Articles by Giles Parkinson

Business slowly wakes up to reality that renewables are cheap

ARENA report shows less than half Australian businesses have tapped renewables. But there’s no doubt the idea is starting to catch on.

Energy Locals defies industry and cuts consumer electricity rates

Energy Locals announces cut to electricity tariffs, and a jump in solar tariffs as rest of industry lifts rates by nearly 20%.

Sonnen battery storage plan to take utilities “out of business”

Sonnen offers grid power for homes with solar and battery storage for a fixed annual fee as low as $360. The mobile phone-style plan is designed to take traditional utilities out of business.

Sonnen set to launch “free power” battery storage offer

German battery maker set to roll out Sonnenflat offer in Australia, which – like a mobile phone plan – charges a “flat” rate for solar and battery storage, electricity included.

Nectar Farms on 100% renewables: “Why would you do it any other way?”

Vegetable grower Nectar Farms says its decision to use 100% renewable energy for the country’s biggest glasshouse project will deliver major cost savings over traditional use of gas and grid power. “Really, why would you do it any differently,” its CEO says.

IPART bumps up benchmark range for NSW solar tariffs

Regulator further lifts benchmark for NSW solar tariffs – well above AGL’s proposed tariff – but rejects notion rooftop solar and storage have network benefits.

Solar pioneer David Mills’ life in the burbs – with PV, two EVs, and battery storage

Solar pioneer David Mills says if he can do it, almost anyone can. And by doing “it”, he means powering his house and his two electric vehicles largely through rooftop solar, and storing excess output in battery storage.

Queensland rejects battery swap, but restricts use of storage with premium tariffs

Queensland decides against proposed voluntary “buy out” of premium solar feed in tariffs in exchange for battery storage, but announces new rules to stop premium tariffs being rorted by batteries.

What do consumers get out of the Finkel blueprint?

Hailed as the ‘last, best hope’ for energy customers, the Finkel review’s clean energy target looks more like as a shuffle of money between various large businesses – with little of it coming the way of consumers.

Australia’s largest solar retailer served with “wind up” notice by tax office

Australia’s biggest solar module retailer, Eurosolar, served with wind up notice from ATO. Company says it is a mistake, but future is clouded.