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Articles by Sophie Vorrath

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AGL says only renewables will provide new "baseload", not coal

AGL says only renewables will provide new “baseload”, not coal

AGL ridicules Coalition push for new “baseload” coal plants, saying that the only new “baseload” would be renewables, with gas or storage. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there,” says CEO Andy Vesey.

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WA national park taken off-grid by local network

WA national park taken off-grid by local network

Horizon Power’s stand-alone power project taking Fitzgerald River National Park off-grid with solar, battery storage and back-up diesel.

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Rooftop solar’s new boom – when installing PV becomes a no-brainer

Rooftop solar’s new boom – when installing PV becomes a no-brainer

Falling technology costs and yet another hike in electricity prices are combining to make rooftop solar an economic no-brainer for most Australian households and businesses. Just ask Cory Bernardi.

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EV charging and industrial solar thermal among ATC17 semi-finalists

EV charging and industrial solar thermal among ATC17 semi-finalists

Australian Technologies Competition shortlists 32 of Australia’s “most exciting” tech companies, including an EV charging outfit, a solar thermal solutions company, and an energy monitoring specialist.

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Bigger is now better for rooftop solar – even for low energy users

Bigger is now better for rooftop solar – even for low energy users

Report finds 5kW-plus rooftop solar systems offer best bang for buck, no matter household energy profile – even if all generation exported to grid.

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Tesla to roll out "multiple" Powerpacks in NSW battery storage win

Tesla to roll out “multiple” Powerpacks in NSW battery storage win

Tesla to deploy multiple 250kW/500kWh Powerpack systems for NSW network operator TransGrid, to help store and smooth solar supply.

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Clean coal won't cut it, on costs or emissions, says Climate Council

Clean coal won’t cut it, on costs or emissions, says Climate Council

Climate Council report says “clean coal” won’t meet Australia’s most basic climate obligations – and would need electricity prices to rise four-fold to earn sufficient revenue to be viable.

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Bernardi goes solar to "keep the lights on," but did he get storage?

Bernardi goes solar to “keep the lights on,” but did he get storage?

SA Senator Cory Bernardi has installed 12kW of solar at his family home – but will it keep the lights on?

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Australians aren't buying electric cars: Three charts illustrate why

Australians aren’t buying electric cars: Three charts illustrate why

EV Council says most Australians want to buy electric vehicles, but a lack of policy support – and cars – is getting in the way.

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Standards Australia renews threat of home battery storage ban

Standards Australia renews threat of home battery storage ban

Standards Australia guidelines may ban installations of battery storage in homes or garages, despite industry backlash against draft proposals.

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Eco Energy gets approval for three more Qld solar farms

Eco Energy gets approval for three more Qld solar farms

Eco Energy World says approval of three new solar projects, including 280MW solar farm in Bouldercombe, bring “ready to build” portfolio to total of 570MW.