Solar and wind contributing to power needs


IN the recent heat waves, our electricity supply did not fail once because of lack of supply.

With a growing population and no additional coal-fired generation since the last big heat waves a few years ago when supply did drop out, the contribution from people’s rooftop solar cannot be underestimated.

Nor can the growing feed-in from wind farms.

Rooftop solar works best right at the time of peak demand and is keeping our electricity prices lower because the power lines and transformers of the grid do not have to be upgraded to cater for an average six hours of extreme demand a year.

They have also prevented the need for new costly and greenhouse gas producing coal-fired power stations.

So much so, that there will never be another coal-fired power station built anywhere in Australia, as investors have got the message that these are risky investments as the cost of running them is going up and that of renewable electricity is falling all the time.

Shouldn’t our state and federal governments be encouraging the roll out of solar panels to keep costs down and to secure supply?

Isn’t it about time the Napthine government reinstated the 25 cents per kWh nett feed-in tariff?