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Articles by Sophie Vorrath

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Renewables at risk from dinosaur governments, utilities

Renewables at risk from dinosaur governments, utilities

IEA says renewables growth headed for 5-year slump if govts and utilities fail to rise to challenge of increasing deployment. Meanwhile, in Australia…

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Hawaii utilites capitulate on solar, in 65% renewables plan

Hawaii utilites capitulate on solar, in 65% renewables plan

Months after being ordered to lift their game on renewables, Hawaii’s utilities reveal plans to triple amount of rooftop solar by 2030.

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AEMC targets solar and air-con in power pricing proposal

AEMC targets solar and air-con in power pricing proposal

The rule maker for Australia’s energy markets is targeting households with air-con and solar as it tries to share around the cost of networks, and to recognise role of battery storage. But will these rules reward incumbent utilities, or recognise the future? And can they be done fast enough?

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RET cuts will leave renewables 'as good as dead': PacHydro chief

RET cuts will leave renewables ‘as good as dead’: PacHydro chief

Pacific Hydro CEO Lane Crockett warns of ‘catastrophic consequences’ of Abbott government’s plans to dump or wind back the Renewable Energy Target.

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Australia's top solar electorates also its most Conservative

Australia’s top solar electorates also its most Conservative

Report finds 6 of top 10 solar electorates in Australia held by Coalition MPs, who were pushing to dump RET and make it harder for households to go solar.

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Fossil fuel divestment a $5trn challenge: BNEF

Fossil fuel divestment a $5trn challenge: BNEF

Bloomberg New Energy Finance report says global fossil fuel divestment challenge will mean finding a viable destination for $5trn worth of investor funds.

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Samoa completes 546kW solar plant, islands' largest

Samoa completes 546kW solar plant, islands’ largest

Samoa installs largest solar project yet – a 546kW system that spans three separate sites on two of the independent state’s South Pacific islands.

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Atlantis raises $83m towards 'world's largest' tidal energy plant

Atlantis raises $83m towards ‘world’s largest’ tidal energy plant

Australian-founded Atlantis Resources raises $US83m towards construction of first phase of planned 398MW tidal-stream power plant off Scotland.

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Melbourne Zoo installs 100kW solar for elephants, baboons, humans

Melbourne Zoo installs 100kW solar for elephants, baboons, humans

Melbourne Zoo officially carbon neutral after installing 101.2kW of solar PV to power elephant and baboon enclosures, and head office and shop.

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Solar for renters: Prepaid meter technology targets untapped PV market

Solar for renters: Prepaid meter technology targets untapped PV market

Prepaid Solar says time right to tap one of Australia’s largest solar markets – the estimated 1.8 million vacant rooftops of the residential rental market.

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Hunt launches personal attack on head of Australian solar lobby

Hunt launches personal attack on head of Australian solar lobby

Federal environment minister Greg Hunt calls ASC chief a ‘total failure’ and ‘utterly partisan,’ as solar lobby begins marginal seats campaign.