Exciting times down south, wind and solar equivalent of two coal-fired power stations coming on line by 2025 and the grid won’t be able to cope. OK gold plate the grid.
And how of two coal-fired power stations will wind and solar deliver when the wind is low and the sun is off duty? Exciting times indeed!
Authorities say two coal-fired power stations’ worth of renewable energy won’t be able to reach the grid without major upgrades to networks in Victoria’s west.
Up to five gigawatts of new wind and solar energy will be generated in Victoria’s west by 2025
An expert says almost none of that power will reach the grid through the rural transmission lines in place, which are like a “one-lane bush track”.
Developers are lining up to build wind and solar projects in towns to the west and north of Ballarat, in what is being hailed as another gold rush.
“We’ve got $3 billion worth of projects currently underway,” said Stuart Benjamin, the chairman of a Victorian Government-commissioned taskforce that is overseeing the boom in the Grampians.
“And if some of the limitations that we’re seeing in terms of infrastructure are addressed, we could possibly double or even triple that number.”