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Articles by Sophie Vorrath

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Can painted turbines and photographs help sell clean energy?

Can painted turbines and photographs help sell clean energy?

Two Australian campaigns are hoping to help people see the beauty in wind turbines – and in all renewable energy.

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Energy storage: The next big thing in solar

Energy storage: The next big thing in solar

A rush of new energy storage deals and product launches reminds us it is the next big thing – not least of all for solar.

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Sunshine Coast Council closes in on 15MW solar farm

Sunshine Coast Council closes in on 15MW solar farm

Updated development application brings Sunshine Coast Council one step closer to becoming first local government to build a utility-scale solar farm.

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Australia's biggest rooftop solar array for former motor plant

Australia’s biggest rooftop solar array for former motor plant

SA govt seeks proposals to develop potential 3.6MW solar array for the huge, iconic rooftop of a repurposed car manufacturing plant south of Adelaide.

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Graph of the Day: Another record year for big solar ... but where is Australia?

Graph of the Day: Another record year for big solar … but where is Australia?

Led by US and China, global installed utility-scale solar has reached 30.3GW. Australia still lagging well behind.

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Solar cheaper in India than imported Australian coal

Solar cheaper in India than imported Australian coal

Results of solar auction shows solar PV projects in India are cheaper than the electricity price needed to pay for imports of coal from Australia.

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US banks opt out of Abbot Point, as UNSW commits to coal

Citigroup and Morgan Stanley say no to Queensland coal mines and ports, but UNSW says yes to fossil fuel future.

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ANZ funds 150MW wind farm... but not in Australia

ANZ funds 150MW wind farm… but not in Australia

After a week of being targeted by anti-coal protestors, ANZ closes a $315m funding round for the development of a wind farm – in the Philippines.

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Solar train stations in Victoria save up to 30% on power

Solar train stations in Victoria save up to 30% on power

Five Victorian train stations built or upgraded for state government’s Regional Rail Link project use 100+ solar panels to provide power and hot water.

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Australia's first corporate green bond released by Stockland

Australia’s first corporate green bond released by Stockland

Property developer Stockland has launched Australia’s first green bond from a company – a $431 million issuance to raise funds for green building projects.

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Attempt to stop utilities changing prices mid-contract rejected by AEMC

Attempt to stop utilities changing prices mid-contract rejected by AEMC

Consumer advocates say AEMC’s rejection of proposed electricity tariff reforms paves way for retailers to continue increasing prices at their leisure.