Solar energy studies were my strong interest as a student architect in the late 1960s. Later, after my architectural degree a combination of engineering and science studies between the years 1977 – 1993 convinced me that the use of solar energy would be a major challenge for my generation.
Need to overcome the status quo
In order to hand over a functioning sustainable world for the next generations it has been obvious to me that we need to overcome the ultra conservative forces and vested interests who see change as the enemy and will do just about anything to maintain the status quo.
Over the last 100 hundred years, energy generation in Australia has mainly been tied to the multi-national companies using coal, oil and gas. The recent campaign by nuclear is now expanding the multi-national corporation involvement potentially to uranium, albeit to a lesser extent.
Australian Sustainable Energy Society – Canberra National Conference December 2010
At the AuSES 2010 conference, I was delighted to hear about the latest advances in research and development of renewableenergy sources and the dramatic progress being made.
The Australian Government will commit $652.5 million over four years to establish a Renewable Energy Future Fund to support Australia’s response to climate change.
The Fund will provide additional support:
* for the development and deployment of large and small scale renewable energy projects, for example further investments in geothermal, solar and wave energy; and
* to enhance take-up of industrial, commercial and residential energy efficiency, helping Australian businesses and households reduce their energy consumption.
The Fund will include partnerships between the Government and the private sector to make critical early stage investments to leverage private funds to support the commercialisation of renewable technologies. The Renewable Energy Future Fund will be delivered through a number of departments and agencies, with the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency coordinating Fund priorities and progress. Details of the specific commitments under the Fund will be announced shortly.