A leading renewable energy expert thinks Australia is failing to utilise its rich potential for solar energy, as just over 5 per cent of the nation’s total power generation comes from solar energy.
Ranked in the top 6 of the world’s top clean energy pioneers and CEO of the renewable energy company Energiya Global, Yosef Abramowitz said Australia needs to avert its focus away from coal and gas to allow for a renewable energy revolution.
Australia is detailed as having the world’s highest average solar radiation, which equals to around 10,000 times more than we use for our national energy consumption requirements.
The energy mogul said in order to begin this transition, the Australian government needs to plan phasing out all coal-fired energy stations and utilise the nation’s gas reserves on our way toward complete renewability.
Mr Abrowitz explained a solar farm large enough to power the whole of Australia would equate to around 6270 square kilometres, or just 0.1 per cent of the country.
He said Australia’s vast amount of land and great amount of solar radiation serves as the perfect opportunity to develop a national solar energy grid.
Australia’s size means a solar grid needed to power the whole country would take up a tiny amount of the country’s land. Source: www.smh.com.au. Photo: Finder.com.au.
What is being done to make this happen?
Mr Abramowitz’s comments seem to have come in vein, as the recent state budget has detailed not to allocate any amount of federal funding to the emissions reduction policies.
The government flatly denied the idea that having more renewable energy would create lower electricity prices.
Treasurer, Scott Morrison said the government will not change their current emissions target from 26-28 per cent to a higher goal of 45 per cent or implement the 50 per cent renewable energy target wanted by the opposition.
Mr Morrison said the proposals made by the opposition would only increase the cost of energy, whereas the government predicts their policy should reduce power bills by $400 on average from 2020. Time will only tell if their claims are accurate or not.
How does this affect Australia’s fight to become renewable?
Not only did the government fail to address the emissions target, but there will also be cuts to the Department of Environment and Energy of $169 million and further reductions to the Climate Change Authority.
Labor’s climate spokesman Mark Butler said the government’s new budget is a disgrace.
“Malcolm Turnbull’s Government is failing to tackle crippling power prices, failing our international obligations under the Paris Agreement and most importantly failing all future generations of Australians.”
Labor’s Mark Butler believes the Turnbull Government need to take Australia’s energy crisis more seriously. Source: indaily.com.au.
Mr Butler also expressed his disappointment towards the renewable energy target, explaining although we will meet the desired goal it could have been a lot more.
“If Australia just kept pace with global renewable jobs growth, we would have 26,500 renewable energy jobs, almost 12,000 more renewable energy jobs than we do,” Butler said.
He said the Government’s ‘anti-renewable’ movement will not just further increase energy costs and raise pollution levels, but squander the opportunity to create over 12,000 renewable energy jobs.
The Australian Conservation Fund (ACF) reiterated Mr Butler’s frustration, explaining the Turnbull government are actively ignoring their responsibility to preserve a vulnerable Australian climate and take action to develop a renewable environment.
Member for the ACF, Kelly O’Shanassy said, “This is a reckless budget that actively encourages climate pollution, invests little in clean energy and slashes investment in Australia’s wildlife, forests and rivers.”
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