Skip to comments.Australia’s Expensive Solar Ambitions
Posted on 12/05/2011 9:31:07 AM PST by bananaman22
Green activists, take note for Australia fully to embrace solar power, Canberra would have to spend $100 billion, with photovoltaic cells to generate the electricity covering an area twice the size of Sydney in order to replace Australias indigenous inexpensive coal-fired power plants with renewable energy sources.
This is not an insignificant figure, as Australian coal currently generates 80 percent of Australia's electrical energy output.
The grim statistic was contained in the recent report, Keeping the Home Fires Burning, issued by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
So, who is the Australian Strategic Policy Institute? Tree-hugging, wallaby and kangaroo friendly ecological leftists or energy company flacks?
According to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute website, ASPI is an independent, non-partisan policy institute. It has been set up by the government to provide fresh ideas on Australia's defense and strategic policy choices It aims to help Australians understand the critical strategic choices which our country will face over the coming years, and will help government make better-informed decisions.
Accordingly ASPIs conclusions cannot be seen as either energy industry shills nor environmental advocates, which makes them accordingly worth careful consideration.
The report starts ominously, Australia, like all modern economies, needs an assured supply of energy to function effectively. As a net exporter of energy, Australia is well placed in most respects. But we are still reliant on external sources of oil. Full article at: Australia Going Solar Gonna Cost Ya, Mate