A plan to become fully-green in a decade

As a dozen massive solar energy plants and more than 6500 wind turbines are being erected in Australia with record speed, the nation is looking for a full-scale renewable revolution,  by becoming fully green energy-powered in the next 10 years.

Private and public investments have paved the way for the vast project that will cost roughly $37 billion and will bring great engineering and activist aspirations to full fruition. Though the estimated sum may seem too low for a project that appears to be so grand, yet the public and private support for the venture has been overwhelming.

The project also represents one of the most ambitious, comprehensive and intricate plan from all ethical, engineering and scientific aspects. It is certainly a great step in the right direction for a country that has set a determined goal for itself to bring its emission rates to near-zero numbers.

Power stations that have been operating on conventional fuels are expectedly disappointed in the potential breakdown of their economical foundations. The huge solar power targets of the nation aim to supply 60% of Australia’s energy demands from 12 vast units, and during periods of diminished sunlight, heat stored up in molten salt will hold the country over.

The rest of the 40% needed for the nation’s energy needs will be provided by thousands upon thousands of wind turbines operating out of a few dozen wind farms built around the vast Australian coast.

Once a complex mathematical projection is established, and the nation’s efficiency plan is brought into the equation; the project is still expected to provide enough terawatts of electricity to field all of the country’s demands. Bio-mass technologies have long since been in place to supply any shortfalls that the project might encounter before it is fully established.

Australia’s 3 largest and primary electricity grids will be unified in order to maximize efficiency and optimal production rates, as well as perfecting transmission links between the power grids and the metropolis cities that will require the energy supplied. The integration will cost roughly $92 billion.

Yet the transition might add a massive increase to the nation’s individual utility bills. The spike might be as large as 30%. This makes it rather difficult for experts to strike a balance between the immediately costlier clean energy alternative, and the long-term dependence that Australia has on international oil suppliers.

All in all however, renewable energy, and its tangle-free implications seem to be the logical choice for the nation that is now on the verge of fully embracing the green trend.