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Australians save $ 2 billion on electricity bills, thanks to solar energy

Australians save $ 2 billion on electricity bills, thanks to solar energy

The new figures reveal Australia's record of solar energy acceptance for saving $ 2 billion in electricity bills over the next 10 years.

That's according to the latest Green Energy Markets Renewable Energy Index and lobby group GetUp!.

The report aims to show Australians how important green energy is not only to meet the country's energy needs, but also to reduce pollution.

AAP Newsagency reports that households installed more than 1,078 megawatts (MW) of solar power on their roofs over the course of the year, beating the previous record set in 2012.

According to the report, 4,417 MW of renewable energy projects were under construction in Australia, creating enough jobs to employ 15,691 people full-time.

Wind and solar farms committed to development in 2017 will generate more than 10,000GWh per year, equal to all of Tasmania's electricity consumption or half of Western Australia's main grid, according to the report.

Get up! Environmental Campaigns Director Dr Miriam Lyons said figures for Australian solar energy harvesting show Australians want renewable energy.

"These figures show that Australia can, and should be, a global renewable energy superpower," said Dr Lyons.

While Queensland still leads the nation in solar collection, Victoria has overtaken New South Wales for second place, entirely due to Victoria's 530MW Stockyard Hill development.

"If we only sustained this level of capacity investments for another ten years, there would be enough installed renewable energy capacity to generate nearly two-thirds of Australia's projected 2030 electricity consumption," the report said.

The report comes as figures from the Clean Energy Regulator program show Australia is on track to meet the 2020 Renewable Energy Target (RET) of the conservative Liberal-National federal government.

A record level of investment in renewable energy during 2017 has boosted the nation's large-scale generation capacity, making it the biggest year for new renewable energy construction.

Renewable energy is also facing the challenge of rising summer temperatures in Australia.

The record heat wave of February 2017 saw major disruptions in South Australia, as the grid was unable to cope with peak demand from fossil fuel generators.

However, the large South Australian battery, supplied by Tesla, proved its worth in the December heat. It delivered 100MW on the national grid in record time at least twice to meet demand when fossil fuel generators failed.

While the LNP government's National Energy Guarantee (NEG) is energy neutral, it appears that the nation is deciding for itself where its energy future lies.

By David Twomey

Original article (in English)


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