So often the Fairfax Press “Canberra Times” reads like a greenleft newsletter – so it is refreshing that they have published this article critical of the ACT Govts (GreenLabor) heavily subsidised rooftop solar panel feedin scheme.
I commented last year.
Solar sell falls flat
BY LOUIS ANDREWS AND GRAHAM DOWNIE
21 Nov, 2010 10:12 AM
THE ACT Government’s solar feed-in scheme cost taxpayers more than a million dollars last financial year, but generated only a fraction of a per cent of the territory’s electricity needs during the winter months. ActewAGL figures provided to The Sunday Canberra Times show the payments to customers connected to the feed-in program were about $1.2 million in 2009-10.
And in the three months to September, solar panel energy met just 0.1 per cent of the territory’s electricity requirements. Nevertheless Environment Minister Simon Corbell is confident emerging technologies and the expansion of the scheme will still see a quarter of the ACT’s electricity needs met by solar power.
A spokesman for Mr Corbell said the figure was unsurprising because of the winter chill and cloud cover. “This is therefore comparing a supply-low period with a demand-high period,” he said. About one million kilowatt hours of energy were produced by solar panels in those three months. But estimated electricity use was more than 850 million kWh.
The spokesman said having 25 per cent of the territory’s electricity demand met by solar panels was still a realistic goal. “Photovoltaic solar generation technology is advancing rapidly, and it is also highly likely that technologies other than [solar panels] would be deployed in the ACT over the coming 10 years,” he said.
“There will be greater efficiencies from [solar power] as well as other likely large-scale technologies such as solar thermal which have yet to be installed [commercially] in the ACT.
For more, pick up a copy of today’s Sunday Canberra Times