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Plunging cost of big solar in Australia

Plunging cost of big solar in Australia

The rapid, short-term growth in Australia’s large-scale solar market has already been enough to drive costs down faster than even the most optimistic project developers could have predicted. Stand by for a big solar boom.

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Frydenberg says renewables not to blame for South Australia energy "crisis"

Frydenberg says renewables not to blame for South Australia energy “crisis”

Josh Frydenberg says wind and solar not to blame for recent electricity price spikes, noting that volatility is “not a new thing”. But while he accepts coal is in decline, his messaging was mixed, including calls for more gas into the electricity system. And the right wing is not happy.

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Windlab to build world-leading solar-wind-storage hybrid project in Qld

Windlab to build world-leading solar-wind-storage hybrid project in Qld

The era of solar and wind storage is already here, with Windlab to begin construction of world-leading wind-solar-battery storage complex in north Queensland.

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A 10-step guide to going off grid - from your utility

A 10-step guide to going off grid – from your utility

Ergon Energy provides guide to households considering using solar and battery storage to quit the grid. It says it doesn’t want to scare customers into staying with them, but there are 10 things people should consider first.

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Why fossil fuel industry needs South Australia "experiment" to fail

Why fossil fuel industry needs South Australia “experiment” to fail

The sharp spike in SA electricity prices this month certainly put the wind up renewable energy critics. But the really scary thing for the fossil fuel industry is that the price spikes don’t happen often enough. The media appears to have forgotten they used to occur every second day.

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How gas generators cashed in on South Australia's "energy crisis"

How gas generators cashed in on South Australia’s “energy crisis”

New analysis shows how gas generators cashed in on the recent big spikes in wholesale electricity prices in Australia. But they were not the only ones to benefit. The regulator is investigating to check that all is above board, but it’s complicated.

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Regulator opens up new battleground over Australia's dirty, dumb grid

Regulator opens up new battleground over Australia’s dirty, dumb grid

Australian Energy Markets Commission to review grid “system security” in light of increasing penetration of wind and solar, opening up a new battlefront between the powerful incumbent energy industry and the new technologies challenging their business models.

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Murdoch media gets it hopelessly wrong on wind energy. Again.

Murdoch media gets it hopelessly wrong on wind energy. Again.

Front page “exclusive” on The Australian about wind energy is so spectacularly wrong that it might make you laugh, were it not for the fact that so many conservatives swallow this tripe.

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Frydenberg's choice: Make a big step forward, or a big step back

Frydenberg’s choice: Make a big step forward, or a big step back

He’s been dubbed Mr Coal and talks up nuclear, but chances are Australia’s new energy and environment minister knows the future lies in renewables. The question is can he, or does he want to, convince his conservative peers he should be allowed to take this path?

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How wind and solar removed major price spikes in South Australia

How wind and solar removed major price spikes in South Australia

The price spikes that hit South Australia were once common place in Australia, but have now all but disappeared since the build out of wind and solar. But the conservatives don’t want to know.

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Murdoch, Coalition go in guns blazing against wind and solar

Murdoch, Coalition go in guns blazing against wind and solar

Coalition and Murdoch media continue attack on wind and solar, ignoring the soaring cost of gas and the actions of the energy market cartel. Meanwhile, fossil fuel generators seek to reinforce their market dominant position.