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Category: CleanTech Bites

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Graph of the Day: Renewables 75% of new US capacity Q1, coal 0%

Graph of the Day: Renewables 75% of new US capacity Q1, coal 0%

Renewables wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower provided over 75% of America’s 1.2GW new generating capacity in Q1 2015. Coal, oil and nuclear, nothing.

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Video of the Day: Using solar to sell cars

Video of the Day: Using solar to sell cars

Peugeot has become the latest company to use Spain’s Gemasolar concentrating solar thermal plant as the backdrop to an advertising campaign.

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Senator wants renewables investment freeze extended 6 months

Senator wants renewables investment freeze extended 6 months

Family First senator Bob Day says renewable energy target resolution should be delayed until wind inquiry he is co-chairing is completed.

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Community 'revolving loan' model delivers 35kW rooftop solar

Community ‘revolving loan’ model delivers 35kW rooftop solar

A funding model based on ‘revolving loans’ has helped develop 35kW of community solar projects around Australia.

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Network gold-plating confirmed, as Senate report slammed as 'gutless'

Network gold-plating confirmed, as Senate report slammed as ‘gutless’

Senate inquiry labelled ‘gutless’ after confirming network ‘gold plating’ had inflated power prices, offering little insight on how to fix the problem.

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Nuclear lobby backs Abbott's $4m gift to climate contrarian Lomborg

Nuclear lobby backs Abbott’s $4m gift to climate contrarian Lomborg

Pro-nuclear lobby groups applaud Abbott’s decision to give $4m to climate contrarian Bjorn Lomborg, while claiming renewables cannot meet society’s needs.

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Australia can achieve deep emissions cuts, 100% renewables by 2050: ANU

Australia can achieve deep emissions cuts, 100% renewables by 2050: ANU

Plunging technology costs mean Australia can achieve 100% renewables and zero net emissions by 2050 at relatively low cost.

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China tipped to beat 2015 solar target, after adding 5GW in Q1

China tipped to beat 2015 solar target, after adding 5GW in Q1

China adds more than 5GW of solar in first quarter, a level that Abbott government in Australia says is impossible to do in 5 years.

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Abbott under fire as China, US and others question Australia's climate policy

Abbott under fire as China, US and others question Australia’s climate policy

World leaders throw doubt on Australia’s ability to meet 2020 emissions targets – or any future target – with 36 questions submitted to UN.

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The absurdity of Abbott's stone-walling on the RET

The absurdity of Abbott’s stone-walling on the RET

Abbott government is still refusing to concede ground on the RET, even though it’s position will not make a difference to new capacity over next two years.

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Graph of the Day: Nyngan doubles Australia's big solar output

Graph of the Day: Nyngan doubles Australia’s big solar output

The Nyngan solar plant has doubled in size, and doubled the output of scheduled big solar in the Australian grid.