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Large scale solar moving forward

By johnboy - 6 December 2011 77

Simon Corbell is celebrating getting the nod from the Legislative Assembly to ramp up solar power generation in Canberra.

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, has today welcomed in-principal support from the ACT Legislative Assembly, for legislation which will allow large-scale solar facilities to be rolled out across the ACT.

“The Government’s legislation proposes to allow large-scale solar facilities to access the feed-in tariff, which is an Australian first, that will encourage more companies to consider the ACT as a base for their renewable energy installations,” Mr Corbell said.

“The ACT Labor Government is working hard to make Canberra Australia’s solar capital and this legislation is the next step to ensure that this becomes a reality.”

The new solar energy auction bill will support the development of up to 210 MW of large-scale renewable energy generation. The first release of 40 MW capacity will reduce emissions by around 850,000 tonnes over its 20 year life.

Mr Corbell said that this legislation, if passed later this week, could see at least two major commercial solar facilities constructed in the ACT which would be capable of powering approximately 7000 homes.

“These potential solar facilities could provide as much as 14% of the minimum electricity demand of the ACT which would assist in reducing carbon emissions and take the ACT closer to carbon neutrality by 2060.”

The large-scale auction process will require companies to provide a detailed proposal to the ACT Government on how they propose to provide large amounts of renewable energy to the community at the lowest cost to Canberrans.

UPDATE: In reply the Liberals’ Zed Seselja is not impressed:

“As we have come to expect from ACT Labor, this large-scale solar scheme is an expensive way to achieve nothing at all,” Mr Seselja said today.

“ACT Labor hasn’t explained the cost of this latest scheme, and all we have to work with is the government’s stated estimate of $225 per household per year for its small, medium and large scale solar feed-in tariff. Based on previous form from ACT Labor this estimate could blow out.

“How can the Assembly agree to a 210mW scheme which hasn’t been costed, and would be run by a government which so appallingly managed the 30mW scheme?

“Under this previous scheme, the allocated funding was used so quickly that it was retrospectively cut in the dead of night, the effects of which are still being felt across the solar industry.

“Under this proposed scheme, interstate businesses will be able to set up large-scale solar farms in New South Wales and hundreds of kilometres away from Canberra and receive the ACT funding. This scheme, together with the 40 per cent target will create the absurd situation where Canberrans will fund renewable energy generation in New South Wales and in doing so, enable New South Wales to emit more.

Further Update: Simon Corbell is punching on:

The Canberra Liberals have highlighted their hypocrisy on renewable energy policy and have been caught out in their opposition to Labor’s large scale generation proposal today, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell said.

Mr Corbell said it has been revealed, the Canberra Liberals proposed the development of a solar power station as the “cornerstone” of their 2008 election Climate Change policy.

In a policy document dated 10 October 2008, just days before the 2008 Election, Zed Seselja committed the Liberal Party to:

” The immediate commencement of a project to develop of (sic) Solar Power Plant at the heart of a Renewable Energy Park.” (p.1, Cleaning up our ACT – Leadership on Climate Change policy document)

Mr Seselja now says that the Canberra Liberals will not support Large Scale Solar legislation because:

“… this large scale solar scheme is an expensive way to achieve nothing at all…” (Media Release ‘Latest Solar Scheme an expensive way to do nothing’6 December 2011)

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77 Responses to
Large scale solar moving forward
farnarkler 7:50 pm 07 Dec 11

The French, Belgians, Swedes and Swiss have been using nuclear power plants successfully for years. As with anything, there is a risk of something going wrong but I’m sure a nuclear powerplant could fuel Canberra’s electricity requirements well. They’d just have to make sure it was built 15km West of the city. And we’re not particularly prone to even moderate earthquakes.

Diggety 7:26 pm 07 Dec 11

OpenYourMind said :

As I’ve said in previous posts, nuclear is a poor choice in pretty much every way. It’s sucha stupid idea that even Americans have realised it’s stupid! If for no other reason, the real cost of any kind of nuclear solution in Australia would make green energy look like chump change.

But more importantly, it just won’t happen, it’s a big glowing green hot potato that no self respecting politician would put their name to any time in the near future. Fukushima has assured us of that.

Please update your information of GenIV reactor technology before commenting on any Australian nuclear future.

Even once prominent anti-nuclear activists have changed their minds. It’s only really those willing to stick their head in the sands and ignore science, environmental issues, resource issues and economics opposed to it.

(Please)

Diggety 6:35 pm 07 Dec 11

Holden Caulfield said :

Diggety said :

In fact, anyone who claims they want action on climate change whilst adopting an anti-nuclear stance is delusional.

Rightly or wrongly, I think Japan has Fukushima’d any real chance of serious nuclear debate in this country for at least 20 years.

Sad, but true.

Even though any nuclear power options Australia would commission make the Fukushima, Three Mile Island and Chernobyl incidents a physical impossibility.

Politics…

OpenYourMind 6:16 pm 07 Dec 11

As I’ve said in previous posts, nuclear is a poor choice in pretty much every way. It’s sucha stupid idea that even Americans have realised it’s stupid! If for no other reason, the real cost of any kind of nuclear solution in Australia would make green energy look like chump change.

But more importantly, it just won’t happen, it’s a big glowing green hot potato that no self respecting politician would put their name to any time in the near future. Fukushima has assured us of that.

Holden Caulfield 5:31 pm 07 Dec 11

Diggety said :

In fact, anyone who claims they want action on climate change whilst adopting an anti-nuclear stance is delusional.

Rightly or wrongly, I think Japan has Fukushima’d any real chance of serious nuclear debate in this country for at least 20 years.

cranky 4:52 pm 07 Dec 11

#9

Hear, hear

Diggety 2:33 pm 07 Dec 11

poetix said :

Stevian said :

steveu said :

To be honest with you I would feel better if we reduced our dependence on fossil fuels from the middle east…

That’s heresy, surely. Common sense, but heresy

So are you both supporting nuclear power as an option?

In fact, anyone who claims they want action on climate change whilst adopting an anti-nuclear stance is delusional.

Classified 12:00 pm 07 Dec 11

poetix said :

Stevian said :

steveu said :

To be honest with you I would feel better if we reduced our dependence on fossil fuels from the middle east…

That’s heresy, surely. Common sense, but heresy

So are you both supporting nuclear power as an option?

I certainly am.

Diggety 11:26 am 07 Dec 11

poetix said :

Stevian said :

steveu said :

To be honest with you I would feel better if we reduced our dependence on fossil fuels from the middle east…

That’s heresy, surely. Common sense, but heresy

So are you both supporting nuclear power as an option?

I know you weren’t asking me, but ‘yes’ again.

poetix 10:53 am 07 Dec 11

Stevian said :

steveu said :

To be honest with you I would feel better if we reduced our dependence on fossil fuels from the middle east…

That’s heresy, surely. Common sense, but heresy

So are you both supporting nuclear power as an option?

Stevian 10:34 am 07 Dec 11

steveu said :

To be honest with you I would feel better if we reduced our dependence on fossil fuels from the middle east…

That’s heresy, surely. Common sense, but heresy

wildturkeycanoe 10:29 am 07 Dec 11

This is just as absurd as the ideas being proposed to enable the A.C.T to be carbon neutral by 2060. If our energy dollars go interstate, or overseas, at a cost much more than elsewhere then business and energy users will simply change where they buy. What’s to stop all Canberran’s changing to an interstate energy provider who charges less because it’s not green energy? Nothing, unless the government makes it illegal [not likely though, with free enterprise and the like]. Unless the costs of paying for this solar energy come from direct taxation through means that we cannot escape such as rates, you will see the A.C.T become less carbon friendly and not the other way.
In any case, I’ve done some maths…
The cost of purchasing the 210MW of solar panels alone [no other components, just the panels] is $123 million.
The area required to produce this amount of solar power is 210,000 sq/metres. At current A.C.T land prices that would be $99.393 million.
That total is over $220 million.
At the current feed in tarriff, which at wholesale prices is around $25/MWh, over 20 years you would reap $136 million.
So, over the lifespan of your solar installation you’d LOSE $64million give or take a bit.
Well worthwhile if you ask me, if you have that kind of money, and can find the land to stick it on.
No wonder it will go interstate.
[These figures were researched on the net, stuck together with a bit of glue and I don’t have a master’s degree in numerology. If anyone wishes to add or amend any of these figures, get a job with the government and make somesense of it all]

Diggety 11:12 pm 06 Dec 11

Was Zed meaning milliwatt (mW) or megawatt (MW)?

steveu 7:12 pm 06 Dec 11

To be honest with you I would feel better if we reduced our dependence on fossil fuels from the middle east…

Solidarity 3:22 pm 06 Dec 11

I wonder how many emissions we could reduce by simply not creating the panels in the first place?

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