Solar in doubt

October 15, 2018

Energy chiefs say the sharply rising levels of rooftop and grid-level solar power will force difficult discussions as Australia reaches a solar peak. 

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has long warned about the dangers of subsidised renewable energy creating an unsustainable energy market and this now looks like becoming a reality.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports Australians have been installing around 100 megawatts of new solar power every month so far this year and there are predictions that the country could become the first country in the world where the grid cannot handle the excess level of distributed electricity generated.

That would mean the power generated would be wasted as it could not be transported to where it could be used.

“It’s feast or famine with renewables, they’re all turned on or all turned off at the same time,” EnergyAustralia director Mark Collette told Fairfax Media.

“We’ll be one of the first countries in the world to hit that solar peak. We’re going to see it way before anyone else does. We’ll hit a point where there is no point in putting any more solar power into the system without something changing.

"For somewhere like South Australia, I don’t think that it's far away when they won’t be able to add any more solar because there is nowhere to take it."

He said this point could be as soon as the early 2020s.

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