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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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Australia's first large-scale solar farm to quadruple in size

Australia’s first large-scale solar farm to quadruple in size

Greenough River, the first large-scale solar farm to be built in Australia, is going ahead with plans to quadruple in size.

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Coal plants failed in Queensland heatwave on day of record demand

Coal plants failed in Queensland heatwave on day of record demand

Are Australia’s coal and gas generators able to power Australia through next summer’s heatwaves? The evidence of last summer suggests they cannot be relied upon, with a new report showing how coal plants melted in the Queensland heat on a day of record demand.

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Kangaroo Is. loses challenge to network plan that threatens renewables

Kangaroo Is. loses challenge to network plan that threatens renewables

Kangaroo Island loses first-of-kind protest against network decision, but regulator flags changes to favour decentralised options.

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Rooftop solar saved NSW consumers nearly $1 billion in heatwave

Rooftop solar saved NSW consumers nearly $1 billion in heatwave

Rooftop solar likely saved nearly $1 billion in electricity costs during the February heatwave in NSW, as well as helping to keep the lights on. But solar households and businesses got little reward for their contribution.

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Australia leaps up global renewable energy investment rankings

Australia leaps up global renewable energy investment rankings

Record $7.5 billion in large scale solar and wind investment pushes Australia up to number 5 in global renewable energy investment rankings.

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How cheap is solar? Cheap enough to cool the air outside

How cheap is solar? Cheap enough to cool the air outside

Solar is cheap enough for homeowners to use it to power air conditioners to cool outdoor verandahs. The big challenge, ARENA says, is integration into the grid. The technology is there, but rules, regulations and business models will have to change.

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12 from 12: ARENA's big solar plans take off across the country

12 from 12: ARENA’s big solar plans take off across the country

ARENA says its large-scale solar program brought down costs to match wind energy five years ahead of expectations.

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Network owner Ausnet sees grid dominated by wind and solar

Network owner Ausnet sees grid dominated by wind and solar

Victoria’s biggest network operator says future grid will be dominated by wind and solar, with some communities looking at 100% renewables options.

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Coalition attempts to rewrite history on support for wind, solar and RET

Coalition attempts to rewrite history on support for wind, solar and RET

The Coalition is again feigning selective amnesia about the country’s climate and clean energy policies, and the party’s key role in delivering rising prices and a weakening, less stable electricity system. History tells another story.

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Vegan football club reaches the big time in England

Vegan football club reaches the big time in England

Forest Green Rovers, a “vegan club that aims to be the world’s first “sustainable” football club, finally reaches the big time.

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Gas turbines vs battery storage: S.A. in state of inertia over energy future

Gas turbines vs battery storage: S.A. in state of inertia over energy future

South Australia is being accused of raising the drawbridge against synthetic inertia and battery storage too quickly, possibly because gas generators put the fear of god, and more blackouts, into them. The debate over renewable energy penetration is repeating itself.