Posts by Solaray

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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Grid-scale and Rooftop Solar Beef Up Summer Electricity

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has released its plans to keep the lights and air-cons on this summer. The 2019/20 Summer Readiness Plan is Australia’s plan of attack to beat outages due to summer heatwaves and storms. According to AEMO chief executive officer Audrey Zibelman, the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting both warmer than average and extreme temperatures this summer. “These risks add to the deteriorating reliability of some of the older coal generation plants,” Zibelman said. “Whilst unexpected events can and do happen, particularly when the power system is under significant pressure and most prone to failure, AEMO
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A Record 207MW of Solar Installed in October

Rooftop solar installations are smashing Australian records, according to data from solar consultants SunWiz. The data shows key growth in the 6-8kWh size range, indicating that households are taking more advantage of bigger systems. A record 207MW of solar power was installed in October, RenewEconomy reports. NSW topped the list of solar states for the month, with Queensland and Victoria following. Meanwhile, South Australia is forging ahead in its renewable energy uptake. Solaray reported this week that the November average wholesale price in South Australia was $50.86 per megawatt hour (MWh) — the lowest in the country. Operator playing catch-up
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SA Wind & Solar Power Deliver Lowest Electricity Price Twice

Certain politicians have scoffed at South Australia for its enthusiastic uptake of renewable energy. But the southern state is having the last laugh and showing clean energy does cut electricity prices. Australia’s ‘clean state’ has just posted the lowest average wholesale price in the country for the second consecutive month. The November average wholesale price in South Australia was $50.86 per megawatt hour (MWh); October’s was $67.34/MWh. The figures come less than a month after the National Electricity Market drew half its power from renewable energy for the first time. At 11.50am on November 6, the market showed 50.2% of
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Solar Panels for Energy Efficient Aussie Homes

Melbourne researchers say Australian households could be more energy efficient with better insulation and solar power. RMIT Professor Ralph Horne is leading the Housing Energy Efficiency Transitions (HEET) research project. He said households were “fairly resistant” to energy efficiency, although there have been some early adopters. Horne said programs like the 2010 pink batts scheme were ineffective if not accessed. Solar panel sizes vary with electricity use There are reasons why people may or may not choose to make their house more energy efficient. For example, a large family may decide to install solar panels to counter high power bills.
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