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Category: CleanTech Bites

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Australia’s wind turbines may stop spinning as banks foreclose

Australia’s wind turbines may stop spinning as banks foreclose

Wind farms in Australia may have to close under proposals put forward by RET Review panel, which is accused of ignoring financing issues.

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Greg Hunt says slashing RET will not break election promise

Greg Hunt says slashing RET will not break election promise

Hunt says slashing renewables target to 25,000GWh would not break an election promise – because 41,000GWh was nothing but a “flaw in system”.

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Disaster: solar, wind, sugar, manufacturing sector respond to RET review

Disaster: solar, wind, sugar, manufacturing sector respond to RET review

Doctors, solar and wind tower manufacturers, developers and voluntary markets associations warns of devastating impacts of RET review.

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Commercial scale rooftop solar market facing oblivion in Australia

Commercial scale rooftop solar market facing oblivion in Australia

Solar industry says proposed changes to RET could signal end of commercial scale solar market in Australia.

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Renewables at risk from dinosaur governments, utilities

Renewables at risk from dinosaur governments, utilities

IEA says renewables growth headed for 5-year slump if govts and utilities fail to rise to challenge of increasing deployment. Meanwhile, in Australia…

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Greg Hunt changes tune as policy extremists take control

Greg Hunt changes tune as policy extremists take control

Greg Hunt has spent the last year saying the costs of the RET are modest. Now, he says, meeting the 41,000GWh target would entail “extraordinary” penalties.

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BNEF: RET changes to cause bankruptcies, kill industry for decade

BNEF: RET changes to cause bankruptcies, kill industry for decade

BNEF says presumed changes to RET will cause string of bankruptcies, and effectively kill renewable energy industry in Australia for a decade.

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Hawaii utilites capitulate on solar, in 65% renewables plan

Hawaii utilites capitulate on solar, in 65% renewables plan

Months after being ordered to lift their game on renewables, Hawaii’s utilities reveal plans to triple amount of rooftop solar by 2030.

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Yingli says Australia stalls on solar, as rest of world booms

Yingli says Australia stalls on solar, as rest of world booms

Yingli says policy uncertainty holding back Australian solar market, as demand in rest of the world – Europe, Asia, Africa, Americas – surges.

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RET cuts will leave renewables 'as good as dead': PacHydro chief

RET cuts will leave renewables ‘as good as dead’: PacHydro chief

Pacific Hydro CEO Lane Crockett warns of ‘catastrophic consequences’ of Abbott government’s plans to dump or wind back the Renewable Energy Target.

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Australia's top solar electorates also its most Conservative

Australia’s top solar electorates also its most Conservative

Report finds 6 of top 10 solar electorates in Australia held by Coalition MPs, who were pushing to dump RET and make it harder for households to go solar.