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Articles by Jonathan Gifford

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AEMO hires New York energy reformer as new CEO

AEMO hires New York energy reformer as new CEO

AEMO appoints the head of New York’s reforming the Energy Vision – one of the world’s most progressive energy reform plans – as CEO of the body that runs Australia’s grids. That could help change the conversation about Australia’s energy future.

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Why the public is not buying Coalition attack on wind and solar

Why the public is not buying Coalition attack on wind and solar

The Coalition’s attack on renewables is being undone by the soaring electricity prices in fossil-fuel dependent Queensland. What is it that the general public appears knows about renewables and electricity prices that so many in the conservative side of politics, including federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg, do not?

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Australian solar farm capital intensity halves, due to smarter, cheaper plants

Australian solar farm capital intensity halves, due to smarter, cheaper plants

The stark and rapid improvement in the economics of big solar in Australia is due to global declines in component costs, but also importantly declining construction costs and the deployment of yield-boosting technology like tracking.

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Melbourne trams to run on sunshine as state launches 75MW large scale solar tender

Melbourne trams to run on sunshine as state launches 75MW large scale solar tender

Victoria has announced a tender for 75MW of large scale solar to be constructed in the northwest of the state.

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AGL's new 200MW Silverton wind farm to cost just $65/MWh

AGL’s new 200MW Silverton wind farm to cost just $65/MWh

AGL Energy ito begin construction on 200MW Silverton wind farm in NSW after agreement reached on a record low price for an Australian wind project.

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REC launches new 295Wp TwinPeak 2 Series solar module

REC launches new 295Wp TwinPeak 2 Series solar module

Singapore-based PV manufacturer REC has launched the latest version of its TwinPeak solar module. The 60-cell multicrystalline module can deliver up to 295Wp.

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German battery storage company Senec launches products in Australia

German battery storage company Senec launches products in Australia

German company Senec-IES has begun shipping its battery storage units to the fast-growing Australian storage market, with 2,000 units to be supplied in the first six months of 2017.

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Wind, solar investment surge “the start of bigger things to come”

Wind, solar investment surge “the start of bigger things to come”

The strong growth in large scale renewable project financing in Australia could be just the beginning of major wave of investment, and points to RET being met by 2020.

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NSW government to assist companies aiming to go 100% renewable

NSW government to assist companies aiming to go 100% renewable

NSW government to provide up to $10,000 to help companies to go 100% renewable or to achieve zero net emissions.

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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.