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Solar Power for the ACT?

By PantsMan 4 September 2008 63

[First filed: September 03, 2008 @ 08:26]

Just noticed this new addition to the CMD [Chief Minister’s Department] website:  Solar Power Plant Pre-feasibility Study

Gas power station, data centre, now a field of solar rays – got to dump something on the north side of the city I suppose.  Maybe the old radar station site. 

Just when you thought the October election was going to be a bore!

[ED – And the Chief Minister’s media release on the subject is now online. They’ll need a stonking 120 hectare plant to power just 10,000 homes according to the Study. The image is of the site in Nevada which is named as the inspiration for the proposed ACT plant]

UPDATED: Jonathon Reynolds notes that a gas fired power station appears to be part of the plan for this development too.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Having thought about it all day Zed has responded incredulously to the chutzpah of another power station being announced.

    “Given the crisis that Stanhopes last power station venture caused, I am not sure that the Canberra community trusts this Government to build any major project.

    “The Canberra Liberals are supportive of seeking new ways and increasing investment in renewable energy. The concept of a solar farm is well worth considering; however, neither we, nor the Canberra community, know what technology will be involved, where the station will be located, and how much exactly it will cost.”

Zed also thinks the proposal is light on detail, so we look forward to his next in-depth policy announcement.

What’s Your opinion?


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RuffnReady 1:49 pm 05 Sep 08

Deano said :

RuffnReady said :

Deano, read your article about wind and it raises the point that you need to invest in the right infrastructure and control systems to integrate wind into power supply

Exactly. The Government’s proposal is only half a solution and without the necessary infrastructure investment it is likely to be a white elephant.

We have decent grid interconnectors in Australia, and they are being upgraded as we speak. The issues in the US are not the same as here – as you rightly point out, most of the problem in Australia is NIMBYs and planning law.

It is not all the government’s fault either – business expects to be able to run without stricture, and then the moment any infrastructure has to be built they go running to the government to pay for it. How is that fair? Surely business should bear some of the infrastructure cost burden as well since they are the ones who will be making the profits from using it for the next 50 years?

RuffnReady 1:44 pm 05 Sep 08

peter@home said :

what is a four poster??

definitely a solar power nutbag!

Yeah, bother to read the post peterh?

Simple – the Nimbies oppose them pretty much everywhere on the grounds of visual/noise pollution and bird killing. Just look at our local examples where projects around Lake George and Molonglo Ridge have been abandoned due to community opposition. Unfortunately the precedent has been set and communities are much more likely to reject wind turbines than to accept them.

Yes, I know that, but that’s where strong leadership should kick in (but never does).

The visual “pollution” angle is a joke – what is any human development (road, rail, housing, cities in general!) but “visual pollution”? And property prices in Japan, Europe and the US haven’t been affected by wind farms, doubt they would be here either. “Noise” pollution, come on! You get more noise from a road than you do a windfarm. As for the birds, that story was shown to be scientifically false and retracted, and large-sized turbines (which are all that you’d put in given economies of scale) have been shown not to kill birdlife (it’s the little ones that may have some impact).

The NIMBY attitude to wind farms in Australia reveals just how incredibly short-sighted and selfish a community we have become… happy to chew up the planet’s resources and screw the climate so that we can play X-box and turn the thermostat up to 25C, but not willing to make even minor changes to life as we know it for the sake of the future.

Deano 12:09 am 05 Sep 08

RuffnReady said :

Deano, read your article about wind and it raises the point that you need to invest in the right infrastructure and control systems to integrate wind into power supply

Exactly. The Government’s proposal is only half a solution and without the necessary infrastructure investment it is likely to be a white elephant.

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