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Articles by Sophie Vorrath

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ARENA backs app to help fast-charge EV uptake

ARENA backs app to help fast-charge EV uptake

ARENA backs research that will model the influence of rooftop solar, home batteries and electricity tariffs on a decision to buy EVs.

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IKEA flags selling solar panels "at cost" in Australia, industry reacts

IKEA flags selling solar panels “at cost” in Australia, industry reacts

Flat-pack solar? IKEA says it wants to retail solar panels in Australia, “at cost”, as it has done in the UK and other EU countries. Is this a good thing?

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New-build homes with solar and storage? "It's going to be the norm"

New-build homes with solar and storage? “It’s going to be the norm”

Including battery storage and rooftop PV in new home packages is soon “just going to be the norm”, says home builder Metricon. Already, they’re putting them in around half of the new homes they build.

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Home battery storage uptake tripled in 2017 in Australia, as costs tumble

Home battery storage uptake tripled in 2017 in Australia, as costs tumble

New report suggests household battery storage set to boom in Australia, with uptake predicted to have tripled in 2017, and costs of the key technology expected to halve in less than seven years.

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Tasmania Labor pitches 120% renewables target, rooftop solar boost

Tasmania Labor pitches 120% renewables target, rooftop solar boost

Tasmania Labor unveils energy policy targeting 120% renewables, increased electricity exports, and an 80% boost to distributed resources like rooftop solar.

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Origin juggles profit with customer churn, coal with renewables

Origin juggles profit with customer churn, coal with renewables

Origin results tell similar tale to AGL – a big utility making money out of rising prices, and battling a backlash from consumers.

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Graph of the Day: Australia's grid-scale storage boom, mapped

Graph of the Day: Australia’s grid-scale storage boom, mapped

New Climate Council report highlights growing number of large scale energy storage projects being rolled out across the east and west coast grids.

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IEA warns Australia not to miss window on cheap solar

IEA warns Australia not to miss window on cheap solar

IEA warns Australia not to miss the importance of solar, although it does suggest that Australia waste more money on CCS.

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Carnegie's EMC wins tender to build solar farm in NSW "coal city"

Carnegie’s EMC wins tender to build solar farm in NSW “coal city”

Carnegie Clean Energy subsidiary Energy Made Clean wins tender to build 5MW solar farm on former rubbish dump, in the former coal hub of Newcastle.

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Risen Energy buys 120MW solar project near Toowoomba

Risen Energy buys 120MW solar project near Toowoomba

After some regulatory and technical hurdles, 120MW Yarranlea Solar Farm will go ahead under new owners, Risen Energy.

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CEFC backed green loan scheme hopes to boost EV uptake

CEFC backed green loan scheme hopes to boost EV uptake

New green loan scheme backed by Clean Energy Finance Corporation to offer cheaper finance to buy and lease low and zero emissions vehicles.