If you live in Australia and have a desire to work in the solar energy industry, it is important to know the facts. Australia enjoys some of the highest solar energy resources in the world and there is no doubt that someday as fossil fuel reserves run out the country will need to take full advantage of it.
As at September 2016, Australia had over 5,440 megawatts (MW) of installed photovoltaic (PV) solar power,with 692 MW of PV having been installed in the preceding 12 months. Solar PV contributed to 2.4% of Australia’s electrical energy for 2014-2015.
The installed PV capacity in Australia has increased by a factor of 10, between 2009 and 2011. Feed-in tariffs and mandatory renewable energy targets designed to assist renewable energy commercialisation in Australia have largely been responsible for the rapid increase during this period. A change in government however put this to an end and the industry is now struggling to survive.
If the country was to commit to solar energy research and development, the economic benefits far out weigh the possible loss of jobs in the coal and gas industry. China is one of their biggest trading partners when it comes to natural resources with coal being right at the top. China has been building at least one coal fired generator per week for many years and the country is slowly poisoning itself from the emissions. Australia provides much of the coal needed for China.
The Future For A Solar Energy Career in Australia.
Australia has been internationally criticised for producing very little of its energy from solar power, despite its vast resources, extensive sunshine and overall high potential. Australia is a resource rich country and it’s economy is fueled from the mining industry. As the mines run out, hopefully the country will realize in time, that their real resource advantage is the sun.
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