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Commercial solar power will further reduce Australia’s demand for fossil fuel electricty

solar-panels-and-moneyHot Tips For Australia In 2013 — Energy Storage, Big Solar, Clean Technica December 18, 2012 Giles Parkinson“…… Dr Saddler ( Hugh Saddler, principal consultant in the climate change business unit of Pitt & Sherry) said. “There’s also been a dramatic increase in residential use of small-scale reverse cycle air-conditioners, whichhave become very much more efficient in recent years.”
Using electricity demand in 2008-09 as the base, annual demand to the end of November 2012 has seen an 11 per cent fall in Victoria, 8 per cent in NSW, with smaller drops in other states.

“Changes in demand of electricity on this scale are unprecedented in the entire 120-year history of the electricity supply industry in Australia,” the Pitt & Sherry report said.

The rapid spread of solar photovoltaic panels is also beginning to erode demand, although the full impact may not be felt until more companies rather than homes install the technology, he said. Commercial power demand typically matches solar PV output more closely than residential use.
Solar boost
Meanwhile, one of Australia’s biggest PV installers, Mark Group, has begun offering additional solar payments to foster demand even as state governments roll back feed-in tariffs. Earlier this year, Victoria cut its feed-in tariff from 25¢ per
kilowatt-hour to 8¢. Mark Group, along with retailer Diamond Energy, has lifted that rate to 33¢, with plans to roll out similar programs in NSW, Queensland and South Australia next year.

A surge in Chinese PV production has seen the cost of panels drop from $1.80 to 65¢ per kilowatt capacity in the past two years. “We’re not that far from operating without subsidies,” Rob Grant, chief executive of Mark Group’s Australian operations, said. “The biggest uptake is going to commercial.” :

December 19, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, solar

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