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Will ERGON and the Queensland Government fight tide of renewables with storage | PV-Tech Storage————Australians pay some of the highest electricity prices in the world. Amortised over its lifetime, solar PV is already much cheaper than grid electricity, coming in at around AUS$0.12 (US$0.09) per kilowatt-hour versus an average grid electricity charge of AUS$0.25 per kilowatt-hour, (and some customers pay up to AUS$0.45 per kilowatt-hour).

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Australians pay some of the highest electricity prices in the world. Amortised over its lifetime, solar PV is already much cheaper than grid electricity, coming in at around AUS$0.12 (US$0.09) per kilowatt-hour versus an average grid electricity charge of AUS$0.25 per kilowatt-hour, (and some customers pay up to AUS$0.45 per kilowatt-hour).

With a fantastic solar resource, and higher electricity prices, ‘solar PV grid parity’ came and went in Australia years ago. State-based solar PV feed in tariffs fuelled a solar boom.  However, successive State governments have now stopped those schemes. The current export prices being offered are a backlash to the overly generous tariffs and are being used to discourage people from installing solar PV.

Of course in Australia solar plus storage is already a no-brainer in remote and fringe of grid areas.  With a huge geography and small population, maintaining extensive energy infrastructure for very few people is not economically sustainable.

Solar plus storage, (plus a backup diesel generators for freak weather events) is already much more economical then maintaining hundreds of kilometres of electricity lines for small populations in many places across the country.

The key question is this; will the power utilities embrace this disruptive technology, or fight it?  The ironic thing is that if they chose to fight it, they will only speed up its adoption by a hostile public that wants greater energy freedom.

 

 

 

 

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