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Articles by Sophie Vorrath

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WA utility to lead big switch to local generation, because it's cheaper

WA utility to lead big switch to local generation, because it’s cheaper

WA power utility Horizon is leading a big switch from centralised fossil fuel generation to local generation. The economics of past supply models are no longer competitive with current and future technology choices.

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Sydney Market solar car park to be Australia's largest, as new install takes capacity to 911kW

Sydney Market solar car park to be Australia’s largest, as new install takes capacity to 911kW

The addition of 630kW of solar car shade at Sydney Markets makes it – briefly – the largest of its kind in Australia, with a total capacity of 911kW.

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Mercedes Benz to take on Tesla in home battery storage in Australia

Mercedes Benz to take on Tesla in home battery storage in Australia

Mercedez Benz to begin selling its 2.5kWh lithium-ion home battery storage units in Australia in September.

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City of Sydney targets 50% renewables by 2030, net zero emissions by 2050

City of Sydney targets 50% renewables by 2030, net zero emissions by 2050

City of Sydney raises ambition on renewables and emissions reduction, with release of new five-year plan targeting stronger local action.

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Labor announces $300m fund to transition heavy industry to renewables

Labor announces $300m fund to transition heavy industry to renewables

Labor unveils Strategic Industries Reserve Fund, which will use initial funds of $300m over 2017-2020 to shift Australia’s emissions-intensive industry to renewables.

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CEFC puts $68m into regional Victoria's greenest office building

CEFC puts $68m into regional Victoria’s greenest office building

A $120m project to convert Geelong heritage building into a leading green office space wins big funding from CEFC.

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Hornsdale wind farm secures financial close for second 100MW stage

Hornsdale wind farm secures financial close for second 100MW stage

Neoen secures long-term debt financing package for second 100MW stage of 105-turbine Hornsdale wind farm.

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US study finds properties near wind farm enjoy huge increase in value

US study finds properties near wind farm enjoy huge increase in value

US study finds value of 931 properties surrounding El Paso wind farm increased by $65m in just 15 months.

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Planning approval given for 11MW solar plant next to existing wind farm

Planning approval given for 11MW solar plant next to existing wind farm

Chinese giant Goldwind wins planning approval to build 11MW solar plant next to wind farm it co-owns near Crookwell, NSW.

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WA copper mine goes green as it powers with solar and storage

WA copper mine goes green as it powers with solar and storage

First big solar and storage plant fires up at WA copper mine, and other miners are keen to follow suit to reduce crippling cost of diesel.

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Solar Impulse crosses Atlantic: New York to Seville in 71 PV-powered hours

Solar Impulse crosses Atlantic: New York to Seville in 71 PV-powered hours

Solar Impulse crosses the Atlantic in 71-hour non-stop flight from New York to Seville, powered only by the sun.