The challenges facing Solar Flagships are a function of our electricity market’s focus on cost of power rather than value.
Canberra has thrown open the PV component of the solar flagships program, and invited shortlisted parties to bid again.
Solar Flagships may end up inflating or denting the egos of certain politicians and project developers. The real game changing solar projects are likely to emerge from the ACT’s reverse auction, and the prices bid may come as a shock to many.
The Grattan Institute’s study into Australia’s energy future canvasses seven technologies that could help deliver an 80 per cent reduction in emissions by 2050 – wind, solar PV, solar thermal, geothermal, CCS, nuclear and bio-energy. And then there is the grid, and it’s need to be smart and play fair, and not just favour the incumbent coal and gas plants.
A new report from the Grattan Institute highlights the need for increased government support for clean energy in Australia. It says a carbon price alone will not suffice, regulatory changes are needed and fossil fuel subsidies should be removed. But it hedges its bets on which technologies will provide the solution, and at what cost.
You may be able to create your own solar “goo” from plant matter and apply it to metal or glass.
Australia has AAA bonds and a yearning for solar energy. We could combine the two to produce community solar.
The merit order effect of wind and solar is not just eating into the earnings of established generators. A new study shows that the cost of feed in tariffs could be more than offset by reductions in wholesale energy costs. Far from being a burden on consumers, it could deliver savings for all.
Germany could increase its solar capacity 5-fold, without subsidies. It would redefine the cost of abatement of green incentives.
US solar PV developer claims a world record for module efficiency, and a “game-changer” for the solar PV market.