Utility-scale and residential rooftop solar installations are booming in Australia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Australia’s booming rooftop solar market is on track to add a record 2,000MW (2GW) of capacity in 2019, as electricity prices refuse to budge and state government rebates make solar self-generation more accessible than ever.A new report from Green Energy Markets says 480MW of small-scale rooftop solar capacity has already been installed in the first quarter of this year, confirming previous analysis that it eclipses the total from the same time last year by a massive 46 per cent, and delivering two-and-a-half times the Q1 average of the past four years.At this rate, says Green Energy Markets’ Tristan Edis, new additions of rooftop solar would, by 2022, deliver more than enough new generation capacity to replace Liddell Power Station – the New South Wales coal power plant that is due to retire by that date.At the large-scale end of the market, GEM’s Edis details a massive 8,123MW of projects under construction across the country at the end of March, including 4,592MW of wind farms and 3,471MW of large-scale solar.As at the end of March, renewables made up almost 20 per cent – 19.7% – of the electricity generated on Australia’s main grids, enough to power 9.5 million homes.More: Rooftop solar to add 2,000MW in 2019, another Liddell by 2022 Utility-scale and residential rooftop solar installations are booming in Australialast_img read more

Fishing Report — October looking good on the main lake

first_imgReel Adventures Fishing Charters guide Kerry Reed has been away on th West Coast of late. Reed gives a capsule account of life on the ocean as well as helping local fishermen catch the big one on Kootenay Lake.Well, we finally made it back from the West Coast a couple weeks ago. This year’s Salmon fishing was a lot different than most years, probably because of the unusually warm waters. The run of big fish that we usually see just didn’t seem to happen like normal.  We did manage a few big fish up to 32 pounds, but most days saw smaller fish. The trade off was okay though, because there seemed to be a lot of those fish around.  Some days out on the bank, we landed more than 60 fish per day.And I remember one outstanding day where we landed over 100 fish.  So, the non-stop action made up for the size of Salmon.We also caught a lot more Halibut this year and the sizes were up too.  Most of our Hali’s averaged between 15 – 25 pounds, with our biggest couple weighing in around 60 pounds. All in all, we made the best of our season and most people went home happy.  Already planning for next year.Kootenay LakeAnd now we’re back on Kootenay Lake and already into the swing of things. Our last few charters have seen a lot of action for this time of year. Most days we’re catching between 5 – 10 fish.  We’ve been landing Rainbows up to 18 pounds and Dolly Varden (Bull Trout) up to 15 pounds.  I’ve also heard of a few Rainbows over 20 pounds and even up to 25 pounds. That’s amazing fishing at this time. And things are only going to get better. The water temperature is still a bit warm for these fish to begin to get active. So, right now, the fish are scattered. But, as the temperatures cool and our water temp drops, these fish will be getting more and more aggressive.  The best is yet to come.  My favorite time is approaching. October, November, December are prime months for fishing our magnificent lake. What are they biting on??? Since the water temperature is still above 60 degrees, most of the fish are staying deep.  So, we have been catching a lot on the usual flasher/hoochie combo. However, some of our latest fish have been caught on the surface.  So, we need to mix it up a bit. Bucktail flies have been catching a few, as well as lyman plugs and apex lures on the surface. The best bet is to run some lines on the surface, and some lines on the downrigger.  My favorite depths have been between 90 ft – 140 feet. Bucktail fly colors working for me have been: 215, 221, 226, and 228. And my Lyman plugs so far working best are:  #16, 53, 55, and lucky number 69.  Not one pattern has been working better than any other, so keep changing it up until the fish tell you what they want.Derby, Derby, Derby It’s that time of year again — Fishing Derby season. October is not only the beginning of our good fishing, but it’s the beginning of the Fishing derbies. Here’s a list of what is  coming up: October 13-14 – Nelson City Police Alumni Derby November 10-12  –  Kaslo Rainbow Derby          Tight Lines………….. Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Fishing Charterslast_img read more