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Articles by Giles Parkinson & Sophie Vorrath

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Victoria plans 650MW renewable auction, plus two new solar farms

Victoria plans 650MW renewable auction, plus two new solar farms

Andrews government unveils first of renewable energy auctions – for 650MW of wind and solar – and announces two new big solar farms, the 100MW Bannerton Solar Park near Robinvale in the Sunraysia district, and the 38MW Numurkah Solar Farm near Shepparton.

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Giant solar tower to provide all S.A. government electricity needs

Giant solar tower to provide all S.A. government electricity needs

South Australia government chooses solar tower and storage for its power needs, after SoalrReserve wins tender for baseload power with $78/MWh for 150MW plant in Port Augusta. South Australia suggests it is beginning of the end for coal.

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Turnbull "eyeballs" energy bosses, kids himself on solution

Turnbull “eyeballs” energy bosses, kids himself on solution

Big energy retailers didn’t so much blink, as wink in face of Turnbull’s “eyeballing” episode. Here’s why they will be high fiving each other in the Qantas lounge at Canberra airport.

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Lunar right go crazy over "genocidal" wind turbines and solar power

Lunar right go crazy over “genocidal” wind turbines and solar power

In Australia, as in the US, the right-wing still doesn’t understand the significance of “clean”, and don’t accept renewables could be cheaper, smarter and more reliable than coal, gas and nuclear plants. And they’re not giving up without a fight, confected moral outrage, and lies.

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New standard could restrict and add costs to extra solar and battery storage

New standard could restrict and add costs to extra solar and battery storage

New Australia-wide standard gives networks power to limit size of household solar systems – and could push up prices for AC-coupled battery storage products from Tesla, Enphase, Selectronic and others.

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Global battery storage industry to fight Australia home bans

Global battery storage industry to fight Australia home bans

Global battery storage companies prepare to fight proposed Australian standards that could effectively ban battery storage from homes and garages, and put major dent into Australia’s claims of being first mass-market for the technology.

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Coal-reliant NSW faces rolling blackouts as accusations fly in South Australia

Coal-reliant NSW faces rolling blackouts as accusations fly in South Australia

Coal-dependent NSW faces rolling blackouts on Friday as temperatures soar to 45C, after similar problems in renewable-rich South Australia. But the biggest problem is that we get dumb politics, and a dumb grid because of it.

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Hazelwood to close as energy transition gathers pace in Australia

Hazelwood to close as energy transition gathers pace in Australia

With no economic option to clean it up, and no buyer, the French owner of Victoria’s Hazelwood coal power plant has confirmed it will close in March 2017. Engie also looking to sell Loy Yang B coal plant, and WA Kwinana gas station, as it transitions to low-carbon generation.

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AGL taps government investment funds to help it meet RET obligations

AGL taps government investment funds to help it meet RET obligations

AGL Energy taps two govt-owned funds for new renewables investment vehicle it will use to defray costs of developing new projects.

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Solar households miss out as big generators profit from price hikes

Solar households miss out as big generators profit from price hikes

Australia’s biggest utilities are passing on the surging cost of the country’s predominantly coal-fired grid to consumers at the start of the new financial year, but it seems pretty clear that many solar households are missing out.

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Victoria aims for 40% renewables by 2025, to add 5,400MW wind and solar

Victoria aims for 40% renewables by 2025, to add 5,400MW wind and solar

Victorian govt to use reverse auctions to reach 40% renewable energy by 2025, underlining the policy divide between Labor and conservative governments. The target will require 5,400MW of new wind and solar capacity to be built in less than a decade.