Solar energy in Australia – theme for November 2012
This month, we return to the subject of solar energy in Australia. It is a critical subject. No country is better suited to solar energy, especially small scale solar energy, than ours. Yet the fossil fuel energy providers are exerting their huge influence over governments, to try to suppress solar power.
Energy providing utilities in Australia are facing something of a crisis. The problem is that solar photovoltaic energy is getting cheaper, and it is fast becoming an economic option for homes and businesses.
The utilities are getting government help. They continue to provide energy. They are needed, as in Germany, to provide capacity [as nuclear and then] coal-fired power stations are removed. The German government has come up with a new mechanism called “capacity factors” - a payment to ensure that the gas-fired plants are available.
Energy providers in Australia will have to develop new business models, to cope with the change, as thousands of Australians move to distributed solar energy in homes and businesses. (reference http://reneweconomy.com.au/2012/fear-and-loathing-as-utilities-grasp-impact-of-solar-pv-15262