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Articles by Giles Parkinson & Sophie Vorrath

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Solar 2.0: PV and storage deals show signs of rapid energy transition

Solar 2.0: PV and storage deals show signs of rapid energy transition

China, Gupta, storage. This past week has seen landmark developments that signal the pace of the energy transition is gathering speed, with huge implications for consumers (mostly good) and incumbent utilities (mostly not so good).

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Gupta’s stunning deal to supply cheap solar to South Australian industry

Gupta’s stunning deal to supply cheap solar to South Australian industry

UK “green steel” billioinaire Sanjeev Gupta has unveiled a stunning, landmark agreement to provide cheap solar power to five major South Australian companies, promising to slash their electricity costs by up to 50 per cent.

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NEG high level design document at a glance

NEG high level design document at a glance

Highlights from the high level NEG document distributed to COAG energy ministers ahead of next Friday’s meeting.

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Why Australia's wind and solar market could grind to a halt

Why Australia’s wind and solar market could grind to a halt

Recent surge in large scale wind and solar projects will quickly come to an end – regardless of policy – because Australia’s emissions reduction targets are so weak, and because the Coalition is so determined to defend coal.

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Queensland poll could be a show-stopper for solar, and consumers

Queensland poll could be a show-stopper for solar, and consumers

As Queensland prepares to vote in the state election on Saturday, we look at what’s at stake for the renewables industry – particularly if Labor loses.

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Live: Turnbull unveils new energy plan - national energy guarantee

Live: Turnbull unveils new energy plan – national energy guarantee

The Turnbull Coalition government unveils its new energy policy.

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Victoria plans 650MW renewable auction, plus two new solar farms

Victoria plans 650MW renewable auction, plus two new solar farms

Andrews government unveils first of renewable energy auctions – for 650MW of wind and solar – and announces two new big solar farms, the 100MW Bannerton Solar Park near Robinvale in the Sunraysia district, and the 38MW Numurkah Solar Farm near Shepparton.

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Giant solar tower to provide all S.A. government electricity needs

Giant solar tower to provide all S.A. government electricity needs

South Australia government chooses solar tower and storage for its power needs, after SoalrReserve wins tender for baseload power with $78/MWh for 150MW plant in Port Augusta. South Australia suggests it is beginning of the end for coal.

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Turnbull "eyeballs" energy bosses, kids himself on solution

Turnbull “eyeballs” energy bosses, kids himself on solution

Big energy retailers didn’t so much blink, as wink in face of Turnbull’s “eyeballing” episode. Here’s why they will be high fiving each other in the Qantas lounge at Canberra airport.

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Lunar right go crazy over "genocidal" wind turbines and solar power

Lunar right go crazy over “genocidal” wind turbines and solar power

In Australia, as in the US, the right-wing still doesn’t understand the significance of “clean”, and don’t accept renewables could be cheaper, smarter and more reliable than coal, gas and nuclear plants. And they’re not giving up without a fight, confected moral outrage, and lies.

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New standard could restrict and add costs to extra solar and battery storage

New standard could restrict and add costs to extra solar and battery storage

New Australia-wide standard gives networks power to limit size of household solar systems – and could push up prices for AC-coupled battery storage products from Tesla, Enphase, Selectronic and others.