Solar panels can be both a headache and an opportunity for network companies.
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Managing voltage on the electricity network has always been an issue. But solar panels have the potential to make the situation better, not worse as some have feared.
With the right mix, the grid can go fully renewable for the same cost and reliability as fossil fuels.
The Turnbull government is funding energy storage as a crucial missing piece of the electricity grid puzzle. Analysis suggests an affordable, fully renewable grid doesn't require any heroic assumptions.
The Inga dams in the DRC generate about 1000 MW of electricity for the country.
Small-scale renewable energy projects have tremendous potential to power rural areas in the DRC. Rural areas in the country have very little access to electricity.
South Africa’s new energy plan shows a greater reliance on gas, solar and especially wind power.
South Africa has a new energy plan. Renewable energy in the form of wind, gas and solar feature high on its agenda.
Virginia coalminers in the industry’s 1970s heyday.
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America's coal heartland is delighted with Donald Trump's election win. But like King Canute, he can't turn back the tide of the global market push away from coal and towards renewables.
The recently updated Integrated Resource Plan calls for significant investment in South Africa's power supply. But can the country afford it?
South African consumers are paying far too much for petrochemicals products.
Raging debates about the state of South Africa's energy industry have missed one critical area, the role of transport fuels and base chemicals.
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Wind and solar farms are great. But we need to reduce energy demand and start taking carbon out of the atmosphere.
Koeberg power station, in Cape Town, is the only nuclear power station on the African continent. South Africa is considering a proposal to build more such power stations.
The argument put forward by Eskom that it can handle South Africa's controversial nuclear build programme is fundamentally flawed.
Whitelee wind farm near Glasgow.
Just when you thought wind farms were bad for house prices everywhere, a new piece of research from Scotland suggests otherwise.
Wind and solar power can be intermittent. Should our usage be too?
Christopher Pyne, Malcolm Turnbull and Steven Marshall have all spoken out on renewables in South Australia.
Storage is the issue politicians must deal with if we are to transition away from coal and gas based power generation.
Australia has been a world leader in solar panel development.
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An open letter from 190 solar energy researchers in defence of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, which has funded world-leading research.
Africa has the best solar resource in the world.
Despite having some of the best solar radiation levels in the world, the diffusion of solar energy systems in Africa has been very low
The rays of hope are there, if you look for them.
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Amid the gloom, here are some hopeful signs that we can meet our climate obligations.
Solar photovoltaics, along with wind energy, now represent the bulk of new Australian energy.
Photovoltaics and wind energy now have such a large head start that no other low-emission generation technology has a reasonable prospect of catching them.
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A place for everyone, and everyone in their place. A guide for how you can help build a sustainable energy future.
Britain's future could be bright – but first the grid needs a major upgrade.
Renewable resources are being exploited to the extent that there is a loss of species and future generations are threatened.
Solar panels on a Walmart roof, Mountain View, California.
Solar power has enormous potential, but provides only about one percent of world electricity today. An engineer explains the many steps it takes to make solar panels that are efficient, clean and cheap.