By Vassilis Agelidis Professor of Power Engineering and Director of the Australian Energy Research Institute at the University of NSW. Original article published by The Conversation on 14th March 2014.
The recent start of construction on the first of two large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in outback New South Wales shows the importance of renewable energy targets and funding. Continue reading “Big solar could boost Australia’s power, if renewables funding stays”
Friday March 22 was a sad day for fossil fools… Australia’s clean-coal loving energy minister, Martin Ferguson, resigned his post. Martin Ferguson’s exit from the energy portfolio is good news for Australians who support renewables. Thanks to Ferguson’s mismanagement of … Continue reading Pollie Watch: Farewell fossil Ferguson!
The following news item comes from the ABC. Funds pledge urged for second-round solar bid The Victorian Government is being urged to hold over millions of dollars in funding for the proposed Mallee solar park near Mildura. The developer, TRUenergy, was promised $100 million from the Victorian Government but it was contingent on the project getting Commonwealth funding. The Federal Government has announced a project at Moree as the successful bidder under its Solar Flagships program. The Opposition’s energy spokeswoman, Lily D’Ambrosio, says the Victorian Government is not guaranteeing the funds for a second-round Solar Flagships bid by TRUenergy. “This … Continue reading state government urged to hold funding for Mallee solar park
After the disappointing news that Mildura missed out on federal funding for a solar power plant, we also had the news that the Areva solar-thermal plant for Chinchilla, in Queensland, is to receive funding – and will be backed up by gas. Chinchilla is in the heart of the area where coal-seam gas is being extracted by destructive “fracking” techniques, of which Friends of the Earth is part of the campaign against. Below is the press release from Beyond Zero Emissions on the decision. 22 June 2011: Labor’s Solar Flagships: Smoke and Mirrors….and coal seam gas The Federal Government’s choice … Continue reading Solar flagships ‘picking losers’ with gas hybrid
The following comes from the Sunraysia Daily, Journalist: CHRIS MCLENNAN. See the end of this post for details on the projects that received the federal support. Solar blow: Mildura misses out on federal funding for power station MILDURA has missed out on its bid for a second major solar power station. Instead, Prime Minister Julia Gillard on the weekend announced funding worth three quarters of a billion dollars for projects in Queensland and New South Wales. TRUenergy’s much fancied “Mallee Solar Park” 180 megawatt station south of Red Cliffs was beaten for funding by a 150 megawatt solar farm in … Continue reading Mildura misses out on federal funding for solar power station