By producing far more electricity than it needs – from mostly solar but also wind – Australia can become an exporting superpower of clean energy. And having excess capacity means fewer gaps in its domestic supply, and less need for back-up facilities and so lower costs.
The Australian National University has launched a new research project to provide a blueprint by which Australia can look to install itself as the renewable energy powerhouse of the region.
The Northern Territory Labor government has unveiled a comprehensive and firmly science-informed plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050, with a focus on the territory’s massive natural advantage in solar – “the cheapest form of new electricity generation.”
The supplier of what has been touted as “one of the largest” grid-connected batteries in the world, to be installed alongside the 200MW Solar River Project in South Australia, has been revealed as GE Renewable Energy.
In its New Energy Outlook 2019, the research firm said the globe will be 50% powered by renewable energy by 2037, with countries such as Australia, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom anticipated to reach the 50% mark by 2029.
The number – which actually started at 3,356, perhaps due to some applications falling through after the last round – was entirely exhausted in just over 15 minutes.
Research published by The Australia Institute on Wednesday notes that from October 1, the Australian Capital Territory will become the first jurisdiction outside of Europe, with a population greater than 100,000 people, to reach the milestone of sourcing the equivalent of 100% of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources, and just the eighth globally.
When Joe and Merylese Mercieca began building solar passive homes 15 years ago, architects, suppliers, and contractors told them it would not work.
“So we proved everybody wrong 15 years ago … [and] we’re doing it again today,” Mr Mercieca said.