Government announces national wind-solar hybrid policy

Federico Mansilla
May 17, 2018

The Central Electricity Authority and Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) are to formulate the necessary standards and regulations for wind-solar PV hybrid projects, such as the metering methodology and standards, forecasting and scheduling regulations, the renewable energy certificates (RECs) mechanism, grant of connectivity and sharing of transmission lines and more. The system would work in a virtual sense, with the solar electricity generated by the array credited against the individual's bill. This provides an innovative solution to accessing renewable energy for those who are unable to place solar on their homes.

"It aims to consider both consumer demand and feasibility, and identify barriers to adoption", ARENA said.

"Blacktown is a hotspot for rooftop solar and we are really excited to see how this trial goes". And in North Sydney, nearly three-quarters of residents can't access solar because they are renters or live in apartment buildings.

ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said initiatives such as this were an important step in giving Australian consumers more options for reining in their energy bills.

Government announces national wind-solar hybrid policy
Government announces national wind-solar hybrid policy

"We're excited to be supporting the feasibility into a concept that will allow people from all backgrounds and living circumstances to benefit from renewable energy", he said. "Solar gardens give consumers the benefits of rooftop solar, even if you don't have a roof available to put it on".

"Solar gardens have been popular in the United States, with the fast growing market seeing 200 MW of shared solar gardens already in operation", said ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht.

The ministry said that "Solar and wind power being variable in nature pose certain challenges on grid security and stability and therefore suitable policy interventions are required not only for new wind-solar hybrid plants, but also for encouraging hybridisation of existing plants".

"These trials will help renters, and people in apartments and low-income households who are now missing out on the benefits of rooftop solar to share in the renewable energy boom now underway in [NSW]".

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