Articles by Giles Parkinson

Brewer CUB aims to go 100% solar by end 2018

Australia’s biggest brewer, CUB, signs deal with new 112MW solar farm near Mildura as part of its plans to go 100% renewables by the end of this year, saying it will lower and lock in electricity costs. The shift to renewables by Australia’s manufacturing base is accelerating.

Germany’s VARTA enters Australia battery market, with eye on aggregation

German battery storage specialist VARTA enters Australia market, attracted by huge solar uptake and growing push to “aggregated” systems.

Queensland rooftop solar reaches 2GW, but NSW now biggest market

Rooftop solar reaches 2GW mark in Queensland, but latest monthly installations sees NSW pipping sunshine state as biggest market in February.

Another “extraordinary” month for solar, as homes “max out” roof space

New analysis shows “extraordinary” amount of rooftop solar installed in February, with more homes seeking to “max out” available roof space with modules.

Victoria town’s breakthrough deal on network tariffs as it pursues 100% renewables

Central Victoria town achieves a breakthrough deal on network tariffs that could pave the way for a community solar farm and 100 per cent renewable energy within a few years.

Victoria regulator finalises new time-varying tariffs for solar exports

Victoria regulator finalises decision on Australia’s first time-varying feed-in tariffs for solar, although acknowledges risks some users could abuse system by charging batteries at night.

“Interest free” loans for solar and storage for South Australia households

South Australia Labor government offers “interest free” loans to 10,000 households to install rooftop solar and battery storage

Carnegie to build renewable micro-grid on old Holden site in Elizabeth

Carnegie Clean Energy wins $3m SA govt grant to build 2MW/500kWh battery storage and renewable-based micro-grid on old General Motors Holden site.

Carnegie to build W.A.’s largest microgrid at Kalbarri

Carnegie wins WA contract to build state’s largest microgrid, ensuring renewables and batteries can lift reliability of supply for Kalbarri.

Explainer: 12 things to know about Tesla’s world’s biggest virtual power plant

How will the Tesla virtual power plant work? Who benefits and why will households pay so much for solar and storage on their rooftops? These and other questions about the world’s largest VPP.