In today's Community Show Podcast (broadcast on Mon 12 May 2014), we feature an edited version of a recent BZE Discussion Group presentation by Australia's foremost solar industry expert, Nigel Morris.
Beyond Zero's Anthony & Matt are joined by solar expert and chair of the Australian PV Institute (APVI), Dr Muriel Watt, for the Solar Everywhere Recap show.
In our regular recap shows, we find a common thread in our previous interviews, play excerpts and weave a story in between. Today's theme is Solar Everywhere. The incredible decline in the price of solar PV has made it an early favourite for the title of "Energy source of the 21st Century". Its success is not only taking energy generation to places it has never been, it is challenging the very nature of energy generation and distribution. Today we are going to be exploring all the places where solar panels can now be found, and the innovative policy, marketing and finance models that are getting them there. Many of mechanisms we will discuss relate not just to solar PV, but that’s where we will keep our focus today
We recap interviews with Danny Kennedy, Glen Morris, Oliver Yates, Craig Morris and Mark Rayner.
Ian McLeod is the CEO of Ergon Energy in Queensland, Director of the Energy Supply Association and formerly on the state electricity commission of Victoria.
Ergon Energy is an electricity retailer to homes and businesses in regional Queensland. Who are responsible for maintaining and expanding the regional Queensland electricity network.
Today in this extended interview Matt Grantham and Anthony Daniele discuss the infrastructure costs associated with running one of the most dispersed grids in the developed world and how roof top solar and battery storage is being increasing used as a way of reducing costs for Qld tax payers. We also discuss the need and likely success of a recent attempt to get a new coal fired power station established in Townsville.
Matt Grantham has written a series of articles in Climate Spectator on this topic.
Zachary Shahan is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. Zach has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so.
Today Matt Grantham and Anthony Daniele discuss the latest developments and reducing prices of Solar PV technology in Australia with Dr Muriel Watt, Chair of the Australian PV Institute (APVI).
The Institute comprises companies, agencies, individuals and academics with an interest in solar energy research, technology, manufacturing, systems, policies, programs and projects.
The APVI's work is intended to be apolitical and of use not only to its members but also to the general community. The focus is on data analysis, independent and balanced information, and collaborative research, both nationally and internationally.
In today's interview, Dr Watt talks about how the cost of a 5kW system has dropped from $60,000 in 2008 to the price today of $8,500 and will continue to reduce over time.
Using Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) electricity demand 5-minute interval data and overlaying extrapolated Australian PV Institute (APVI)'s PV real-time generation data, the analysis shows 606MW of PV (4.6%) power reduced the peak demand on 16 January at 2:30pm to stay below the highest peak reached back in in the lead up to Black Saturday in January 2009.
PV not only shifted the peak demand to later the day but also kept the wholesale power price down. The average market price during the previous peak (on 29 Jan 2009 12- 6pm) was over $4600/MWh, compared to $509/MWh with 4.6% of PV contribution.
Julia Hamm is the president and CEO of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), a national non-profit that helps its utility members make smart solar decisions. Julia has strong relationships with individuals at utilities and solar companies worldwide, and is knowledgeable about solar programs, policies, barriers, and trends.
Jorrit Vervoordeldonk is Chief Engineer for the Nuna7 solar car from the Dutch Nuon Solar team who won the recent 2013 World Solar Car Challenge. Jorrit explains the aerodynamic design of Nuna7, the project planning and testing phases, the strategy and tactics they used in the race. When the solar car is travelling at 100km/h it uses the same amount of power as a vacuum cleaner!
Craig Morris (@PPchef) is an American writer and translator in the energy sector who has been based in Germany since 1992. He is Editor for Renewables International, lead author of EnergyTransition.de, director of Petite Planète, author of the book Energy Switch (2006) along with numerous articles in both English and German on energy technologies and policies.
Brian Somers founded Solar Head of State after managing a campaign to put solar energy back on the White House for the US based solar company Sungevity. During the campaign Brian was approached by the Maldivian government and given the opportunity to install solar on the Mule-aage Presidential Palace in the Maldives. Since the completion of the project Brian has been working on off-grid remote microgrid projects such as powering a school in Zambia’s Western Province with a non-profit group called Empowered by Light. His passion is entrepreneurship and in addition to managing Solar Head of State, also leads Standard Microgrid, an international microgrid development company, and Volunteer Alliance, an international volunteering network and database.
BZE has launched Energy Freedom, helping Australians to transform their homes into renewable energy powerhouses. Check out our new website for the 9 steps to energy freedom.
Beyond Zero Emissions Inc. is a not-for-profit research and education organisation known for its work designing and implementing a zero emissions economy for Australia. Its goal is to transform Australia from a 19th century fossil fuel based, emissions intensive, economy to a 21st-century renewable-energy-powered clean-tech economy.Read more
Next monthly discussion: Monday 1 September 2014, 6.30pm. Ellen Sandell, Adrian Whitehead & Philip Sutton. Political campaigning for the Victorian state election. Fritz Loewe Theatre, University of Melbourne.
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