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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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S.A. to announce storage winner, delays EST mechanism

S.A. to announce storage winner, delays EST mechanism

Results for South Australia’s battery storage tender expected in next week, as state government delays introduction of energy security target and may drop it altogether. Meanwhile, Victoria reports “strong” response for its battery storage tender.

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Solar accounts for 2.2 per cent of US electricity generation in April

Solar accounts for 2.2 per cent of US electricity generation in April

Solar power accounts for 2.2 per cent of total generation in the US in April, a jump of 63% over the previous year.

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Sunraysia solar farm, largest in NSW, gets planning approval

Sunraysia solar farm, largest in NSW, gets planning approval

A 200MW solar fram near Balranald in western NSW will be largest, and one of 27 large scale solar projects planned or under construction in the state.

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IPART bumps up benchmark range for NSW solar tariffs

IPART bumps up benchmark range for NSW solar tariffs

Regulator further lifts benchmark for NSW solar tariffs – well above AGL’s proposed tariff – but rejects notion rooftop solar and storage have network benefits.

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Battery storage “gigafactory” planned for Darwin for 2018

Battery storage “gigafactory” planned for Darwin for 2018

Energy Renaissance, backed by engineering group UGL, plans a gigawatt-scale battery storage factory in Darwin, that it says will begin production in late 2018.

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NSW follows Victoria, South Australia in major push to demand management

NSW follows Victoria, South Australia in major push to demand management

Households and businesses in NSW will get paid for reducing loads during critical peaks, as governments and institutions decide to circumvent objections by fossil fuel lobby with smarter, cleaner and cheaper alternatives.

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Trump's far-fetched solar wall idea sparks surge in US solar stocks

Trump’s far-fetched solar wall idea sparks surge in US solar stocks

Trump’s planned “solar wall” might take a century to generate enough power to pay for itself, but the fact that Trump said the word “solar” is lighting a fire under solar stocks.

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Vector/LG Chem win 5MW battery storage tender for Alice Springs

Vector/LG Chem win 5MW battery storage tender for Alice Springs

Vector wins tender with LG Chem battery storage, which allow significant increase in solar capacity in Alice Springs and a payback in 4 years.

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Birdsville geothermal plant to finally get major upgrade

Birdsville geothermal plant to finally get major upgrade

Australia’s only geothermal power supply is to finally get its long awaited upgrade.

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Australia's new citizenship test: swear allegiance to Queen and Coal

Australia’s new citizenship test: swear allegiance to Queen and Coal

Text used for preparation for citizenship test looks like marketing material for the coal lobby.

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Solar's new sweet spot: Low cost, compact PV plants at $1/watt

Solar’s new sweet spot: Low cost, compact PV plants at $1/watt

New solar plant in Queensland will be built at less than half the cost modelled in the Finkel Review, and give a payback to investors in less than 5 years. Small is beautiful for large scale solar.