Northern Territory’s conservative government and its state-owned power generator go to extraordinary lengths to demonise solar, claiming it will cost up to $2 billion to power Alice Springs with “solar only.” The numbers just don’t make sense.
Articles by Giles Parkinson
Giles Parkinson is a journalist of 30 years experience, a former Business Editor and Deputy Editor of the Financial Review, a columnist for The Bulletin magazine and The Australian, and the former editor of Climate Spectator.
Australia’s electricity mix to shift rapidly from coal and gas to wind and solar, predicts Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Households play a critical role, but the key to their scenario may be the success of the current renewable energy target.
The Murdoch media is at it again, peddling stories that claim that wind and solar do not work, but which are riddled with outright errors and myth-making. What we will hear next? That the world is flat, that gravity is just a state of mind?
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World heritage listed Lord Howe Island has finally called for tenders for the installation of solar, wind and solar to reduce its reliance on expensive diesel generation by two thirds.
ARENA says latest round of bids shows costs of large scale solar have fallen rapidly, and need much smaller grants.
Tesla proposes merger with SolarCity, creating a one-stop shop for rooftop solar, battery storage and electric vehicles, and becoming first vertically integrated company offering complete suite of household and transport energy needs. But the deal has to get shareholder approval, and that may not be easy.
Qld govt pays $560m+ a year to subsidise regional energy consumers. Might be smarter and cheaper to build renewable microgrids.