Home solar systems can power up to 50% of Australia
Author: Darvin Tocmo Date Posted:7 December 2016
Australia has an emerging mass electricity generator in home solar systems. A report showed that these can power one-third to half of the country.
Solar energy might be the solution to high electricity bills. It worked for rural communities in Western Australia. And it may just fulfill the wish of a family in Adelaide for zero bills. So, despite resistance from some players, Australia's energy industry welcomes it.
Solar energy's potential is much talked-about. People worry about energy policies changing in addition to volatile electricity prices. Therefore, they turn to solar as it proves to be a more stable source.
The roadmap to the solar revolution
The Energy Networks Australia and CSIRO’s roadmap raised an interesting scenario. According to the study, one-third to half of the country will be sun-powered come mid-century. However, it is only possible if the government introduces the right policies.
Up to 10 million homes and small businesses will use solar panels and battery storage. But for this to happen, it's necessary to introduce better pricing and incentives.
The study also shared a futuristic observation. The developments can turn the grid into an internet-like platform. Here, customers can trade and share energy. The public will play a huge role in making solar the new mass electricity generator in Australia.
Zero emissions can happen
The roadmap delivered another good news - the emissions intensity scheme. Apparently, it's the most cost-effective way to deal with carbon dioxide emissions.
Basically, it's a form of carbon trading which they are highly recommending. It could save customers $200 a year by 2030. But more importantly, it could create a reliable electricity grid with zero emissions by 2050.
Energy Networks chief John Bradley discussed the low-cost shift to zero emissions. He said it would depend on a national climate and energy plan with bipartisan support.
By contrast, carbon policy which could change at every election is disastrous. It could lead to a high-cost and less secure electricity service.