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Articles by Jonathan Gifford

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Australian renewables investment bucks global trend to grow 49% in 2016

Australian renewables investment bucks global trend to grow 49% in 2016

After two disastrous years, investment in large scale renewable energy finally rebounded in Australia in 2016, and actually went against the global trend with a 50 per cent increase.

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Australian zinc refinery to build 100MW solar plant

Australian zinc refinery to build 100MW solar plant

Zinc metals producer Sun Metals is to build a 100MW solar PV plant was part of plans to expand its refinery near Townsville, in northern Queensland, in what is a landmark development in the Australian renewable energy landscape.

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AEMO wants to spend billions more on networks, gas

AEMO wants to spend billions more on networks, gas

AEMO report sets out pressing challenges facing Australian electricity networks in future, looks to past for solutions.

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20MW Emu Downs solar project signs 12-year PPA

20MW Emu Downs solar project signs 12-year PPA

WA’s first co-located solar PV power plant has cleared its final hurdle to realisation and will begin construction next month.

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Sun Brilliance gets approval for WA's biggest solar plant

Sun Brilliance gets approval for WA’s biggest solar plant

Australia’s first “merchant” solar plant set to go ahead, after the 100MW WA project won local development approval.

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Western Power sale: microgrid opportunities, structural challenges

Western Power sale: microgrid opportunities, structural challenges

If Western Power shares drop as distributed solar and storage leave grid assets stranded, mums and dads could be left footing the bill.

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Western Power launches 5MW microgrid project for Kalbarri

Western Power launches 5MW microgrid project for Kalbarri

WA holiday town of Kalbarri set to trial $10m microgrid integrating distributed solar, 1.7MW wind farm, and 2MWh battery system.

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Power Ledger expands trials of blockchain electricity trading

Power Ledger expands trials of blockchain electricity trading

Power Ledger is expanding trials of blockchain-based software to open up peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading behind the meter and across the network.

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IEA hails "impressive progress" of solar PV manufacturers

IEA hails “impressive progress” of solar PV manufacturers

IEA points to wind and solar PV’s central role as increasingly “affordable solutions” in the fight against climate change and air pollution.

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IEA raises concerns about Australia's renewable energy policy

IEA raises concerns about Australia’s renewable energy policy

IEA says strong policy underpins lift in global outlook for renewable energy, but in Australia, lingering policy uncertainty makes it unsure about large scale investment.

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Battery storage to the fore as electricity security takes center stage

Battery storage to the fore as electricity security takes center stage

Large-scale battery storage could have a significant role to play to ensure the stability of Australia’s electricity grid.