Tristan Edis

Bigger solar for the home is better: here's why

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After the first one to two kilowatts, the revenue from extra solar capacity steeply declines. But once you take into account the other element of the equation – costs – going bigger starts to make complete sense.

Affection for solar extends across all political colours

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New polling shows ownership of solar is almost exactly the same across Labor, Conservatives, Greens, and unaligned voters. It's one key reason why the Abbott Government got cold feet on abolishing the small-scale Renewable Energy Target.

Plunging oil price could see gas prices plummet and renewables hurt

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The recent huge spike in Australian gas prices has been driven by LNG contracts - contracts that tie its price to that of oil. The plunge in the oil price could mean cheap gas again with flow-on implications for the competitiveness of wind and solar power.

Queensland Labor talks bold, promises little on renewable energy

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Labor has released a policy statement boldly titled, A Solar Future. It needs to carry the accompanying line - 'how we'll study it but not implement it'.

Second opinion? Doctors' coal concerns rebuked by Abbott Govt

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A rebuke from the Prime Minister's Office to doctors complaining that coal isn't all that good for humanity exposes a government with completely inconsistent policy positions.

Queensland voters fooled over power bills and privatisation

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QLD Labor's plan to merge government power generators into one company would be like merging Coles and Woolies. At the same time the LNP must break-up the two government generators into more companies if privatisation is to really deliver lower bills.

Did PacHydro give a free kick to the anti-wind lobby?

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The Aussie wind farm developer has paid for the anti-wind farm lobby to take its best free shot at linking wind turbines to health woes – by cherrypicking 6% of the data from three households, it's got its answer.

Trina's chief scientist: don't expect a solar price plunge

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The chief scientist at the number-one producer of solar panels says we can't expect past price plunges to continue, but that doesn't mean the cost of power from solar won't continue its downward trend.

Will solar be blindsided by power price reform?

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A Victorian power network is willing to pay a premium for power exported from solar systems and has been for several years now. Yet few have noticed and retailers aren't passing it on. It shows the risks but also opportunities from power price reform.

Will 2015 be the year of the climate change barnacle?

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Despite the Abbott axe of 2014, the hottest year on record, solar demand that refuses to die, a strong overseas renewable energy industry and the pressure of Paris give cause for optimism in 2015.

A Santa wish-list for PM Abbott

Santa, I know your home's foundations are threatened by melting Arctic ice, but please don't give Tony a lump of coal for Christmas - it won't help things. Instead there are four gifts that he'd enjoy which could even change his mind on climate change.

A building industry scandal regulators want to ignore

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Governments are ignoring a review they commissioned which finds homeowners are being ripped-off as the building industry flouts laws aimed at reducing energy bills and improving the energy efficiency of new homes.

Renewables industry concedes ground, but government still asking for 20% RET

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The Clean Energy Council has laid bare its willingness to go to 35,000GWh yet Minister Hunt has reaffirmed his 27,000GWh position. However, the government may yet be willing to move.

Prime Minister Abbott to receive solar power Christmas gift

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Christian group linked to former Treasurer Costello's brother to crowd-fund solar system gift in lieu of lump of coal.

Crossbench deal to cut RET may help renewables industry

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A deal between the government and crossbench senators to cut the large-scale RET to 32,500GWh may actually work out better for the renewable energy industry than waiting out for a deal involving Labor. It offers greater upside and less risk of no deal at all.

SunEdison solar farm to deliver power at $US85 per megawatt-hour

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SunEdison has now proved that the low power prices for large-scale solar power achieved in India and Brazil were no fluke, contracting to build 350MW in Chile. It will have all the competing technologies such as wind, gas and nuclear feeling decidedly uncomfortable.

Two views on the state of coal's decline

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MYEFO has painted a stark picture of falling and flat coal prices but the International Energy Agency says that coal use will continue to grow on the back of China's huge, but slowing, demand.

Energy ministers reject plea for coal power bailout

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The COAG position leaves the generators on the back foot as they try to steer supply and demand back in their favour. Utilities may now increase their focus on undermining new renewables, about which ministers were more vague.

Nobel prize winner: Aust Govt increasing the cost of power

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Physics Nobel laureate Steven Chu has said Australian policymakers, by winding back carbon reduction policies, are actually going to make power more expensive. Is he nuts?

Solar powers on while utility-scale renewables drop away

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The latest data from Green Energy Markets shows solar PV installations powering on at 75MW for November but with QLD in decline. Meanwhile large scale renewable generation market share has been steadily declining thanks to seasonal factors and little new capacity due to RET uncertainty.

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