Alice Springs cannot take any more sun power without battery storage, says Tim Duignan, CEO of Territory Generation. So what are we waiting for, let's put some of the $75m into getting ready for batteries, says Glenn Marshall of RePower Alice. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
The electrical "cake" of Alice Springs is $57.5m a year. How many of these 230,000,000 kilowatt hours annually are from renewable resources, mostly from the sun, how many should be, or could be? That, in a nutshell, were the questions asked by the Alice Solar City 2008-2013 project that came to an end with the release of a handsome book this month. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO (from the report): Part of the Araluen array.
One morning this week I arrived to work to find the entire mall off power. This meant that we couldn’t roll up the electronic security shutters and open for trade. It also meant that I could have stayed in bed an extra half hour.
Following last week's eating locally challenge it was good to be challenged in anther way that brought to light the incredible dependency we have on electricity. I guess we all know that in theory without power things come to a grinding halt pretty quickly. I mean we didn’t have any candles at the café, so to even be able to see inside we needed to buy some, but none of the supermarkets were able to trade either.
As I sat out the front of Soma waiting for the whir of the electrics to resume I wondered what sort of back up security systems the banks have and what does Alice Solar City really mean? My thoughts took me to solar-powered plastic butterflies, advertised as a "must" to bring your garden to life by a local nursery. Really? I’m pretty sure that without the real deal pollinator squads, the feeding of the world's soon to be seven billion people is set to become an even greater challenge.
Photo: Solar-powered plastic butterflies or the real thing? I know what I'd choose.