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Solar's trillion-dollar market: Driven by EVs, microgrids and cost parity for storage

Solar’s trillion-dollar market: Driven by EVs, microgrids and cost parity for storage

Solar is expected to be a $US1 trillion market within five years, driven by EV uptake, micro-grids and corporate purchases, and as unsubsidised solar and storage reaches cost parity with the grid in most major markets.

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Transgrid: 100% renewables is feasible and affordable

Transgrid: 100% renewables is feasible and affordable

Network operator Transgrid says 100 per cent renewable energy is both feasible and affordable, and says only incremental increases in renewable energy will not achieve potential falls in the cost of electricity.

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Base-cost renewables: When wind and solar finally kill coal

Base-cost renewables: When wind and solar finally kill coal

BNEF says building new solar plants will be cheaper than shovelling coal into existing coal generators within 15 years. This will trigger a complete re-make of the energy system, and a share of wind and solar far beyond that contemplated by the Finkel Review.

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Australia’s $10 billion wind and solar boom: But then what?

Australia’s $10 billion wind and solar boom: But then what?

A $10 billion clean energy investment boom in 2017 could quickly fade without longer term policies. Labor tries to wedge Turnbull on climate policy, just as it did in 2009, while the Greens also say they would look at a Clean Energy Target.

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Turnbull's coal delusions as COAG "changes course" on energy

Turnbull’s coal delusions as COAG “changes course” on energy

If COAG did change the course of energy in Australia, it is not immediately obvious, given Turnbull’s coal delusion comments. Much will depend on how Finkel recommendations are put in place, and the storage equation and the make-up of the energy security board are critical.

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How did Australia get this stupid about clean energy?

How did Australia get this stupid about clean energy?

Australia’s public debate around clean energy plumbs new depths, with rebooted attacks on wind and solar, new attacks on battery storage and vehicle emission standards, and targeted attacks on key individuals. How did Australia get this stupid? And this ugly?

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States threaten to go it alone on clean energy as Coalition loses plot

States threaten to go it alone on clean energy as Coalition loses plot

States threaten to go it alone on clean energy target as influential Coalition MP warns “people will die” because of renewable energy, and conservatives harden opposition to wind and solar and demand Australia returns to 19th century technologies.

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AES, Siemens combine to tackle Tesla, dominate battery storage market

AES, Siemens combine to tackle Tesla, dominate battery storage market

Two of biggest energy companies in the world join forces to dominate global battery storage market, at least at grid scale. Australia is high on their list of targets, with a series of projects that could dwarf Tesla’s newly announced project.

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Conservatives go completely nuts over battery storage

Conservatives go completely nuts over battery storage

The Tesla big battery storage array in South Australia signals a major pivot point for Australia’s energy future, but the response of conservatives shows they are not having a bar of it, and their renewable energy target remains 100 per cent ignorance.

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Can Elon Musk's battery storage plant smash Australia's gas cartel?

Can Elon Musk’s battery storage plant smash Australia’s gas cartel?

Elon Musk and Tesla’s big battery is breaking open the gas cartel. New analysis shows margins for the big utilities will jump $2 billion over next three years because they control market bidding. Battery storage developers like Tesla and Sonnen will change that.

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SA 100MW battery storage tender won by Tesla and Neoen

SA 100MW battery storage tender won by Tesla and Neoen

Tesla, Neoen to build world’s biggest lithium-ion battery installation near Hornsdale wind farm after winning storage tender. Elon Musk says it will be three times bigger than next largest battery in world, and will help transform energy markets.