Friday, July 23, 2010

What do you think


The Australian Conservation Foundation seems to think the 5% guarantee of Victoria's electricity (see story below) coming from large scale solar power by 2020 is a good thing but, I would have thought 15 0r 20% would have been a better Target. What do you think?

I have been told that if a state the size of Victoria was covered in solar panels it would produce enough electricity to power the world.

My thoughts would be to devide this by the appropriate time zones and spread the fractions around the world so as the solar panels were continually in daylight producing enough electricity. If one country can put man on the moon then 10 countries could easily fund this and make it happen. No more coal burning, no more nuclear power plants. Works for me.

Vic solar guarantee shows way for federal parties

Date: 21-Jul-2010

The Victorian Government guarantee that 5% of the state’s electricity will come from large-scale solar power by 2020 provides a model that parties contesting this year’s federal election should match or beat, the Australian Conservation Foundation said today.

“The Victorian Government is showing how to move forward on clean energy and move away from a pollution dependent economy,” said ACF executive director Don Henry.

“A new national 5% large-scale solar target would result in around 30 solar power stations being built.

Australia has more sunny days than any other continent; we should be leading the world on solar energy.

“The parties contesting this federal election need to show they have serious plans to put a price on pollution – to level the playing field with dirty energy – and better incentives to encourage the growth of clean energy.

“Australians have been doing a great job putting solar panels on their roofs. What we now need is some big solar power stations to make clean energy cheaper.

“The federal parties should be setting national large-scale solar targets of at least 5% for 2020 and providing better financial support.”


12 comments:

Bangchik said...

Solar energy would be the one for the future. Of course the approach is a careful one, with a wait and see game with nuclear and oil/gas. ~bangchik

nevyn said...

Australia - driest contintent of the planet - therefore should have the most solar power stations in the world. That would be the sensible thing to do but why would our decision makers let common sense get in the way of utter stupidity.

Rosey said...

Windmills?

Stewart said...

Ok. I'll take windmills.

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