03 May '12, 12pm

The State of Commercial Solar Power in Australia

The Port Augusta coal power plants are alredy being shut down. The oldest of the two plants will be closed for good in July, while the other will only be operated during the hottest six months of the year when electricity demand is higher. While South Australia’s expanding solar capacity plays a small part in allowing us to do this, it’s mostly due to our large wind capacity. Last year South Australia got 26% of its electricity from wind. Basically, we are doing away with baseload power in South Australia. Solar power fed directly into the grid is going to have a hard time competeing with point of use solar in Australia. This is because in most of Australia wholesale electricity prices will soon be around 5.5 cents a kilowatt-hour, while retail electricity prices are usually over 25 cents a kilowatt-hour. (I was charged 27 US cents a kilowatt-hour on my last electricity bi...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/05/03/the-state-of-commerci...

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