T he Australian Capital Territory is on its way to being powered by 100% renewable energy by 2020.

The Mugga Lane Solar Farm covering a massive 45 hectares opened on March 2nd 2017, allowing another 3000 Canberra homes to be powered by solar.

The ACT now has four solar farms that follow the Majura Parkway and the Monaro Highway along the New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory border, assisting with a 1.4% increase in Canberra’s renewable energy generation between 2014-15 and 2015-16.

In total, there are 174,340 solar panels along the solar highway.

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Mugga Lane Solar Park

The highway starts at the Majura Solar Park and trails down to Mugga Lane, once you have passed Mugga Lane the route becomes more scenic, there isn’t as much infrastructure on the way to Royalla and Williamsdale.

The State of Solar report from the Climate Council in the week of the 20th February 2017 they found that solar power is now more affordable than new fossil fuel and nuclear power. The report states that solar costs have dropped 58% in five years and are expected to continue to fall by a further 40-70% by 2040.

A study from ANU suggests that a 100% renewable grid with 90% of power coming from wind and solar backed by pimped hydro will be a significantly cheaper option than a coal or gas-fired network in Australia’s future.

 

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  1. Stately Drones May 23, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

    Hi Etta

    FYI we did some drone flyovers for Mugga Lane

    Here is an aerial panorama on google maps

    https://goo.gl/1crdQi

    and a short video

    https://youtu.be/ziX2hYUPUwk

    Regards
    Tim

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