Climate Change Commissioner Tim Flannery says Australia is doing well in renewable energy, but could do much more. In the latest report, the commission says it is clear that solar and wind will be the cheapest forms of energy by 2030 – echoing the conclusions of the Bureau of Resource and Energy Economic, and the country could soon be powered by renewables.
“What we can now see is the emerging inevitability that renewables are going to be running the economy at some point in the future,” Flannery told ABC radio in an interview. “I don’t think it’s been widely appreciated. You talk to people in government and industry and many people on the street, those facts really haven’t started to sink in.”
An Australian solar developer is proposing to build a 20MW solar PV plant in central Queensland, the first utility scale solar farm in the country to be constructed without drawing on subsidies or incentives beyond the renewable energy target.
The company, called Solmessis, has made a development application for a 35MW solar farm on the outskirts of the small town of Balcardine, around 520km west of Rockhampton and about 1,000km north-west of Brisbane. The DA is scheduled to go before a council meeting this Thursday.
The mothballing and closure of a range of coal power stations is leading to claims that adding lots of renewable energy supply to an already oversupplied market could mean the lights will go out.