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Gupta plans EV plant in Australia, powered by solar and storage

Gupta plans EV plant in Australia, powered by solar and storage

UK billionaire Sanjeev Gupta wants to use Holden facilities to build electric vehicles in Australia, underpinned by the 1GW of solar and storage planned for South Australia. Conservatives are horrified.

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Coal unit trips in heatwave as Tesla big battery cashes in

Coal unit trips in heatwave as Tesla big battery cashes in

Thursday’s sudden outage of Victoria’s Loy Yang B unit marked the 13th failure of a major coal unit this summer – and offered just the latest illustration of the vulnerability of Australia’s ageing and increasingly intermittent coal fleet.

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Solar installs through the roof, as Australians deliver record growth

Solar installs through the roof, as Australians deliver record growth

SunWiz data – and eye-watering charts – reveal 2017 was a “magnificent record setting year” for solar installs, with 50% more rooftop PV capacity added across the country than in 2016, and some astonishing growth in the commercial solar sector.

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Australian wind, solar investment hits record high as NEG threatens to push it off a cliff

Australian wind, solar investment hits record high as NEG threatens to push it off a cliff

The race to meet Australia’s large-scale renewable energy target has helped drive record investment in 2017, says BNEF. But the RET’s fulfilment could also see investment go off a cliff, with only the Coalition’s proposed National Energy Guarantee to cushion the fall.

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Three years after Tesla visit, Turnbull may finally act on EVs

Three years after Tesla visit, Turnbull may finally act on EVs

Energy minister Josh Frydenberg has declared Australia’s electric vehicle revolution to be “nigh.” But can the Coalition back its proselytising with policies? Or will EVs go the way of renewable energy in the party room?

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Second Tesla "big battery" to power Victorian farm

Second Tesla “big battery” to power Victorian farm

US battery maker Tesla has again been selected to team up with French renewables developer Neoen on another ground-breaking Australian project; this time on a wind farm and battery storage facility that will help power a major Victorian farming business.

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Speed of Tesla big battery leaves rule-makers struggling to catch up

Speed of Tesla big battery leaves rule-makers struggling to catch up

Tesla big battery’s dramatic intervention after Loy Yang trip, and a separate 0-100MW injection in just 140 milliseconds, illustrates yawning gap between technologies and market rules. The future is here, but market rule makers are not ready for it.

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2018: When battery storage gets a grip on the grid

2018: When battery storage gets a grip on the grid

The year that storage takes hold in 2018? And what about electric vehicles, smart cities, and the underlying case for wind and solar?

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AEMO plans for future (clean) grid, with no mention of base-load

AEMO plans for future (clean) grid, with no mention of base-load

AEMO launches plan for future grid, assuming emission cuts by 2030 twice that contemplated by Australia government, and a network that will be dominated by wind, solar, storage and new transmission. And there is not a single mention of “base-load”.

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S.A. Govt fast-tracks switch to renewables with Zen contract

S.A. Govt fast-tracks switch to renewables with Zen contract

South Australia government fast-tracks switch to 100% renewable energy by signing contract with SIMEC ZEN Energy while Aurora 150MW solar tower and molten salt storage project is built. It will help underpin Zen’s own 1GW solar and storage plans.

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Audit office slams Australia's dud investments in "clean coal"

Audit office slams Australia’s dud investments in “clean coal”

Audit office slams Australia’s CCS funding programs, saying $450 million spent, and nothing achieved: Not a single tonne of CO2 saved, no technology ready for deployment, from a scheme that has been a governance catastrophe.