About Giles Parkinson

Giles Parkinson is the founding editor of RenewEconomy.com.au, an Australian-based website that provides news and analysis on cleantech, carbon, and climate issues. Giles is based in Sydney and is watching the (slow, but quickening) transformation of Australia's energy grid with great interest.



Author Archives: Giles Parkinson

Sonnen Battery Storage Developer Plans To Take Utilities “Out Of Business”

July 10th, 2017 | by Giles Parkinson

Christoph Ostermann, the founder and CEO of German battery storage developer Sonnenbatterie, could hardly believe his luck: Just as he prepared to announce a plan to take Australia’s energy utilities “out of business”, the utilities announced – en masse – a near 20 per cent jump in the cost of grid power.


Australian Battery Storage Market Needs Reform, Not Subsidies

May 26th, 2017 | by Giles Parkinson

The future of Australia’s energy storage market depends on urgent market reform – not subsidies – says the Clean Energy Council, in a new report that joins the growing chorus for Australia’s policy makers to finally respond to the challenges and opportunities of new technologies.


Origin Energy Sets New Record Low Price For 530 Megawatt Wind Farm

May 11th, 2017 | by Giles Parkinson

Origin Energy has set a stunning new benchmark for renewable energy off-take deals in Australia – and sounded the alarm for energy incumbents – after committing to a long-term power purchase agreement of below $60/MWh for the 530MW Stockyard Hill Wind Farm in Victoria.


SolarQ Plans 350 Megawatt Solar + Storage Farm In Queensland

April 27th, 2017 | by Giles Parkinson

A newly-formed solar development company is seeking approval from Queensland’s Gympie regional council for what it says will be Australia’s biggest solar farm, in yet another sign of the snowballing interest in large scale solar PV – and in storage.



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