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Renewable investment drought to continue as utilities extend buyers’ strike

Infigen Energy says investment drought in Australian renewables could last another 18 months as big utilities extend their buyer’s strike, and developers struggle to put together capital to build wind and solar farms without long term contracts.

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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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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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Victoria networks to sell solar direct to customers, taking on retailers

Victoria networks to sell solar direct to customers, taking on retailers

Victoria’s electricity networks push into commercial solar market and storage as part of strategy that could put them in direct competition with electricity retailers.

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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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How cheap can solar get? Very cheap indeed

How cheap can solar get? Very cheap indeed

If current rates of improvement hold, solar power will be incredibly cheap by the time it’s a substantial fraction of the world’s electricity supply.

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Canning’s solar rooftops and Abbott’s unstable perch

Canning’s solar rooftops and Abbott’s unstable perch

There’s been a steady stream of attacks on renewable energy, launched with via thought-bubbles and shock-jock interviews, from the Abbott government. The September Canning election might be the first time this attitude really starts to bite back.

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Regulators delay network saving proposals for another 5 years

Regulators delay network saving proposals for another 5 years

Rules that could have reduced network bills delayed another 5 years, after fierce resistance from coal generators. In a blow to battery storage and solar PV, the decision could mean higher bills and more grid defections, as networks and retailers fight over consumers.

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What would it take to put solar panels on the MCG?

What would it take to put solar panels on the MCG?

ARENA is seeking to build large-scale solar panel arrays across Australia, and the Victorian Government could partner to put solar panels on the MCG.

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Abbott's silly claim: 50% renewables will ruin us

Abbott’s silly claim: 50% renewables will ruin us

Contrary to Coalition claims, achieving 50% renewables by 2030 is not an economic or technical problem. It just needs to be made a policy priority.