This Week in Solar: Going Green Encouraged for Recovery

Solar Trust Centre Team
Solar Trust Centre Team
May 11, 2020

1. Should I buy solar during the pandemic?

While solar can help families save money on electricity in the long run, many customers are currently questioning whether the up front costs are an expense that can be justified in the present moment.

Read more about it here.

2. Investors urge governments to go green for coronavirus recovery

Major investors are urging governments to seize green opportunities to drive growth and avoid coronavirus recovery plans that exacerbate climate change.

3. Renewable energy projects create jobs, save money, say top economists

Stimulus spending on new green energy projects creates twice as many jobs per dollar than investments in fossil fuel projects, according to a new study by researchers including the Nobel prize winner Joseph Stiglitz and leading climate economist Nicholas Stern.

4. Sea research, see solar

The Australian Institute of Marine Sciences (AIMS) is installing solar PV across its facilities nationwide.

With the help of the Australian Government’s Public Modernisation Fund, AIMS is investing in solar at all the Institute’s sites across Australia, including a system already in place at its research facility in Darwin, and a system on its way to AIMS facility in Perth. 

5. Neoen to build Australia’s largest solar farm after power deal with CleanCo

Between 460 and 480 MWp in size, Western Downs will become the largest solar farm in Australia, bringing significant regional economic benefits to South West Queensland.

6. Renewable power to boom on cheap money as coal loses out, Garnaut says

Economist Ross Garnaut says the economic crisis will lead to growth in renewable energy at the expense of coal, and argues we shouldn’t fear taking on debt to fuel a green economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

7. Technology leaps driving cost of solar PV electricity in Australia to just A$30/MWh

$30/MWh is below the operational cost of most coal and gas fired power stations. Continued installs of rooftop and utility scale solar will likely lead to a wave of retirements of existing coal fired power stations during the 2020s. This price is also competitive with industrial gas heating.

8. A mega solar and wind project for Western Australia

The Asian Renewable Energy Hub (Areh) – which could feature up to 15 GW of solar and wind generation capacity – would supply the Pilbara region and develop a green hydrogen manufacturing hub for domestic use and export to Asia.

One Response

  1. Hi Craig
    I’m afraid going all out with wind and solar (commercial, not personal) will only add to our already huge debt, because all the equipment is imported. If we could reopen our panel manufacturing, we could generate jobs.
    The other problem is, despite the hype, wind and solar do not produce the large power needed for industry, nor at a competitive price. For instance, we lost one aluminium smelter in the Hunter, and the other could follow.
    What is needed, is a sensible mix of wind, solar, hydro and coal. The latest so called green scheme to reopen Redbank power station as a Biomass unit is a joke, when the sugar industry started burning their waste to produce electricity, it was a great step forward, but a biomass like Redbank is just a tree burner – which also produces carbon dioxide – relying on large quick growing softwood forests.
    I believe schools should be as keen to screen Planet Of the Humans, as they were to screen An Inconvenient Truth, then we could get some balance in discussions.
    Regards John Gray

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