I was tired of reporting how the situation is bad in Australia because of the current politicians running the country. So for today’s post here are some good news from Down Under as it is becoming a global solar leader.
First and foremost, as Cleantechnica reported last month :
One out of every five Australian households are turning to solar energy for their electricity or hot water, new data has reveled.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that its latest figures show that 19 per cent of households nationally now currently either rooftop solar panels or solar powered hot water systems – up from about 5 per cent back in 2011, when the ABS first started publishing statistics on solar.
Of the 19 per cent, 14 per cent of these households have rooftop PV, according to the ABS’s Karen Connaughton.
“Add in solar hot water heating and we’re up to 19 per cent, so one in five households are now using some form of solar power.”
Unsurprisingly, South Australia scored highest for rooftop solar installations, with a huge 24 per cent of households there tapping electricity from the sun.
What if ALL countries in the world, rich or poor or somewhere in the middle, had a fifth of their houses tapping into the sun for their electricity or hot water needs ? This is leadership Australia is offering and many a nation should follow their example.
But this is not all ! REnewEconomy brings further details :
Australia has surpassed 4GW of rooftop solar PV, according to data provided by the Australian Photovoltaic Institute. The revelation comes just days after Australian Bureau of Statistics data indicated that one if five houses around the country had a rooftop solar array.
(…) According to separate data from Green Energy Trading and network operators, more than 15,000 households in Australia are adding solar each month, meaning that at least 600MW has been installed in the first 10 months of the current year. (Nota : 2014)
No doubt that when political alternance will come this trend will even increase.
Image credits : Noarlungha Pier Adelaide Australia, Flickr.