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Solar pioneer David Mills’ life in the burbs – with PV, two EVs, and battery storage

Solar pioneer David Mills’ life in the burbs – with PV, two EVs, and battery storage

Solar pioneer David Mills says if he can do it, almost anyone can. And by doing “it”, he means powering his house and his two electric vehicles largely through rooftop solar, and storing excess output in battery storage

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Nectar Farms on 100% renewables: “Why would you do it any other way?”

Nectar Farms on 100% renewables: “Why would you do it any other way?”

Vegetable grower Nectar Farms says its decision to use 100% renewable energy for the country’s biggest glasshouse project will deliver major cost savings over traditional use of gas and grid power. “Really, why would you do it any differently,” its CEO says.

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Perry’s claims about reliability of renewables immediately debunked by regulator

Perry’s claims about reliability of renewables immediately debunked by regulator

US energy secretary says “baseload” coal is critical to functioning of the grid. Energy regulator says that is “absolutely not” the case.

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Solar and wind tipping points: One down and one to go

Solar and wind tipping points: One down and one to go

There is no question now that solar and wind will dominate the future of electricity. The question is how fast.

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Abbott's death-wish on industry: Freeze RET, ban wind, build coal

Abbott’s death-wish on industry: Freeze RET, ban wind, build coal

On same day as major industrial project goes 100% renewables, Abbott calls for freeze on RET, ban on wind farms, and for government to build a new coal generator.

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New York's energy system: The times they are a changin’

New York’s energy system: The times they are a changin’

New York grid operator says future grid will not only become more decentralized and de-carbonized, but it will increasingly be bi-directional, if not multi-directional.

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Rule-maker wants all new generation to be smarter, quicker

Rule-maker wants all new generation to be smarter, quicker

AEMC wants fast control response on all new generation, recognises that settings on old fossil fuel plant may be a problem, but differs with Finkel of “generator obligation” model.

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APA takes step closer to big wind-solar energy park in W.A.

APA takes step closer to big wind-solar energy park in W.A.

APA gets approval for new 130MW wind farm which will form part of major wind-solar renewable energy hub 200kms north of Perth.

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Know your NEM: Queensland jaw-boning pushes prices down

Know your NEM: Queensland jaw-boning pushes prices down

Queensland government edict pushes wholesale prices down; solar costs fall again; Infigen’s lousy wind quarter; aspect of limited merits review decision.

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Bills have become centre of the energy discourse galaxy in Australia

Bills have become centre of the energy discourse galaxy in Australia

Reality is boring: new technology gets cheap, simple and, increasingly, fit for purpose. There’s nothing magical, mystical or fantastical about this.

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Our love affair with digging holes is only just getting started

Our love affair with digging holes is only just getting started

Australia is the only country that you could throw a wall around and still have all the materials you need – cobalt and graphite and lithium – for battery storage.