The RET should be extended, but also adapted to encourage “flexible” capacity that recognises and amplifies the varying time value of generated renewable electricity.
Let’s forget about coal: Finkel’s Clean Energy Target should be designed to encourage a good mix of zero emissions dispatchable solutions including solar thermal and biomass.
If the world is to decarbonise, Australia’s key trading partners of ours must be part of that shift. That means zero emissions hydrogen fuels – powered by wind and solar – replacing coal and gas exports.
Solar thermal (CST) is a mature and available technology that possesses precisely the attributes that people are arguing need to be added or retained in our electricity system.
There is nothing wrong with the technical fundamentals of the Linear Fresnel Reflector (LFR) technology. We should not throw solar babies out with the bath water.
Solar thermal and storage technologies clearly offer best value for money. But when will Australia act to take its place in the growing global CSP market?
CSP might seem like the proverbial mozzie bite on solar’s backside, but it’s an energy itch worth scratching – for storing energy and producing fuels.