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Articles by Sophie Vorrath

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100% renewables target could save major economies $500bn+ a year

100% renewables target could save major economies $500bn+ a year

Report finds that by targeting 100% renewables by 2050, US, EU and China could save $520bn a year on avoided fossil fuel costs.

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Brazil to install 350MW floating solar array at hydro dam in Amazon

Brazil to install 350MW floating solar array at hydro dam in Amazon

Brazil to test floating solar on its hydropower dams, with a 350MW pilot project at Balbina hydroelectric plant in Amazon, aimed at generating electricity at $A90-$101/MWh.

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Graph of the Day: Renewable energy boom underestimated by nearly all

Graph of the Day: Renewable energy boom underestimated by nearly all

New infographic shows almost all expert projections underestimated the scale and speed of the global shift to solar and wind energy, with one exception.

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Big energy players push into microgrids, with ABB-Samsung SDI deal

Big energy players push into microgrids, with ABB-Samsung SDI deal

Industrial push into distributed energy continues, as ABB and Samsung SDI sign MoU to make and market modular and scalable microgrids.

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Oz-made 200kW CSPV pilot plant unveiled in Victoria, first of its kind

Oz-made 200kW CSPV pilot plant unveiled in Victoria, first of its kind

RayGen unveils 200kW CSPV power tower pilot plant in Victoria – world’s first to combine high efficiency PV with low-cost heliostat collector systems.

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Canberra building installs 100kW commercial solar array – one of ACT's largest

Canberra building installs 100kW commercial solar array – one of ACT’s largest

100kW solar system on Canberra office building marks ACT’s ‘largest known’ commercial solar install, to supply nearly half building’s weekly energy needs.

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Yingli says 100GW by 2020 China solar target could be 'minimum'

Yingli says 100GW by 2020 China solar target could be ‘minimum’

Second-largest solar producer says China solar target likely to surge beyond 100GW by 2020 – but in Australia, industry faces headwinds.

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The EV revolution is coming – charged by Australian technology

The EV revolution is coming – charged by Australian technology

Brisbane-based Tritium has landed a major deal to supply its Australian-made fast charging technology to US-based ChargePoint, developer of the world’s largest EV charging network. In Australia to announce the deal, ChargePoint CEO says the global shift to electric driving is underway – a key part of energy revolution.

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Macquarie fund backs UK solar leasing in $300m finance deal

Macquarie fund backs UK solar leasing in $300m finance deal

Macquarie group expands its rooftop solar investments, with a $300 million financing deal for a leading UK solar leasing company.

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US coal market in 'structural decline', warning to global investors

US coal market in ‘structural decline’, warning to global investors

New report says roof has fallen in on US coal, leaving it in a state of structural decline that should be ringing alarm bells for investors worldwide.

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Video of the Day: 1MW solar hybrid plant installed in just 7 days

Video of the Day: 1MW solar hybrid plant installed in just 7 days

An ARENA-backed project has delivered the world’s first fully redeployable large-scale solar-diesel hybrid plant, installed and operational in just 7 days.