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Articles by Sophie Vorrath

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Renewable interconnectors to "span the globe," as costs fall, technology improves

Renewable interconnectors to “span the globe,” as costs fall, technology improves

ANU’s Andrew Blakers says the distribution of solar and wind energy from one side of a continent to the other, and even between continents, is now “eminently feasible”.

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Queensland names new energy minister – meet Dr Anthony Lynham

Queensland names new energy minister – meet Dr Anthony Lynham

A post-election cabinet reshuffle has delivered a new energy minister for Queensland. Here’s what we know about Dr Anthony Lynham.

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ARENA gives perovskite solar tech a push, with $6m Greatcell grant

ARENA gives perovskite solar tech a push, with $6m Greatcell grant

Commercial development of cheap, printable, Australian made perovskite solar cells boosted with $6m ARENA grant to Greatcell Solar.

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80MW solar farm proposed for Tamworth, NSW

80MW solar farm proposed for Tamworth, NSW

New Australian solar developer, Oriens Energy, announces plans for 80MW solar farm in Tamworth, with more projects in the pipeline.

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Construction begins at Kennedy wind, solar and battery storage hub

Construction begins at Kennedy wind, solar and battery storage hub

Construction begins on first 60MW of proposed 1200MW Kennedy Energy Park, the world-leading wind, solar, and battery storage project in north Queensland.

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ERF review fails to douse doubts over Coalition key climate policy

ERF review fails to douse doubts over Coalition key climate policy

CCA review of Coalition’s Emissions Reduction Fund fuels concerns the scheme is an expensive, inefficient and risky way to cut carbon.

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Consumers miss out on renewables benefits as Big 3 pocket profits

Consumers miss out on renewables benefits as Big 3 pocket profits

UNSW energy researcher says bad policy design means industry incumbents can use large-scale solar and wind tenders to get their costs down, without necessarily passing on savings to consumers.

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Rooftop solar: Australia's greatest opportunity – and its greatest risk

Rooftop solar: Australia’s greatest opportunity – and its greatest risk

Why rooftop solar could be one of the grid’s greatest assets but also one of its greatest threats if not properly managed. Here’s what AEMO thinks needs to be done.

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100% renewables with pumped hydro would use 1/4 the water of coal and gas

100% renewables with pumped hydro would use 1/4 the water of coal and gas

ANU’s Andrew Blakers says switching Australia to 100% solar, wind, pumped hydro energy storage would cut water use by a factor of four.

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The insanity of burning coal for power as solar costs plunge to 1c/kWh by 2020

The insanity of burning coal for power as solar costs plunge to 1c/kWh by 2020

Burning coal to generate electricity in era of solar at 1c/kWh makes as about as much economic sense as “burning dollar notes”, says leading researcher Martin Green.

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Sunraysia solar + storage facility moves closer as contractor chosen

Sunraysia solar + storage facility moves closer as contractor chosen

Decmil Group signs MOU with Maoneng for development of 250MW Sunraysia solar farm, one of the biggest in NSW development pipeline.