The Victorian government has amplified its photovoltaic electricity supply target in a bid to become Australia’s leading solar state. Victoria will also increase the financial support it offers for medium and large-scale solar farms through a new feed-in tariff (FiT) rate, with the aim of reaching its 5% solar target by 2020, reports Energy Matters.
The state’s premier, John Brumby, says that the increased FiT rate set for bigger solar installations should see the establishment of between five and 10 large solar farms across regional Victoria, resulting in the state receiving up to 25% of its power from renewable energy sources by 2020. “To show we’re serious about the 2020 goal, we have set an interim target of generating 500GWh of solar power by 2014,” he said.
Victoria’s environment and climate change minister Gavin Jennings said, “Victoria’s aspirations to become Australia’s solar state would also include action to support medium scale solar energy to help better utilize rooftop resources on buildings such as factories, warehouses and supermarkets.” A Medium Scale Working Group will now be established to give advice on what type of actions are needed to drive medium-scale solar power.
These new measures are part of the Victorian government’s Climate Change White Paper, which is to be released by the end of July, 2010. The new tariff rate will be determined following consultation with industry during the next six to 12 months.