Solar energy

6MW solar farm & battery set for construction in Northern QLD
Lyon Infrastructure project in Cook Town to commence construction in fourth quarter 2015.

Have solar and batteries won out over nuclear and clean coal?

Nuclear and clean coal may have some trouble with costs, but they had a final defence - reliability. Could lower cost batteries destroy their last remaining advantage?

China installs 7.7GW of solar in first half 2015

Vast proportion utility scale, with end of year target at 17.8GW.

Infigen sells its 1.5GW of US solar sites to Sunpower

11 development sites sold for US$29.5m.

Abbott $60 billion cost for Labor's renewables goal came from 'back of envelope'

Original source of Abbott's claim about cost of 50% renewable energy target says it was 'simplistic' and not the extra cost faced by consumers.

Coalition MP breaks ranks on clean energy bank lending ban

Sarah Henderson asks Finance Minister to drop ban on CEFC financing wind and rooftop solar.

Is Labor’s 50% renewables target a joke?

Labor is describing its 50% renewable energy target as ‘aspirational’. But banks don’t lend money on the basis of aspirational targets and voters shouldn’t lend any credibility to them either.

Labor 'aspiring' to 50% renewables

Delegates at Labor conference pass motion for 50% target and also emission standards for new cars.

The cost of Labor’s 50% renewables target – less than $6 per bill

Calculations suggest Labor's 50 per cent renewable energy target will cost households an awful lot less than a 15 per cent GST. The reason for the small cost comes down to making a proper comparison with the likely alternative option.
0% renewable energy - can it be done?
Labor's announcement of a 50% Renewable Energy Target by 2030 sounds ambitious. But if combined with a push on energy efficiency we could hit 50% by just maintaining the annual rate of renewable energy installations we're already on track to do for 2020.

Get set for a re-run of the 2013 election scare campaign

The Coalition has wasted no time trying to link Labor's big renewables announcement with the carbon price scare campaign. Meanwhile Labor knows renewables are very popular, the complete opposite of the carbon price. Get set for depressingly simplistic slogans.

Today's top 6 stories in energy & carbon

First half of 2015 hottest ever; but Abbott government not hot with the electorate; SunEdison pays US$2.2b to get into residential solar; but others say utility solar better; are India's low solar auction prices real? meanwhile in Australia....another coal mine gets Hunt's tick.

Sick of lowly feed-in tariffs? A plan for better rewarding local generators

The reason there is little incentive to export power to the grid is because as far as the poles and wires businesses are concerned it doesn't matter whether a generator is 100 kilometres away or just 10 metres up the road. A new regulatory rule could change this.

Greg, why can’t you just be honest – Climate change is crap

The Environment Minister is now resorting to a 2nd reading speech to suggest the government’s demand that the clean energy bank not fund wind and rooftop solar is nothing more than ensuring it fulfils its intended purpose.

Carbon diem: How India seized on the falling oil price to chart a green road to Paris

In addition to its solar plans and afforestation efforts, India - unlike advanced nations - has seized on the falling oil price to lift petrol taxes, shifting drastically from a reverse carbon price to a positive one.

Is Qld coal about to be hit by big solar?

The solar resource, plus underlying power prices, is high in Queensland and there’s still some reasonable power demand growth thanks to the start-up of LNG plants. It may explain the games power gen-tailers are playing.

Clean Energy Bank chief warns of renewables market collapse

The CEO of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation has pointed to a major design flaw with the RET that suggests it could end in tears for investors. History suggests he’s partly right but ultimately wrong.

Why is the Abbott Govt so fond of big solar?

Restricting the CEFC from investing in wind and rooftop solar has been seen as helping out the coal industry. Yet there’s the curious possibility it might equally be about helping out mates in the renewable energy industry.

Wrecking ball in hand, Abbott changes tack on clean energy

The latest, and third, move against the CEFC - following attacks on every other climate policy - hands more market power to big utilities in the (reduced) area of renewables investment.

Miner to build $40m solar power station

Sandfire Resources 10.6MW off-grid project to be largest of its kind in Australia.