Australian news, and some related international items

2 August REneweconomy news

  • Welfare lobby’s misguided and self-defeating attack on solar
    Welfare lobby is right to rail against Australia’s ridiculous electricity prices, but echoing fossil fuel talking points against solar and other new technologies is self defeating.
  • Australia solar market heads for 12GW by 2020
    Australia’s installed solar PV capacity set to double in three years, according to latest APVI data, as the big solar market gears back up.
  • GE wins South Australia tender for back-up generators
    GE wins tender for back-up generator, and will install mobile units using diesel this summer, before turning them into longer-term gas-fired units.
    How much will a Tesla Model 3 cost in Australia?
    The best way to estimate the prices is to use Tesla’s own configuration prices for the USA/Aus Model S and then scale them for the lower numbers.

August 2, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, energy

1 Comment »

  1. Why do low income home-owners, public housing, and rented housing have such a problem with the cost of rooftop solar electricity compared with grid electricity? It’s primarily because generators supplying grid electricity (fossil and wind mostly) don’t ask for the capital costs to be paid up-front, they recover their capital costs (plus loan costs and profits) over decades through quarterly bills. Rooftop solar mostly has to be paid up-front, thus severely limiting the appeal of a product that over its lifetime is cheaper. If rooftop solar capital costs could be paid over time through quarterly billing then low income home-owners, public and rental housing would be much more likely to install rooftop solar.

    Comment by Dennis Matthews | August 2, 2017 | Reply

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