Monthly Archives December 2019

Govt Predicts 51% Renewable Energy in the Grid by 2030

An Australian Government report into emissions predicts that renewable energy will make up 51% of the National Electricity Market (NEM) by 2030. The new report, Australia’s emissions projections 2019, shows Australia heading into a renewable energy future. The energy debate has played out in Canberra as a melodrama, one where only tried and true coal can save Australia from the perils of high renewable energy prices. Scott Morrison famously carried a piece of coal into the House, reassuring the Labor Opposition there was nothing to be scared of. Now it seems the government is acknowledging that the shift to renewables
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NSW Electricity Strategy for Solar Power Future

The NSW Government says its new Electricity Strategy will uncover the state’s renewable energy potential and lower household electricity bills. Energy Minister Matt Kean said that as coal-fired generators reach the end of their lives, alternatives have to come online. “By focusing on reliability, we can ensure that we can get the benefits of renewables without the reliability problems we have seen in other states,” Kean said. According to the government, households across NSW are expected to save $40 on their annual electricity bills under the plan. New Renewable Energy Zones The plan is to create three Renewable Energy Zones
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Newcastle Solar Farm Powers City Council

There’s no need to take coals to Newcastle after the city council switched to solar power for its daytime use last week. The 5MW Summerhill Solar Farm is built on capped landfill that was once a coal mine, the Newcastle Herald reports. The project is valued at $8.2 million and includes 14,500 photovoltaic solar panels in an area of approximately five football fields. Council expects the solar farm will produce enough solar power to run its facilities during the day, and save ratepayers around $9 million over a 25-year lifespan. Solar farm power for councils and businesses Solar farms are
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Solar Power Installations: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Western Australia is enjoying the same solar installation boom as the rest of Australia, but it’s not without its problems. According to WA’s Consumer Protection body, complaints about solar panel installations have increased as well. Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard says more than 200 people have reported issues following solar installations in the last year. Common solar installation complaints Consumer Protection WA warns that because of the booming market, there are companies “coming and going” from the industry. It says to avoid having your solar installer disappear overnight, check their industry accreditation. A company that is a Clean Energy Council
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