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The renewable energy industry is, unsurprisingly, interested in plans for a large scale solar facility

By kepayne - 16 April 2012 45

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This might be stating the obvious but the ACT Labor Government’s solar plan is receiving plenty of interest from the renewable energy industry, as Simon Corbell announced yesterday. Forty nine separate prequalification proposals were received, showing that the nation’s capital is keen to get started on a large scale solar facility.

“This level of interest from the renewable energy industry is clear evidence that the ACT Labor Government’s plan to make Canberra Australia’s solar capital is working, and is absolutely achievable” Mr Corbell said.

Though the closing date for proposals was the 10 April, twenty seven proposals are already being considered for the fast-track assessment stream. This efficiency, which is usually unheard of in government, shows just how serious ACT Labor is about renewable energy and sustainability for the future.

As Simon Corbell says:

“Solar has to be at the centre of any sustainable energy strategy in the ACT and it is the Labor Government that has a clear, legislated plan, to ensure that we move towards cleaner alternatives to power our city into the future.”

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The renewable energy industry is, unsurprisingly, interested in plans for a large scale solar facility
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MERC600 10:29 am
16 Apr 12
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Ah good. Leccy from that free source the sun. Lookin’ forward to seeing my bills shrink.

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Bluey 10:53 am
16 Apr 12
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MERC600 said :

Ah good. Leccy from that free source the sun. Lookin’ forward to seeing my bills shrink.

Not free. Solar panels, grid upgrades, new meters, new administration etc etc cost money. Bills will not shrink they will increase.

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Skidbladnir 10:57 am
16 Apr 12
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…This efficiency, which is usually unheard of in government, shows just how serious ACT Labor is about renewable energy and sustainability for the future whenever there’s the whiff of an election in the wind.

Is this going to end up like the “pool for Gungahlin” or “Gungahlin Drive Expansion” election promises, which end up being bureaucratic sagas?

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switch 11:00 am
16 Apr 12
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Dream on. You know as well as I do that even if solar power was cheaper (or really free) they’d whinge they weren’t getting enough cash flow and charge us more to compensate…

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HenryBG 11:12 am
16 Apr 12
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Bluey said :

MERC600 said :

Ah good. Leccy from that free source the sun. Lookin’ forward to seeing my bills shrink.

Not free. Solar panels, grid upgrades, new meters, new administration etc etc cost money. Bills will not shrink they will increase.

The source is free.

As for bills increasing, that is correct, after all, the NSW Electrical Network & Prices Inquiry found that,
“…The size of electricity bills is increasing much faster than average wages and paying these bills is taking up an increasing proportion of average household income. The Independent Pricing and
Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) estimated in 2009/10 that on average electricity bills account for between
1.1% and 3.8% of household income but that under its current price determination this will increase to
between 1.7% and 5.3%….”

And you wonder why this is?

Have a look at how coal prices have progressed over the last 20 years:
http://www.investis.com/bp_acc_ia/stat_review_2009/htdocs/images/22.gif

And how much has the price of free sunlight increased during this period? It seems it would sensible to exploit this free source of energy rather than remain at the mercy of BP, Enron, and the rest of them, don’t you think?

After all, despite decades of subsidy, the fossil fuel industry is becoming increasingly uncompetitive with new, renewable methods of generating energy from free sources:
http://blog.cleanenergy.org/files/2009/04/lazard2009_levelizedcostofenergy.pdf

The fossil fools are fighting a losing rearguard action which will be completely untenable within another 5 years. Don’t waste your time supporting them, whether it is through ideology or ignorance.

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affordable 12:58 pm
16 Apr 12
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HenryBG

How will I turn my lights on, sunlight is only free for 6-8 hours a day

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HenryBG 2:17 pm
16 Apr 12
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affordable said :

HenryBG

How will I turn my lights on, sunlight is only free for 6-8 hours a day

The sun shines 24hrs/day.

You’re thinking a bit too parochially, I think.

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Chop71 2:28 pm
16 Apr 12
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Daylight savings ended several weeks ago. As did Earth Hour. This is obsolite now.

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Diggety 2:43 pm
16 Apr 12
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affordable said :

HenryBG

How will I turn my lights on, sunlight is only free for 6-8 hours a day

Henry has a distinct inability to differentiate between theoretical and practical implementation.

I’d love to know who preaches to him, and his reasons why renewable energy has not come close to replacing fossil-fuels for electrical generation thus far.

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dpm 3:19 pm
16 Apr 12
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affordable said :

HenryBG

How will I turn my lights on, sunlight is only free for 6-8 hours a day

Hahaha! This point comes up pretty early in *every* renewable energy ‘debate’ i’ve started reading. It’s at this point I usually switch off from the debate (pun intended!)…..

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HenryBG 3:23 pm
16 Apr 12
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Diggety said :

affordable said :

HenryBG

How will I turn my lights on, sunlight is only free for 6-8 hours a day

Henry has a distinct inability to differentiate between theoretical and practical implementation.

I’d love to know who preaches to him, and his reasons why renewable energy has not come close to replacing fossil-fuels for electrical generation thus far.

Solar and wind power generation has been practically-implemented all over the world.
The threat these technologies’ exploitation of a free resource poses to the big energy corporation results in massive lobbying and public PR efforts aimed at ensuring they don’t get anywhere near the level of government subsidy and support the polluting industries get.

Some people have a distinct inability to differentiate reality from fossil-fuel-industry PR.

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c_c 3:27 pm
16 Apr 12
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affordable said :

HenryBG

How will I turn my lights on, sunlight is only free for 6-8 hours a day

Oh dude, the same way solar manages to heat water and power lights at the moment even when the sun isn’t out, through stored heat and energy.

The technology to do this though on a grander scale that would replace current base load power systems though is still a way off. As with electric cars and hydrogen fuel cells, it calls for energy density and efficiency that doesn’t exist yet outside of blue prints now.

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HenryBG 3:41 pm
16 Apr 12
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c_c said :

affordable said :

HenryBG

How will I turn my lights on, sunlight is only free for 6-8 hours a day

Oh dude, the same way solar manages to heat water and power lights at the moment even when the sun isn’t out, through stored heat and energy.

What I want to know is what school did these idiots attend, that failed to explain to them, for example, how the Snowy Hydro system works?

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Diggety 4:05 pm
16 Apr 12
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HenryBG said :

Diggety said :

affordable said :

HenryBG

How will I turn my lights on, sunlight is only free for 6-8 hours a day

Henry has a distinct inability to differentiate between theoretical and practical implementation.

I’d love to know who preaches to him, and his reasons why renewable energy has not come close to replacing fossil-fuels for electrical generation thus far.

The threat these technologies’ exploitation of a free resource poses to the big energy corporation results in massive lobbying and public PR efforts aimed at ensuring they don’t get anywhere near the level of government subsidy and support the polluting industries get.

Nope. That isn’t the reason (and your subsidies remark is not true $/kWh).

Try again.

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gazket 5:17 pm
16 Apr 12
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Solar does well in limited applications like watches and calculators, but it just does not work well in large applications.

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