Rising rooftop solar output pushes demand on Western Australia’s grid to all-time low FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The West Australia grid has set a new record low for minimum demand as rooftop solar continues to increase its share of generation, and the government announces it is reshaping solar export tariffs to encourage storage, electric vehicles and west facing solar panels.The new low was set on Sunday, just after noon local time, when grid demand fell to 1059MW as rooftop solar provided 40 per cent of total generation. That’s below the previous record of 1135MW set in January this year, but the Australian Energy Market Operator expects that further lows will be set this spring and in following years.The record fell on the same weekend that new winter lows for minimum demand were set in Victoria and South Australia, according to AEMO, both also the result of increased generation from rooftop solar, and low overall demand.The lows for minimum demand levels are falling rapidly. “This was the fourth consecutive quarter in which a minimum quarterly demand record was set, of which two were all-time minimum demand records, highlighting the continuing impact of distributed PV on demand patterns and quantities in the WEM,” AEMO said in its latest Quarterly Energy Dynamics statement.This new record takes the number of consecutive quarters with a new minimum demand record to five, including three which are all time records.[Giles Parkinson]More: Rooftop solar: W.A. sets new record low for grid demand, two other states set winter lows
The St. Louis 7th grade boys basketball team lost to the host GreensburgJunior high Pirates 63-25 Tuesday evening.Thomas Raver was leading scorer for the Cardinals followed by Abe Streator, CJ Grote, Cody Mohr and a Ryan Reder. St. Louis was able to put in a great 1st quarter matching the starters for Greensburg but the shots started raining in for the home team and the deficit was too great to overcome midway through the second half.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Mohr.The St. Louis Cardinals 8th grade team travelled to Greensburg Tuesday to play the host Greensburg Pirates 48-32.The Cardinals came off the long holiday break ready to play as they scored 18 points in the first quarter to take a 18-7 lead. They extended the lead in the second quarter and took a 31-18 lead going into the lock room. After the break, St Louis came out of the lock room playing some good defense as they held Greensburg to only 3 points in the 3rd quarter and then went on to win by the final score of 48-32.Overall the Cardinals showed good ball movement on offense which allowed them to get some easy buckets and played a very stifling defense for the entire game.The scoring for St. Louis consisted of Kurt Siefert with 3, Riley Schebler 6, Jack Forbeck 3, Andrew Oesterling 12, Lleyton Ratcliffe 15, Wil Freeland 4, Karen Macke 1, and Sam Voegele had 4. Defensively Voegele led both teams in rebounds and had good defensive support from Tyler Kuntz and Jacob Wuestefeld.The Cardinals play next at Sunman-Dearborn this Thursday with the first game starting at 5:30.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.