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Using Australia’s natural asset for power generation

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In terms of agriculture and solar power, the sun is a natural asset in Australia and its power should be harvested, just as crops are. There is real potential in Australia for solar generated electricity to make a significant contribution to electricity generation and the government’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) of 20% renewable energy by 2020.

For farmers and rural land owners, solar farms can provide and ideal solution to creating an additional income from unused areas of land, subsidising regular farming activities. They also require little or no maintenance, so will provide an early return on investment.

Additionally, by installing a solar farm the renewable energy will not only be used to provide electricity for the farm, helping to reducing power bills and the reliance on the local provider, but the excess electricity can also be sold back to the grid at feed-in tariff rates. Hoever, it should be noted that feed-in tariffs will differ between electricity providers and states/territories, as do the numerous rebates and government initiatives.

There are a number of large scale solar system suppliers in Australia, such as Energy Matters and Conergy, that can assist with the installation of solar farms.

Solar farms in Australia are not of the scale as other locations, notably California, but with large projects such as Solar System’s Mildura solar farm project becoming a more common occurrence, Australia will surely be making the most of its natural asset, the sun. 

Photo: a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Geograph UK

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