with no subsidies.

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NSW government confirms Byron solar energy trading trial

NSW government confirms Byron solar energy trading trial

NSW Government to support energy trading trial in Byron Bay that will help break down more barriers to rooftop solar.