Articles by Giles Parkinson

ACCC wants federal rooftop solar subsidy abolished by 2021

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission – in a report on how electricity consumers have been ripped off by network companies, generators and retailers – has targeted the technology with the least impact, and probably biggest benefit – rooftop solar – for the most dramatic action.

Lightsource BP to enter Australia household solar and battery market

BP’s solar reboot to target Australia’s booming residential solar and battery market, with no-upfront-payment offer.

University of Queensland goes 100% renewable with 64MW solar farm

UQ becomes first major university to source 100% of power needs from its own renewable asset, joins growing list of Australian corporates turning to wind and solar.

Rooftop solar boom marches on, as NSW surges ahead

Another record month of rooftop solar installations in May, as NSW leads the charge to become the clear leader in the market.

Mars goes 100% solar for all six Australian factories

Mars goes 100% renewables in Australia, sourcing all its electricity needs from Kiamal solar farm and renewables “firming” contract.

South Australia solar market slump blamed on Liberals policy void

South Australia rooftop solar market falls sharply in April, confirming reports from solar retailers who blame uncertainty caused by policy cloud of new Liberal government.

Australia beats 100MW rooftop solar installs for 7th month in a row

Australia rooftop solar installations top 100MW for the seventh month on a row.

Latrobe Valley dairy farms to share energy via blockchain micro-grid

First blockchain virtual micro-grid in Australia will use solar and storage to allow 200 dairy farms, 100 households and 20 businesses to share energy.

The Victoria mansion leading the exodus off the grid

Ever get the idea that the decision to quit the grid – or not connect – was reserved for low energy users, austere consumers or those with no possibility of connection? Think again.

Angry and frustrated, more customers are quitting the grid

Industry reports suggest more and more Australian households are choosing to quit the grid, and they’re doing so for a mixed bag of reasons.