Solar reaches 110 per cent of South Australia demand

Aptera Community Solar EV Industry News Solar reaches 110 per cent of South Australia demand

Aptera Community Solar EV Industry News Solar reaches 110 per cent of South Australia demand

  • Solar reaches 110 per cent of South Australia demand

  • Ron Ledohowski

    December 1, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Records continue to tumble in South Australia, with solar reaching 110 pct of local demand, and wind and solar meeting an average 100pct of demand over 93 hours..

    Solar reaches 110 per cent of South Australia demand as more records tumble

  • Curtis Cibinel

    December 1, 2021 at 9:14 am

    And yet they tax EVs and want to discourage grid storage with new rules. Australia has amazing potential for a green energy grid and policies which hinder it.

    • George Hughes

      December 1, 2021 at 12:39 pm

      That tells you what kind of strangle-hold the oil/gas industry has on the world and its economy.

      The plain fact is that if you were to chart ‘gross energy usage’ over the past 160 years, you’d note that the economy and the overall wellbeing of the population can be tracked by the usage of energy. These folks, through manipulation of the price of oil – that is the purpose of a ‘alien’ cartel like OPEC (control prices)- has gotten the idea that they are indispensable and therefore should control everything … if they can’t, they’ll do their best to screw things up … which they have.

      The 110 percent of usage being met by renewables in Australia literally suggests that that surplus could be captured as a waste-product in the form of hydrogen … and what we do with this surplus (aka: cheap) by-product of solar and wind is use the power to displace even more fossil fuels.

      While trucking will be the first widespread application of the hydrogen surplus … and IMO it is all dependent on the overbuild for sustainability of wind and solar necessitating the conversion of electric generating surpluses into hydrogen – the killer app for hydrogen will be VTOLs – ie flying cars.

      Here is a short video that explores some of both the dreams and realities of VTOL in 2021.

    • Mark Young

      September 2, 2022 at 4:05 am

      The good news is that the new South Australian Government undid the legislation the previous government put in place. The official stance is that it’s up to the Federal government to workout the shortfall in tax revenue as it’s a Federal issue, not a state one. The most likely outcome I see happening is an overhaul to how transport fuels are taxed. As the Federal government have joined and backed two Victorian citizens in their High court challenge to the lawfulness of Victoria’s already implemented tax

  • Patrick Liebknecht

    May 12, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    I saw this article today

    Floating solar farms….

    From what I remember from science class. Ponds , lakes , rivers , oceans need sunlight to thrive ,

    Blocking huge sections of lakes would have

    a very detrimental affect on the life below …. No ?

    • Francis Giroux

      May 12, 2022 at 2:03 pm

      How about the coming problem of algae growth covering and blocking the panels from the sun?

      • Patrick Liebknecht

        September 7, 2022 at 10:29 pm

        Now I’m even more intrigued at the thought of floating wind turbines in salt water, as a boat owner, I’ve seen the damage to electricals from the brackish water in the Chesapeake Bay.

        This will be interesting to say the very least.

  • John Malcom

    September 2, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    Laudable achievement especially in light of government activity to hinder progress. Should serve as an example to us in the US

  • Patrick Liebknecht

    September 7, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    Now this has me wondering……( could the drought in the western United States be caused by the wind farms ? ) coupled with the Solar farms ?

    3) Affects local weather

    As the blades of the turbines turn to generate electricity, it also has inadvertent consequences. It creates a disturbance in the air that can have far-reaching effects on the environment. The turbulence created by wind turbines is known to warm up the surface temperature at night and cool it down during the day. The warming can raise the temperature by up to 2.7℉ and cool it down by up to 0.7℉.

    The speed of the wind is affected by a wind farm. As the wind hits the turbines, it transfers its energy to the turbines producing electricity. However, this robs the wind of energy and speed. However, the wind picks up speed once it passes the wind farm. This slowing and accelerating of wind can negatively impact the precipitation in the region.

    Solar Farms: (this uses the Sahara Desert solar farm model) but what about all the other solar farms ? I thought we want to lower the earths temperature not raise it ?

    Drought in the Amazon, cyclones in Vietnam

    Covering 20 percent of the Sahara with solar farms raises local temperatures in the desert by 1.5 degrees Celsius, according to our model. At 50 percent coverage, the temperature increase is 2.5 degrees Celsius. This warming is eventually spread around the globe by atmosphere and ocean movement, raising the world’s average temperature by 0.16 degrees Celsius for 20 percent coverage, and 0.39 degrees Celsius for 50 percent coverage. The global temperature shift is not uniform, though — the polar regions would warm more than the tropics, increasing sea ice loss in the Arctic. This could further accelerate warming, as melting sea ice exposes dark water which absorbs much more solar energy.

    This massive new heat source in the Sahara reorganizes global air and ocean circulation, affecting precipitation patterns around the world. The narrow band of heavy rainfall in the tropics, which accounts for more than 30 percent of global precipitation and supports the rainforests of the Amazon and Congo Basin, shifts northward in our simulations. For the Amazon region, this causes droughts as less moisture arrives from the ocean. Roughly the same amount of additional rainfall that falls over the Sahara due to the surface-darkening effects of solar panels is lost from the Amazon. The model also predicts more frequent tropical cyclones hitting North American and East Asian coasts.

    source Giant desert solar farms might have unintended climate consequences | Greenbiz

    • Curtis Cibinel

      September 7, 2022 at 11:14 pm

      The Sahara is over 9 million km2. 20% is 1.8 million km2 and 50% is 4.5 million km2. According to this 0.27 million km2 would account for all of the world’s energy needs. The study of weather impacts even minimum impact (20%) is based on an incredibly unrealistic scenario since we would need to increase the world’s energy use by almost an order of magnitude.

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