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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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Solar revolution can't be stopped, but it can be slowed

Solar revolution can’t be stopped, but it can be slowed

Australia’s solar revolution is deemed “unstoppable”, but incumbent utilities are doing everything they can to slow it down: pushing up fixed charges, hiking metering fees, cutting solar tariffs, adding charges to solar households, and introducing tariffs that are not really cost reflective.

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Construction begins on Australia's lowest cost wind farm

Construction begins on Australia’s lowest cost wind farm

Construction begins on lowest cost wind farm in Australia, and the first to be financed and built since the election of the Abbott government more than 18 months ago.

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ARENA fund invests $6.3m in California battery storage start-up

ARENA fund invests $6.3m in California battery storage start-up

California battery storage start-up with strong links to China and big plans for Australia secures money from ARENA venture fund and international heavyweights.

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Regulator wants to slash Victoria solar tariff by 20 per cent

Regulator wants to slash Victoria solar tariff by 20 per cent

Victoria regulator wants minimum feed-in-tariff paid for surplus rooftop solar output fed back into grid be cut dramatically.

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Fraser: Time to stop paying lip service to climate policies

Fraser: Time to stop paying lip service to climate policies

CCA chairman Bernie Fraser says policy makers should stop paying “lip service” to 2C climate targets, and lamented cutting back renewable energy targets to suit sectoral interests. Fraser said the move to a low carbon world was “unstoppable” and Australia needed to get on board.

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Goldwind to build 175MW wind farm, first big project north of Sydney

Goldwind to build 175MW wind farm, first big project north of Sydney

Chinese wind giant Goldwind to begin construction later this year of first major wind farm to be built north of Sydney.

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CEFC loans Origin $100m to boost solar and storage offerings

CEFC loans Origin $100m to boost solar and storage offerings

CEFC commits $100 million to Origin Energy to help utility giant expand its offerings of rooftop solar and battery storage to consumers.

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South Australia pushes battery storage in government buildings

South Australia pushes battery storage in government buildings

South Australia looks to install battery storage in parliament house, museums and art galleries, and up to 150 other buildings including schools and railway stations, as it looks to become a leader in energy storage as well as wind and solar.

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She said what? Bishop predicts China economy to stop growing by 2030

She said what? Bishop predicts China economy to stop growing by 2030

In attempt to downplay China climate pledge, Julie Bishop says Chinese economy will stop growing by 2030. Is there anything Abbott govt will not say?

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Solar passes point of no return – in the sky, and on the ground

Solar passes point of no return – in the sky, and on the ground

The flight of Solar Impulse is a tale of sheer inspiration and daring in the clean energy space; why solar households smarter and more mobile than normal energy consumers; and a hollow “victory” for US coal on mercury emissions.

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Three out of four new solar households to add battery storage

Three out of four new solar households to add battery storage

The Australian Energy Market Operator says three out of four households adding solar in the next 20 years in NSW will also add battery storage, but Victoria will lead the way in total capacity. Installations will flow despite slow payback estimates. The net benefit of reducing maximum demand on the grid will be significant.