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Thu Nov 7, 2019, 09:33 PM

This solar farm has to switch off every second day due to negative prices



This solar farm has to switch off every second day due to negative prices

Repeat: This solar farm has to switch off every second day due to negative prices

7 NOVEMBER 2019 | RenewEconomy.com.au

When Australia’s renewable energy portfolio reached its important milestone on Wednesday of providing 50 per cent of the main grid’s demand for the first time, one solar farm couldn’t be part of the fun, and had to look on from the sidelines.

The sight of wind and solar farms being switched off when wholesale electricity prices fall into negative territory has become increasingly common over the last few months, particularly in Queensland and South Australia.

But the facility that appears to have been affected the most has been the 95MW Tailem Bend solar farm in South Australia, owned by Vena Energy and operating since earlier this year.

Tailem Bend has an off-take agreement with Snowy Hydro that broadly requires it to switch off when wholesale electricity prices go into negative territory, although the details are likely to be more complex than that.

And Tailem Bend just so happens to be located in the state – South Australia – which already operates at more than 50 per renewables on a yearly average, and is often at more than 100 per cent, and so has the greatest propensity to experience negative prices.... more: https://reneweconomy.com.au/this-solar-farm-has-to-switch-off-every-second-day-due-to-negative-prices-63529/amp/

"This solar farm has to switch off every second day due to negative prices "

In the future, do YOU think there will be MORE excess renewable energy or LESS excess renewable energy?

If only there was a way to store it...



If only the US had decided to invest in renewable tech instead of drone bombs and invading other countries, the US could have owned the entire solar industry, but now China is the leader. Nice Work Americans! Who ya gonna bomb next?

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Response to Aquila (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 10:43 PM

1. Sounds like a big waste.

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Response to Grumpy Pickle (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 11:36 PM

2. What do you call pissing away $4 BILLION DOLLARS A MONTH

Just in Afghanistan, chasing a bunch of "rebels" (that the US FUNDS) around sand dunes for 18 years?

That's just the waste in Afghanistan.

Imagine what $4 BILLION DOLLARS A MONTH could do for the US

But if the People of the US can't even protest their own mugging, why care


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Response to Aquila (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 01:05 AM

3. Demand never stays the same

But this is obviously a case of poor planning and design in addition to poor coordination with utilities.

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