Earlier this year the Australian Energy Market Commission [AEMC] released a draft plan that proposes the imposition of a solar export tariff (AKA “solar tax”) on households who export to the grid. Needless to say, this idea quickly set tongues wagging in the solar sector and beyond. Though the proposal has plenty of supporters and critics alike, all can agree it’s an audacious response to what has been a brilliant development – the rapid growth of solar power in Australia.
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Laurie today goes by the title ‘Captain of Innovation’ within the SolarPlus team. The Solar Trust Centre was delighted to connect with Laurie and do this interview. The following is a transcript of our conversation.
A carbon-free energy economy is advancing whether oil and coal companies like it or not.
Gigantic solar installations in space. It sounds fanciful – something out of Star Wars or Star Trek’s universe – but what if it’s actually possible?
Documentaries about sustainable practices are really terrific. They can provide a compelling insight into the current issues that hinder sustainability, and opportunities to address them.
The Victorian government recently made a call for partners in a new solar pilot program. Although a trial program is always a small step, when viewed in context it’s one that provides an insight into where Victoria and other Australian states and territories will need to go in future: to continue to encourage solar panel uptake, while also properly managing the byproduct of it so an oversupply of energy isn’t fed into the grid.
For an Aussie that gets a reputable solar installer to install well-made components with a long-term warranty, they’ll be all set to reap the rewards of taking these steps for years to come.
Late last month ABC news reported a large-scale battery is to be added to Queensland’s power network as experts ask for more renewables due to the Callide fire. The Queensland government is connecting the state’s biggest battery to the power transmission network at Wandoan in the Darling Downs.