Not once in that article do they mention the taxpayer dollars that Rio Tinto will be harvesting from their construction of that solar plant - nor do they mention the actual cost of the plant either.
It has everything to do what we are talking. Private sector with a baseload demand looking for RE replacement of its coal fired electricty source from the private sector.
Is this case closed to most of your argument Don?
This has nothing whatsoever to do with what we were discussing.
You consistently dodge questions about the cost to the people of Australia and the dollar figures attached to these projects because you simply don't know. As I've pointed out to you time and time again, these big companies make investments in this kind of infrastructure because they're being paid to do it - not because of some wonderful outstanding ideas of community service or because they think fossil fuels have had their day. They're doing it because various schemes provide money for them to harvest and they want that money for themselves.
If you took away the extremely generous subsidies they wouldn't be interested.
What is your evidence they will? SO you just making smeg up as you go now.
You have never provided any evidence to suggest that is actually true in recent times. I've provided evidence of actual costs were I know there are no subsidies and its done through open tender.
No questions were dodged Don, you just cannot handle the truth.https://www.forbes.com/sites/energyinnovation/2020/01/21/renewable-energy-prices-hit-record-lows-how-can-utilities-benefit-from-unstoppable-solar-and-wind/?sh=125770d72c84
LCOE 2020 numbersLCOE analysis, unsubsidized wind power and utility-scale solar come in at lower price ranges than any other analyzed resource including gas, coal, and nuclear. Unsubsidized wind ranges from $28–$54 per megawatt hour (MWh), and unsubsidized utility-scale solar ranges from $32–$42/MWhFrom USA EIA website
Table 1b. Estimated unweighted levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) and levelized cost of storage (LCOS) for new resources entering service in 2027 (2021 dollars per megawatthour)
Total system LCOE, with tax credit ie subsidy
Ultra Super critical coal $83/MW
Adv Nuc $88
Limited by resource
Wind onshore $40
Goes to show, again gas is half the cost of coal, far more flexible, cheaper and faster to construct, far more flexible and we wonder why in the USA no one has built a coal power station in over 17 years. Why on earth would we follow the stupidity of building out dated power generation infrastruture?
Wind and Solar provide similar or cheaper prices to CCGT, basically build and from then on not reliant on others for your energy fuel source.
For peaking, low wind/solar, the obvious of using OCGT and/or battery, as we do now + diesel. We also have an existing hydro network to provide up to 10GW of on demand energy and can absorb around 3-4 GW of excess energy for another day.