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18 March

Aussie’s Transition Into Renewable Energy Age

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Adelaide Airport, where solar PVs are installed on the roof, resulting from solar feed-in-tariff introduced by Premier Mike Rann (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Due to our previous post on Darwin’s Blackout, let’s take a look at some of the recent developments of Renewable Energy policies in Australia.

Back in 2006, about 9,500 GWh (gigawatt-hours) of Australian electricity came from renewable sources, representing less than 4% of  nationally generated electricity. By 2011, that number moved up to approximately 29,302 GWh and to 29,678 GWh by 2012, representing 13.14% of the total production in Australia.

Similar to many other countries, government policy in response to concern for climate change, energy independence, and economic stimulus has been the driving force behind encouraging the development of renewable energy. A key policy that has been in place since 2001 to encourage large-scale renewable energy development is a mandatory renewable energy target (MRET), which in 2010 was increased to 41,000 GWh of renewable generation from power stations. There is also the Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme, an uncapped scheme to support rooftop solar power and solar hot water and several State schemes providing feed-in tariffs to encourage photovoltaics. In 2012, these policies have been supplemented by a carbon price and a 10 billion-dollar fund to finance renewable energy projects.

Based on a survey result indicated in Angus Reid Global Monitor (June 25, 2007), there is/was considerable public support for the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Australia.

It has also been suggested that with sufficient public and private sector investment and government policy certainty, Australia could switch entirely to renewable energy within a decade by building additional large-scale solar and wind power developments, upgrading to transmission infrastructure and introduction of appropriate energy efficiency measures.

The amount of installed PV capacity in Australia has increased 10-fold between 2009 and 2011. Feed-in-tariffs and mandatory renewable energy targets specifically designed to assist renewable energy commercialization in Australia have largely been responsible for the rapid increase.  In South Australia, Premier Mike Rann introduced a solar feed in tariff for households and an educational program that involved installing photovoltaics on the roofs of major public buildings such as the Adelaide Airport, State Parliament, Museum, Art Gallery and several hundred public schools. In 2008 Premier Rann announced funding for $8 million worth of solar panels on the roof of the new Goyder Pavilion at the Royal Adelaide Showgrounds, the largest roof top solar installation in Australia, qualifying it for official “power station” status. South Australia has the highest per capita take up of household solar power in Australia. The first commercial-scale PV power plant was opened in 2011, the Uterne Solar Power Station, a 1MW capacity grid-connected solar photovoltaic system located 5 km south of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. The second opened in 2012 at Greenough River Solar Farm with a capacity of 10 MW. The price of photovoltaics has been decreasing, and in January of 2013, was less than half the cost of using grid electricity in Australia.

A closer look at some of the incentive policies mentioned above will be presented in the following posts.

Related article/site below:

http://ret.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au/

http://www.adelaideairport.com.au/assets/pdfs/sustainability/factsheets/AAL_Solar_display_fact_Sheet.pdf

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27 December

Andre Ribeiro Coutinho Attending World Future Society 2013 Conference

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Please show your support for Renewable Energy by visiting-signing-sharing Renewable-FIT For Sunshine State!

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This post contains a short interview with Andre Ribeiro Coutinho

Interview with Andre R. Coutinho (L) of Symnetics by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker (R) at World Future Society 2013

during World Future Society 2013 at Hilton Hotel  in Chicago, IL in the month of July, 2013, below:

Mr. Andre Ribeiro Coutinho has worked with Symnetics of Brazil for over 16 year. Symnetics is an unconventional consulting firm focused on design and strategy management looking for solutions for economics, education infrastructure, energy, etc. in the next decade. Symnetics works with private companies, government agencies, and non-government organizations in search of new local solutions pertinent to Brazilian environment. Mr. Coutinho welcomed interactions at World Future Society where innovators and thought-leaders would exchange new tools and ideas in facing challenges of the coming decades.

World Future Society is an organization of people dedicated to exploring the future, enabling thinkers, political personalities, scientists, and lay-people to share informed and serious discussions  on what the future has in store for all of us. The World Future Society will be holding its conference, WorldFuture2014, between July 11-13, 2014, in Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL 32821, USA (near Downtown Disney and the Epcot Center!)

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14 April

It’s A Glorious Day/Month For Sunshine!

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Glorious! I  got this few days ago….for the first time ever, solar accounted for 100% of all  new utility electricity capacity added to the grid in the USA in the month of March, 2013.

It’s A Glorious Day/Month For Sunshine!

This milestone was revealed by the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s March Energy Infrastructure Update, which focuses exclusively on larger facilities and does not include energy generated by net-metered installations.  At the bottom of page 3 of 5 of this report, one finds that 44 MW of PV capacity was installed during March, 2013, following the startup of seven new projects located in California, Nevada, New Jersey, Hawaii, Arizona, and North Carolina. The report also indicates that solar had a strong presence in the first quarter of this year with 537 MW of PV added to the grid in the US during the three-month period.

“This speaks to the extraordinary strides we have made in the past several years to bring down costs and ramp up deployment,” said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association).  “Since 2008, the amount of solar powering U.S. homes, businesses and military bases has grown by more than 600 percent—from 1,100 megawatts to more than 7,700 megawatts today.  As FERC’s report suggests, and many analysts predict, solar will grow to be our nation’s largest new source of energy over the next four years.”

FERC’s report supports other findings which show solar power to be one of the fastest growing energy sources in the U.S., powering homes, businesses and utility grids across the nation. The Solar Market Insight annual edition shows the U.S. installed 3,313 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2012, a record for the industry.

Some of this growth is attributed to the fact that the cost of a solar system has dropped by nearly 40 percent over the past two years, making solar more affordable than ever for utilities and consumers.

“In 2012, the U.S. brought more new solar capacity online than in the three prior years combined,” Resch added. “These new numbers from FERC support our forecast that solar will continue a pattern of growth in 2013, adding 5.2 GW of solar electric capacity. This sustained growth is enabling the solar industry to create thousands of good jobs and to provide clean, affordable energy for more families, businesses, utilities, and the military than ever before.”

Today, America’s solar industry employs 119,000 workers throughout the country. That’s a 13.2 percent growth over 2011’s jobs numbers, making solar one of the fastest-growing job sectors in the nation.

More Resources:
– FERC’s March 2013 Energy Infrastructure Update: www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2013/mar-energy-infrastructure.pdf
– 2013 SEIA Policy Priorities: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/2013-policy-priorities-federal-state
– U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2012 Year-in-Reviewhttp://www.seia.org/research-resources/us-solar-market-insight

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19 January

Our Best To Friends in Greece With Their “Fast Track” PV Projects

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Another piece of wonderful news regarding Greece was revealed by The Greek Deputy Minister of Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, Notis Mitarakis, about a week ago during a press conference: a list of five photovoltaic projects that have been granted by the state, the “fast track” status.  Once completed, these projects will have a total capacity of 724.162 MW.  The “Fast Track” Greek photovoltaic projects are as follows:

  1. ILIAKO VELOS ENA:  Development of a 200 MW photovoltaic park at the Western Macedonia Lignite Centre, Municipality of Kozani. 500 million euros budget.
  2. SPES SOLARIS-SOLAR CONCEPT photovoltaic Parks:  Development of 39 photovoltaic parks of a 131.2 MW total installed capacity in various municipalities. 301.5 million euros budget.
  3. SILSIO Photovoltaic Parks: Development of various photovoltaics parks around Greece of a 126.82 MW total installed capacity.  248.2 million euros budget.
  4. SPES SOLARIS-SOLAR CONCEPT photovoltaic Parks: Development of 12 photovoltaic parks of a 166.142 MW total installed capacity.  332.284 million euros budget.
  5. BRITE HELLAS: Development of a 100 MW Photovoltaic park at  the Municipality of Drama, Northern Greece. 204 million euros budget.

For a project to be granted the “Fast Track” status it needs to satisfy certain features such as having a large budget, the creation of numerous jobs, and that it promotes innovation and protects the environment.  Primarily fast track projects concern large scale investments which aim to capitalize on the strategic advantages that Greece can offer on the global map.  Any investor applying for the fast track status is also eligible to apply for any or all the benefits available for his  investment in the Greek Investment Incentives Law, which may include capital subsidy, tax shield, interest subsidies, etc. In essence, fast track is not a financing tool, it doesn’t provide money or subsidies.  Fast Track facilitates speed, transparency and legal contractual certainty to investors who have a solid and tangible investment plan.  Hurray for the Greek government for recognizing the fact that solar PV projects are different from traditional conventional energy where incoming fuel lines and various environmental impacts had historically required far more time and attention than that of solar projects.  Currently, the biggest concern is the liquidity problem, according to Kostis Hatzidakis,

Kostis Hatzidakis, Greek Minister of Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks

Minister of Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, “There are no projects excluded from the liquidity problem. The key is to complete the recapitalization of banks.”  He further indicated that the Ministry has been trying to increase the liquidity in the market and this is the reason “we are now planning the Greek Investment Fund, which will provide financial and technical support in key areas like energy. Its funds will come from both Greek and international institutions.”  We wish our friends in Greece the best with their solar PV projects.

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