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Australia’s largest solar farm opens in the ACT

By Canfan - 2 September 2014 106

Canberra is a step closer to meeting its 90% renewable energy target with the official opening tomorrow of the 20MW FRV Royalla solar farm by Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell.

The facility is the first large-scale solar farm connected to the national electricity market and is an important part of the ACT’s commitment to achieving the 90% renewable energy target by 2020.

The 83,000 panels that make up the Royalla solar farm are a tangible example of the ACT Government’s strategy to meet its and fulfils its commitment to the overwhelming majority of Canberrans, who support renewable energy technology and the government’s initiatives.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, The Honourable Mr Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, and the Ambassador of Spain to Australia, His Excellency Mr Enrique Viguera, will attend the opening of the solar farm developed by the Spanish company Fotowatio Renewable Ventures.

The opening will be a significant day for the territory and is a direct outcome of the ACT Government’s ambitious renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction policies.

What: Opening of the FRV Royalla solar farm
When: Wednesday 3 September 2014
Time: 1.30–2.30 pm
Where: FRV Royalla Solar Farm, Monaro Highway, Williamsdale

(Simon Corbell Media Release)

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Australia’s largest solar farm opens in the ACT
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HenryBG 4:15 pm
03 Sep 14
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In fact, why are we paying Spain to build these things?

I recall Bob Brown was warning back in the ’90s that unless we started to seriously invest in modern technologies, we would end up buying them from foreign countries instead of being in the more beneficial reverse situation.

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Antagonist 5:06 pm
03 Sep 14
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HenryBG said :

In fact, why are we paying Spain to build these things?

I recall Bob Brown was warning back in the ’90s that unless we started to seriously invest in modern technologies, we would end up buying them from foreign countries instead of being in the more beneficial reverse situation.

In the 1970’s we were world leaders in solar technology. Not now. Our loss is Spain’s gain.

On a side note, I am pretty sure China installed more solar panels last year than the US has installed in its entire history. Not only have we fallen behind, but we are falling further behind very quickly!

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justin heywood 5:23 pm
03 Sep 14
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HenryBG said :

In fact, why are we paying Spain to build these things?

I recall Bob Brown was warning back in the ’90s that unless we started to seriously invest in modern technologies, we would end up buying them from foreign countries instead of being in the more beneficial reverse situation.

And behind bloody SPAIN.

All the talk about the ‘clever country’ is just that, talk.

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wildturkeycanoe 5:31 pm
03 Sep 14
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So, there is another 20MW of power the coal refineries don’t have to produce, then having to recoup costs by increasing their prices. It isn’t a win for us…yet.

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dungfungus 6:17 pm
03 Sep 14
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HenryBG said :

HenryBG said :

In fact, why are we paying Spain to build these things?

I recall Bob Brown was warning back in the ’90s that unless we started to seriously invest in modern technologies, we would end up buying them from foreign countries instead of being in the more beneficial reverse situation.

HenryBG said :

HenryBG said :

In fact, why are we paying Spain to build these things?

I recall Bob Brown was warning back in the ’90s that unless we started to seriously invest in modern technologies, we would end up buying them from foreign countries instead of being in the more beneficial reverse situation.

As I understand it we are not paying the Spanish company anything to build the solar factory.
They “won” the reverse auction by agreeing for the ACT Government to pay them a certain amount for electricity they generate.
I am not sure of the amount but It could be three times as much as the domestic rate were paying ActewAGL for. This is why our electricity bills will be rising as it “costs to be clean and feel good”.
All renewable energy is heavily subsidised (by us).

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Ben_Dover 8:08 pm
03 Sep 14
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A good slingshot and a bag of ball bearings should sort it out.

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dungfungus 9:21 pm
03 Sep 14
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wildturkeycanoe said :

So, there is another 20MW of power the coal refineries don’t have to produce, then having to recoup costs by increasing their prices. It isn’t a win for us…yet.

The spin is that this solar factory will power 4500 houses. The reality is that it may – if the sun is shining.
What happens to those 4500 houses at night time when it is -5 degrees?
And when you say” it isn’t a win for us..yet”, who is “us”?

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dungfungus 9:25 pm
03 Sep 14
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justin heywood said :

HenryBG said :

In fact, why are we paying Spain to build these things?

I recall Bob Brown was warning back in the ’90s that unless we started to seriously invest in modern technologies, we would end up buying them from foreign countries instead of being in the more beneficial reverse situation.

And behind bloody SPAIN.

All the talk about the ‘clever country’ is just that, talk.

Isn’t Spain one of those financially fly-blown European countries that sell trams to us?
Spain was one of those countries who nominated Wayne Swan as “World’s Best Treasurer” and led the cheer squad about Australia’s economy being the envy of the rest of the world.

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2604 10:59 pm
03 Sep 14
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HenryBG said :

In fact, why are we paying Spain to build these things?

I recall Bob Brown was warning back in the ’90s that unless we started to seriously invest in modern technologies, we would end up buying them from foreign countries instead of being in the more beneficial reverse situation.

The only reason Spain has such huge solar companies is because of massive and unsustainable government subsidies to its solar industry. Of course those companies got massive – getting paid by the government for solar electricity at a rate 12 times the cost of standard electricity does that.

Having had their generous feed-in tariffs cut by the Spanish government, those companies are now scouring the globe for other gullible politicians to take advantage of. Enter Simon Corbell, flush with cash from the usual round of annual rate and fee increases paid by ACT ratepayers.

Any idea that we should provide subsidies similar to those paid by European nations is completely ridiculous. So is the idea that we could ever compete with solar manufacturers in China. Those are just the sort of ridiculous ideas that you’d expect from an ignoramus like Bob Brown, who always had the luxury of being in a minority party with no responsibility for implementing or paying for anything.

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Snow_Crash 12:01 am
04 Sep 14
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dungfungus said :

HenryBG said :

HenryBG said :

In fact, why are we paying Spain to build these things?

I recall Bob Brown was warning back in the ’90s that unless we started to seriously invest in modern technologies, we would end up buying them from foreign countries instead of being in the more beneficial reverse situation.

HenryBG said :

HenryBG said :

In fact, why are we paying Spain to build these things?

I recall Bob Brown was warning back in the ’90s that unless we started to seriously invest in modern technologies, we would end up buying them from foreign countries instead of being in the more beneficial reverse situation.

As I understand it we are not paying the Spanish company anything to build the solar factory.
They “won” the reverse auction by agreeing for the ACT Government to pay them a certain amount for electricity they generate.
I am not sure of the amount but It could be three times as much as the domestic rate were paying ActewAGL for. This is why our electricity bills will be rising as it “costs to be clean and feel good”.
All renewable energy is heavily subsidised (by us).

“I am not sure….”
Then be sure about this. Fossil fuel is subsidised.

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dungfungus 8:02 am
04 Sep 14
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Snow_Crash said :

dungfungus said :

HenryBG said :

HenryBG said :

In fact, why are we paying Spain to build these things?

I recall Bob Brown was warning back in the ’90s that unless we started to seriously invest in modern technologies, we would end up buying them from foreign countries instead of being in the more beneficial reverse situation.

HenryBG said :

HenryBG said :

In fact, why are we paying Spain to build these things?

I recall Bob Brown was warning back in the ’90s that unless we started to seriously invest in modern technologies, we would end up buying them from foreign countries instead of being in the more beneficial reverse situation.

As I understand it we are not paying the Spanish company anything to build the solar factory.
They “won” the reverse auction by agreeing for the ACT Government to pay them a certain amount for electricity they generate.
I am not sure of the amount but It could be three times as much as the domestic rate were paying ActewAGL for. This is why our electricity bills will be rising as it “costs to be clean and feel good”.
All renewable energy is heavily subsidised (by us).

“I am not sure….”
Then be sure about this. Fossil fuel is subsidised.

I can only be sure about fossil fuel being subsidised if you give me the details because while I hear this simplistic type of response all the time no one ever provides proof.
At least we have been given some idea of the subsidies we are going to pay on the part time Royalla solar factory (0.35c per household per week) which seems odd as sunshine is free.

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dungfungus 8:03 am
04 Sep 14
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2604 said :

HenryBG said :

In fact, why are we paying Spain to build these things?

I recall Bob Brown was warning back in the ’90s that unless we started to seriously invest in modern technologies, we would end up buying them from foreign countries instead of being in the more beneficial reverse situation.

The only reason Spain has such huge solar companies is because of massive and unsustainable government subsidies to its solar industry. Of course those companies got massive – getting paid by the government for solar electricity at a rate 12 times the cost of standard electricity does that.

Having had their generous feed-in tariffs cut by the Spanish government, those companies are now scouring the globe for other gullible politicians to take advantage of. Enter Simon Corbell, flush with cash from the usual round of annual rate and fee increases paid by ACT ratepayers.

Any idea that we should provide subsidies similar to those paid by European nations is completely ridiculous. So is the idea that we could ever compete with solar manufacturers in China. Those are just the sort of ridiculous ideas that you’d expect from an ignoramus like Bob Brown, who always had the luxury of being in a minority party with no responsibility for implementing or paying for anything.

Well said.

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Southmouth 8:12 am
04 Sep 14
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I like solar, a lot. But everyone on the eastern seaboard who uses the grid is buying there electricity from the national electricity market. Since the removal of the carbon tax the price has been about $30 per MWh. I think we are paying the Spanish company $173 or there abouts. I’d be interested to hear how coal is subsidised.

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watto23 10:03 am
04 Sep 14
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dungfungus said :

Snow_Crash said :

dungfungus said :

HenryBG said :

HenryBG said :

In fact, why are we paying Spain to build these things?

I recall Bob Brown was warning back in the ’90s that unless we started to seriously invest in modern technologies, we would end up buying them from foreign countries instead of being in the more beneficial reverse situation.

HenryBG said :

HenryBG said :

In fact, why are we paying Spain to build these things?

I recall Bob Brown was warning back in the ’90s that unless we started to seriously invest in modern technologies, we would end up buying them from foreign countries instead of being in the more beneficial reverse situation.

As I understand it we are not paying the Spanish company anything to build the solar factory.
They “won” the reverse auction by agreeing for the ACT Government to pay them a certain amount for electricity they generate.
I am not sure of the amount but It could be three times as much as the domestic rate were paying ActewAGL for. This is why our electricity bills will be rising as it “costs to be clean and feel good”.
All renewable energy is heavily subsidised (by us).

“I am not sure….”
Then be sure about this. Fossil fuel is subsidised.

I can only be sure about fossil fuel being subsidised if you give me the details because while I hear this simplistic type of response all the time no one ever provides proof.
At least we have been given some idea of the subsidies we are going to pay on the part time Royalla solar factory (0.35c per household per week) which seems odd as sunshine is free.

Easy, mining is subsidised all the time, with deisel fuel rebates. That is a start. You only believe things you want to believe and yet are happy to spread rubbish about everything else.

http://environmentvictoria.org.au/fossilfuelsubsidies#.VAeracWSx8E

http://www.couriermail.com.au/business/coal-and-gas-paid-7b-in-subsidies/story-fn7kjcme-1226301312395?nk=8c637a21d6e22548d7054072d50dd166

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_policy_of_Australia

Thats just 3 sources i found from google. Majority of big business in Australia gets subsidies from the government under the guise of “maintaining competitive against global companies” and “employing more workers”. Doesn’t matter what the subsidy is for, there are plenty of example where mining and fossil fuels get support from the government.

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watto23 10:04 am
04 Sep 14
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dungfungus said :

wildturkeycanoe said :

So, there is another 20MW of power the coal refineries don’t have to produce, then having to recoup costs by increasing their prices. It isn’t a win for us…yet.

The spin is that this solar factory will power 4500 houses. The reality is that it may – if the sun is shining.
What happens to those 4500 houses at night time when it is -5 degrees?
And when you say” it isn’t a win for us..yet”, who is “us”?

Peak usage is always during the day, especially in summer when A/C is running and the sun is shining.

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