This Week in Solar: Australia Harnessing the Power of the Sun

Solar Trust Centre Team
Solar Trust Centre Team
May 18, 2020

1. Record growth in rooftop solar pushing coal out of Australia market

Strong growth in rooftop solar installations has continued to push coal fired generation out of the Australian electricity market, a new audit of the National Electricity Market has shown.

2. Green steel industry could secure jobs future for Australia’s coalmining heartland

Report says steel made with renewable hydrogen could become a multibillion-dollar export industry.

A new Australian green steel industry could create tens of thousands of jobs in regional areas reliant on coalmining, particularly in central Queensland and the Hunter Valley, giving them a future as demand for carbon-intensive goods falls.

3. Tasmania releases 200% renewable energy action plan

To help achieve its global-leading renewable energy target of 200% by 2040, the Tasmanian government has released the draft Renewable Energy Action Plan.

4. Renewables, not gas, will power resurgence of Australian manufacturing

New research from the Centre for Future Work shows that, far from being paralysed by economic or technological restrictions, Australia enjoys an unprecedented commercial opportunity to green its energy sector and improve the competitiveness of its manufacturing sector – simultaneously.

5. Solar savings helping to save regional tourism industry

After tough years of drought and flood, The Gascoyne Junction Tourist Park in Gascoyne Junction, Western Australia, has been decimated by the impact of Covid-19 on the tourist industry. Struggling to pay its bills, the WA Govt is stepping in to help fund a solar upgrade, a saving grace.

6. Harness the power of the sun

With rising costs of electricity, solar panels are growing in popularity among Australian householders.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, about 21 per cent of Australia’s homes now have a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, with that number projected to increase over the coming years.

7. UNSW solar scientist nabs top gong

UNSW solar researcher Brett Hallam has been awarded the prestigious 2020 IEEE Stuart R Wenham Young Professional Award in recognition of his ongoing work on the hydrogenation of silicon cells.

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