The deteriorating situation in the environmental front has necessitated the change in the way we think about energy. The melting ice-cap and the rise in the global temperature has showed how the situation is turning drastic from being mildly disconcerting.
But, where is everyone else?
Changing energy situation in Australia
The question has passed on from following the leader to having to make personal decisions that could impact the future of the earth.
The outdated coal fields that supplies the geothermal thermal energy in Australia needs overhauling according to reports. This is the time when we can make a landmark decision for some change is surely on the cards. Why not make it one that will see us through to the next stage where we can sit back and say, “We have the supper on the stove.”
Increase in the installed PV capacity
Leading the way forward we see how the progressive step could involve some expenses but they will give returns that will pay more than the capital we invest. Australia is seeing a dramatic increase in the installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity. For instance, in the period 2009-2011 saw a 10-fold increase in the PV capacity. In the year 2011, Australia got its commercial scale PV plant. This was the 1 MW capacity Uterne Solar Power Station. The second one of the solar energy systems Australia saw opened in 2012 and had a 10 MW capacity. The first was south of Alice Springs while the second was at Greenough River Solar Farm.
Incentives from the government
Among the incentives offered by the Australian government, the first ambitious project offered a A$ 8,000 rebate for installing solar panels. This project was phased out in 2009. Now, we have the Solar Credits Program instead. Under this scheme, anyone who installed a solar power system would get five times the Renewable
Energy Certificates for the first 1.5 kW.
Beginning from July 2008, the National Solar School Programs replaced the Green Vouchers for School Programs. Schools now are eligible for A$ 50,000 to install solar panels with a capacity of 2 kW. By the time, they stopped taking the applications for the program in November 2012, 2,870 schools had installed solar panels. However, Australia lags Germany in terms of the installed PV capacity per person/ Germany has 10 W while Australia has only 2.6 W per capita.
Solar energy farms in Australia
The Aramara Solar Farm in Queensland has a capacity of 140,000 kW. Operation should commence in the middle of 2017 just like the Ross River Solar Farm that has a capacity of 135,000 kW. This is also in Queensland just like the next one Sun Metals Refinery Expansion that has a capacity of 116,000 kW.
In 2004, the Council of Sydney adopted the plan to make the city run 100% on renewable energy by 2030. Every small step towards conserving the energy resources and the environment is commendable. The future is here, and so, is the need to change.