Articles by Giles Parkinson

Stunning new lows in cost of large scale solar and battery storage

New contract signed in Arizona reveals record low price for large scale solar in US, and a stunning reduction in the price of battery storage. The new combined solar and storage deal of below 4.5c/kWh cuts previous prices by more than 60 per cent and is far cheaper than a peaking gas plant.

Enphase may add back-up capability to batteries as sales fall short

Enphase concedes it won’t meet its ambitious sales targets for its first year, as many consumers wait for further price falls. But it is considering adding “back-up” capacity in its next generation product.

Redflow admits it can’t match lithium batteries on price in home market

Flow battery storage manufacturer Redflow abandons bulk home battery market due to price issues, to focus on bigger installations in commercial, industrial and off-grid sector.

Mullumbimby aims for 100% renewable energy – by 2020

Community group in Northern Rivers town of Mullumbimby aiming for 100% renewables – by 2020.

Australia installs 71MW solar in April, continues record start to year

Rooftop solar installations in Australia continue record-breaking trend in first four months of 2017, with WA the biggest mover.

Redflow resumes battery storage deliveries, scores biggest sale

Redflow says it has resumed deliveries after solving a problem with impurities, and has also secured its large contract – for a Pacific Islands hybrid storage installation.

Tesla says Powerwall 2 battery storage deliveries have begun

Tesla says installations of its Powerwall 2 home battery systems have begun in Australia, and will ramp up this month.

NSW rooftop solar export tariffs could double from July

Recommended feed in tariff for NSW solar households more than doubles to range of 11.6c/kWh to 14.6c/kWh, reflecting jump in wholesale prices that will affect grid prices.

Monash Uni tenders for new wind or solar farm in Australian first

Monash Uni offers long-term contract for 55GWh of new wind or solar in Australia’s biggest non-government renewables tender, to date.

Solar hotspots: Where solar homes outnumber non-solar homes

Some suburbs in Australia have more homes with rooftop solar than without. Here are the country’s solar hotspots.