As of 2017, Australia and its abundance of beautiful sunshine can now boast the largest number of solar panels installed per capita with 1.7million+ homes and buildings now benefiting from solar panels.
The Climate Council created the above report in 2017 to provide some interesting data on renewable energy investment and development across Australia but it also highlights which states and suburbs are winning the solar race and who’s falling behind.
“There are 22 postcodes in Australia where half or more of households have rooftop solar PV with the majority in Queensland and Western Australia.”
Most of the states have plans to increase their renewable energy supplies. Victoria aims for 25% renewable energy by 2020 and 40% by 2025. Sadly, this is not as grand as the ACT’s target of 100% renewable by 2020 or Tasmania’s by 2022.
As of 2017 here are the individual states and the percentage of their energy supply from renewable energies.
|Solar households (%)||11%||25%||15%||15%||32%||13%||14%||31%|
It’s exciting to see local communities and suburbs committing to solar and renewable projects. For example some suburbs are now being built with 100% solar like Denman Prospect in Canberra where every new house built will be required to have a 3kW minimum solar energy system.
And here are the results of which suburbs across Australia have the highest capacity of solar panels.
|South Australia||5171||Blewitt Springs, McLaren Flat, McLaren Vale, Pedler|
|New South Wales||2390||Baan Baa, Bohena Creek, Bullawa Creek, Couradda,|
Edgeroi, Eulah Creek, Harparary, Jacks Creek,
Kaputar, Narrabi, Narrabi West, Tarriaro, Turrawan
|Victoria||3331||Bannockburn, Gheringhap, Maude, Russells Bridge,|
She Oaks, Steiglitz, Sutherlands Creek
|Tasmania||7017||Grasstree Hill, Honeywood, Old Beach, Otago,|
Risdon, Tea Tree
|ACT||2914||Amaroo, Bonner, Forde, Harrison||945||20%|
Image Credit: Climate Council