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Australia (/ɒˈstrliə/, /ə-/, colloquially /-jə/), officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is an Oceanian country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Neighbouring countries include Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east.

For about 50,000 years before the first British settlement in the late 18th century, Australia was inhabited by indigenous Australians, who spoke languages grouped into roughly 250 language groups. After the European discovery of the continent by Dutch explorers in 1606, Australia's eastern half was claimed by Great Britain in 1770 and initially settled through penal transportation to the colony of New South Wales from 26 January 1788. The population grew steadily in subsequent decades; the continent was explored and an additional five self-governing crown colonies were established. On 1 January 1901, the six colonies federated, forming the Commonwealth of Australia. Since federation, Australia has maintained a stable liberal democratic political system that functions as a federal parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy comprising six states and several territories. The population of 24 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated in the eastern states and on the coast.

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Free up energy before the budget

Mail Guardian South Africa 16 Jan 2020
He told the Busa indaba that one of his neighbours had installed solar panels on the rooftop of his house and had told him that, if allowed, he would sell his surplus power to Eskom. So successful has rooftop solar been in Australia, that 2 130 megawatts of this power was added to the grid in the past year....

Letter: A question for Australia and ND

Grand Forks Herald 14 Jan 2020
On the surface, Australia appears to be one of the most environmentally friendly countries on earth. It leads the world in efficient urbanization, and in solar power utilization. However, with the largest coal exports in the world (at 37.8% of total) coming from Australia in 2018, their massive footprint is exported to the rest of Asia....

'There are still opportunities': UN expert calls for Australia to lead in renewables

Sydney Morning Herald 12 Jan 2020
Devra Davis praised Australia's uptake of wind and solar power as well as the Snowy Mountains hydro scheme, but said it was "a question of scaling it up" .......

Energy Markets Have an Interesting Year Ahead

Canada Dot Com 10 Jan 2020
coal power is now back to 1970s levels. According to Rhodium Group analysis, the U.S ... Solar crosses gas in AustraliaWind also surpassed coal in Australia last year — well, one kind of coal, at least ... Customer-owned rooftop solar now generates more power in Australia than all the country’s natural-gas-fired plants....

‘World’s most efficient lithium-sulphur battery’ set for launch

The Engineer 06 Jan 2020
It is claimed the battery can provide power to a smartphone for five days. Further testing in cars and solar grids is to take place in Australia throughout 2020. Powerful lithium-sulphur battery inspired by the gut....

Australian miners hit by biggest thermal coal price drop in more than a decade

The Observer 27 Dec 2019
The drop in price came as China increased its reliance on domestic coal stocks and tightened its use of imported coal, particularly from Australia. Australia's coal bonanza at risk as Chinese import 'ban' spreads ... He gave the example of Vietnam, which had increased its installation of solar power tenfold this year, albeit off a low base....

Spanish company to invest 340 mln USD in Aussie renewable energy farm

Xinhua 23 Dec 2019
dollars) in the Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park (PAREP), a proposed wind and solar farm, according to Guardian Australia on Monday ... at peak capacity when demand for power peaks between 6 and 7 p.m., and a photovoltaic (PV) solar grid that will generate power during the day....

South Australia’s clean-energy shift brings lowest power prices on national grid, audit finds

Yahoo Daily News 23 Dec 2019
Hugh Saddler, the author of the monthly audit and an associate professor at the Australian National University, said wind and solar power supplied more than 50% of the electricity generated in South Australia for most months over the past two years....
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'Shovel ready': Spanish firm to put $500m into Australian wind and solar farm

The Observer 22 Dec 2019
Spanish energy giant Iberdrola says it has decided to invest $500m in a wind and solar farm in South Australia as the first of a series of renewable power projects it hopes to develop in Australia ... Renewables meet 50% of electricity demand on Australia's power grid for first time....

Zenith powers up at Nova

Mining Weekly 18 Dec 2019
ASX-listed Zenith Energy has flipped the switch at its solar ......

Steggall’s Chicken On Nuclear Family, While Party Politics Buggers Inquiry

New Matilda 16 Dec 2019
Australia lifting her bans on nuclear power with a bipartisan agreement would send a powerful message to other countries ... And of course, there’s another reason that Australia should be sending a global message about nuclear power ... power infrastructure, in favour of solar and wind)....

Will Tesla's Rooftop Solar Panels Revolutionize the Power Industry?

Slashdot 15 Dec 2019
Long-time Slashdot reader 140Mandak262Jamuna brings news of a triumph for a Tesla power project in South Australia. about 900 residential rooftop solar panels, coupled with storage batteries, "all linked up to central control, to form what they are calling a 'Virtual Power Plant.'"....

How an Obscure Part of the Paris Climate Agreement Could Cut Twice as Many Carbon ...

Time Magazine 12 Dec 2019
That means if India, for example, reduced its carbon emissions by 1 metric ton through a solar-power scheme, it might be tempted to both sell a reduction credit to Australia, and count the reduction in its own target ... Negotiators have accused Brazil, Australia and Saudi Arabia of blocking an agreement that would set strong rules....