Solar Tidbits (Issue No. 16)

by | Jul 11, 2022 | Industry News, Solar Tidbits | 0 comments

In this week’s issue of Solar Tidbits: (1) Victoria Encourages Rooftop Solar as Part of a Roadmap for Gas Substitution (2) Rooftop Solar and Residential Batteries will take Center Stage in the Upcoming Rapid Energy Revolution (3) Australian PV Research Centre receives Government Financing of AU$45 Million

Victoria Encourages Rooftop Solar as Part of a Roadmap for Gas Substitution

Solar panels installed on roofs in South Australia

Photo Credit: CSIRO

As part of a new initiative to cut gas use and residential energy costs, the Australian state of Victoria is encouraging the use of rooftop solar.

The gas substitution plan describes how the state will employ energy efficiency, electrification, hydrogen, and biomethane to lower costs and reduce carbon emissions. It is intended to empower Victorian homes and companies to embrace sustainable alternatives to fossil gas.

According to Lily D’Ambrosio, the state’s energy minister, “Clean energy produced by household solar panels combined with modern, energy-efficient electrical appliances is now the most cost-effective way to warm Victorian homes in winter, cool them in summer and power our households throughout the year,”

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Rooftop Solar and Residential Batteries will take Center Stage in the Upcoming Rapid Energy Revolution

Photo Credit: David Mariuz/AAP

By 2050, Australian homes and businesses’ solar and storage resources will be able to supply approximately one-fifth of the country’s electricity needs, and rooftop solar alone might replace coal in terms of generation capacity in ten years.

Distributed resources will be crucial in supplying energy and the “firming” capacity required to maintain a grid with high levels of renewables, up to almost 100%, according to the market operator’s latest study, its 30-year blueprint.

The forecasts are contained in the Australian Energy Market Operator’s final 2022 Integrated System Plan, which serves as a roadmap for a swift switch to a grid dominated by renewable energy sources and includes two-way energy flows and technologies that will rely on inexpensive, green power rather than coal, gas and oil.

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Australian PV Research Centre receives Government Financing of AU$45 Million

The centre is a federally funded initiative by ARENA

Photo credit: ARENA via Twitter

The new government of the nation has provided financing to the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) to support its ongoing solar research initiatives through the year 2030.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has provided funding to the centre in the amount of AU$45 million (US$31 million), extending its efforts to create next-generation PV technologies.

ACAP is provided by the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and it is made up of research teams from institutions such as the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, and Monash University.

According to UNSW Professor Martin Green, ARENA’s assistance will enable ACAP to carry out its research into more effective and potent technologies. “The next decade promises to be the most exciting and important in solar PV, ever, with massively increased uptake and technological change,” he added.

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