Millions of Australian households fitted with rooftop PV could be charged for exporting electricity to the grid under new proposals that critics have warned could curb the uptake of solar systems and slow the country’s energy transition.
The Australian state of Victoria has doubled down on its rooftop solar and home battery subsidy programme as part of a drive to help households cover the cost of their power bills while making properties more energy efficient.
Some 12GW of renewable generation assets and 2GW of energy storage are set to come online in New South Wales (NSW) over the next ten years as part of state government plans to replace an ageing coal fleet and deliver lower electricity prices for consumers.
Queensland’s three state-owned energy corporations will be able to increase their ownership of commercial renewable projects thanks to a new AU$500 million (US$364.45 million) renewable energy fund announced yesterday.
Hit by grid connection challenges, large-scale renewable energy projects committed in Australia in the second quarter of 2020 were at their lowest level since 2017, according to new data from the Clean Energy Council.