More than 3 gigawatts of solar power has now been installed on Australian roofs in a sign that solar is surging as the energy of the future.
The Clean Energy Regulator has released figures showing solar had passed the 3 gigawatt milestone. Analysis by solar consultancy Sunwiz shows more than 1.15 million Australian households have installed rooftop solar, with Queensland the national leader. About 360,000 Queensland homes now have solar power, with NSW the next best on 252,000.
ATA chief executive Donna Luckman said the figures showed solar power was now entrenched as an important source of energy in Australia and would continue to grow .
“More and more people are making the switch to solar because they know it is good for them and for the planet,” she said.
“Solar panels on Australian roofs are becoming as common as Vegemite – they are part of this country’s present and its future.”
ATA members were some of the first people to install solar power on their roofs in the 1980s and the ATA has consistently advocated and educated over the decades for household solar.
“We’ll continue to push for renewable energy and the rights of people who choose to go green,” Ms Luckman said.
“We need government and industry to continue to support solar and other forms of distributed generation – there is no going backwards on a renewable future.”
The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) is a not-for-profit organisation promoting sustainable living.
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