2020 will be a historic year in which the coronavirus pandemic tumbled the economy. Nevertheless, climate expert Bill McKibben stated that this might also be the year of restructuring the world to prepare for the renewable energy transition. McKibben explained that this year had been loaded with various packages ranging from the pandemic to bushfires in Australia. Nevertheless, all these events have pioneered the transition towards clean energy, with China committing to realizing this plan by 2060. Other strategies that will catalyze net-zero emissions include the EU’s promise to implement the Green Deal and dash out Є100bn Just Transition Fund to accelerate the uptake of renewables in this region. On the other hand, the US milked over $15 trillion from conventional fuels.
Businesses and governments have realized that they must collaborate to complete the transition to clean energy in countries like Australia. The chair of Australia’s Business Council, Tim Reed, expressed his determination to help the government and businesses integrate and actualize the net-zero emissions plan. Many states have started committing to this noble course, with South Australia being at the forefront.
South Australia’s energy and mining minister, Dan van Holst Pellekaan, stated that his state would be focusing on realizing the transition to renewables by the end of this decade. They currently have wind, solar, and battery technology whose full exploitation will help the state become a leader in switching to this clean energy. Renewable energy transition covers beyond the types to the solar panels, turbines, scheduled targets, and technological adjustments.
Ben Jewell of CEPU South Australia stated that renewables’ exploitation would help recover the jobs that the residents lost to the Leigh Creek project. Initially, the project intended to generate 150 MW of solar power before the project came to a halt. The project managers stated that they could not obtain more capital to kickstart the project from the previous lamentable results.
The other projects which have progressed successfully include Bungala Aboriginal Corporation, which will create over 300 jobs and become a solar energy hub. However, Jewell lamented that the locals did not have enough opportunities in these new developments. Additionally, there are 35 turbines under installation in the 126 MW Lincoln Gap wind farm, which will form the core of the second stage of the project. This second stage will involve introducing 94 MW of power over 20 turbines and 10 MW of battery storage technology. The final step in this project is still waiting for authentication by the authorities. To conclude, these projects create a sense of growth in this state since the citizens’ lives will be transforming through employment. Additionally, they will be able to report cases where the installation process might interfere with the ecosystem.