This Week in Solar: Australia’s huge leap in renewable power, and more

Solar Trust Centre Team
Solar Trust Centre Team
May 4, 2020

1. Australia could get 90% of electricity from renewables by 2040 with no price increase

Rooftop solar is expected to contribute 4 gigawatts of of renewable energy by 2030, however analysis suggests current federal policies will lead to a price rise after 2030 but a more ambitious target would keep bills lower.

Australia could get 90% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2040 without an increase in power prices

2. The solar highway to Australia’s renewable hydrogen economy

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency says that on-site solar electrolysis is not just the most cost-effective way of developing a domestic and export hydrogen economy, but perhaps the only way.

3. Australia’s grid could handle a huge leap in renewable power by 2025

“Australia has the technical capability to operate a power system where three-quarters of our energy at times comes from renewable energy resources,” Audrey Zibelman, AEMO’s chief executive, said.

Such a leap in renewable power on the grid could be managed by changes in market rules and regulations, the Australian Energy Market Operator, which manages the nation’s energy system, has said in a new study.

4. Solar, wind and battery storage now cheapest energy options just about everywhere

The best LCOE for solar in Australia is $A40/MWh and for wind it is $A50/MWh, according to BNEF.
“In Australia, renewables are by far the cheapest new source of bulk generation,” says the Sydney-based BNEF analyst Lara Panjkov.

5. Victorian college to source 130% of its energy needs from renewables

One of the pioneering schools in Australia to commit to 100% renewable electricity, Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC) has raised the bar for renewables and will now source 130% of its electricity needs from renewable energy.

6. South Australia still leads the renewable energy race

Always a rivalled contender for other states, South Australia is continuing its embracement of renewable energy as it remains as a leader of wind and solar in 2020. It’s expected that by 2024, SA’s renewables could contribute up to 87 per cent of its overall electricity generation.

If this is achieved, it will put the state in a prime position towards reaching the government-backed goal of establishing net 100 per cent renewables by 2030.

7. Australia’s biggest green hydrogen plant secures initial investment

Western Australia is in the box seat to become the home of Australia’s biggest green hydrogen plant after an initial $300 million investment was secured for its first phase of construction. The project is being developed by Perth-based Infinite Blue Energy, which is aiming to have the plant operational by 2022.

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