This Week in Solar: 200 per cent renewables, Zero Emissions Target

Here are some solar news stories you may have missed this week:

1. Why 200 per cent renewables would be better for Australia than 100 per cent

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.

2. ANU set to provide blueprint for Australia’s renewable export industry

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.

3. NT backs massive solar push to reach zero emissions target

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.”

4. GE to supply worlds biggest battery for South Australia solar river project

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.

5. Wind and solar energy now cheapest forms of energy in two-thirds of the world

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.

6. Victoria solar demand still sizzling: another 3,250 rebates gone in 20 minutes

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.

7. Australia’s capital to be first city outside Europe to transition to 100% renewables

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.

8. ‘Passive home more expensive to build but cheaper to run, achieves highest bushfire risk rating

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.

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