There is nothing but rhetoric in this article quoting the …

Comment on Making Alice all solar would raise costs 300%: Giles by Jimmy Cocking.

There is nothing but rhetoric in this article quoting the Chief Minister. The figures quoted are not based on fact and nor do they reflect the exponential decline in costs for both solar and storage that the world is currently experiencing.
More than 1100 households in Alice Springs have solar on their roof – that’s more than 10% and many more want solar on their roof. A growing number of households want solar, this is not a passive minority of people. People investing in solar understand that harvesting the sun makes economic sense.
Territory Generation would be better to plan for a 100% renewable future rather than embedding dependence on fossil fuel technologies that will become stranded assets within the next 10 to 15 years.
The grid needs to be developed to support household, commercial and utility scale solar, not just the one way flow of electrons from a central generator. Installing battery storage systems within the network will also stabilise and strengthen the resilience of the system.
Solar is not the reason for blackouts. The transformer assets and generators caused the problem last time. A Smart Grid Trial may come some of the way, but we wait and see how this Budget announcement will unfold and be delivered. I am hopeful … but only if Power and Water engages widely and considers the growing uptake of solar in its development.
The cost curve for solar PV and storage is only a few years away from out-competing grid connected power.
Solar power as a service rather than an asset will break the business models of Territory Generation and Power Water Corporation and contribute to the “death spiral” where the costs of production will exceed their revenue as more and more people get off the grid.
The Giles Government seems like they’re only open to certain businesses and business models but not to others. Science and evidence-based decision-making is also something that has been lacking. If we are to grow the economy, we need to ensure we don’t overdraw on our natural capital.
The CLP is currently pushing a broken business model that puts our groundwater and climate at risk for the benefit of very few people.
All candidates for our NT Parliament must open their eyes to the global economic disruption that is already happening – solar is it!
Let’s support a renewal of our energy assets with existing solar technologies to ensure we are ready to power on beyond the age of fossil fuels.
We cannot afford elected representatives who are willing to gamble our collective wealth on risky gas fracking when we all know the power of the sun will continue to shine on forever (at least another few billion years).
Time to choose … broken business models or a new way of doing things.
We have two elections this year – I’ll be choosing those who are going to invest in a renewable energy future and cut fossil fuel pollution.

Recent Comments by Jimmy Cocking

Flood report a trickle, not a banker
If elected either Mayor or as a Councillor, I will advocate for action on this report.


Flood report a trickle, not a banker
Erwin, the FMAC is made up of volunteers who nominated and were appointed to advise the NT government. The report is the advice. It is now up to the NTG to act on the report.


Councillor fumes over power station job losses
@ Steve: But weren’t you part of the initial front page announcement about how wonderful this was all going to be at the start of last year?
Good to see you standing up for the workers now! Giles and co were aware of this proposal back then.
We need local control of our power assets and local jobs.
Many more jobs per MW in solar than in remote controlled gas fired stations.
That’s why we’re pushing for a sun powered future, as opposed to one dependent on fracked gas.


Fracked gas our only hope: Northern Institute professor
I thought you believed in climate change Rolf?! Shame to see you out there plugging away for the gas companies.
These “gas boys” must be making some big funding promises for academic institutions among others should the moratorium be lifted.
Got the Northern Institute some press and no doubt on the radar of the gas lobby.
We have other income generating sources like tourism, pastoralism, education, health and mining, not to mention the medium to long term savings from investing in renewables and local production of food.
Methane is not the answer to the most disruptive trend that is climate change.
We will need plenty of clean and trustworthy water sources to manage the impact of a warmer world locally. Fracking for gas screws us both ways.


Milk and honey or fracking battle field?
@ Harold: You obviously haven’t read the articles that I posted for your benefit in response to another post – the Compendium of Concerned Scientists report on the reported risks of fracking http://concernedhealthny.org/compendium/ and the Urgent Case for a ban on fracking http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/insight/urgent-case-ban-fracking
If you had indeed read the science and objectively sourced documentation related to the process of fracking – you wouldn’t be spouting your belief that the process is safe.
You would instead concur with the body of evidence and increasing scientific knowledge that suggest that fracking is not worth the risk.
To do otherwise is ideologically driven, in support of the fossil fuel companies, and most definitely not based in fact.


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