Wednesday, 22 September 2010 15:56
Australia’s state governments are taking up the challenge of turning the country into a haven for solar power. The state of Victoria has committed AUD $100 million to the Mallee Solar Park, a 180-megawatt plant proposed by TRUenergy using technology from Arizona-based First Solar. Meanwhile, the state of Western Australia has committed AUD $20 million for a 10-megawatt photovoltaic solar power plant developed in partnership with BP Solar.
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 15:56
WA is the most polluting, energy-guzzling, waste producer in the nation, according to a damning new study.
We have not been paying for our electricity so that is much more of an incentive for householders and industry to consume considerable amounts of electricity
Murdoch University business and development lecturer Peter McMahon warns West Australians will pay dearly through their hip pockets for living in one of the least-sustainable societies in the world.
His report, which examines the energy, transportation,environment, farming and mining sectors, covers WA sustainability from 1829 to 2020.“The energy-intensive WA economy faces huge challenges as carbon-control schemes and peak energy trends will raise energy costs dramatically,” Dr McMahon said.
“Rising living standards in WA have led to the state being the highest energy-user and the worst polluter and waste generator in the country.”
In his report, WA2020, Dr McMahon said the state needed to make significant policy changes in the next decade to avoid dramatic price increases and tackle drought, soil erosion and salinity problems.
A group of environmental activists set out last week on a publicized road tour from Maine’s Unity College to Washington, D.C., hauling a nearly forgotten historic relic – a solar panel – to dramatize the importance of alternative energy. The question, in today’s political climate, is whether it will remain a relic.
Householders will soon be given greater incentive to embrace cleaner energy while also reducing the cost of their electricity bill.
Energy Minister Peter Collier has announced State Budget funding of $23million to introduce a residential net feed-in tariff scheme, providing a subsidy to householders with new and existing photovoltaic, wind and micro-hydro systems.
The scheme will open for applications from July 1, with payments to be made from August 1.
It will be available for residential installations where the system is owned by the home owner, including tenanted properties.
“The net feed-in tariff scheme has been set at 40 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) on electricity exported into both the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) and regional grids,” Mr Collier said.
“This is in addition to the price paid under the existing Renewable Energy Buyback Scheme, which will allow householders to receive a minimum of 47c/kWh.
“This provides a genuine incentive for home owners to install renewable energy systems, which not only has a positive impact on the environment but it will also help householders manage their electricity bills.”
Energy Farm this month made an agreement that will see more efficient high quality panels being imported into Perth in 250watt and 290watt sizes. Designed in America and manufactured in India, the panels are of very high quality/efficiency and include longer warranties than many panels coming out of China.
Energy Farm sees this as a real step forward for the home owner who now has the option to put less panels on their roof due to these highly efficient modules and they make a great addition to our growing list of panel brands and options. To top it off, they are a great looking module, the image pictured above is a closeup of a panel that is on one of our staffs roof!
WA is set to shine with two new power stations that use green energy. The station at Kwinana is a $130 million, gas-operated and privately-owned complex. The second station opened today in Marble Bar and is the world’s first that combines renewable and traditional sources of generation. It incorporates a single-axis tracking solar farm with diesel technology and a flywheel-energy storage system.