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27 Jun 2019

Solar industry beats Qld in red tape battle

Liam Walsh AFR Jun 25, 2019The solar industry has won a battle against a Queensland law requiring licensed electricians to install panels on large-scale projects, a regulation they said was not about safety but about placating unions.Queensland’s Court of Appeal on Tuesday dismissed ...

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25 Jun 2019

Electricity demand in WA set to fall for first time, AEMO forecasts, as solar power takes over

By Daniel Mercer - ABC News - 23 June 2019The body that runs the national wholesale electricity market is forecasting demand for electricity from households and businesses in WA will fall for the first time as the extraordinary uptake of solar panels reshapes the power system.In its latest ...

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24 Jun 2019

Cheap wind and solar and “people-powered” revolution to kick out coal

By Giles Parkinson - RenewEconomy - 19 June 2019The latest analysis from Bloomberg NEF dismisses talk of a new coal-fired power generator in Australia, and says that cheap wind and solar, supported by flexible technologies such as storage, and driven by a “people-powered revolution” in roof...

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21 Jun 2019

Victoria’s coal-fired power plants the least reliable in the country

By Adam Carey - The Sydney Morning Herald - 16 June 2019Main image: Loy Yang A is the most breakdown-prone power station in the country.CREDIT:SIMON O'DWYERVictoria’s brown coal-fired power stations are the most unreliable in the country, breaking down far more often than power plants i...

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20 Jun 2019

Solar rebates to return on July 1 with first-in best-dressed system

By Michael Fowler - The Age - 18 June 2019Victoria's solar rebate scheme will be capped to about 3000 homes a month from July 1, in a revamped, first-in best-dressed system.The state government has changed its solar rebate scheme so that it is now similar to buying concert tickets, and will...

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18 Jun 2019

Australia’s largest solar and battery farm opens in Kerang, improves energy security

By Beth Gibson - ABC News - 14 June 2019PHOTO: The battery stores 100 per cent renewable energy generated from the solar panels. (Supplied: Edify Energy)Australia's largest integrated battery and solar farm was officially opened in Victoria's north on Friday.The 50-megawatt battery sy...

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14 Jun 2019

Electric cars and renewable energy could drive new outback mining boom

By Emilia Terzon - ABC News - 11 June 2019Main image: PHOTO: Parts needed to make electric cars could be dug up in the NT. (ABC News: Leah MacLennan)Electric cars and wind turbines could be pivotal to fuelling the next outback mining boom, with resource companies and start-ups w...

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13 Jun 2019

NSW quietly cancels 200MW virtual power plant, redirects funds to solar loans

By Michael Mazengarb - RenewEconomy - 11 June 2019The NSW government has quietly cancelled a $50 million program to establish a 200MW virtual power plant, to cover the costs of an election promise to provide interest-free loans to households for solar and batteries.The now canned Smart Ener...

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12 Jun 2019

Victoria Police add all-electric Tesla Model X to highway patrol

By Sophie Vorrath - The Driven - 3 June 2019Electric vehicles could be the norm for road policing in Australia within just 10 years’ time, Victoria Police has said, after revealing on Monday it had welcomed a Tesla Model X into the fold of its highway patrol operational fleet.The use of ...

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11 Jun 2019

Networks want to hit household solar exports with extra grid charges

By Giles Parkinson - RenewEconomy - 4th June 2019The main lobby group representing Australia’s electricity and gas networks has renewed its push to hit households exporting solar back to the grid with additional grid charges – to the horror of some consumer groups and industry experts.E...

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7 Jun 2019

Solar among major winners in Victorian budget

By Marija Maisch - PV Magazine - 28 May 2019Rebates and zero-interest loans for solar panels, solar hot water systems and batteries account for one of the major spends in Victoria’s 2019/20 budget and come at a cost of $1.3 billion.The 2019/20 Victorian budget is investing $545 million o...

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6 Jun 2019

How greater ‘energy literacy’ would benefit consumers

By Stuart Layt - The Sydney Morning Herald - 1 June 2019Increasing the “energy literacy” of average consumers would benefit the whole country, a Queensland academic argues.Peta Ashworth, who is the University of Queensland chair in sustainable energy futures, produced a report ...

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