Australia is top for sun power14 February 2016 by News Desk
Australia offers more than great beaches, stunning landscape and a laid-back culture – it also has all-year sunshine.
In Australia people do more than enjoy outdoor life in the sun; they use it to power their homes. Australia has the highest rate of home solar panel installation in the world.
Now the country aims to further boost its’ ‘green’ energy credentials with the opening of two giant solar power plants in New South Wales.
Hundreds of new jobs will be created around the new Nyngan and Broken Hill facilities, the biggest solar power plants in Australia. They will produce enough energy to power 50,000 homes.
The plants have already boosted each local economy by $14 million. Operator AGL says over its’ lifetime the Nyngan plant will boost the local economy by a further $137 million. And the Broken Hill region will benefit by an extra $85.5 million.
“Solar panels are now appearing on roofs all across the country,” says Darrell Todd, CEO of thinkingaustralia.
“We have year-round sunshine, a growing population and we’re concerned about the environment. Solar power is a no-brainer.”
Like the current national roll-out of Australia’s high-speed broadband network, solar power is a new job-creating industry.
“Hundreds of new jobs in every state will be created by the expanding solar power industry,” says Darrell Todd. “Equipment must be sold, installed, managed and maintained. New skills will be needed across the country for years to come.”
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Across the country, around 16 per cent of all homes now generate electricity using solar panels.
South Australia leads the way followed by Queensland with 30 per cent of new capacity installed every month. NSW is second and Victoria third. Around 20 per cent of homes in Western Australia have solar panels.
Australia has around 1.5 million solar PV installations and by mid-2016 will be producing 5,000 Mega Watts of electricity from solar panels.
The popularity of solar power has led to calls for reform to the way electricity is priced to ensure bills better reflect the impact households have on the grid.