Renewable Power Australia – Dim Solar Still Burns Bright At The ABC

Posted on Mon 02/13/2012 by


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Australian ABC Media Network logo. Image courtesy ABC.

The ABC mentioned here is the Australian national broadcasting network, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It has no association with the U.S. ABC Network…..TonyfromOz.

It’s strange that with solar power in trouble around the world, it’s still promoted as our saviour on the ABC:

Fran Kelly on ABC Radio National on Friday:

WITH lots of sunshine and some world-beating research and development, Australia promises a lot when it comes to solar energy. But as big solar projects roll out in Asia, South Africa, Europe and America, why hasn’t Australia been able to unlock its solar potential?

No sunshine on solar in Germany. Alexander Neubacher, January 18, Der Spiegel:

THE costs of subsidising solar electricity have exceeded the E100 billion ($1.2bn) mark in Germany.. . . Solar farm operators and home owners with solar panels on their roofs collected more than E8bn in subsidies in 2011, but the electricity they generated made up only about 3 per cent of the total power supply, and that at unpredictable times . . . German consumers already complain about having to pay the second-highest electricity prices in Europe . . . In 2004, Germany held a 69 per cent share of the global solar panel business. By 2011, it had declined to 20 per cent. Former industry giant Solarworld is having problems. Solon and Solar Millennium have gone out of business. Schott Solar shut down a plant, shedding 276 jobs and losing E16 million in government subsidies in the process.

Or Spain. Daniel Silva, AFP, Feb 1:

SPAIN’S push to become a world leader in renewable energy risks collapsing after the government slammed the brakes on generous subsidies as part of an austerity drive. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government passed a decree on Friday to “temporarily suspend” subsidies for all new wind, solar, co-generation or waste incineration plants as it seeks to curb the public deficit . . . In 2008 Spain accounted for half the world’s new solar power installations in terms of wattage thanks to the subsidies designed to help get the young sector up and running. . . From 2008-2010 the sector shed 20,000 jobs largely because of the previous government’s subsidy cuts, and the end of new subsidies announced on Friday will likely lead to the loss of a similar number of jobs this year.

The answer to Kelly’s question: it costs an absolute fortune for the power it dribbles out.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

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