12 October 2018
Keeley Hartzer and Tor Hundloe at the launch of their new book, The Cheapest Electricity on Earth.
Keeley Hartzer and Tor Hundloe at the launch of their new book, The Cheapest Electricity on Earth.

Emeritus Professor Tor Hundloe joined co-author Keeley Hartzer for the launch of their new book, The Cheapest Electricity on Earth, at the UQ Global Change Institute this week.

Known by some as the Green Viking, Tor Hundloe is an Australian pioneer of environmental economics. He’s been at the forefront of research, teaching and practical management in this field for almost four decades.

He was one of the founding academic staff at Australia's first undergraduate environment school, at Griffith University and was the inaugural professor of Environmental Management at UQ.

An early career environmental scientist, Keeley Hartzer grew up in Cairns and the Atherton Tableland. It was there she became familiar with the Barron Falls hydro-electricity scheme and Queensland’s first wind farm at Windy Hill, Ravenshoe.

Such pioneering projects stirred an interest in renewable energy, which inevitably brought her into Tor’s orbit.

Their book, a scholarly but highly readable mixture of analysis and history, takes a refreshing look at the untapped potential of solar PV both in Australia and around the world.

Available through Australian Scholarly Publishing, The Cheapest Electricity on Earth offers a short- and long-term overview on the role solar PV could play in the future energy mix.

The authors also delve into the triumphs and failures of other countries in what is really a rapidly emerging global industry.

Released during the same week that the IPCC announced that efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the authors’ timing could not have been better.


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