South Australia is pushing beyond 50% renewables

South Australia is pushing towards 50 per cent wind and solar – which it expects to reach in 2016, and beyond towards100 per cent renewables.

Just a few years ago it was thought impossible for more than 10 per cent variable wind and solar to be absorbed, even into Europe’s large grid. Now 70 per cent can be absorbed without storage.

Now it is. Work done on King Island by Hydro Tasmania, and in Alice Springs by CAT Projects and ARENA show that high levels of variable renewables can be easily absorbed into a local grid, and these lessons are important for a state like South Australia.

South Australia has always relied on the interconnector with Victoria, and never more heavily than when there was no wind and solar in the market.

Renew Economy: 17 Dec 2015

Key Words: Climate Change, technology
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