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Solar and distributed energy to power the world, not coal, says former US utility boss

Solar and distributed energy to power the world, not coal, says former US utility boss

Former head of largest utility in US says solar, not coal, key to bringing electricity to Asia and Africa, and fossil fuel grids in western countries not sustainable.

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W.A. says solar is the future as it prepares to dump coal

W.A. says solar is the future as it prepares to dump coal

West Australia energy minister says the future is in solar, noting that it is cheap, democratic, and was likely to displace the state’s ageing coal generators. And this man used to head the IPA!

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Molten salt storage for rooftop solar? SA invention wins Eureka prize

Molten salt storage for rooftop solar? SA invention wins Eureka prize

Eureka Prize awarded to SA researchers for cheap, effective salt-based energy storage solution, designed to boost uptake of renewables.

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Distributed solar: evil drag on network or misunderstood blessing?

Distributed solar: evil drag on network or misunderstood blessing?

The value of distributed solar depends on assumptions on benefits and costs. Just don’t forget the benefits.

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Germany: solar storage installations jump 35 per cent

Germany: solar storage installations jump 35 per cent

PV-storage installations are picking up pace in Germany where PV power self-generation and -consumption is gaining traction.

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Obama picks sides with the consumer on rooftop solar

Obama picks sides with the consumer on rooftop solar

The US president seems to realise that the real solar fight is on the ground, and he’s taking American utilities to task.

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Redflow to offer 'plug and play' home battery storage, after cutting costs by 50%

Redflow to offer ‘plug and play’ home battery storage, after cutting costs by 50%

Redflow says it has cut costs of its zinc bromide flow batteries by 50%, will have ‘plug n play’ storage for homes by early 2016.

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One Step Off The Grid: New kids on the network

One Step Off The Grid: New kids on the network

Upstart electricity retailers, focused on solar + storage, are challenging the old energy order. Plus Australia’s greenest hotel; a new home battery offer.

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Economies of scale: Why small solar is better than big solar

Economies of scale: Why small solar is better than big solar

While utilities in US continue to imply that large-scale solar projects are more economical than small ones, the data is telling another story.

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Victoria solar feed-in tariff to be slashed to 5c/kWh in 2016

Victoria solar feed-in tariff to be slashed to 5c/kWh in 2016

Essential Services Commission confirms plan to cut Victoria solar FiT to 5c/kWh, one week after state govt promised to fight for rooftop solar rights.

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How Germany reached one-cent solar through bad policy

How Germany reached one-cent solar through bad policy

2nd round of auctions for PVs apparently produced the lowest bids in history worldwide – so low that they could not be built. Bidders are gaming the system.