The West Australian government appears to have overcome years of institutionalised resistance and recognized that the state’s energy future will be built around solar energy.
In a landmark speech this week, Energy Minister and state treasurer Mike Nahan said solar PV would meet the daytime electricity needs of WA within the next decade. Nahan noted that solar was cheap, democratic, and was likely to account for all new generation capacity, and would displace the state’s ageing coal generators.
“We expect that the bulk of generating capacity during sunlight hours in the [Perth] metro area in about 10 years time will be provided by rooftop solar,” said Nahan in a speech to an energy conference in Perth.
“That’s the reality. So it is going to provide the bulk of additional capacity going forward.
“Solar will also displace a lot of the existing [coal-based] capacity. It’s low-priced, it’s democratically determined and it’s something we’re committed to facilitating.”
This is an extraordinary admission for someone, who as the former head of the right wind think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs, had constantly ridiculed the prospects of renewable energy and solar in particular. He
But as the IPA and other conservative commentators continue to ignore the plunging cost of solar, and continue their stranglehold on the views of the Federal Coalition, Nahan has moved on.
Press link for more: Giles Parkinson | reneweconomy.com.au