Why it’s not just the Sun’s job to clean up, but the Earth’s too
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Solar energy is getting a much-needed boost in the fight against climate change.
But that won’t necessarily translate into jobs in Australia.
The country’s most senior figures are warning that solar energy is not the answer to our energy crisis.
A report from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has highlighted that Australia’s solar market is already struggling with the challenges posed by the global power system.
As a result, the Australian Solar Council (ASCC), the largest Australian solar advocacy organisation, is warning that the industry is in need of a “big bang” transformation.
“We’ve been waiting for solar power to come to Australia for decades,” said ASCC president Chris Leitch.
“[Solar power] is still in its infancy and it’s still developing.
We are in the process of creating a paradigm shift in the energy sector and the next generation of solar power will need to be more competitive in the global marketplace than it is now.
The solar industry needs to be able to compete with the rest of the global solar industry.
ASCC is calling on Australia to join a global solar alliance and accelerate its transition to solar.
“Solar is a sustainable technology with significant potential to play a significant role in Australia’s future energy mix,” ASCC’s report added. “
The program is the first step in achieving the goal of achieving 50 per cent of all electricity generation from renewables by 2030.”
“Solar is a sustainable technology with significant potential to play a significant role in Australia’s future energy mix,” ASCC’s report added.
‘Solar is going to be a massive part of Australia’s energy mix’Solar power could be Australia’s salvation Solar power is one of the most sustainable and affordable forms of energy on the planet.
But the world’s biggest solar power producer, SunPower, says its solar technology is not up to par with what is needed to deliver Australia’s renewable energy needs.
Solar panel manufacturing is a $1 billion industry in China.
Solar panel production is set to reach $1.6 billion in 2020, up from $1,400 million in 2019, according to SolarWorld, an industry association.
China’s national energy authority predicts solar power generation will reach 40 per cent by 2030.
Its solar panels are also a key part of China’s energy security, according a report by the United Nations.
According to the report, China needs a “massive investment in the sector”.
It says it is “very much dependent on the Chinese market for supply and demand” for its energy needs, with the industry expected to become a key component of its energy transition.
Australia is already leading the global race for solar energy The country has an ambitious renewable energy target, set at 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030, but it’s been plagued by high costs and inconsistent renewable generation.
Last year, the Energy Security Authority of Australia (ESAA) warned the solar industry was “losing ground”.
The report said Australia had “not yet established the infrastructure to meet this ambitious target”.
In January, the Department of Energy and Climate Change released its Solar 2030 2030 strategy, which outlined an “aggressive and bold” path towards 100 per 50 per day of renewables by 2035.
That means more than half the country’s electricity generation will be sourced from solar power by 2023.
For more on solar energy, see Solar is here to stay, says Australian Solar CEO Chris Leithead.
And it’s all happening at the same time as the global energy system is changing.
Renewable energy sources are becoming more competitive The United Nations says renewable energy sources including wind, solar and geothermal will become more competitive and that Australia should focus on solar power for its own energy security.
If Australia is to be taken seriously as a global energy superpower, the renewable energy industry needs “the right people and the right systems in place,” said Dr Robert Wood, the United Nation’s climate change adviser.
Dr Leitheads comments echo those of Dr Wood, who says Australia needs to have a national renewable energy policy and a strong market-based framework for the sector.
This is why, according the United States Department of the Interior, there is “significant uncertainty” over Australia’s renewables policies.
Energy Secretary Peter Dutton says he will work with ASCC and the Australian Industry Group to help the sector become more sustainable.
He says he’s already working with ASCE and the ASCC to work out the best way forward.
However, the current system has proven to be unsustainable.
In February, the Senate was told that the Australian solar industry would be unable to meet the 2020 renewable energy targets.
Dutton told ABC News Breakfast that Australia was on track to meet all the renewable power targets by 2030 but the sector is