An Australian first! The National Grid has hit 50% Renewables!
Renewables milestone hit for the first time at 11:50 on Wednesday 6th November 2019. Australia’s national grid arrived at 50.2% with the demand met by renewables.
The OpenNEM.org.au highlighted this milestone with the graph below. NEM provides power to all states except Western Australia and the Northern Territory which attain their own grid.
This milestone was reached when the combined output of rooftop solar-based, large- scale wind, and large scale solar arrived at 50.2%. Additionally, the graph indicates that Rooftop Solar contributed to approximately 23.7% of the overhaul, followed by wind power which contributed 15.7% then large-scale solar 8.8% and lastly Hydro at 1.9%. The states that contributed to this achievement include Victoria, NSW, Queensland, South Australia, and Tasmania.
Additionally, this great achievement falls in line with the government’s Renewable Energy Target (RET). The aim is to reduce emissions from the electricity sector and achieve a minimum of 20% of energy coming from renewables by 2020. A short few weeks away. The commitments made by the government for solar renewable sources of power is to supply 33,000 gigawatt-hours (over 23.5%) of Australia’s power by 2020. Minister Frydenberg has secured in the 23.5% sustainable power source focus by 2020.
RET has two schemes, The Large-Scale RET and the Small-Scale RET scheme. The Large-scale RET financially supports the creation and expansion of new renewable energy power stations (for example, solar or wind). While the Small-scale RES creates a financial incentive for small businesses to install eligible small-scale renewable energy sources such as residential solar panels. Moreover, it is expected that the larger-scale RET will make up most of the energy sources needed, by 2020.
By having more than half of the National Grid demand met by renewable sources of energy, we can foreshadow positive movements towards long term clean energy consumption.
Mannihiem, M. (2019, October 8). Renewable energy supplies more than half of Australia’s National electricity market for the first time. Retrieved from https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-07/half-of-biggest-electricity-market-supplied-by-green-energy/11680766
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